Archive for December, 2010

Game 28: Post-Game Notes

December 31, 2010

— Not really a lot to say after that one.  They should have at least managed to get a point out of tonight, and they walk away with nothing.  That’s as mad as I’ve seen Kevin Dean both during a game and after a game, and it’s hard to blame him.

— Let’s start from the beginning.  What was going on with the officiating in the first twenty minutes?  I, believe it or not, rarely comment on the refs…but Dean was irate on a few occasions early on.  The faceoff got moved out of the offensive zone after a scrum despite the fact that Trenton’s D were already down low.  The ref wouldn’t let Dean change his D pair despite having last change.  And a clearly untipped dump from an Everblades player in the defensive zone was not called as delay of game.  After that one, you could hear Dean suggest for the ref to “wake up” all the way from the press box.  He may have added several words in the middle there…

— Through two periods, Trenton really seemed like the better team.  They really controlled the second, and capped that off by taking a 2-1 lead on a real nice play by Dan Charleston and Jeff Prough.

— And then the wheels absolutely fell off.  Prough’s turnover for the fourth goal stands out as the worst of them all, but there wasn’t a lot of solid defensive play as a whole out there in the third.  Justin Pender was the team’s best defenseman tonight.  Let me repeat that.  Justin Pender was the team’s best defenseman tonight.  I don’t care how hard I am on him, he’s never expected to be the team’s best blueliner…but both Andy Thomas and David Leaderer got torched on the first goal, and Justin Coutu was on the ice for each of the last three goals against.

— Leaderer…it’s difficult to be tough on him because he’s been so good for so long, but there’s no denying he’s had a pretty rough stretch lately.

— Caruso was, again, solid…I bet he’d like that third goal back, but he isn’t why they lost.

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Game 28: Post-Game Kevin Dean Video

December 31, 2010

I’ll have more for you later tonight…

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Game 28: Everblades Photos

December 31, 2010

Matt Beca

Shane Davis

Mike Egener

Mitch Fadden

Bobby Goepfert

Alexandre Imbeault

Drew Larman, who was in the NHL just last season with Boston

Mike McKenzie, son of TSN’s Bob McKenzie

Phil Paquet

Ed Snetsinger

Jared Staal

Evgeny Timkin

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Game 28: Pre-Game Notes

December 31, 2010

4:55 PM — Kucharski is in the lineup.  Only change from Wednesday.

4:50 PM — Some quick photos…I’ll have more post-game, since I know those Florida Everblades pictures just bring in the readers.  Sigh…

Bobby Goepfert

Jared Staal…yes, he’s the fourth brother.

4:40 PM — One last update here from the “Wow, That Stupid ‘Swagger Wagon’ Commercial Has Got To Go Center” here in Trenton…your goalies are Dave Caruso and Bobby Goepfert.  I’ll have any lineup info if I get it…I’d assume Kyle Kucharski’s back in now that Berube’s gone.  It’s a Trentonian game for today…so talk amongst yourselves, kids. 

3:35 PM — J.S. Berube has been called up to AHL Albany.  Big loss for Trenton right there. Straight from the Albany release: Berube, 20, has played 26 games for Trenton, tallying 18 points with eight goals and 10 assists. During last season’s Calder Cup Playoffs, he made his professional debut with Lowell and played in one game. Prior to joining the Devils, the Matane, Quebec native played 232 games during a four-year span for Rouyn-Noranda of the QMJHL. He had 105 points with 54 goals and 51 assists. Berube was drafted by New Jersey, 205th overall in 2008.

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Ginand Named To ECHL All-Star Team

December 30, 2010

(PR) PRINCETON, N.J. – The ECHL on Thursday announced the reserves for the ECHL All-Stars for the 2011 ECHL All-Star Classic presented by CCM.

The 2011 ECHL All-Star Classic presented by CCM will be hosted by the Bakersfield Condors at Rabobank Arena and played on Jan. 26, 2011. This year’s format features the host team taking on a team of ECHL All-Stars.

There have been 52 players from the All-Star Game who have gone on to play in the National Hockey League, including 36 since 2002 when the lineups began having players who coaches felt were prospects to move up to a higher level.

There are 11 rookies on the All-Star Team, and 20 of the 21 players are making their first ECHL All-Star Classic appearance.

The Alaska Aces are represented by rookie forward Chris Langkow. He is third on the team with 17 points (8g-9a) in 27 games.

Defenseman Brian O’Hanley will represent the defending Kelly Cup champion Cincinnati Cyclones. He is sixth among ECHL defensemen with 17 points (4g-13a) in 30 games.

Elmira will be represented by rookie forward Eric Lampe who has 14 points (7g-7a) in 17 games this season.

