Post-Game Stuff (Updated With Audio)

First off, check out my game story in The Trentonian.  It was a fun one to write about.

Secondly, enjoy this fight between Kevin Cormier and Alex Dzielski.  A lot of people asked me how I got the video of the pre-game shenanigans…same reason I got the video of the fight from the start, I could see it coming from a mile away.  Thing is, I expected it to be between Cormier and Spencer, not Dzielski.

As for the pre-game video, feeling like crap all weekend worked in my favor.  I never stay up top in the press box for warmups, but I decided to take it easy yesterday, and it paid off with a nice, exclusive video for everyone to enjoy.

Moving on to the game itself…you see the way these guys have played recently, and it makes you wonder how they aren’t going to make the playoffs.  Elmira is a good team, they really are…probably not as good as last year’s Jackals team, but still good enough to lead the division.  And Trenton absolutely demolished them this weekend.  Demplished them.

But, barring some sort of ridiculous miracle, they’ll be sitting at home once the playoffs start.  And that’s too bad.  Hard as it may be for some of them to believe, I want “my teams” to make the playoffs.  Nobody wants to either be on or cover a bad team, and I’ve been very fortunate in my career to have covered a bunch of playoff and championship teams.

Five of the seven Somerset Patriots teams I’ve covered have made the playoffs — four have won championships, three of the four Trenton Thunder teams I’ve covered have made the playoffs — two have won championships — and the only Trenton Devils team I covered before this made the playoffs as well. 

So all right, enough about all that stuff…

Here’s some downloadable audio from yesterday…

Kevin Cormier’s post-game thoughts

Rick Kowalsky’s post-game thoughts

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

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13 Responses to “Post-Game Stuff (Updated With Audio)”

  1. titans04 Says:

    Boz Scaggs, those guys weren’t even born when that song came out.

  2. Shtikl Says:

    Hmm. South Carolina released Bartlett.

  3. Section 106, Row F Says Says:

    This was a hell of a game! I was surprised how hot the T-Devs were at Saturday’s game, and realy didn’t think they had the stamina to play that way twice….in a row….against the same team….in less than 24 hours!

    ok, ok…I’m putting the cowbell and megaphone away (for now)

    I was really expecting to see Johnson and Spencer go head hunting, and after the beating that Dzielski took, I was surprised there wasn’t more from the Jackals’ goon squad. Pre-game antics must have had some intimidating factor….not a single red sweater backed down or bowed out. I can still hear Trevor Kell saying “save it, Kev, save it for the game”

    The ref wasn’t calling much of it, but then, this is end-all hockey. He knew the T-Devs are do-or-die just as he knew the Jackals were already locked into the post season.

  4. titans04 Says:

    Monday, March 29, 2010
    Devils still haven’t found a 2010-11 home for AHL affiliate
    Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello confirmed that he met with with an official from the Times Union Center today about possibly returning the team’s AHL affiliate to Albany, N.Y., but said “nothing is close” to being done.

    The Devils’ lease with Tsongas Arena in Lowell, Mass. expires after this season. Lamoriello said that keeping the team in Lowell is still the team’s first choice.

    “We are talking to Albany and we have some other options, but our focus is still to stay in Lowell,” Lamoriello said.

    The “other options” might include moving the AHL team to New Jersey. Lamoriello did not rule out that possibility last week, but said it was unlikely to happen next season.

    Lamoriello said there is no immediate rush or timetable for when the AHL team needs to sign a lease for 2010-11.

    Times Union Center general manager Bob Belber was in New Jersey today. The Troy (N.Y) Record reported today that a deal could be done today or Tuesday. Lamoriello said that was not true.

    According to an earlier report, Times Union Center offered the Devils a 10-year lease to bring their top minor league team back to the New York’s capital. The Devils’ AHL affiliate was in Albany from 1993-94 to 2005-06.

  5. chiarams Says:

    “Lamoriello said there is no immediate rush or timetable for when the AHL team needs to sign a lease for 2010-11.”

    No rush at all Lou.

    Not like you bother marketing or selling tickets in advance of the season.

    Hall of Famer my ass.

  6. Shtikl Says:

    This could go on for weeks yet, if Albany’s afraid to call Lou’s bluff and UML is willing to keep playing shill.

  7. titans04 Says:

    Congrats to Dave for being the goalie of the week after his 3 game sweep of the jackoffs,

  8. chiarams Says:

    Imagine if he’d played like this in October/November/December.

  9. Joe Ferraro Says:

    You know what, he and Coleman did play well in most games during the first part of the season. If you recall, the team took an unbelievable amount of penalties per game, almost every game. The defense wasn’t clicking. Caruso & Coleman were getting close to 40 shots per game and most importantly, the team was averaging less than 2 goals a game. The top ranked goalie in the league wouldn’t have won too many games based on those facts.
    Glad the team started clicking and let’s hope they have some luck and sneak into the playoffs.

  10. Shtikl Says:

    Charlotte beat Gwinnett, 2-1, tonight. Is that good news?

  11. titans04 Says:

    I disagree Coleman never had his game together this season. He was a shell of the goalie we saw last year. He was a guy that stole games last season, this year not a single one – at home anyway.

  12. chiarams Says:

    Sorta good news – Gwinnett loses in OT, so they still need to lose another point in their last 3 games.

    As bad as the team played in front of him, Caruso still struggled early on. Coleman is the biggest disappointment of the season.

  13. titans04 Says:

    Fined but not suspended – fingers still crossed he pounds a couple tools on Friday night as a sign of good faith.

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    ECHL Announces Fines And Suspension
    March 31, 2010

    PRINCETON, N.J. – The ECHL announced the following fines and suspension today.

    Elmira and Trenton Organizations Fined

    The Elmira Jackals and Trenton Devils organizations have been fined an undisclosed amount as a result of their players’ actions prior to the start of ECHL Game #689, Elmira at Trenton, on March 28.

    Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the ECHL and the Professional Hockey Players’ Association, player fines collected by the ECHL are given to the PHPA for its ECHL Player’s Hardship Fund.

    Elmira’s Turner, Trenton’s Cormier Fined

    The ECHL announced that Brennan Turner of the Elmira Jackals and Kevin Cormier of the Trenton Devils have been fined an undisclosed amount for their actions prior to the start of ECHL Game #689 on March 28.

    Both Turner and Cormier are fined under Rule 29 Supplementary Discipline.

    Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the ECHL and the Professional Hockey Players’ Association, player fines collected by the ECHL are given to the PHPA for its ECHL Player’s Hardship Fund.

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