Game 15: Pre-Game Notes

6:55 PM — Your goalies are…

Mike Brown

Gerald Coleman

3:30 PM — The Mike Ashmore “Back To Reality” Tour takes us to the Sun National Bank Center here in lovely Trenton, NJ for the first regular season visit by the Alaska Aces and first overall since the 2005 Conference Finals.

This could be a long night.

Already without both of its goalies, Trenton has now lost two of its best players as well…forwards Kory Nagy and Darcy Zajac have both been summoned to the AHL, where they’ll join Dave Caruso and Jeff Lerg in Albany.

Matt Vokes, however, has been activated from IR, and we all know what he can do when he’s healthy.

Anthony Felice has been added as the “if Mike Brown gets hurt or gives up ten” goalie, and Brown will make his team debut between the pipes.  With Adam Courchaine having played for Alaska last night, you’d have to imagine it’ll be Gerald Coleman getting the call for the Aces tonight.

I’ll be sure to update this with any information I get before the game…

But, before I go…a few thank you’s from what had to be one of the greatest months of my career.

The first star of the trip would have to be Colorado Avalanche PR man Craig Stancher, who was crazy enough to credential me for four NHL games out in Denver.  He and his staff couldn’t have been more helpful in making sure I had access to every player I needed, which was quite a few given the ECHL alum heavy nature of the Avs roster.

Alex Gilchrist and Steve Hoem of the Anaheim Ducks, Scott Emmert of the San Jose Sharks, Jeff Moeller of the Los Angeles Kings and Lyndsi Erickson of the Las Vegas Wranglers all deserve special thanks as well for putting up with me in various forms…whether it be a phone interview request with the Kings or game credentials at the Honda Center, HP Pavilion and Orleans Arena.

It was nice to feel like a big shot…even if it was only for a little while, and I can assure you that taste of the bright lights will not be forgotten and will only drive me even more to provide better coverage down here in the ECHL; whether it be for this team or for the league’s website with the features I’m getting to do.

It is, thankfully, safe to say that those games will not be my last in the NHL.  I’ve spoken to a number of teams about visiting them for similar features, and have had a largely positive response.

But today is a day for me to get back to the team I’ve enjoyed covering for the past two and a half seasons…let’s play hockey.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

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19 Responses to “Game 15: Pre-Game Notes”

  1. trentondevilsfan Says:

    Welcome back…I agree this could well be a rough one.

  2. Langhorne Devil Says:

    I am struggling to find a justifiable reason to get ready to come to the game tbh.

    I really wanted to embark on a rant after the Elmira game but restrained myself.

    Tbh i fear an even bigger beating tonight – (Queue a 7-0 win for the Devs!)

  3. titans04 Says:

    Same here LD, last week was the first time in 6 years where we just decided to pass on Saturdays game for no reason at all. I think we’ve finally reached the point where the apathy outweighs everything else when it comes to going to the games. As much as I hate to admit it that’s how we feel.

  4. Langhorne Devil Says:

    Hope you are here tonight t04. I think seeing alaska made me actually get off my butt and come along. A lot more here than usual 45 mins b4 face-off

  5. titans04 Says:

    We’re here. How can you not like the bumper stickers on most of the Ace’s sweaters?

  6. trentondevilsfan Says:

    Yeah, just love those….

  7. tdevils Says:

    And they’re all different! It’s like reading material for the hour…

  8. Langhorne Devil Says:

    Wow! the sun of Florida must have done them some good. Really enjoyable 20 minutes of hockey. Brown is doing well. Trenton showing signs of attractive hockey: i am stunned. Berube, Lombardi and vokes look good. Akesson only really disappointing one. Penalty on plough looked harsh from here.

  9. trentondevilsfan Says:

    They always seem to catch the retaliation. Overall quite the surprising period

  10. titans04 Says:

    Enjoyed the first period for sure, wasn’t much of a penalty on Prough but what’s the point of what he was trying to do mess up the guys hair? Thought it may have been a real turning point in a bad way after it led to the ppg. Nice comeback at the end of the period to take the lead and hopefully gain some momentum. I thought Akeson was pretty agressive at least hopefully he keeps it up.

    Decent crowd at one end of the ice.

  11. titans04 Says:

    Wow talk about chasing their tails. Southern just lost on their 2nd goal. I hope we’re not outta gas cause it surely looked like it at times from the 10 min mark on.

  12. trentondevilsfan Says:

    Really felt the ice tilt there at the end. Hang on for a potentially rough third

  13. trentondevilsfan Says:

    Wow…that’s all I got

  14. titans04 Says:

    Yep one night were there was no buyers remorse whatsoever. Enjoyed it greatly.

  15. Langhorne Devil Says:

    Mike Deans talk should now be – just so that – every night – sure we will lose some but play like that and all will be happy.

    oh and send a letter to Albany. Please keep Caruso and Lerg with our thanks

  16. titansman Says:

    who is Mike Dean? You mean Kevin Dean.

  17. Bob Smyth Says:

    Glad you had a good time. Nice to have you back.

  18. Langhorne Devil Says:

    titansman – yes of course i meant kevin dean – thats what i get for doing 3 things at once.

    D

  19. tdevils Says:

    Notes and quotes coming right up, kids…

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