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A Royal Mess Of A Weekend

December 6, 2009

(T-Devils PR) Trenton, NJ – A spirited rally in the last minute of regulation on Sunday afternoon salvaged a point for the Trenton Devils but the Reading Royals prevailed in overtime to sweep the weekend series, while also winning for the sixth time in six games this season.

Sunday’s contest started with a bang. After the Devils dominated play in the opening minutes, captain Trevor Kell delivered a crushing hit on Royal defenseman Rob LaLonde in the Reading zone, shattering the glass on the right wing sideboards. Once play resumed, Reading wasted little time retaliating. Dan Steiner took a pass from Ben Gordon, cruised down the left wing into the Devils zone and whipped a quick wrist shot towards goal that sailed in over Gerald Coleman’s glove to give the Royals the early 1-0 lead at 4:36. Ryan Cruthers then made it 2-0 at 15:38 with his sixth of the year. Gordon and Steiner assisted. The Devils had several quality scoring opportunities and poured on 21 shots in the first, a season high for a period, but were unable to connect on their chances.

The Royals padded their lead five minutes into the second after Marc Cavosie took advantage of a Devils turnover to make it 3-0. The goal seemed to let the air out of Trenton’s tires as the hard pressing offense they exhibited in the first period quieted in the second. When the Devils did penetrate the Reading zone, goaltender Matt Daltonshut them down at every turn.

Kyle Kucharski finally found a way to solve Dalton at 4:19 of the third period when his aggressive forechecking paid off. With Dalton controlling the puck in front of his crease, Kucharski jumped in front of his clearing attempt and found himself all alone in front with the puck on his stick. Kucharski turned and buried his sixth of the year to pull the Devils within two.

Still searching for a way back into the game through the third, The Devils finally broke through in the final minute. Starting a power play inside of the 18-minute mark, Coleman was pulled after a time out, setting up a six-on-four with under a minute left in regulation. Kunes got the puck deep and Dan Eaves gathered at the bottom of the right circle and swung it across the goal mouth for Trevor Kell who slammed it home. Just 31 seconds later, Kunes threw a wrist shot through traffic that found its way through to tie the game at 3-3. Kell and Jeff Prough assisted and the game headed to overtime.

The Royals broke the tie 1:33 into the extra period on Joey Ryan’s second goal of the year. Stefano Giliati sent the puck to LaLonde who controlled the puck on the left wing, buying enough time for Ryan to get to the net and redirect the pass by Coleman.

Matt Dalton earned the win with 35 saves, improving his record to 5-4-0-0 and extending the Royals’ record to 13-8-1-1. The Devils notch their 20th point of the season, and are now tied with Johnstown for third place in the East. Trenton takes to the road to take on the South Divion’s fourth place team, Gwinnett, Wednesday night, and the South’s division leader, South Carolina Friday and Saturday.

Aaaannnd 0 For The Weekend…

December 6, 2009

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At least they managed to steal a point this time — scoring two goals in the final minute to tie the game at three — but the T-Devils lost a minute and a half into overtime, falling to the Reading Royals, 4-3.

Press release coming later…

Royals Top Trenton, 3-2

December 6, 2009

(Royals PR) Reading, PA – The Reading Royals of the ECHL (12-8-1-1=26, 1st East Division), affiliate of the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League and the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League, defeated the Trenton Devils, 3-2, at Sovereign Center in Reading, Pennsylvania. The win marked the fifth consecutive win this season for the Royals over the Devils. Goaltender Beau Erickson (win, 3-1-0-0; 35/37) made a great stop on the first shot he faced on the evening and continued his solid play throughout the game—particularly as Trenton pressed through the third period. Trenton’s Dave Caruso (loss, 3-7-1; 20/23) suffered his second loss of the season to the Royals. Reading got the game winner while playing with the man advantage (1-4); while the Royals’ penalty killers kept the Devils’ power play off the board.

Reading struck first on ‘Teddy Bear Toss’ night 11:08 into the game when Rob LaLonde, playing in his first game since October 25, 2009, fired a shot from the left point that beat Caruso high to the glove side. The puck got a piece of the right pipe and quickly ricocheted out of the net; but the referee quickly ruled that the puck had entered the net and should count as a goal. Reading took a 2-0 lead 3:23 into the second when Daniel Steiner corralled a rebound of a shot stopped by Erickson, circled behind his net and started a rush with a pass to Ben Gordon on the left wall at the defensive blue line. Steiner made a bee-line through the neutral zone, and Gordon hit him with a perfect return feed, sending Steiner breaking into the offensive end. Steiner ripped a rocket as he crossed over the offensive blue line, which beat Caruso five-hole for his sixth of the season.

Trenton got on the board at the 10:48 mark of the second when the Devils’ fore-check bottled the Royals up for a long segment, which ended when Tim Kunes ripped one off the top of the right circle that slipped through for his third of the year. Reading got what proved to be the game winner in the waning moments of the second period while playing with the man advantage. Late in the period, the Royals were on the power play due to a tripping minor assessed against Kory Nagy at the 17:39 mark of the second. As that penalty was about to expire, Trenton’s Mike Harder was called for a disputed delay of game for chipping the puck out of play from the defensive zone with 31 seconds left in the period. Seven seconds later, the Royals’ Ben Gordon worked the puck to Steiner, who was planted at the left side of the crease. Steiner slipped the puck across the top of the crease in an attempt to feed Olivier Labelle; but the puck deflected off the stick of a Trenton defender into the net for Steiner’s second of the night and seventh of the season.

Trenton made it a nail biter early in the third, when Brett Wilson fed the puck from behind the Royals’ net to Harder who was battling for position at the top of the crease. Harder was able to get enough of the puck to punch it in for his third of the season 1:18 into the third. Trenton pounded the pressure through the remainder of the third—outshooting the Royals 14-4 in the final twenty minutes. But the Royals held on for their seventh home win of the season (7-3-0-1).

The Royals and Devils complete their three game weekend series tomorrow afternoon (Sunday, December 6, 2009 @ 4:00 pm) at Sovereign Bank Arena in Trenton, New Jersey. Sunday’s game day broadcast on the Royals Radio Network Presented by Transmissions by Arbogast kicks off at 3:30 pm.