Game 2: Post-Game Notes

That’s much better.

After having lost eight straight games in opening weekends — dating back to the first game of the 2007-08 season — Trenton finally put one in the win column.  Seemed like it was going to be a blowout early, as Royals goalie Adam Courchaine couldn’t do much of anything to stop the Devils early on.  Ben Scrivens stopped the bleeding to an extent, but the damage had already been done.

It almost seemed as though they were going to blow it, though.  Reading turned a 4-0 deficit into a 5-4 game with 3:53 to go, and should be lucky that Robert Slaney so gloriously botched a breakaway shortly thereafter.  After Ryan Ginand finally converted on his second empty net chance, the game was sealed and Trenton got their first two points much earlier than they usually do in the season.

I’ll shut up and tell you what Trevor Kell and Kevin Dean had to say after the big win…

TREVOR KELL

“Going into the game tonight, we knew we had to come out tonight with a big jump.  Last night, they came out and I don’t think we were really ready for it.  We kind of sat back and they took it to us for the first period.  We knew what we had to do tonight and it worked out.”

“The first one, I just kind of intercepted a pass.  I couldn’t get the puck to settle down and I was kind of far out, so I saw the D stepping up on me so I just decided to get it to the net and luckily it went in.  The second one, Ginand made a great pass to me and we had a 2-on-1.  The D kind of favored the pass, so I had a good shooting lane there, and I just kind of picked the corner.”

“Especially with a lot of the younger guys coming in here, we don’t want to get off to an 0-2 start, especially at home and against a team that’s in our division.  We’re going to be seeing a lot of them this year, and to get two points from them is going to be key not only now but in the long run.  We don’t want to be looking back and be regretting losing these games here.”

KEVIN DEAN

On how the lineup changes affected them…

“I thought it was good.  Kang, I was very impressed with him in the first period, his pace is high.  That’s another thing we want to do, get the pace up.  I thought that was good.  I thought Jordon Southorn played a really strong game; strong around the net, strong on the pucks, he made strong plays.  That helped for sure.”

On Reading’s slow comeback…

“We kind of started doing what we were doing last night.  Pucks were coming through the middle, we weren’t supporting the puck.  You get the puck on the wall, and if someone’s not coming over to support you, then you have to throw it to the middle.  Ideally, you want someone coming over and you want to chip it down the wall and he can skate into it.  Once we got back to that…when we did that, we were in good shape when we were going down the middle and it was trouble.”

On if they took their foot off the gas pedal…

“A little bit.  Those are hard, tough games to play.  You’re up three or four goals and you’re tired because it’s the second game in two nights, a day in a half.  Those are tough, but that’s even more reason you’ve got to bare down and do what you planned out to do.”

On his first win as a head coach…

“It feels good.  I wish it would have been a little easier down the stretch, but at the end of the day, our guys got it done.  They did a good job.  They worked hard, the credit all goes to them.”

On Jeff Lerg…

“I thought he was great.  He made all the stops he should stop and he made a couple other ones.  For me with goaltenders, that’s all I want; stop the ones you should stop.  If there’s a breakaway and the guy puts it in, it’s not his fault.  He’s made the stops he should stop and the rest is on us.”

On if it was difficult to sit Ryan Hayes…

“It was.  He’s a young kid, and there’s some older guys that we weren’t real thrilled with.  We talked to them about that before the game today, and they all responded.  I just wanted to get some pace to the game today, and I knew Kang would do that.  Kang deserved a shot, he had a great training camp.  It has nothing to do with Hayes’ game, it was just a matter of trying to get everyone in the lineup to start.”

On T.J. Miller…

“He was a healthy scratch.”

Updates on injured players…

“Burnett’s going to be out for a while, he’s on the 21-Day.  His back’s getting better, but it’s…that hip thing, it’s not quite there.  Vichorek’s coming along.  He could be ready for the weekend, I think.  Vokes is going to be a while.”

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— I’m not sure if 1,420 is the all-time lowest attendance for a Trenton hockey game, but it sure has to be up…errr, down there.  And there might have been an extra “1” in there.  Shame after the nice turnout from last night.

