Pre-Game Notes (LIVE from SBA): Room temperature pizza, obscure beverages and those awkward “who the hell are you” stares from most of the front office aside (guys, you can actually say hi to me, I’m not a bad guy), I haven’t been looking forward to a Trenton Devils game this much in about a month.
It’s a must win…yesterday’s dramatic victory means nothing if they can’t carry the momentum from that through the weekend.
I should have some more information for you right before game time, so stay tuned for that. The projected goalie matchup is Charlie Effinger vs. Martin Houle.
3:40 PM — Jason Smith gets the surprise start in net instead of Effinger. He has to know that his job is on the line, right? So here’s hoping he comes out with that in mind…
Eric Castonguay is back, and it looks like Mark O’Leary has been traded…
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First Period: O’Leary was traded to Augusta, a franchise that may not exist too much longer if the papers are right…
16:30 left — Not a whole lot going on so far in the first…both teams have gone back and forth, with Cincinnati probably controlling the play a little more than Trenton. But nobody’s had anything resembling a scoring chance just yet.
14:58 left — Trenton gets a decent chance when Tyler Burton tips a little soft shot from Ryan Gunderson at the point, but Martin Houle makes the stop. Houle’s still wearing his Flyers gear, by the way.
14:32 left — Jason Smith gets on the scoresheet with a glove save off of his left pad on a Mark Van Guilder shot.
13:24 left — Tyler Burton appears to be having another one of those games where he’s establishing himself as the best player in a white uniform…he had another nice shot on goal that Houle stopped.
10:59 left — Robert Page in the box for a trip…first PP of the game for Cincy.
6:07 left — Dan Eves scores on a rocket from just inside the left circle, but Tyler Burton made the play happen. He did exactly what the coaching staff wants, being aggressive and tying up his man on a loose puck…it squirted out to Eves, and he fired home a rocket in the top right corner. 1-0, Trenton. Eves’ first pro goal.
3:53 left — Burton is flying out there right now. He pretty much just circled the perimeter of the offensive zone, and found himself with a wide open lane through the right side…he had a nice chance, but Houle again made the stop, forcing Burton to look skyward.
1-0, Trenton, after one. Shots are 8-7, Devils.
18:47 left — Eric Castonguay set up a nice chance for Kevin Cormier, with Martin Houle way out of position…but Cormier couldn’t corral the puck for a shot, and Cincinnati remains down just one.
17:55 left — Trenton’s on their first PP of the game…odd considering this was the same, infraction-happy ref from last night.
11:42 left — Trenton had a few nice chances on that PP, with…you guessed it, Tyler Burton having another chance on a play to the side of the net, but no dice. Still 1-0. Not a whole lot of flow to this game right now…
9:30 left — Kevin Cormier’s been getting a lot of ice time after an apparent early injury to Chris Poli…can’t say he’s really been making the most of it.
6:25 left — Well, he isn’t perfect. Burton’s in the box, giving Cincinnati a much-needed man advantage…must say, Trenton’s been playing some fairly stingy D in front of Smitty tonight.
1-0, Trenton through two. They played with a lead for a whole period and didn’t give it away. Color me impressed…
17:00 left — Not a whole lot going on at the moment. I guess it kind of goes without saying considering he has the game’s only goal, but Dan Eves is looking pretty good tonight as well. Probably the best game I’ve seen him play so far.
14:38 left — Chris Dyment takes a tripping penalty…right after the ref raises his arm, I look over to the bench and see Rick Kowalsky throw his arms up in disgust.
13:59 left — Trevor Kell makes it 2-0, Trenton on a shorthanded goal on a 2-on-1 with Jim Henkel. Kell broke up a pass at the blue line, and got around the diving defenseman to create the odd-man rush. Kell passed to Henkel, who then fed it back to Kell, who made a nice deke around Houle to stuff it in the net.
11:51 left — And that Kell goal is now huge, as Olivier Latendresse has cut the lead to one after an easy stuff-in chance on the edge of the right side of the crease. That’s Latendresse’s 14th goal in 19 games.
5:42 left — Smith finally let in somewhat of a softie, allowing a goal on a slapper from the blue line from Barret Ehgoetz with no screen in front of him. It simply beat him through the legs. He wasn’t playing that bad…but that’s a tough one to take. Tied at 2.
1:00 left — Castonguay’s been looking a step slow for this third period…
Tied at two after 60 minutes of play…Trenton’s going into overtime at home for the first time this season.
3:57 left — Mark Van Guilder wins it on a simple wrist shot on the rush…Smith may have been screened by his own man, but he’s got to make the big save there. But he got Trenton a point, at least.
Final Score: 3-2, Cyclones, OT.
* Van Guilder
Post-Game Notes: Lou Lamoriello was in attendance…quotes from Rick Kowalsky coming later tonight
Mark Van Guilder
Three first period Jason Smith saves…
Martin Houle stops a Tyler Burton shot
Burton’s chance on a 2nd period PP
Houle stops Ryan Gunderson after a wide shot from Burton
Next Game: 12/5 vs. Florida
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