Game 40: Johnstown @ Trenton

Pre-Game Notes (LIVE from SBA): 5:20 PM — You want pre-game notes? Enjoy. I’ve got nothing right now…so please enjoy my stupidity for the time being.

Will be toning down the live blogging today quite a bit. Honestly, the amount of hits and comments this blog gets doesn’t really warrant the amount of work that’s put into it…but this is just a one game thing, and I really just want to be able to watch the game for a change. The game thread will still be updated, just not as often as usual.

6:20 PM — Kevin Cormier will play tonight, Thomas Harrison goes on IR.  Evidently, Johnstown has traded Mike Sgroi as well.

6:45 PM — Gerald Coleman vs. Kris Mayotte is your goalie matchup.

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: 16:17 left — Chris Dyment was way too hesitant on the blueline on the powerplay, and ended up turning the puck over to Sean Berkstresser.  Berkstresser beat Coleman to the stick side on a breakaway, and Johnstown takes an early 1-0 lead.

JOHNSTOWN LEADS, 1-0, AFTER 20 MINUTES.  TRENTON MANAGED A WHOPPING 12 SHOTS THIS PERIOD, COMPARED TO THE 13 THEY HAD ALL GAME YESTERDAY.  NOT TOO MANY QUALITY CHANCES THOUGH, AND JOHNSTOWN DID EXACTLY WHAT TRENTON DID YESTERDAY AND CAPITALIZED ON ONE OF THE HANDFUL OF CHANCES THEY GOT.  TRENTON WILL START THE SECOND ON A POWER PLAY.

Second Period: 17:56 left — Trenton came out flying on the power play, getting a lot of good chances, but Kris Mayotte stopped them all…

17:00 left — We’ve got a tie game here.  Dan Eves gets his first goal with his new number.  Matt Torti and Tony Zancanaro get the helpers.  1-1.

14:44 left — Nice set-up on Trenton’s power play goal.  Eric Castonguay faked a shot from inside the blue line, instead passing to just inside the left circle.  Matt Cohen’s initial attempt was denied, but Trevor Kell beat Mayotte through the legs to give Trenton a 2-1 lead.

12:58 left — Just got a release from Johnstown that Mike Sgroi was traded to Utah…knew he got traded, just didn’t know where.

7:04 left — Trenton has a goal waved off when the ref lost sight of the puck.  Haven’t seen that about 10 times this year.  Anyway, Trenton’s outshooting Johnstown, 23-8, so far.  There’s been a real good pace to this period, and Trenton’s been controlling the play for most of it.

6:16 left — Matt Torti and Todd Griffith drop the gloves after a battle after the whistle.  Torti’s first scrap of the year.  Griffith gets the well-earned instigator and the extra two minutes.  He will feel shame.

44.2 left — Gerald Coleman was very, very animated after Johnstown’s goal, and understandably so.  One of Johnstown’s players came through the crease and knocked him over.  Amazingly, the ref allowed the goal to stand.

Petr Pohl had a basically empty net to shoot on, and buried the puck to tie the game at 2-2.

GAME IS TIED AT TWO THROUGH TWO PERIODS.  TRENTON IS OUTSHOOTING JOHNSTOWN, 36-17.  BUT THE CHIEFS TIED THE GAME ON A TOTAL BS GOAL.  TOTAL BS.  EVEN IF THE CONTACT WAS UNINTENTIONAL, THE REF CAN STILL WAVE THE GOAL OFF WITHOUT CALLING A PENALTY.

Third Period: The Torti fight is now posted…

Dylan Quaile, Chris Dyment and Kevin Cormier are the only three Devils without at least one shot.  Jim Henkel leads the team with six.

19:18 left –Wacky goal to start the period.  David Leaderer more or less whiffed on a shot from the left point, but it either bounced over Mayotte’s pad or Jeff Prough got a rebound…either way, it was an odd sequence.  3-2, Devils.  Prough got credit for the goal…

12:10 left — The officiating in this game has been pretty poor.  Coleman’s been run twice now with no call, and he then played the puck in the restricted area with no penalty, not to mention Trenton’s waved-off goal and Johnstown’s goal that shouldn’t have counted.  Yikes.  Still 3-2.

4:17 left — Trenton had a long 5-on-3 and a lenghty power play after a double minor for high sticking, and couldn’t convert.  Kris Mayotte’s been very good tonight, making 44 saves so far for the Johnnies.

1:39 left — Johnstown calls timeout after taking a penalty for interference with Gerald Coleman…fourth time he’s been run into this game, and they finally make a call at the worst possible point in the game for the Chiefs on probably the lightest contact of all of them.  Interesting choice.

58.2 left — Bad tripping penalty by Brad Snetsinger gives the Chiefs a big shot to tie it up here.  It’ll be 5-on-4 with Mayotte pulled for the extra attacker…

Final Score: 3-2, Devils

Three Stars:

* Jeff Prough
** Trevor Kell
*** Kris Mayotte

My vote: Prough-Mayotte-Coleman

Post-Game Notes: Eight consecutive wins at SBA establish a new team record.  Nine wins in January is also a team record, with two games left to play in the month.

Pre-Game Photos:

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Mike Bartlett

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Brett Beauchamp

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Kyle Bushee

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Gerald Coleman

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Chris Cuppett

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Charlie Effinger

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Kris Mayotte

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Mayotte

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Petr Pohl

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David Schulz

In-Game Videos:

Fight Videos:

Next Game: 1/30 @ Elmira

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

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2 Responses to “Game 40: Johnstown @ Trenton”

  1. red devil Says:

    say it’s not so, your not quitting!

  2. tdevils Says:

    I’m not…just more or less taking a game off despite still being here to cover it.

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