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19:00 left — Prough-Zancanaro-Nagy are together…the first two lines have gotten off to a rough start. Puck hasn’t crossed the red line yet to get in the offensive zone.
18:20 left — Kell-Ginand-Zajac are together as a line…Thomas and Pender are now a D-pair.
17:21 left — Caruso with the first big stop of the season, making a nice rebound save on Ben Gordon…Reading’s swarming right now.
17:14 left — And they get one. Olivier Labelle with an easy cross crease tap in from the left side. You’d think we’re in Reading, as their fans are louder than the ones Trenton has…although the Trenton fans outnumber them.
16:18 left — Leaderer now has Miller as a blueline mate.
15:45 left — It’s Ryan Ginand and everyone else right now for Trenton…he has both shots right now and has showed a lot of jump. Defensively, this team has some issues through the first five minutes.
15:06 left — Justin Pender’s going off on a roughing penalty…soft call.
13:14 left — 2-0, Reading. Andrew Sarauer gets a loose puck, cuts across the slot and beats an outstretched Caruso. Ugly early here in Trenton.
11:15 left — Reading has 11 shots through nine minutes. It’s a fair stat, the D has been giving up some prime chances.
10:00 left — Nolet and Coutu are obviously the other pair…Hayes the tenth forward.
8:53 left — Another shot for Ginand. Trenton has four…he has three of them.
8:00 left — A lot of just bad defensive zone and neutral zone giveaways so far. T.J. Miller makes the latest…
3:43 left — Pender just got absolutely burned on a nice little loft pass and gave up a breakway…he also took a slashing penalty, and Reading’s got a man-advantage.
2:45 left — And the refs miss a relatively obvious too many men call on Reading…
2:20 left — Real nice effort by Matt Lombardi to force a turnover at the blueline by Alain Goulet, but Goulet stayed with him and only gave up a somewhat partial breakaway, and Lombardi could only softly flip a backhander well over Scrivens.
:45 left — Lombardi and Jeremy Akeson had a 2-on-1, but again…Reading’s D (Ryan Donald) took away the pass and Trenton couldn’t get a shot off.
Shots are 15-4, Reading, going into the middle 20…Tony Zancanaro with your only “non-Ryan Ginand” shot for Trenton…
18:00 left — Martin Nolet had a nice chance after jumping into the play, but couldn’t get a shot off…
17:45 left — Two nice chances by J.S. Berube and Dave Leaderer…the offense is finally starting to gain some momentum.
17:24 left — And the refs return the favor on the soft call, sticking Reading’s Olivier Labelle in the box on a roughing call. They do not, however, put the faceoff in the offensive zone. OK then.
15:58 left — Scrivens gets his first real test and comes up big, making a left pad save on a great opportunity from Zancanaro on the power play.
15:28 left — Dave Leaderer makes it 2-1 with a wrist shot through traffic from the right point. Video coming soon.
11:25 left — And Reading gets it right back. Ryan Cruthers snuck between the D and buried a cross-crease feed on his backhand
11:05 left — Ryan Donald makes it 4-1. The puck came out from the corner, and Donald stepped into one and beat Caruso. The opening weekend curse continues.
9:50 left — Excellent, excellent work by Tony Zancanaro cuts the deficit in half. Zancanaro took a little feed from Jeff “Zippy” Prough and was stopped initially by Scrivens, but kept working, got the rebound and slid it around the former Cornell netminder to make this a 4-2 game.
5:48 left — J.S. Berube with his first professional goal! Matthew Lombardi made a diving pass up the middle on a 3-on-2 to his left, and Berube had his stick on the ice and stuffed it in to the left of Scrivens. It’s 4-3, Reading.
4:17 left — Dave Caruso fires the puck over the bench-side glass on a clear attempt, and Trenton’s shorthanded thanks to a delay of game penalty. Jeff Prough will serve.
2:30 left — Trenton generated two 2-on-1’s shorthanded, the second of which was Darcy Zajac and David Leaderer…Leaderer was skating in on the left side, took the feed from Zajac…but Scrivens absolutely robbed with him with a pad save that’s easily the save of the contest so far.
:54.8 left — Matt Generous has been, in fact, generous to Trenton. He’s in the box and the T-Devils go on the power play at the end of the second.
:0.3 left — Yes, with 0.3 seconds left, Trenton wins the draw…Prough skates in, Ryan Hayes puts his stick on the ice just on the edge of the crease to Scrivens’ left and tips it home. Wow. 4-4 game going into the third.
Shots are 23-22, Reading, going into the final 20 minutes of regulation…Trenton outshot Reading, 18-8, that period.
19:07 left — Tony Zancanaro goes to the box on a slash…power play Reading.
16:57 left — Casey Haines with a hook for Reading, and now it’s Trenton on the power play…Reading nearly scored on their man advantage, but Olivier Labelle couldn’t quite put it home as the puck sat in the crease.
15:10 left — Ryan Cruthers with a shorthanded breakaway goal. 5-4, Reading.
12:19 left — Jeff Prough’s called for a trip on Labelle, and Reading can just about put it away with this power play…
8:16 left — Trenton killing themselves here…another penalty. Justin Coutu in the box.
7:55 left — And it finally bites them. 6-4 game. Couldn’t see if it was tipped or what, but it looked like Olivier Labelle threw the puck into traffic from the corner and it found the net.
7:48 left — Ryan Donald will have none of this momentum you speak of, as he takes a delay of game penalty for dumping the puck over the glass in his own end.
5:01 left — Ben Gordon’s hit with a goalie interference call…looked to me like he got pushed in as Caruso got flattened in the crease, but it doesn’t matter what my call is. Big power play for Trenton here. They need a goal.
4:55 left — And they got it. Justin Pender hit the net. But you knew he’d do that if you read my story this morning. 6-5, Reading.
1:30 left — Caruso’s out for the extra attacker…
:52.7 left — Timeout, Devils…
:49.1 left — Gordon…penalty…6-on-4…
:3.2 left — Timeout, Reading…
* Ryan Cruthers
** Ben Scrivens
*** Matthew Lombardi
My vote: Didn’t get one…it definitely wouldn’t have been that.
Final Score: 6-5, Royals
Next Game: Sunday at SNBC, 4 PM, vs. Reading
Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com