Here’s my post-game chat with Rick Kowalsky. Click here to download and listen.
Considering these notes are brought to you by NyQuil, they’ll be brief…
— That’s the best game I’ve seen Dave Caruso play. He was especially sharp with the glove hand, and he made all the saves he needed to make. For as hard as he works and for as well-respected as he is, it was nice to see him get the shutout.
— As you know, Toledo came back and beat Wheeling, which is hardly the ideal situation for Trenton. They remain three points out of the playoffs with now just three games remaining. Virtually any loss eliminates them, for all intents and purposes.
— In my opinion, I think Matt Vokes turned the momentum of the game in Trenton’s favor. Yes, Tony Zancanaro scored the first goal of the game — and a nice one at that — but the way Vokes aggressively forechecked, created the turnover and found a cutting Dave Leaderer for the goal was a play that Kowalsky can cut together and show over and over again as an example of what he wants from this team.
— Kevin Cormier scored. I mean, come on. You know they’re not going to lose when he gets on the board. It was actually a nice goal, too. He was in the right place at the right time and earned it.
— I really didn’t think Andy Chiodo was that bad, to be honest. He got peppered with some quality chances…and on this night, anyway, Trenton was clearly the better team. I was a little surprised when Steve Martinson pulled Chiodo for Julien Ellis…unless he was trying to “save” him for tomorrow.
— Be sure to check out my game story in The Trentonian. And, of course, feel free to let them know how I’m doing. I’ll be doing some Trenton Thunder games for them in April — at the very least — so it seems my work has been noticed to some extent.
Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com