Akeson On The Upswing

Jeremy Akeson turned in a strong game against Alaska, scoring an empty-net goal and adding an assist in Trenton's 5-2 win.

This season has not been an easy one for Jeremy Akeson.  Finally healthy after battling injuries over the past 18 months or so, the personable 26-year-old Canadian had just three points in 12 games entering tonight’s game against Alaska.

He needed a game like the one he had tonight.

Strong work on the puck early in the first period directly resulted in Trenton’s first goal of the game when Matt Lombardi one-timed an Akeson feed past Gerald Coleman to give the Devils a 1-0 lead.

Then, late in the third with Coleman pulled and Trenton hanging on to a two goal lead, Akeson buried an empty netter from the red line for just his second goal of the season.  So, Jeremy…is the monkey finally off your back?

“Yeah, a little bit,” said Akeson with a smile.

The Ottawa, Ontario native just couldn’t get things going early in the season, going so far as to be a healthy scratch in two games. 

“I just had a slow start at the beginning,” he said.

“We had a lot of guys come down here from American League camp and I don’t want to say I felt like I was a step behind, because I felt good in camp, but I wasn’t playing the hockey I wanted to be playing at the beginning.  I’m just trying to work hard right now.  Fortunately, tonight it kind of worked out for me.”

More importantly, Akeson says, the monkey may be off his team’s collective backs after pulling out two points against a team like Alaska.

“It’s huge,” he said.

“Especially after we lost Trevor Kell and Chucky (Dan Charleston) a couple weeks ago, and then Darcy and Kory get called up and we lose our two goalies.  But Brownie came in and gave us a chance to win and we won.  These are two huge points, we’ve just got to build off of it.”

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

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