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Game 5: Post-Game Notes

October 28, 2010

— I’ll get to comments from Kevin Dean and Dave Caruso in a bit…but let me get some stuff out of the way real quick.

— Dave Leaderer has, in fact, been called up to AHL Albany.  That should be made official tomorrow.  About time.  All you need to know about Leaderer is tonight’s was the first Trenton Devils game he’s missed since he signed.  Steady in every way, I hope he does well up there and sticks.

— Also, Dan Charleston (leg) is physically in Trenton and was in the locker room after the game.  Probably the first time I’ve seen a player in a suit taping up sticks…think he’s anxious to get back out there?  I wouldn’t rule him out for tomorrow, but I wouldn’t be too optimistic there, either.

— Andy Thomas (lower body) is progressing pretty well, according to Dean.  Matt Vokes (ankle) will have a decision made on him in a little bit, and Gord Burnett (back) should be available in about a week.

— Caruso starts tomorrow.

— I’ll have a bunch more on the game in a minute, but nobody comes here for what I say…here’s Deaner and Dave after the game.

KEVIN DEAN

“Defense is team defense.  When I say the defense, I don’t mean just the defensemen.  But the team defense played much better.  We protected the dangerous area of the ice in front our net.  We weren’t turning pucks over in the neutral zone as much, sometimes you can’t help it.  We just did a lot of little things that cut down…they had 34 or 36 shots or whatever…but I don’t feel like they had a ton of quality, Grade-A chances.  Not like they had the first four games.”

(On his team coming right back after the first Gwinnett goal)  “I was (happy).  I kind of just saw the end of it.  I haven’t seen it yet, but I was kind of wondering about that.  If you say it was soft, I’ll take your word for it.  But other than that, he played very well.  He handled the puck extremely well, broke us out a couple times.  He played a solid game for sure.”

“(Kell-Ginand-Zajac) You’ve got a little bit of everything on that line.  You’ve got some grit with Kell and Zajac.  You’ve got a lot of hockey sense and just good hockey players in Kell and Ginand and some offense with those guys.  And speed with Ginand.  So you’ve got a little bit of everything in that group.  When they’re playing the right way, they’re hard to play against because they’ve got speed and a little bit of size and grit and they should be tough to play against.  If we get them to stop and start on broken plays, their game’s going to be really hard to play against.”

“It was moreso (chippy) than the first few games for sure.  But they’ve got, I wouldn’t say chippy guys, but a couple guys that look for that stuff.  Vince and I were talking between the periods, and that’s good for us, I think.  It gets guys a little bit annoyed and raises the level of intensity a little bit.  I think that’s good, and I think it’s good for the young guys to see that a little bit as well.”

“We had a couple good chances (on the late 5-on-3).  (Sauer) made a real good save on Ginand.  He made a good save or two on Ginand on a nice play.  But I want to see more urgency there.  You’re smelling blood, it’s a 5-on-3, push the pace, play with some confidence.  We looked shaky and nervous on it, I thought.  Very controlled and scared about the puck.  Just boom — attack the puck and play with some urgency.  That’s all.  You’re not going to score on every one of those, but you should score on the majority of them.  At that point in the game, you’ve got to get pucks to the net and just play with some urgency.”

DAVE CARUSO

(The first goal) “They were shooting kind of weird shots today.  It was almost like a grenade.  When a slower shot comes in, it’s harder to control because it doesn’t go into your body as easy.  When it came in, it kind of got me and exploded.  Sometimes, when they shoot pucks from the point — not this team, but in general — the D shoots a slower shot and that’s harder to stop than an actual hard shot.  It just caught me funny.  Maybe I was cheating a little too much.”

“I guess the third time’s a charm (Caruso won his first game in his third start last season).  It feels good.  It feels good to do it against my former team and it feels good to get a win.  We want to get something going.  Our D played well, so it was a pretty good all around game.”

