— Stay tuned for audio and/or quotes from Everblades goaltender Barry Brust and Trenton Devils head coach Rick Kowalsky. I also have video of all the shootout attempts, including Ryan Ginand’s controversial final round effort. I took a ton of Everblades photos tonight, so look for those as well.
— According to one player I spoke to after the game, the ice was actually worse tonight than it was on Wednesday. He told me that while it looked better, it was much softer. Softer ice = not good for skating.
— Apparently, the zamboni flat ran out of gas during the second intermission, hence why it needed to be pushed off the ice. It also led to some spotty ice conditions at the start of the third. It was a very interesting scene to see the T-Devils go to head out onto the ice for the third period and Gerald Coleman stop dead in his tracks because the zamboni was still out there and ice was still wet.
— To be honest, I thought the Devils played pretty well. I don’t understand why this team always comes out so flat for the first 5-15 minutes of the game, but it is what it is…can anyone tell me the last time this team scored first at home? But outside of that rough stretch — and the Devils got their first goal during a period in time in which I didn’t think they deserved it — they played well.
— There was a significantly different look to the power play tonight. I think they abandoned it late for whatever reason, but it was very aggressive and looked a lot like what Florida was doing…with all that movement and crisp, creative passing, you were left wondering when they were going to score, not if they were going to.
— Questionable officiating tonight. Not a shocker there. Not a crew I was familiar with, either.
— Nothing can be reviewed in the ECHL, far as I know. That includes shootouts. Having watched my own video of Ginand’s attempt, there’s nothing that definitively shows me that puck went in. Brust himself, and you’ll see what he said later, definitively told me it wasn’t close.
— I got a lot of visits from Everblades fans today as a result of my podcast, and I appreciated that. Stay tuned to this blog long enough, and I’ll have a very neat giveaway for you guys that I stumbled across on my way out of the arena…
Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com