Snatching Defeat From The Jaws Of Victory

Haven’t seen a release on the game yet, so let me throw something up here real quick…

Trenton lost, 6-5, in overtime.  They had leads of 3-0 and 4-2 and needed to come back just to tie the game at five midway through the third.

Jack Combs continues to carry the offense, adding another two goals.  Trevor Kell, who apparently returned, Matt Vokes and Slavomir Tomko scored the other goals.  Kell and Luke Lucyk were additions to the lineup, while Jon Howse sat and Kory Nagy was called up.  So yes, they dressed nine forwards and seven defensemen.

Toledo went 4 for 5 on the power play, while Trenton went 3 for 7.

Gerald Coleman made 39 saves in the loss, while Alec Richards, who came into the game in relief of Thomas McCollum, stopped 19 of the 21 shots he saw for the win.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

UPDATE: Here’s the T-Devils release…

(PR) Toledo, OH, January 8, 2010 – The largest first-period scoring output and the most power play goals of the season could not propel the Devils past the Walleye Friday in a 6-5 overtime loss. Trenton’s 3-0 lead shocked the Walleye into a goaltender change, but Toledo chipped away with five special teams goals (four power play, one short handed) including a four-on-three chance in overtime to win the game.

An interference call against Kyle Kucharski put the Walleye on the power play with 17 seconds left in the third, and the extra man chance carried into overtime with the score tied 5-5. In similar fashion to the meeting October 24, Toledo capitalized on its extra-man chance to win the game. J.C. Sawyer had won the game 1-0 ten weeks ago, but this time Mark Nebus scored the game-winner, a wrist shot from the left wing-circle over goalie Gerald Coleman’s left pad after sharp passes from Derek Nesbitt and Sawyer at 1:18 for the 6-5 overtime win.

The Devils had won nine of ten games when leading after two periods, but Friday’s 4-3 advantage going into the third was tenuous, as Toledo had shrunk a three goal deficit to just one. With a power play winding down, Derek Nesbitt took a feed from Sebastien Piche at the right-wing circle and snuck a shot inside the right post for his sixth of the year to tie the game 4-4 at 6:44 of the third. Trenton responded with feverish pressure, but less than a minute after the game was tied, Toledo scored its only even-strength goal of the game. A centering feed from Maxime Tanguay from behind the net connected to Adam Hobson who scored his first goal with Toledo since returning from AHL-Rockford, his 12th of the year.

Jack Combs, who garnered third-star honors, scored his eighth of the season and second of the game to get the Devils back even at 5-5. A marvelous sprawling effort from Jeff Prough not only kept a power play possession in the zone, while on the ice he passed to Combs who came unabated across the slot, beautifully stickhandling around goalie Alec Richards and scoring at 13:34, the Devils third power play goal of the year, a season-high.

Combs had scored the third of four goals for Trenton in the first period. Matt Vokes, Slavomir Tomko and Combs combined to get the Devils up 3-0 less than nine minutes into the first, chasing starting goalie Thomas McCollum. Bryan Ewing’s unassisted short handed tally stopped the bleeding at 12:55 and Evan Rankin’s power play goal got the Walleye within striking distance. Trevor Kell, is his first game since December 26, notched his second point of the game with a power play goal at 19:06 to get Trenton some breathing room at 4-2 going into the second period, but the captain’s return to the lineup could not thwart Toledo’s comeback.

Trenton (12-16-3-4, 32pts) earns a point and pulls to within two of second place Elmira who won in Florida. Toledo (18-13-1-3, 40pts) keeps pace in the competitive North, also remaining in third going into Saturday rematch with Trenton at 7 p.m.

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3 Responses to “Snatching Defeat From The Jaws Of Victory”

  1. titans04 Says:

    Quite an accomplishment you don’t see teams blowing 3 goal leads all that often. Nice to see Kell back and Combs continuing to do well. Now standing at 1-8 in OT games, another feat that’s hard to accomplish.

    Finishing anywhere but first in the division means nothing this year with the playoff alignment. Their 11th out of 12 teams in the conf that’s what matters. Thankfully Johnstown still behind us although the only win they have in their last 10+ is you guessed it.

    Maybe they get lucky tonight.

  2. titans04 Says:

    Mike this deserves it’s own post, congratulations to TG for calling a spade a spade – although it’s probably unfair to Mickey Mouse. For those who absolutely refuse to anknowledge the major shortcomings of Lou I can’t wait to hear the excuses and denials. Still waiting for those with the blinders on to defend what they have accomplished at the minor league level over the past decade.

    http://blogs.northjersey.com/blogs/fireice/comments/devils_owe_their_fans_an_apology_for_leaving_them_in_the_dark/

    Saturday, January 09, 2010
    Devils owe their fans an apology—and more—for leaving them in the dark
    All these years later, the Devils are still a Mickey Mouse organization.

