Archive for January, 2010

They Won. Discuss.

January 31, 2010

(PR) Estero, FL, January 30, 2010 – Offensive firsts propelled the Devils to a 6-3 victory over the Everblades Saturday at Germain Arena. Ryan Ginand posted Trenton’s first hat trick of the season, Justin Coutu scored his first goal of the season and Andy Thomas marked his first multi-point game, as Trenton took the rubber match of the three game series.
Saturday’s contest mirrored Friday’s, with roles reversed. It was Trenton taking a two-goal lead in the first period and fending off numerous comebacks from the Everblades. Ginand set up Trenton’s first goal at 3:38, skating the puck to the goal mouth with a few whacks from him, Thomas and the eventual scorer, Matt Vokes. Ginand got his second goal on a shorthanded breakaway at 8:51. His fantastic stick handling fooled Chris Beckford-Tseu for the 2-0 Trenton lead.
Brandon Buck closed the gap with a power play goal for the Blades at 9:27, but Ginand reasserted Trenton’s two goal edge with his second of the game at 17:04, handling through the mid-slot before rifling one past Beckford-Tseu’s shoulder, with Thomas and Tony Zancanaro assisting. The Devils led 3-1 at the end of one period.
Milan Gajic replicated Friday’s two-goal, scoring twice in the second period to knot the game 3-3. Both came on the power play in the first seven minutes of the period as Florida ended up converting on three of its seven extra-man chances. The Devils lone power play goal reclaimed the lead at 10:07. Ginand, who had several chances to pick up the hat trick, finally tallied his third goal during a Devils five-on-three. With Slavomir Tomko and Tim Kunes working the puck at the points, Ginand took the puck from the left wing and fired it toward the goal mouth and it snuck past Beckford-Tseu for a 4-3 advantage.
The Devils added insurance late in the second, as Justin Coutu blasted one from the neutral zone on goal that ticked off Beckford-Tseu’s glove and into the net for his first goal of the year at 19:28. In the third, Kyle Kucharski’s breakout pass set up a two-on-one led by Dan Eves. Down the right wing, Eves used pin-point accuracy to beat Beckford-Tseu just inside the long post and under the cross bar for the final score of the night at 5:36, his tenth of the year.
Dave Caruso was solid in net, making his first appearance since suffering a knee injury in Reading nearly two weeks ago. The former Ohio State Buckeye stopped 33 of 36 Florida shots.
The Devils (16-20-4-5, 41pts) return to New Jersey collecting four out of six possible points on their trip to the Sunshine State. They remain in third place in the East Division, eleven points better than Johnstown. Trenton will play its next eight games against East Division Rivals, starting with the Chiefs Wednesday at 7 p.m., the first of a four game homestand.


They Lost. Discuss.

January 30, 2010

(PR) Estero, FL – Early penalties led to two power play goals for the Everblades Friday at Germain Arena. A 2-0 lead established three minutes into the contest set the tone and helped the Florida to a 5-4 win over the Devils.

A scuffle 45 seconds into the game landed Tony Zancanaro in the box for roughing. With 20 seconds left on the Devils’ ensuing penalty kill, Slavomir Tomko took a holding call which led to a brief five-on-three. Just 13 seconds later, with goalie Gerald Coleman sprawling on the ice after the initial chance from Scott Hotham, Milan Gajic weakly tipped the loose puck toward goal mouth and into the net for a 1-0 lead. Still Just 30 seconds later, Sean Guthrie beat Coleman from the right wing circle after a rush started by Jordan Morrison for a 2-0 lead.

The Devils (15-19-4-5, 39pts) remain in third place in the East Division, nine points better than Johnstown. Florida (22-16-2-4, 50pts) keeps pace with the second place Charlotte Checkers who defeated Johnstown Friday. The rubber game between the Devils and Everblades is Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Win Chris Beckford-Tseu’s Stick

January 28, 2010

There’s a report out there that the Florida Everblades are set to lose goaltender Barry Brust to the Houston Aeros.  So that would mean that Chris Beckford-Tseu is likely to be between the pipes when Florida hosts Trenton on Friday and Saturday night.

Now, the last time Florida played Trenton, they were at the Sun National Bank Center.  After one of the games, a broken Beckford-Tseu stick was sitting in the trash can, waiting to be thrown away.  A few players were chatting outside the locker room, and I asked them if it was OK if I took it and gave it away, and they agreed.

So that’s how I have it.  And now, you can have it…if you, uhhh…want that sort of thing.

It’s a new-style Reebok goalie stick, and is badly broken in two places on the paddle.  It’s held together by the top layer, and cannot stand on its own…although I suppose you could reinforce it with some tape.

