Game 50: Reading @ Trenton

Pre-Game Notes (LIVE from SBA): 4:55 PM — As usual, there’s not a whole lot going on around here at this time.  I’d expect to see Gerald Coleman between the pipes for Trenton and Michael Ouzas for Reading. 

Rob Lemelin got called up from the EPHL’s Jersey Rockhoppers to serve as Reading’s emergency backup with James Reimer filling the spot in AHL Toronto that was left when Justin Pogge got called up to the Maple Leafs.

5:30 PM — The biggest news of the day so far is me convincing T-Devils Director of Community Relations Kristen Bartholomew to try the pulled pork from Mannino’s.  So, you know, not a big news day just yet.  And that news, of course, will clearly be trumped by whether or not she actually likes it.

For the record, big thumbs up to Mannino’s for stepping in and taking over the press catering.  I don’t get paid for saying this, but you should definitely head over there.  Tell them Mike Ashmore sent you.  And then they’ll ask you who the hell I am.  But still, it’ll be a night of unintentional comedy and good food. 

There are also some wild rumors flying around the arena that there may be a hot dog eating contest during the first intermission in honor of dollar dog night.  Clearly, I wasn’t asked to participate because of how I’d dominate.

5:35 PM — Well, it would appear there’s some actual news after all.  Looks like Trenton has re-signed Tim Judy, who was let go a few days back.  No idea if he’ll be playing tonight as there are 16 players listed on the current T-Devils roster.  Not sure how far along Eric Castonguay is in his return from a possible concussion…

6:50 PM — ‘Tis indeed Coleman vs. Ouzas.  I don’t think the question is whether Kevin Cormier will fight Bobby Davey, but when…no word on if Ricky Bobby will be involved.

6:52 PM — Here are your starters…

READING

Ouzas
Hersley-Stamoulis
MacDonald-Rudisuela-Hooton

TRENTON

Coleman
Cohen-Leaderer
Radoslovich-Prough-Akeson

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

First Period: 20:00 left —

Dear ECHL,

Please stop scheduling games in Trenton during the week against teams like Reading.  There are, perhaps 250 people in the stands.  Perhaps.

Thanks,

Mike

17:08 left — T-Devils power play after a Dinos Stamoulis trip…

14:51 left — Jim Henkel had a real nice chance early on, but Ouzas made a desperation stop…

14:34 left — Tyler Doig’s in the box for Reading, leading to another T-Devils PP.

12:37 left — Michael Ouzas has already had to make 12 saves.  But he hasn’t let anything past him yet…

12:07 left — Scratch that…Trevor Kell gives Trenton a 1-0 lead on a pass from Kevin Cormier, who finally gets his first ECHL point.  1-0, Devils.

9:55 left — Reading with their first sustained pressure of the game, Gerald Coleman denies Doig on a few chances in tight.

4:47 left — Reading with an absolute turd of a goal.  I mean really, that may be the most professional way I can describe it.  Trenton lets Brock Hooton cut into the center from the right side boards, and he softly floats a backhander that gets tipped past Coleman.  1-1.

4:19 left — Jeff Prough will have none of this tie game business.  He takes a feed in the slot and buries it past Ouzas to give Trenton a 2-1 lead.

DEVILS LEAD, 2-1, AFTER ONE PERIOD.  SHOTS ARE 19-9, TRENTON.

Second Period: 19:30 left — Jeremy Akeson hits the top left corner of the net where the pipe meets the crossbar, but it stays out…

7:36 left — David Leaderer buries a hard wrister from just outside the left faceoff circle, putting it up top, blocker side.  3-1, Devils.

37.8 left — Matt Radoslovich puts one home to make it 4-1, Devils.

4-1, DEVILS.  SHOTS ARE 34-17, DEVILS. 

Third Period: 16:26 left — Trevor Kell takes a penalty and gives Reading the man advantage in this simply riveting contest…

Final Score: 4-1, Devils

Three Stars:

* Prough

** Radoslovich

*** Akeson

My vote: Prough-Akeson-Cormier

Post-Game Notes:

Pre-Game Photos:

judy

Tim Judy

lemelin2

Rob Lemelin

nimmo1

David Nimmo

In-Game Videos:

Fight Videos:

Next Game: 2/20 vs. Wheeling

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

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7 Responses to “Game 50: Reading @ Trenton”

  1. Al (Philly Devil) Says:

    Solid win, took care of business against a last place team. I must admit though, not a lot of quality shots against GC, a couple of real nice saves on deflections..he was still tested very little. GC was very tenative covering up some pucks and at times looked uncomfortable, not really confident. Maybe GC played down to the RR level, it seemed as he battled the puck again tonight in some areas of his game. It seemed as though the entire team was sluggish in the first 10 mins.

    T-Kell played a very good game, but he took a bad offensive zone penalty late in the third. However, did people see the nice pass by Cormier on T Kell’s goal? Now that was cool to see out of Kevin. Jeff Prough is playing very well and Akeson is coming on as a solid power forard. Wha tha Lemelin’s kid on the bench?

    As far as the amount of people who came to the game tonight and the ECHL not scheduling weekday games at Trenton..I say screw that. I like these weekeday games and especially when they begin at 7 PM and a bonus on nights when the NJ is not playing. Hell, I say throw in a few more of these games and more $1 hot dog nights. I’m there, the boys are there and that’s all that matters to me. Also, I know a few other Devs fans who come from North NJ and Middlesex counties and they are in the same boat as me., like I care if a bunch of kid groups can’t come!

    Solid win over a last place team. Nothing more, nothing less.

  2. Mike M Says:

    Count me as a North Jersey Fan who went last night (couldn’t resist the call of $1 Hot Dogs).

  3. Tdevilsfan Says:

    Trenton/Reading was always a heated rivalry, but Reading stinks this year and the fans have developed a greater level of hate towards the cheapshot artists from Elmira. I don’t mind weekday games myself; breaks up the work week.

    The challenge will be remembering Sunday’s game is at 6 instead of 4…

  4. tdevils Says:

    I like the mid-week games as well…but it’s pretty clear that isn’t the consenus when you look at the crowds they get.

  5. titans04 Says:

    You must be using the term crowd in jest.

  6. chiarams Says:

    Why not just play all games midweek so 400, er “1851” people can show up every night.

    Sounds like a perfect marketing plan for the Devils to employ.

    Profit be damned.

  7. titans04 Says:

    Sure fire way to end this experiment sooner rather than later.

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