    The Devils long ago put their on-ice reputation as a team in disarray—and Wayne Gretzky’s 1983 Disney-based characterization—behind them, but the organization’s non-hockey-related operations still reek of amateurism 26 years later.

    The latest example of this came Friday night. It was not that the game was postponed because of the lights malfunctioned. It’s not that the repeated efforts by Prudential Center and PSE&G electricians to fix the problem didn’t work or that the Devils, Lightning and the NHL didn’t do everything possible to try to get the game restarted Friday.

    It was the way the team treated its fans by giving them no information about what was going on.

    The game was stopped at 8:18 p.m. when a bank of lights at the Edison Place end of the rink failed. Nine minutes later the teams went to their respective dressing rooms and an announcement was made over the public address that they would return the ice when the issue with lights was resolved.

    There were no other announcements made until after NHL commissioner Gary Bettman made the decision at 10 p.m. to postpone the remainder of the game. Even then, after arena workers came on the ice to retrieve the nets and the teams’ equipment staffs removed the players’ sticks from the benches no announcement was made for at least another five minutes.

    The fans that remained throughout the delay behaved admirably until the final few minutes when their frustration began to boil over. There was some booing and eventually some fans threw a few hats and other items on the ice. Considering the circumstances, that was understandable behavior.

    What was not understandable was the lack of information the fans received while enduring this ordeal. Instead, they were treated to endless silly videos involving the Devils’ mascot on the scoreboard. The least they could have done was put up the television feed from MSG Plus. It’s not as if they had a lot of information—because the Devils did not provide any to the media—they had more through their own hard work than what the fans were being provided with.

    The media in the press box was not given any info by the Devils and the NHL, The only news I was able to scrounge up was through the NHL offices in Toronto.

    A simple announcement at some point that a circuit breaker failed, electricians were trying to fix the problem and everything was being done with the intention of resuming the game would have been sufficient.

    Although Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello was busy exploring all the options to get the game played, a lot of the blame falls on him because there is no one below him that is entrusted to deal with the public in these situations. Either that or no one below him feels comfortable enough to take the initiative to do something without Lamoriello’s approval.

    Devils’ Arena Entertainment president Richard Krezwick would seem to be someone capable of doing that, but nothing was heard from Krezwick until he released a statement through the team at 11:30 p.m. revealing that, “An interruption in power caused a breaker to trip. A computerized lighting system, for one-half of the sports lights, failed to re-boot. “

    Imagine how nice it would have been if Krezwick provided that information to the fans and/or the media at 9 p.m.

    Ownership – Jeff Vanderbeek, Mike Gilfillan or Peter Simon – also might have stepped up and asked someone to fill in the fans during the 90-plus minutes of silence, but they were quiet as well.

    Unfortunately, this is par for the course for this organization, which wonders why it can’t fill its two-and-half-year-old arena on a nightly basis.

    The building’s game operations, which aren’t any better than they were at the Meadowlands, are minor league at best. Their idea of entertaining the fans during intermissions and stoppages in play is to blast music—with sufficient base to distort it – or the mostly unimaginative videos with the mascot.

    When the team tries to do something for the fans, the end result is unprofessional. One promotion allows season ticket holders to sit in on the radio broadcast.

    So, if you were listening to the game Friday night – before it was stopped – or the highlights later on WFAN and heard Matt Loughlin’s call of the third goal, you also head the fan yell, “Oh no!” on the air a few seconds before Steve Stamkos scored. I laughed out loud when I heard that call on my drive home from Prudential Center late Friday night.

    But, that’s what the Devils are here once again – a laughingstock.

    It might have been one of the most embarrassing moments in team history – not that the game had to be postponed, but the way it was handled. In the process, they also gave the league a black eye.

    Bettman should reprimand – or even fine—the Devils for conduct detrimental to the league. If he can do it to a player, he surely can do it an entire organization.

    Regardless, the Devils owe their fans a public apology in addition to tickets to another game or whatever other form of compensation they decide upon.

    It’s time for this organization, beginning with Lamoriello, to realize that no matter how much this team wins, it will always be viewed as Mickey Mouse organization because of incidents like Friday night’s.

    Actually, that term isn’t an accurate one. Disney would never treat its customers that poorly.

    Posted by Tom Gulitti on 01/09 at

  3. tdevils Says:

    I agree 100% with everything he said. The fact that they couldn’t tell the fans anything for a span of two hours is shameful. Nobody blames the Devils for the light issue — which still takes into account the fact that they own the building — but it’s customer service 101 here. There wasn’t a lot they could have done…but what they could have done, they didn’t do.

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