Here’s the link to my game story in The Trentonian. Let us never speak of it again. There are at least two screw-ups in there, both my fault…I had to scramble to re-write a bunch of stuff after Reading’s game went the way it did, and I didn’t have the time I would have wanted to proofread my story.
No, Tyler Donati does not have a twin brother named Tyler. And Rick’s last quote is missing the word “it.”
How it works, usually, is I have to send a “running” story as soon as the game is over, and then a “quoter” for online and the second edition once I come back up. Usually, those two stories aren’t too different. This time, I had a whole other story submitted by the time I had to go down to the locker room.
TRENTON — For tonight to mean anything, the T-Devils needed to make the most of last night.
Now, tonight means everything.
Thanks to the Reading Royals losing to the Wheeling Nailers in regulation and the T-Devils 5-3 victory over the Elmira Jackals, Trenton is now one point behind the Royals for the eighth and final playoff spot in the American Conference with one game remaining.
Their opponent in that game? The Reading Royals.
In essence, the playoffs start one game early for both teams, as tonight will essentially serve as a play-in game. However, Trenton must win in regulation to secure a playoff berth, as Reading holds not only a one point advantage but the tie-breaker over Trenton, having two more wins than the T-Devils with one game to play, making it impossible for Trenton to catch them in the win column.
Tonight’s game, which will be played in Reading, would have been meaningless if things didn’t go the T-Devils way last night. Although the Jackals have long since clinched the division and third seed in the conference, both teams came out with a playoff-like intensity in the first period. But it was Trenton who capitalized first.
Now, that story is just a dream, a what if. What if they hadn’t given away six points in their southern road trip? What if they didn’t lose so many games in overtime and the shootout? What if…
Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com