(Wheeling PR) JOHNSTOWN, PA — Joey Haddad scored twice, and Andrew Lord finished with three points to lead the Nailers to a 4-1 win over the Trenton Devils Saturday night at the Cambria County War Memorial in Johnstown.
Goaltender Mattias Modig 29 saves, en route to his first professional career victory. In addition to Haddad’s two goals, the Wheeling received tallies from Andrew Lord and Doug Rogers. The Nailers now improve to 3-1 on the season, and will look to go 3-0 on the weekend three games in three days slate.
(Reading PR) Reading, PA – The Reading Royals of the ECHL (t-2nd Atlantic Division, 1-2-0-0=2), affiliate of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League and the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League, were defeated by the Elmira Jackals (1st Atlantic Division, 2-0-2-0=6), 7-2, at the Sovereign Center in Reading, Pennsylvania. The loss extended the Royals winless streak in home openers to five games (0-4-1), dating back to October 29, 2005. Reading fell behind after one period, but battled back to tie the game at two by the end of the second period. In the third, it was all Elmira, however, as the Jackals rang off five unanswered goals—four of them in a span of 3:15—to cruise to the victory.
The two teams racked up 152 total penalty minutes, a good chunk of which were accumulated in a line brawl with 5:32 remaining in the second period that resulted in six players being ejected. Royals’ goaltender Matt Dalton (0-1-0-0; 23/30) was left to his own defenses far too many times in his first game since returning to Reading after a record setting year with the team last season. Elmira’s Marco Cousineau (2-0-2-0; 26/28) won in his first regular season start against the Royals. The Jackals touched up the Royals penalty kill for a couple (2-8), including the game’s first goal. Reading tied the game at two with a power play goal mid-way into the second period (1-5).
Elmira struck first on their fifth power play chance of the game 16:18 into the first period, when Kevin DeVergilio won an offensive zone face-off to Justin Donati in the high slot. Donati uncorked a rocket that beat Dalton high glove side for his third of the year. Reading tied the game at one 2:19 into the second, when Eric Castonguay carried around the Elmira net and slid a perfect pass to a spot mid-way into the left circle. Matt Caruana, who had just come off the bench, slid into the seam and fired a low, hard one-timer that beat Cousineau for his first of the season.
Elmira regained the lead (2-1) when Eric Lampe was able to bank one off of a scrambling Reading defender from behind the Royals’ goal that somehow ended up in the net at the 10:30 mark of the third. The Royals bounced back to tie the game again at the 12:45 mark of the second, while playing with the man advantage. Castonguay got a good look from the right circle, but Cousineau made the stop. The rebound fell to the crease, where Caruana punched it home for his second of the night. 1:43 after that, a kneeing infraction by Elmira’s Michael Dubuc ignited a line brawl that resulted in six different players (three from each team) getting tossed—including Ryan Cruthers, Ben Gordon, and Matt Generous from the Royals.
In the third, the Jackals exposed the short-benched Royals, starting with a power play goal by Eric Lampe 3:40 into the period. A Reading defender blocked a Patrick Coulombe shot from the point but the rebound fell directly to the blade of Lampe who ripped it home for his second of the night and third of the season. The flood gates opened at the 9:54 mark of the third, when A.J. Perry chipped a Justin Donati pass from the left wall on net that hit the cuff of Dalton’s catching glove and fluttered into the net to make it 4-2, Elmira. 48 seconds later, Michael Dubuc stole behind the Royals net and tried to jam the puck in at the right pipe. Dalton rejected that shot, but the rebound slid back to Dubuc who fired quickly and hit pay dirt for his sixth of the year. 35 seconds after that, the Jackals made it 6-2 when Dustin Cameron finished a back-door redirect on a two-on-one rush with Oren Eizenman. Elmira finished the scoring 1:52 later (at the 13:09 mark of the third) when Yannick Tifu threw one out of the right corner that went off the skate of a Reading defender and directly into the net on the back-door side to make it 7-2.