Series Status: 3-3 (Best of 7)
Pre-Game Notes (LIVE from SBA): 5:00 PM — If I were a betting man, I’d say there could be a few lineup changes tonight…more later.
6:25 PM — Michael Teslak vs. Jeff Frazee is your goalie matchup. Scott Bartlett is out of the lineup, Myles Stoesz is in. Mike Wilson is playing, Matt Cohen is not.
6:40 PM — If I told you two players had to be separated during warmups, I bet you’d be able to guess…yup, Chaz Johnson and Myles Stoesz. No offense to Stoesz, but if both guys drop the gloves and are off the ice for five minutes, Trenton’s getting the better end of that deal.
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Around The Division: Cincinnati beat Wheeling in Double OT last night to advance to the division finals.
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First Period: 20:00 left — Starters are…
17:01 left — Nice shift by Trenton right there…that’s how they have to play tonight…keep the puck in the Jackals end, play physical and work hard for loose pucks. Great job.
14:03 left — And an awful shift right there…Elmira must have had the puck in Trenton’s end for 90 seconds there. Chris Dyment made a few turnovers and got called for a hook in the process.
13:00 left — Trevor Kell absolutely destroyed Derek Couture with a hit along the boards…Couture then slashed Kell, but hey…why call that?
11:18 left — Justin Coutu with a bad turnover in his own end…Chaz Johnson got it, the puck came out to the front of the net, and Mike Sgroi banged home a rebound to make it 1-0, Jackals. Suffice it to say, losing Matt Cohen really hurts.
10:50 left — TRENTON COMES RIGHT BACK! Eric Castonguay came up the left side and fired a hard shot on Teslak…Teslak made the stop, and dove across the net to make a RIDICULOUS save on Jeff Prough, who raised his arms thinking he scored. He didn’t, but Nathan Perkovich was in the right spot and buried that rebound to tie the game, 1-1.
9:10 left — Tony Zancanaro just accidentally, but very obviously high sticked Sgroi in the face…no call. Honestly, these officials have been brutal.
8:15 left — Ryan Gunderson shot the puck. That, in itself, is news.
6:36 left — Trevor Kell’s in the box for interference…
5:13 left — JEFF PROUGH STEPS UP! He earned that goal…he stole the puck from the Elmira defender behind the net, circled to the front of the net, waited out Teslak and buried a wrister past the goalie’s blocker. 2-1, Devils…SHORTHANDED GOAL.
3:00 left — Great work by Kell, Snetsinger and Henkel…Elmira dinking around with the puck behind their own net all the time sure doesn’t hurt things either.
2:20 left — Wes Cunningham gets two minutes for interference and a ten minute misconduct for some shenanigans after the whistle. Devils PP. Connolly serves the penalty…
2-1, DEVILS, AFTER ONE PERIOD. SHOTS ARE 14-9, TRENTON. THEY DEFINITELY HAD THE BETTER CHANCES AS WELL.
Second Period: Eric Castonguay has 5 of the Devils 14 shots. Brandon Roach and Paul McIlveen lead Elmira with two each.
19:30 left — Dan Eves drills Craig Switzer with a hit behind the net…Switzer very slowly and gingerly skates off.
18:28 left — My goodness Elmira is awful in their own end right now. Trevor Kell nearly capitalizes on another Jackals giveaway, but Teslak makes the glove save.
14:00 left — Refs are letting quite a bit go right now…
13:15 left — David Leaderer’s in the box…PP Elmira.
12:35 left — Oh boy. Chris Dyment, who hasn’t looked good at all this game, with a high stick…long 5-on-3 here. This, obviously, is HUGE.
11:06 left — Chris Korchinski scores his fourth goal of the series, batting in a rebound low and to Frazee’s right. 2-2 game.
10:13 left — Derek Couture squashes Elmira’s momentum with an interference penalty…again, rather obvious call right there.
8:35 left — Elmira’s been very, very aggressive on the penalty kill…Brad Snetsinger created a few chances, but nothing too big…
7:35 left — Stoesz offers to drop the gloves with Johnson. Johnson wants no part of it. The fans love it.
6:09 left — Trenton just letting Elmira cycle right now…they’re controlling the perimeter. They have to apply more pressure or it’s going to cost them.
4:20 left — Brandon Roach is in the box for the Jackals…PP Trenton.
2:46 left — Waaaaaaaaay too much passing on the man advantage right now.
36.4 left — Derek Couture with a bonehead play there…boarding David Leaderer and then yapping to the ref for an extra unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. HUGE power play here for Trenton…the refs will swallow the whistles in the third. Sketchy, sketchy call by the ref there to give the extra 2…he must have said something rather nasty.
2-2, AFTER TWO. SHOTS ARE 24-16, DEVILS.
Third Period: Castonguay and Prough have 6 shots each…Roach and McIlveen lead Elmira with 3 a piece.
16:36 left — Not the T-Devils best effort on the power play there. 0-for-6 now…
15:33 left — Chaz Johnson with a boarding penalty on Trevor Kell…the power play haaaaaaaas to get it going, Elmira keeps giving them opportunities.
14:19 left — This is the best the PP has looked in a while…but they still can’t score.
13:11 left — Jeff Prough accidentally shoots the puck right into Myles Stoesz’s face…he was down for a few seconds and writhing in pain…but appears to be OK. Definitely left some blood on the ice, though.
11:11 left — Stoesz takes a high sticking penalty…big kill here.
9:25 left — So much for the refs swallowing the whistles…Jeff Prough called for the hook. 14 second 5-on-3 for the Jackals.
8:17 left — Elmira takes a 3-2 lead. That’s what scoring on the power play will do for you. Shot from the left point by Paul McIlveen was tipped by Josh Aspenlind and fluttered over Frazee and into the net. 3-2.
7:53 left — Matt Radoslovich boards Chaz Johnson…but Johnson gets called for a dive, too. Wow…I mean, he went down easy and certainly faked being hurt…but that was boarding.
7:06 left — Does Frazee have a rock in his glove or something? Catch it. Hold it.
5:01 left — That’s your game and your series, folks. Chaz Johnson outhustles Trenton to a puck down in the corner, finds Pierre-Luc Faubert wide open and cutting to the slot, and it’s 4-2, Jackals.
3:07 left — Too many men called on Elmira…Kowalsky HAS to use the timeout here, right? And when do you pull Frazee?
2:14 left — Well, no timeout and Frazee’s still in there…
2:14 left (again) — There’s the timeout…Frazee remains on the ice
1:25 left — Steve Yetman makes sure it’s over with a long empty netter. 5-2, Jackals. What a shame…didn’t need to be this way. The power play couldn’t score and that was the difference.
1:01 left — David Leaderer scores with Frazee out again to make it 5-3. Teslak made a few nice scramble saves, but this one’s still in the books…
53.5 left — Elmira ices the puck, Frazee’s out and the draw’s in the offfensive zone.
Final Score: 5-3, Jackals. Jackals win the series, 4-3.
Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com