To win the stick, send me an e-mail to mashmore98 AT with the subject “Stick Giveaway” and predict how many combined saves Beckford-Tseu will make on Friday and Saturday against Trenton.  Closest to the actual number wins.  In the event multiple people get it right, I’ll do some sort of tiebreaker.


Do not post your answer in the comments!  E-mails only!

As an aside…uhhh, yes I get that this is a Trenton Devils blog.  And I’d love to do stuff like this with Trenton Devils stuff.  I’m honestly not sure what happens to the broken sticks and other stuff they don’t use anymore.  I’m hoping to check out a morning skate sometime next week, so maybe I’ll speak to Dan D’Uva first and then Rick Kowalsky and see if maybe we can set some sort of regular contests up.

The Everblades Side Of Things…

January 28, 2010

It’s 3:30 AM and I just finished preparing for my weekend call-up of sorts to the AHL.  I wouldn’t look for my name in the transactions — perhaps that I sign a PTO with Worcester on Friday, get released from that, sign one with Hartford on Saturday, get released from that, and then possibly re-sign with Worcester on Sunday — but I would look for some features to come out of this trip eventually.

I will also have a Matt Cohen feature for you guys in the very near future.

But anyway, here’s a link to Woody Wommack’s game story on Trenton’s 2-1 win over Florida.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT

Big Win In Florida

January 27, 2010

After getting out a 2-0 lead in the second period, the Trenton Devils allowed one late goal, but managed to hang on for a 2-1 win over the Florida Everblades in the first game of their three-game set in Estero, Fla.

Rick Kowalsky dressed the exact same ten forwards and six defensemen as he did for the win over Johnstown…although it should be noted that Dave Caruso is now healthy enough to dress as the backup to Gerald Coleman, who made 29 saves and was the game’s second star.

The win gives the Devils 39 points on the season (15-19-4-5) and moves them to within five points of Elmira for the eighth and final playoff spot.  Stay tuned for the team’s press release…

Stingrays Add Bartlett

January 26, 2010

The South Carolina Stingrays have signed former Trenton Devils forward Scott Bartlett to a contract. 

Bartlett joined the Devils last season after a successful collegiate run, but couldn’t replicate that at the pro level.  In 61 games with Trenton over the past two seasons, he scored seven goals and added just seven assists.  He dressed in only one playoff game against Elmira last season, and was ultimately released — alongside Matt Torti — a few months into this season.

There is no truth to the rumor that this was done to spite the Stingrays fan posting on here…

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT

POLL: Which Alumni Feature Do You Want Next?

January 25, 2010

I’m also planning on — just as I was last year, but I’m actually going to pull it off this year — unveiling an off-season series of ECHL alumni pieces as well.  Depending on how well a few trips this year go, I should be able to break out a “Remember The Titans” alumni series, where I talk to a few Titans who went on to play in the NHL.  I should be in Hartford on Saturday to speak with Steve Valiquette, and will be in Nashville in early March to speak with Jerred Smithson.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT

Post-Game Audio

January 23, 2010

To be honest, I’m pretty exhausted and have to get up pretty early for a long day tomorrow as well…so here’s post-game audio from…

Dan Charleston (850kb)

Ryan Ginand (1.3 MB)

Rick Kowalsky (1.6 MB) (Updates on Caruso, Poli)

Talk amongst yourselves, kids.  And enjoy how the beat writer tries to recover after his first question in the Ginand audio…

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT

Pre-Game Notes

January 22, 2010

It’s John Murray vs. Gerald Coleman tonight.  Shocker.  Both Carter Lee and Dan Charleston were out there in warm-ups.  Didn’t notice Chris Poli out there.

UPDATE: No Poli, no Kyle Kucharski either.  Will have plenty to ask after the game, it seems…

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT

Your Morning Update

January 22, 2010

Two things…

One, Dave Caruso’s mystery injury might be a little more serious than first believed if the team has brought in noted newspaper star Anthony Felice as the emergency backup.  Either way, seems safe to assume that Gerald Coleman will be manning the pipes for the evening.  Still no word on Chris Poli.  If #14’s out there during pre-game warmups, you can all breathe easy.  If he isn’t…uh-oh.

Two, Johnstown has brought in former Miami of Ohio captain Brian Kaufman…he’s expected to play for the Chiefs this evening.  He was assigned to the club by the AHL’s Houston Aeros, and was the Redhawks captain when they made it to the NCAA Championship game last year.  He’s played in 23 games with Gwinnett this year, and posted a 2-3-5 line.

As far as stuff regarding whether Carter Lee makes it off the side of the milk carton or any other roster moves, check back later in the day when I should hopefully have some sort of info from the arena…I’m on Trentonian duty for the evening, so I’ll have my usual post-game updates as well.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT