Looking Back And Looking Ahead…

Last season’s home game against the South Carolina Stingrays was one of the most exciting regular season games of the year, if not the most exciting.

Scott Bertoli’s #19 Trenton Titans jersey was retired, with a banner commemorating that headed to the rafters.  Both teams combined for 16 goals in a wild, 9-7 game.

The arena was as full as it would be for the entire season, and Brad Snetsinger scored a hat trick to send the fans home happy.

Tomorrow night at 7 PM, the Stingrays return for their only trip to SBA this year, and bring a largely different team back to Trenton.

Gone is Jonathan Boutin, who allowed all nine goals in last year’s contest.  Here is Braden Holtby, who is just one of the products of a Washington Capitals move to develop outstanding young goaltending.  Holtby, who turned 20 years old a month before the season started, has been nothing short of brilliant wherever he’s played this year.

The 93rd overall pick in the 2008 draft, he’s already earned a brief call-up to the NHL, and has gone 2-1 with a 1.01 GAA and 96.7 save percentage in three games with the AHL’s Hershey Bears this year.  With the Stingrays, he’s picked up two wins in five games and has a goals against average of 3.11 and 90.5 save percentage.

His mask is also awesome.

Holtby is backed up by Todd Ford, who has spent the past six seasons in the ECHL and was drafted in the third round by the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2004.

Defenseman Dylan Yeo also has joined the Stingrays this year after signing an AHL deal with the Hershey Bears.  He was named to the All-ECHL First Team last season after playing with Victoria.

With the ECHL schedule ramming the same teams down your throat for an entire season — if the divisions get changed around, but you still play the same teams all the time, does it make a sound? — seeing the Stingrays will be a nice change of pace for T-Devils fans.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

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2 Responses to “Looking Back And Looking Ahead…”

  1. Shtikl Says:

    Don’t forget blueliner Zach Tarkir, a former T-Devil who had 5 goals and 10 assists in SC’s playoff run last year.

  2. titans04 Says:

    Going to be even tougher without Prough and Murray.

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