“You always want to play well against your former team.  You know their tendencies, so maybe you feel a little more confident when you’re going against them.  I know their power play pretty well.  I know their coach, I know their system.  I think I might feel a little more comfortable playing against them.  And I like playing against them here and not in Gwinnett.  We’ve played against them enough in Gwinnett.”

“I don’t really have a preference (on going first or second in the shootout).  Whatever the coach says, because you have no control.  You could be first the first time, you could be second the next time.  I only had one shootout last year.  You control what you can control, try to follow the puck.  For me, it’s follow the puck with my stick.  That’s my key.  I really like our shootout guys, they have a lot of good moves.  (Ginand) almost had one.  I feel confident in them.  I think this is the best shootout team we’ve had since I’ve been here.”

“Now, they’re not doing the ice, so I think that’s an advantage to the goalies.  I don’t think you’re going to see as many goals, they’re going to need to shoot a little bit more.”

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— The power play was 0-for-8 tonight.  It never looked good.  Too much hesitation in entering the zone most of the time.  And, as Dean said, not enough shots on the 5-on-3.  They should have ended the game then.

— Nice effort out of Caruso tonight.  Best game I’ve seen him play in a long time.  The first goal was bad, but he knows it, I know it…no point in rehashing it.  It didn’t cost them, and that’s the big thing.  He made the big stops when he needed to, and his save with 30 seconds to go on that 2-on-1 was huge.

— Am I overstating how impressive Ryan Ginand has looked in the first three home games?  He’s really seemed like the best player on the ice on most occasions.  I can only think of one occasion where I was disappointed with him tonight…he was a little hesitant on a pass by the bench-side boards in his own end.  Other than that, another good effort.

— Liked Matt Lombardi’s skating…strong skater.  Didn’t put up much on the scoresheet though, just one shot.

— Taylor Vichorek.  I’d seen him in practice and didn’t think he was a strong skater then.  Saw him tonight, same thing.  He skates like a big dude, and he needs to…well, make great strides if he’s going to continue to progress.  Instincts, skating…you see flashes of what he can be, but he has a way to go.

— Was nice to see Jeremy Akeson with a letter on his sweater tonight.  Thing is, and I hate to say it, he hasn’t looked too good so far this season.  And that’s surprising given how impressive I thought he was in camp.  But he looks tentative at times and isn’t hitting the net when he is able to generate chances.

— Did anyone notice Chris Poli tonight?  I didn’t.  That wasn’t the case most nights he was in Trenton, so I was surprised by that.  Maybe it was just me.

— I’m a little surprised that Caruso will get back-to-back starts.  His play certainly warranted that, but I wonder if it’s more indicative of the struggles of Jeff Lerg.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

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Game 5: Photo Gallery

October 28, 2010

Jeremy Akeson.  Now with A!

J.S. Berube

Chris Carrozzi, drafted by Atlanta in the sixth round in 2008

Carrozzi

Ryan Ginand

Martin Nolet

Chris Poli

Billy Sauer

Sauer still using the Lake Erie Monsters mask

Jordon Southorn

Taylor Vichorek

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Game 5: Shootout VIDEO

October 28, 2010

Ryan Hayes

Derek Nesbitt

Jeff Prough

Michael Forney

Ryan Ginand

Matt Francis

Darcy Zajac

Ryan Garbutt

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Game 5: Gwinnett @ Trenton

October 28, 2010

Live Box Score: Click here for the ECHL.com updated boxscore from tonight’s game.

Radio Broadcast: Click here to listen to Dan D’Uva’s radio broadcast of tonight’s game.

First Period:

The national anthem has reaffirmed that the flag was still there. The people, however, are not. My hand count of 164 right before the drop of the puck has got to be the lowest I’ve ever had. Yikes.

19:08 left — Ryan Garbutt in the box with a trip…PP Trenton.

16:45 left — They couldn’t have done much less with the man advantage…awful breakouts and no quality chances.

14:11 left — Ryan Ginand continues to impress…nice job to get back on defense and negate a partial breakaway.

12:29 left — J.S. Berube with a no-doubter boarding call on Tim Filangieri in the corner.  Gwinnett on the power play.

