Beat Writer’s Basement Floods, Team Wins Without Him

(PR) Trenton, NJ, March 13, 2010 – Rookie defenseman Tim Kunes collected points on Trenton’s final three goals of the game, scoring the final two – including his first career game-winning goal – en route to a hard-fought 5-4 victory. The Wings loss was their first regulation loss in 12 games, the last coming on February 17th against the Florida Everblades. Dave Caruso made 27 saves and Kalamazoo’s Ryan Nie made 23 in the loss. The Devils power play went two-for-five on the night while the Wings went three-for-six.

A fast paced first ended 2-1 in the Devils favor starting with Chris Poli’s 10th of the season at 9:17, shaking his defender and wiring a wrist shot to the top left corner from the right wing circle on passes from Dan Charleston and Andy Thomas.

Jeff Prough made it 2-0 with a change-up rebound goal on the power play for his 25th of the season, after David Leaderer intercepted a Nie clearing effort up the slot and put the puck toward the net mouth. Trent Daavettila scored a power play goal of his own on a Ryan McGinnis rebound that kicked off the boards at 16:10 to cut the Devils lead to 2-1.

The Devils went up 3-1 early in the second as Dan Eves, who had two goals against K-Zoo when the teams last met in November, dug the puck out of the right corner and went straight to the post, jamming the puck past Nie on his third attempt for his 16th goal of the season at 3:20. Kalamazoo answered back to make it 3-3 on two very clean passing plays; an even-strength goal by Rick Cleaver, his 28th, at 7:28 and a power play deflection by Dean Strong at 8:58, his 10th this season.

Kunes regained the Devils lead with his sixth of the season at 15:44 of the second on assists by Tony Zancanaro and Trevor Kell. After Luke Lucyk shot the puck into the left-wing corner, Kyle Kucharski helped Kell get the puck at the edge of the trapezoid. With difficulty, Zancanaro put a backhander toward the net that was blocked to the right wing for Kunes. The Huntington, NY native patiently skated around the perimeter of the circle close to the boards before ripping a wrist shot over Nie’s shoulder, ending the second period with the Devils ahead, 4-3.

After a scoreless first half of the third, Dean Strong tipped Tom Morrow’s point shot onto Caruso who made a pad save and the rebound trickled in the crease. As a Devils defenseman tried to find the puck, he inadvertently kicked it into the net for the power play goal at 12:43, tying the game 4-4 and setting the stage for the former Boston College Eagle moments later.

Just over one minute into the Devils fifth and final power play opportunity of the game, Poli received a pass from Charleston down low to the left of Nie. Poli somehow squeezed the pass between Nie and the Kalamazoo defense to Kunes at the opposite point. Less patiently than on his first goal, Kunes blew another wrist shot over the shoulder of Nie, just under the crossbar and inside the long post for the eventual game-winner at 16:33.

Trenton (28-26-4-5, 65pts), winners of three straight remains one point behind the Reading Royals, who defeated the Toledo Walleye 5-4 Saturday in a shootout. The Devils travel to Charlotte, North Carolina next Friday, March 19th for a game against the Checkers before heading to Gwinnett, Georgia for a two games against the Gladiators to close the weekend.

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7 Responses to “Beat Writer’s Basement Floods, Team Wins Without Him”

  1. red devil Says:

    I feel for you…hope you get everything cleaned up.

  2. Trentondevilsfan Says:

    Good luck with the basement.

    Tom Morrow…obviously the child of comedians

  3. titans04 Says:

    Check this out from the Wheeling fishwrap:

    4:47 P.M: Source Says Nailers Considering Johnstown
    By SHAWN RINE, Sports Editor
    POSTED: March 14, 2010 Save | Print | Email | Read comments | Post a comment Email: “4:47 P.M: Source Says Nailers Considering Johnstown”
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    WHEELING — A source out of Johnstown has confirmed that Wheeling Nailers ownership is considering at least a partial relocation of the team to Johnstown next season. The Chiefs will end ECHL play after this season and head to Greenville, S.C.

    Wheeling Nailers co-President Jim Brooks declined comment "at this time."

    For more on the story, pick up a Monday morning edition of The Intelligencer

  4. Shtikl Says:

    That’s interesting, but why would Wheeilng be willing to share their team?

    BTW, if you think Tom Morrow’s parents were jokers… Johnstown just got Bear Trapp from Elmira — and yes, it’s really his given name, not just a nickname:

    http://www.collegehockeynews.com/news/2007/11/15_whats.php

  5. titans04 Says:

    Cause I don’t think the Brooks brother give a crap about Wheeling especially after buying the Phantoms. They’ve threatened the Wheeling market the last two seasons that if attendance numbers didn’t increase drastically they would look elsewhere or sell the team and that too started before buying the Phantoms. Now maybe tomorrow they comeout and say this is total bs, personally I think it means where there’s smoke there’s fire.

  6. Shtikl Says:

    Albany Times Union claims the Devils are negotiating to move their AHL franchise there. Closer to Trenton but not as close as some people were hoping.

  7. somersetdevilsfan Says:

    Stoesz-Mirasty fight is up on youtube now- Myles did quite well in a rock em sockem robots fight.

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