Third Period: Amazing. Amazing they came back, amazing they’re even in the game. Dave Caruso’s made 50 saves in 60 minutes. He’s absolutely saved their bacon tonight. Gwinnett took their collective foot off the gas pedal in the third as well, however…and Tony Zancanaro and J.S. Berube made them pay.
Second Period: First off, the Rubiks Cube got hosed in the costume contest. Secondly, this time is who we thought they were after two periods. 38 shots allowed through two. 38 shots! Gwinnett is skating all over and around these guys, and even Chris Poli burned his old boys with a second period goal to make it 2-0. Yikes. Caruso’s been very, very good…but there’s not much he can do. He can’t score. That’s what they need right now…badly. Somehow, one goal gets them right back in it.
First Period: Well, that turned messy quickly. Trenton’s defense pretty much melted 14 seconds into the game, leaving Dave Caruso out to dry on an easy rebound goal by Tim Filangieri. Afterwards, it pretty much degenerated into a “who has the best special teams” contest, and both teams stayed off the scoresheet for the remainder of the first 20 minutes.
Already 24 minutes in penalties (with no fights) and we’re only through one period here. And if you’re wondering who the guy whose Stanley Cup ring is blinding you in the elevator…that’s Grant Marshall. Or maybe that was just me wondering that.
6:55 PM — I think Matt Lombardi’s the scratch, if my peek at the ECHL official roster sheet is accurate.
Not sure what’s going in here, but at the very least, you guys can use this is an open thread to discuss the game. I can only be so lazy, so I’ll be sure to weigh in as often as I can.
Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com