It’s Over…

(PR) Duluth, GA, March 20, 2010 – Shades of Friday’s loss in Charlotte bled into Saturday’s contest at Gwinnett Center. The Gladiators outscored the Devils, 6-4, while serving 24 fewer penalty minutes than their frustrated opponent. Gwinnett’s league leading power play cashed in on two of eight chances, while Trenton’s only extra-man goal came in desperation time late in the third. Three goals in the first and three more in the third helped the Gladiators tie the Devils for 10th place in the hunt for the playoffs.

Dan Charleston backed up his strong performance in Charlotte (two assists) with three points against the Gladiators, including the game’s first goal. Ryan Ginand, who had missed the previous ten games because of injury, swerved through center and found Charleston heading across the blue line. Hooked from behind, Charleston still was able to guide the puck toward the goal and the puck ultimately ricocheted past goalie Danny Taylor, negating the delayed penalty but lifting the Devils to a 1-0 lead at 3:55 of the first.

Gwinnett rattled off the next three scores to take the lead for good. Matt Caruana took a bouncing puck that skipped behind the Devils defense and scored on a forehand to backhand move to tie the game, 1-1, at 7:12. Matt Francis scored the next two goals, first using a bank shot off goalie Dave Caruso’s pads from along the left goal line two seconds after a power play expired. A scrum after the goal led to a two-and-ten penalty to Trevor Kell, and Francis again capitalized with the extra-man. His wrister from the left point caught Caruso off guard, pushing the Gladiator lead to 3-1.

The Devils settled down during the intermission, starting the second frame with the same mature brand of hockey as they had displayed early in the first. Charleston moved the puck to Chris Poli going down the slot who rifled one just inside the left post for his 12th of the season. Dave Leaderer had the secondary assist and the Devils trailed, 3-2, at 4:13 of the second. Trenton survived the rest of the period, with each team managing only eight shots each, also serving three minor penalties each. On one delayed penalty against Gwinnett, the Devils appeared to have scored, but the officials waived it off, saying a Gladiator had touched it up before going in the net.

The third period unraveled for the Devils with Gwinnett scoring three goals in the first ten minutes to take control. Tom Zanoski scored on a rebound goal during a power play at 4:16 of the third for a 4-2 lead. Chris Higgins scored the Gladiators most impressive goal of the night, redirecting a drive from Phil Youngclaus at 6:41. Jason Lawrence capped Gwinnett’s scoring at 9:13 with an uncontested shorthanded goal after Slavomir Tomko turned it over by fanning on a breakout pass.

Desperate to turn things around late in the third, Trenton got two goals to make it interesting, first with Tony Zancanaro redirecting a blind whirl-around shot from Jeff Prough at 10:43 of the third. The Devils had a five-on-three power play goal in final moments, with Trevor Kell driving from the left point with assists to Tim Kunes and Charleston at 17:33. A frantic effort with an extra attacker put the pressure on Taylor and his defense, but the Devils could not close the 6-4 gap.

The Devils (28-28-4-5, 65pts) wrap up their weekend series Sunday at 4pm against the Gladiators (29-28-4-3, 65pts) with the winner moving ahead of the loser for 10th place in the American Conference.

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9 Responses to “It’s Over…”

  1. titans04 Says:

    03/21/2010 Jeff Lerg (G) Trenton Added
    03/21/2010 Luke Lucyk (D) Trenton DEL Released from SPC
    03/21/2010 Mike Maday (G) Trenton Released emergency backup

    FORE!

    The fat lady is singing and the white flag is up. Seriously Jim Mora said it best. In our case having the 3rd worst winning % in the league we have and had no business making the playoffs. Damn referee.

    No mention of throwing away the first 3+ months of the season or lwaving how many points on the table being 1-9 in OT games at one point. Hell we had to go 10-3 just to get to .500.

    On the brightside, we’re teaching the system and that my friends is all that matters.

  2. Season Tickets For Sale Says:

    The name says it all – my decision is based on the lack-lustre performance this year. Mathematically, there is no possible way that this team will see any post season play….unless it’s miniature golf.

    I might get a 12 pack next year just to see hockey, but Lou and Co. should be looking for better, more productive leadership. You’ve lost another long time fan, Devils.

    You talk about the team not waking up for the first 3 months…The coaches didn’t wake up until a month ago. Way too little – way too late!

    Vince Williams should be skewered and toasted like the marshmallow he’s become. Kowalsky should be the fuel for that fire.

  3. chiarams Says:

    Tough to completely kill the coaching staff – you can’t polish a turd and they just haven’t had the horses all season.

  4. titans04 Says:

    Have Vince and Killer caused the Devils AHL affliaite to not make the playoffs the last 11 seasons? The problem isn’t in trenton it’s the steaming pile of management in Lowell. Rick and Vince are only guilty of drinking the Kool Aid, they can only play with the hand they’re dealt and for the last 3 seasons that just isn’t remotely good enough. The guys that turned last season around were guy that we’re even on the roster we were handed when the season started, basically the same this year but to a much lesser degree. A really great 10 wins in a 13 game stretch gave us false hope but really the bottom line is Johnstown is the only team keeping us from being dead last in the league. Congrats to Chris and company. Nice work by Lowell too after looking like they were solidly in the playoffs all season are now in a heated race to hang on. But hey it sure is an honor to see that logo just taking the ice here, what more could we ask for?

  5. ten year ticket holder Says:

    got my new ticket renewal and not going to renew. read about all the things they are going to try to improve,its the same thing everybody has complaine dabout for years. nothing new other than mediocre hockey.so long trenton

  6. Shtikl Says:

    Did you send them a letter detailing the reasons you’re not returning? Or have you concluded that would be a waste of time?

  7. chiarams Says:

    If you’re send a letter to Chris L. be sure to use lots of one and two-syllable words. Wouldn’t want any of your points to go over his head.

  8. Shtikl Says:

    Yep. Words like com-pet-i-tive, con-tend-er, en-ter-tain-ment, ex-per-i-ence, lead-er-ship, mar-ket-ing, par-i-ty, and vet-er-an are probably as foreign to him as fun and fans. Hopefully he understands mon-ey.

  9. chiarams Says:

    Not sure he gets mon-ey, but I know he understands dad-dy and coat-tails.

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