T-Devils Go Undefeated In Preseason

(PR) Elmira, NY, October 9, 2009 – In a game filled with extra-man opportunities, the Devils opened their exhibition schedule Friday night with a 6-5 overtime win over the Jackals in Elmira. Dan Eves scored the game winner on a breakaway at 2:16 of the extra period. Eves’ goal was one of only three even strength scores in the game, compared with seven power play goals and one shorthanded goal.

Trenton’s first power play of the preseason began at 2:05 of the first period after a high-sticking penalty to Jean-Francois David. The unit comprised of forwards Trevor Kell, Mike Harder and Scott Bartlett with blueliners Andy Thomas and Justin Pender, executed the power play to perfection. It took only nineteen seconds to set up a play, cycling on the left side of the zone as Harder passed to Kell who fed it back for a laser shot from Pender which beat Elmira goalie Michael-Lee Teslak to give the Devils a 1-0 lead.

Elmira evened the scoring with a power play goal of its own. The Donati twins, Tyler and Justin, who combined for five points on the night, each had a hand in tying the game. Justin scored on the one-time blast from the left wing circle, getting a pass from David with a secondary assist to Tyler Donati to make it a 1-1 game.

The Devils took the lead back five and a half minutes later. It came 31 seconds into a five-on-three power play, with Pender again using his high powered shot to beat Teslak. This goal was a one-timer as Tim Kunes passed back and forth with the six-foot-four, 210 pound defenseman along the blue line, and finally Pender let loose the lefty blast for his second score of the game.

In the second period, the Devils extended their lead taking advantage of a turnover behind the Elmira goal. Jon Howse came up with the puck and quickly got it to Scott Bartlett near the right post. Bartlett snuck it past Teslak and the Devils led 3-1.

Wes Cunningham netted a power play goal at 6:25 to pull the Jackals to within a goal, but Jon Howse turned the power play against the Elmira, scoring a shorthanded goal with assists from Thomas and Kell. The Devils held a 4-2 lead late in the second.

Elmira had another power play goal before the period expired, with Tyler Donati picking up his second point of the game on a goal assisted by Cunningham and Ben Wright. Less than a minute into the third, the Jackals scored their only even strength goal of the game with Olivier Proulx tying the score at 4-4. Jeff Prough took the lead back for Trenton with the Devils’ third power play goal with assists from Matt Torti and Thomas, and the Devils led 5-4 at 4:26 in the third. Tyler Donati notched his second goal of the game on a power play just two minutes later to retie the score at 5.

The game remained knotted up through the remainder of regulation, as the Devils needed to kill off two more Elmira power plays. In overtime, seconds after an Elmira shot hit the post, the Devils’ Mike Harder turned the puck up ice to Dan Eves. As Eves and Harder crossed the blue line with a two-on-one break, Eves fired it past Teslak on the short side to give Trenton the 6-5 victory.

The Devils play their second and final preseason game Sunday in Reading at 5:05pm. Trenton opens the regular season at home with a pair of games against the Kalamazoo Wings, October 17 at 7 p.m. and October 18 at 4 p.m.

Reading, PA, October, 11, 2009 – The Trenton Devils completed their exhibition schedule with a victory over the Reading Royals, 2-1 Sunday evening at the Sovereign Center in Reading, PA. Jeremy Akeson tallied two points, and was named first star of the game, scoring the Devils first goal and assisting on the game winner. Netminder Dave Caruso was the game’s second star, making 33 saves, including numerous impressive stops during the Royals eight power plays. The lone Reading score came from Stefano Giliati, a game tying goal during a five-on-three power play late in the first period. Tim Kunes scored the game winner for Trenton early in the third period on a shorthanded two-on-one rush, getting a feed across the slot from Akeson.

The game was marred by 27 penalties, resulting in 11 power plays, a power play goal and a shorthanded goal. Four fights led to eight major penalties, all in the first period, while two misconduct penalties were assessed in the third. The most heavily penalized player was the Devils’ Myles Stoesz, who would accumulate 14 penalty minutes. Stoesz was involved in two fights, including one with Gavin Morgan 17 seconds into the first period.

After the early exchange of blows, the teams exchanged fruitless power plays but tempers would flare again midway through the first. Six penalties were called in the span of two seconds. Stoesz got called for roughing and the Royals’ Morgan for interference, but the conflict escalated when Scott Langdon stepped in and started a fight with Stoesz. When play resumed, Gord Burnett of the Devils and Scott Fletcher of the Royals wasted no time dropping the gloves. Three minutes later another fight broke out between Trenton’s Chris Murray and Reading’s Rob LaLonde.

The scoreless tie was broken at 14:45 of the first on a Devils slow developing rush. Akeson took a pass from Trevor Kell and deceived the Royals defense as he stopped on the right wing and then accelerated, unabated from the circle directly toward goalie Beau Erickson. The lefty shooter made a quick move to the backhand in the crease and then used the forehand to flip it past Erickson to give the Devils a 1-0 lead.

Late in the first, penalties finally led to consequences. Tim Kunes was called for a hook at 16:41, Akeson for a slash at 17:47, opening up an extended five-on-three for Reading. With the mass of players to Caruso’s right, Nicholas Bilotto passed the puck from the corner to the left wing circle where Dan Steiner quickly fed Giliati on the weak side. Caruso could not slide back to his left in time to block the open net, and Giliati slapped one home to tie the game at 1-1.

The Devils sustained four Reading power plays in the second period without a score. Dave Caruso emerged as one of the games stars during those penalty kills, making several sparkling saves, stopping outside blasts and point blank shots alike.

In the third, the Devils were able to not only kill off two more penalties, they took the lead on a shorthanded breakaway. Akeson started the shorthanded rush down the right side with Tim Kunes to his left. Akeson fed over to Kunes who beat Erickson for his second point of the preseason and a 2-1 Trenton lead at 3:32.

Trenton’s success on the penalty kill led to a display of frustration from the Royals later in the third. An interference call against Eric Werner led to a game misconduct to Steiner, plus an additional bench misconduct, all at 6:45. Four more penalties were called in the game, two per side, including a ten-minute misconduct against Burnett. The Devils strong defensive play continued and the shorthanded experience came in handy when the Royals pulled their goalie for the last minute of action. Caruso made one more big save in the last 30 seconds and the Devils held on for a 2-1 victory.

The Devils finish the preseason schedule with two wins in as many games, and continue training camp this week before the regular season begins Saturday. The Devils open at home with a pair of games against the Kalamazoo Wings, October 17 at 7 p.m. and October 18 at 4 p.m.

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One Response to “T-Devils Go Undefeated In Preseason”

  1. Shtikl Says:

    A dramatic pic of Caruso in the Reading Eagle write-up,
    http://readingeagle.com/article.aspx?id=161080

    8 game photos in the Elmira write-up
    http://www.stargazette.com/article/20091009/SPORTS01/910090418/Elmira+Jackals+lose+ECHL+preseason+game+to+Trenton

    Welcome back, Mike!

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