— I’d have to think Jeff Lerg has earned himself another start against Wheeling in Johnstown.  My concern — and maybe it isn’t a valid one because he almost has to play this way to be successful — was that he was a little too scrambly out there.  On at least two of those goals, he was completely overcommited on the play and had no shot.

— I was surprised that T.J. Miller wasn’t in the lineup tonight.  I was shocked to see he was a healthy scratch.  Given his prospect status, I thought he was invincible.  Guess not.

— Enjoyed seeing Justin Coutu stand up for Jeff Prough after Olivier Labelle’s spear.  Coutu’s a good team guy, and he picked a good, intelligent spot to show it.  Labelle runs around a lot, and it was good to see he was sent a message.

— You can look at the scoresheet and figure this out as well, but real, real strong games out of T-Kell and Ryan Ginand.  I think Ginand has been Trenton’s best player through two games.  If Dean wants pace, Ginand is the perfect man for the job.  With that said, I agree that Matt Kang had a nice game as well.  I didn’t think Hayes deserved to sit, but there weren’t many options when it came to getting Kang in there. 

— “She’s A Beauty” by The Tubes was playing in the locker room after the game.  I need to shake the hand of whoever put that on the playlist…that’s an excellent, underrated song.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

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9 Responses to “Game 2: Post-Game Notes”

  1. chiarams Says:

    Mike – They had announced crowds of 1216 and 1209 for two early midweek games last season, and 1202 for the SC midweek game last year.

  2. Bob Smyth Says:

    Re attendance, missed Sat. night game, which I understand was well-attended, but saw today’s pitiful near-empty building. And yeah, I now it was a lovely day, and yeah, there was a lot of football on, but this is why a solid base has to be built, so that people will make coming to T-Devil games their first priority. Lots of goals scored makes things exciting, even for non-hockey people. I was there with 10 12-year old kids (with the birthday package), and they had a great time. And lastly, there were not 1420 people in the building, including all staff personnel. How about occasionally giving away free tickets, to anyone who shows up – throw in a dog and a soda, too.

  3. Langhorne Devil Says:

    Can’t say i disagree with anything said my your goodself or Kevin.

    As i tweeted to you earlier, I really liked Kang (especially in the first) would like to see him and hayes in together but Im not sure who they can drop out to achieve that.

  4. chiarams Says:

    Problem is, if you give away tickets, you alienate your STH base and people then expect tickets to always be free.

    This was standard practice in Rochester under their previous ownership and once they stopped giving 6000 tickets away every night, people stopped coming. Why pay for something that you could get for free?

  5. titans04 Says:

    I thought our goaltending honestly was average at best, the 2nd one if I remember right pretty much went right through him and then in the 2nd a dying quail went right through his glove hand and just rolled by the post. He definately made some quality saves but as you said over committed a lot and seemed to constantly be scrambling. Compared to Readings starter he was Terry Sawchuk. If the D and goaltending can step up and play like the forwards we should be in for some exciting hockey this year. A big if though based on the two games.

  6. trentondevilsfan Says:

    My God, Kevin Dean mentioned specific body parts in an injury discussion. Wow, that’s pretty amazing.

    Always folly to try and project a season based on two games, especially at this level, but if the core can stay together it sure seems we have a shot to see some exciting, high scoring games this year.

  7. chiarams Says:

    Body parts yes, but perhaps Dean can learn another adjective or two…

    “I thought Jordon Southorn played a really strong game; strong around the net, strong on the pucks, he made strong plays. ”

    I’m not sure exactly what he’s trying to say here, but I think Southorn must’ve played a strong game.

  8. tdevils Says:

    I’m just hoping there isn’t a groin injury if we’re all rooting for specifics here…

  9. Trentondevilsfan Says:

    LOL. I’m just shocked because with the Devils even the usual upper and lower body is sometimes too specific. Usually guys are just ‘banged up’ even if you see them walking around the concourse with a sling.

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