Game 9: Dayton @ Trenton

Pre-Game Notes (LIVE from SBA): This is the first of back-to-back matchups against the Dayton Bombers.  If you go to the Dayton Bombers section in the ECHL media guide, Dayton is 21-38-6 against Trenton all-time.  However, if you go to the Trenton Devils section, Trenton is 44-18-8 all-time against the Bombers.

In any event, I’m pretty confident that Trenton was 6-4 against Dayton in 2007-08.

I’ll be curious to see if David Shantz starts both games for the Bombers.  The Panthers 37th overall pick in 2004, Shantz has spent some time in the NHL with Florida, although he never appeared in a game.  During a trip to Columbia late last season, I got to see him play for the Everblades, where he looked pretty sharp.

Somewhat interestingly, he lost the game in a shootout, in which the game-winning goal was tallied by Kris Sparre, who just played in Trenton as a member of the Idaho Steelheads.

5:00 PM — The Trenton Devils have acquired Mark O’Leary from Reading.  Oh, they finally signed a goalie, you ask?  Nope, he’s a left wing.  O’Leary was 0-0-0 in five games for the Royals this year with six penalty minutes.  He’s spent parts of the past two seasons in the CHL, and also has 16 games of experience in the AHL with Grand Rapids last year.

Dan McGoff is expected to return tonight or tomorrow, and Gord Burnett will wear #12 in his home debut.

Sounds like Jeremy Akeson and Chris Dyment are close to returning as well.

And on a serious note, there is no news regarding the addition of a goalie.  If Jason Smith gets a shutout or gets sunburn on his neck after the red light turns on ten times, I plan on asking Rick Kowalsky after the game when the team plans on addressing the situation.  I don’t want anyone to take that as an indictment of Smith’s play, I’d ask the same question if Jeff Frazee was here and Smith wasn’t.  The point is, is that you just can’t have one goalie in this league.

6:15 PM — Projected lines are the following:

Kell-Pilkington-Castonguay
Henkel-Burton-O’leary
Radoslovich-Bartlett-Harrison
Gerbe

6:20 PM — How to beat David Shantz one-on-one.  I took this while down in Columbia to see the Inferno take on the Everblades last year.  That’s current Idaho Steelhead Kris Sparre who gets the game winner…

7:15 PM — Paul Drew will get the start in net tonight for Dayton, as Trenton becomes the team that everyone will play their backup against.  Look at Drew’s college numbers.  No excuse for not winning this game tonight.  Pictures coming at some point…little behind tonight.

Around The ECHL:

Around The Division:

Live Box Score: Click here for the ECHL.com updated boxscore from tonight’s game.

Radio Broadcast: Click here to listen to Paul Roper’s radio broadcast of tonight’s game.

First Period: I’ll have pictures posted after the first…

14:00 left — Gord Burnett’s in the box for roughing, Dayton on the PP.  Trenton dominated the first two shifts, but that’s about it.  Shots on goal are…uhhh, who knows?  The scoreboard still doesn’t work.

1:20 left — Trenton has six shots, and Dayton has five.  Pretty flat period for both teams, really.  A few chances here and there, but nothing outstanding.  But the Devils will be on the man advantage at the end of the period…

53.2 left — ERIC CASTONGUAY GIVES TRENTON A 1-0 LEAD, COMING UP THE RIGHT SIDE AND BEATING DREW CLEANLY.  1-0, TRENTON.

1-0, TRENTON AFTER ONE PERIOD.  PICTURES AND HIGHLIGHTS COMING.

Second Period:

9:04 left — Arnold Schwarzenegger Nathan Schwartzbauer ties the game at one for Dayton.  We shall never speak of this goal again.

6:01 left — The good news is that the shots on goal are back on the scoreboard.  The bad news is that a random penalty on #11 with 1:49 left is also stuck up there.  But now Gord Burnett takes another penalty, so it’s all worked out.

1-1, AFTER SECOND PERIOD.

Not a whole lot going on for either team, still.  I thought a few of Trenton’s guys showed more life in the second — imagine Trenton coming out flat in the first, that sure would be hard to believe — but they really didn’t generate anything.

Third Period:

18:49 left — If Charles Barkley were looking at the ice, he’d tell you it looks turrrrrrrible right now.  The SBA ice is as bad as I’ve seen it all season. 

18:29 left — JIM HENKEL SCORES ON A LITTLE TIP-IN PLAY ON A PASS FROM DAN MCGOFF IN THE CORNER.  2-1, TRENTON.

12:29 left — The Devils have controlled the play for most of the period, and now go on the power play for the fourth time tonight.  2-1, Trenton.

11:40 left — Brett Pilkington just got stuffed on a great chance, in close.  For the most part, though…he’s been a little frustrating to watch.  He’s always one of the better players on the ice, but he seems to be more of a playmaker, and is very hesitant to shoot.

10:56 left — TYLER BURTON SCORES TO MAKE IT 3-1, TRENTON.  THAT’S TWO POWER PLAY GOALS TONIGHT FOR THE DEVILS. 

7:19 left — Elmira, seemingly out of it, scores.  3-2.  Goal to Mike McLean.  The momentum appears to be shifting a bit…

2:57 left — Unbe-freaking-lievable.  Dayton ties it at three with a shot from the point through a screen…it may have been tipped.  McLean gets credit…

1:43 left — Dan McGoff gift wraps Dayton’s win with a delay of game penalty.  The Bombers, of course, quickly put one home and get the lead.  There was a scramble in the crease, and the puck trickled past a sprawled out Smith.  4-3, Dayton.  Justin Bowers in line for the GWG.  If you’ll all excuse me, I’ll now be wiping my butt with my three stars ballot, because that’s obviously wrong.

GAME OVER.  TRENTON LOSES 4-3 AND GETS BOOED.  DESERVINGLY SO.  TERRIBLE, TERRIBLE LOSS.  AND IT WAS MORE OF THE SAME…THEY CAN’T PLAY WITH A LEAD.

Final Score: 4-3, Trenton.

Three Stars:

* McLean
** Bowers
*** Henkel

Post-Game Notes:

Pre-Game Photos:

burton

Tyler Burton

drew

Paul Drew

drew2

Drew

drew3

Drew

felice2

Anthony Felice

kell

Trevor Kell, through a screen of sorts…

looby

Mike “Hotel” Looby

mcgoff

Dan McGoff

oleary

Mark O’Leary

radoslovich

Matt Radoslovich

shantz

David Shantz

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Shantz

shantz3

Shantz

In-Game Videos:

1st Period: Mark O’Leary’s near miss on Paul Drew

1st Period: Jim Henkel’s missed deflection on the PP off a Gunderson shot.

Fight Videos:

Next Game: 11/8 vs. Dayton

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

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One Response to “Game 9: Dayton @ Trenton”

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