10:18 left — The Gladiators at least had some strong puck possession during their power play, but didn’t really get much going either…we remain tied, 0-0.  Trenton with just 3 shots through the first ten minutes.

9:30 left — Uploaded a video of a Caruso stop in tight…

6:45 left — Garbutt must like the Trenton penalty box.  He’s back in it.  Another trip, and Trenton’s on another power play.

4:21 left — Another just…brutal looking power play.  They can’t gain the zone.  And when they do, Gwinnett just swarms the perimeter and Trenton doesn’t know what to do.  T-Kell got a shot off, but it was a weak wrister from just inside the blue line with no traffic to speak of.

3:13 left — Nice chance by Ginand up the left side, but Sauer makes the easy pad save. 

1:33 left — Caruso lets in an absolute stinker, no other way to put it.  Garbutt, actually on the ice this time, takes advantage of Caruso getting caught moving to his right and juggling a very easy shot out of his glove.  He didn’t recover, ended up dropping the puck, and Garbutt buried it to give Gwinnett a 1-0 lead.  That one is 1000 percent on Caruso.

41.2 left — T.J. Miller with a slapshot from the left point.  J.S. Berube was in front of Sauer and may have tipped it in…but either way, 1-1 game.

Second Period:

According to the mythical inbetween periods stat sheet, Gwinnett is outshooting Trenton, 14-12, through the first 20 minutes…

19:43 left — Darcy Zajac with a perfect tip past Sauer on a pass from the corner by Ginand, and Trenton’s got the lead for the first time tonight.  2-1.

14:38 left — Ian McKenzie in the box for Gwinnett on a hold…

14:25 left — Great chance for Trenton as a point shot got tipped off the post…couldn’t tell who got it, but it was very nearly a 3-1 game.

13:03 left — Nice save of sorts by Andy Brandt…the puck was rolling towards the empty net on a wild scramble, but the Gladiators d-man got a stick on it and keeps it a 2-1 game.

12:28 left — And now a save by Sauer.  Jeff Prough had a golden opportunity on a cross crease pass, but Sauer sprawled across to dive and stop it…if Prough gets more on the shot or lifts it, though, it’s in.  Still, nice effort by the former Lake Erie goalie.

5:00 left — Really not a whole lot to update you on.  Trenton’s playing much better defensively in the second…Gwinnett’s getting shots, but a lot of low-percentage wrist shots from outside.

4:48 left — Taylor Vichorek in the box…

2:40 left — Nice PK by the T-Devils there…

2:30 left — Danick Paquette in the box for Gwinnett…might be more than just two.  He wouldn’t stop trying to go after Jeremy Akeson, then made a grab at Tony Zancanaro, too. 

:36 left — 5-on-3 for six seconds…Sam Roberts in the box for Gwinnett.

Period ends with Trenton up, 2-1…1:25 of PP time left.

Third Period:

Gwinnett outshooting Trenton, 26-24, through two…

18:30 left — Nothing doing on the power play.  The dump and chase thing isn’t really working for them.

17:15 left — Garbutt cuts across the slot off the rush uncontested and buries a wrister past Caruso.  2-2 game.  This reeks of a come from ahead loss.

15:16 left — J.S. Berube more or less takes a run at one of Gwinnett’s guys…could have called quite a few things there, but slashing it is.  Power play, Gwinnett.

14:07 left — Oh, boy.  Tim Miller just took an inadvertent stick right in the mouth.  His mouthguard was on the ice for a while, not sure if there were any chiclets in it…he went off the ice very quickly and the trainer literally ran off the bench after him.  No call, though…it was a part of a netmouth scramble and it was hard to tell exactly what happened.

11:42 left — McKenzie with an elbow on Berube…and that gets caught.  Power play, Trenton.

8:20 left — Trenton had one good chance on the PP…but that’s about it.  It’s a bit of a stalemate right now.  Trenton’s lucky that some D lapses haven’t cost them here in the third.

