Your First Place Trenton Devils…

(PR) A pair of goals by Eric Castonguay and a three-point night by Jim Henkel propelled the Trenton Devils into first place of the ECHL’s North Division, as they defeated the Reading Royals, 3-1, Saturday night.

Wheeling’s win over the Johnstown Chiefs allowed the Devils to move into first place for the first time this season. The Devils have won a remarkable 30 out of their last 45 games after starting the season 3-11-0-1.

Henkel started the scoring 2:44 into the second period. Matt Cohen dished out a pass to the side of the net to Henkel, who tucked the puck under the blocker of Michael Ouzas for his 18th goal of the season.

Not long after the Devils broke the ice, they added another to increase their lead. Henkel combined with Castonguay and Trevor Kell to create the goal. Henkel and Kell cycled behind the net, with Kell finding Castonguay in front of the net, and the right winger put in his 18th of the season at 4:20.

The Royals would start to control the play, but Charlie Effinger stood tall and stopped every Reading shot through the first two periods. He was finally beaten 4:57 into the third on a shot off the faceoff by Ben Gordon.

Castonguay sealed the win for the Devils with his second goal, as part of another nifty passing play between himself, Henkel, and Kell. Castonguay rifled a shot into the top corner from the near circle to put the game away at 6:46.

Effinger made a career-high 40 saves for the win. Henkel’s three-point night was his first of the season. The Devils also ended their losing streak on Saturday night road games, as it was their first win in that circumstance since Effinger’s Trenton debut in Reading on November 15.

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3 Responses to “Your First Place Trenton Devils…”

  1. Al (Philly Devil) Says:

    It’s a credit to the boys and organization. Today they dropped out of first place, but no matter what..I am proud of them. They’ll make the playoffs. Just thankful Eric and Prough are okay after the cheap hits.

  2. Tdevilsfan Says:

    Prough didn’t even miss a shift. Impressive since he didn’t move on the ice for an uncomfortably long period of time. I’m sure they’re told if you’re not sure, don’t move….still it was scary. It’s not like the ref didn’t see the Castonguay hit either; he was staring right at it.

    Would’ve been great to at least get a point out of that one and they probably would had the ‘D’ not let them down, but it’s a heck of a wild ride we’re on.

    Much more than I expected back in November, that’s for sure.

  3. titans04 Says:

    Agree hopefully they’re both ready to go in Elmira tonight. Be great to see them put Sunday behind them and bring home the two points.

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