5:50 left — Sauer with three big point blank stops when he needed to make them.  Big saves.  Stonewalling Trenton right now, who has 32 shots.

2:57 left — Paquette back in the box with a real ill-timed hook.  Big, big power play for Trenton right here. 

2:45 left — Oh boy.  And now a slash on Derek Nesbitt.  A long 5-on-3.

32.2 left — No goals.  Sauer made a big save, but Trenton didn’t put the puck on net near enough, then gave up a brutal 2-on-1 where Caruso had to make a huge stop of his own.

We’re done with regulation…2-2 tie going into overtime.  Each team gets a point.  No goals at the end of OT?  Then it goes to a shootout.

Overtime:

5:00 left — Ginand-Kell-Coutu-Miller get the first shift of OT…

3:48 left — Prough-Zajac out next up front…no good chances on either side.

2:54 left — Zancanaro-Nagy your next pair…

2:19 left — And now it’s Berube-Kell…Kell had a chance on wraparound but didn’t quite get it far out in front of the net.

1:12 left — The first stoppage of OT is on a Gwinnett icing…neither coach going to the timeout.

Time for a shootout…

Shootout:

TRENTON – Hayes – Goal
GWINNETT – Nesbitt – Save
TRENTON – Prough – Save
GWINNETT – Forney – Save
TRENTON – Ginand – Save
GWINNETT – Francis – Save
TRENTON – Zajac – Goal
GWINNETT – Garbutt – Save

TRENTON wins

Three Stars:

* Zajac

** Garbutt

*** Hayes

My vote: Hey, I got one!  It was GWG-Garbutt-Caruso

Final Score: 3-2, Trenton

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Fight Videos:

Next Game: Tomorrow at SNBC, 7 PM, vs. Gwinnett

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Game 5: Pre-Game Notes

October 28, 2010

6:50 PM — Jeremy Akeson wearing an “A.”

6:45 PM — Dave Caruso vs. Billy Sauer is your goalie matchup.  Didn’t see Dan Charleston out there…I think Matthew Kang’s a scratch as well.

6:15 PM — Leaderer is officially a healthy scratch…

6:10 PM — Working to confirm it, but hearing defenseman Dave Leaderer has finally received a much-deserved promotion to Albany.  Stay tuned…

5:10 PM — Reading lost this afternoon…

(PR) WHEELING, WV – The Wheeling Nailers used three different goal scorers to defeat the Reading Royals by a score of 3-2, Thursday afternoon at WesBanco Arena. The win improves the Nailers record to 5-1, and as Wheeling currently holds the top spot in the ECHL.

The Nailers raced out to a 3- 0 lead. Wheeling scored first on the power play, as David Marshall raced into the zone and snapped a shot past Reading goaltender Ben Scrivens. Wheeling made it 2-0, when newcomer Nick Petersen picked up the puck at the top of the crease and flipped it into the net at 8:51 into the game.

In the second, Dan Henningson extended the Nailers lead to 3-0, 12:41 into the period. Reading got on the board by taking advantage of a power play opportunity with four minutes remaining in the second, as Olivier Labelle slipped the puck past Wheeling goaltender Patrick Killeen at the crease.

The goal would not be the last for Labelle in the game, as he would pull his team within one, on a hard wrist shot from the circle, which beat Killeen top shelf, to make the score 3-2. Despite the comeback bid, the Nailers limited the Royals offensive chances, and would hang on for the one goal victory. Wheeling outshot Reading 41-21 in the contest. Patrick Killeen improved to a 4-0 in goal.

5:00 PM — Anyone know the last time Gwinnett came into Trenton?  Seriously…they haven’t been here since I started in 2008-09.

3:55 PM — There is about as much going on as you’d expect three hours before game time.  What I do know, however, is that Dan Charleston is here and is wearing his customary #17.

Also, Chris Poli is here and wearing his usual #14…for Gwinnett, however.  He’s 0-0-0 with 5 PIM’s in three games so far for the Gladiators.

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