The Gwinnett Gladiators are represented by rookie forward Aaron Bendickson who has 22 points (7g-15a) in 24 games this season. He was named ECHL Rookie of the Month in October.

Idaho rookie forward Kael Mouillierat is one of two Steelheads named to the All-Star Classic, joining starting forward Mark Derlago. The ECHL Rookie of the Month for November, Mouillierat is first among rookies with 14 goals and tied for first with 30 points.

Rookie defenseman Steven Tarasuk will represent the Kalamazoo Wings. Tarasuk has 11 points (2g-9a) in 25 games with the K-Wings this season.

The Ontario Reign are represented by rookie center Aaron Lewadniuk. In 27 games this season, Lewadniuk has eight goals and four assists for 12 points.

Reading is represented by rookie goaltender Ben Scrivens. Currently recalled to the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League, Scrivens is 8-3-0 with the Royals this season and ranks second in the ECHL with a 2.18 goals-against average and is first with a .936 save percentage.

Defenseman Josh Godfrey will represent the South Carolina Stingrays. In 24 games this season he has 13 points (9g-4a) and is second among ECHL defensemen with nine goals, five power-play goals and 79 shots.

The Stockton Thunder are represented by rookie center Mark Arcobello who has 13 points (6g-7a) in 26 games this season.

Peter Leblanc is the representative for the Toledo Walleye. The rookie center, who is currently recalled to the AHL’s Rockford Ice Hogs, has 22 points (8g-14a) in 22 games with the Walleye this season. His 22 points are tied for sixth among ECHL rookies.

Trenton is represented by forward Ryan Ginand. He leads the Devils this season with 13 goals 31 points and a +7 rating in 26 games.

Defenseman Jake Gannon will represent the Utah Grizzlies. He has spent a majority of this season with the AHL’s Peoria Rivermen. In nine games with Utah, Gannon has five points (1g-4a).

A pair of rookies will represent the Wheeling Nailers. Forward Ben Street is tied for first among ECHL rookies in assists (17) and points (30), leads all first-year players with 141 shots and is tied for second with 13 goals. Goaltender Patrick Killeen is tied for second in the league with 12 wins, and has posted a 2.56 goals-against average and a save percentage of .911.

The reserves join the starters who were announced yesterday: Las Vegas goaltender Michael Ouzas, Victoria defenseman P.J. Atherton, Greenville defenseman Julien Brouillette, Greenville forward Brendan Connolly, Idaho forward Mark Derlago and Florida forward Mitch Fadden.

Game 27: Trentonian Game Story

December 30, 2010

Check out my story in The Trentonian about Trenton’s 3-1 Wednesday night win over the Elmira Jackals right here.  Or you could, you know, actually go out and pick up a real newspaper.  They do still make them.  I’ll be covering Friday and Saturday’s games for them as well.

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Game 27: Post-Game Notes

December 30, 2010

— I’d have posted this stuff a little earlier, but I got home just in time to watch the third installment of HBO’s 24/7: Penguins-Capitals…and holy crap is that good, so the post-game stuff had to wait until after midnight.  Sorry guys.

— OK, the game.  Let’s talk about that, shall we?  That was a 60-minute effort the boys should be proud of.  Yes, if you want to go into “Debbie Downer” mode, you can say that their 3-1 win came against a depleted team that hadn’t played in 11 days.  And that’s all true. 

But Trenton put together just such a solid effort on both sides of the puck tonight.  They probably could have had six or seven goals, and it seems like they were in every lane when Elmira wanted to pass or shoot.  Smart hockey for 60 minutes.  Only two penalties, no memorable stupid turnovers…maybe a little too cute offensively some times, but that’s going to happen.

— I’ve been hard on Taylor Vichorek.  Not today.  Really liked his game tonight.  He did a lot of the things I’d been hoping he would do when I did that now somewhat infamous report card series.  Not to go all Ed Olczyk on you, but I liked his active stick tonight…he used his body too, but with a player that size, his stick is an asset and can cover a larger radius on the ice than other players.  He utilized it well on a few occasions tonight.  He got a secondary assist on Dan Charleston’s goal and dropped the gloves for a decent scrap with Brett Gallant, who’s no pushover when it comes to putting on the foil.  That’s as complete of a game as I’ve seen from him. 

— J.S. Berube…in thinking about it, you guys are probably right about my grade of him being too low.  Sometimes you focus a little too much on the numbers.  Berube played with jam tonight.  Did the dirty work in the corners, played like this game meant more than it actually did…a lot of guys brought that kind of effort tonight, really.  He wasn’t on the scoresheet tonight, sure…but his effort was noticed.

— Dave Caruso played well.  Made every stop he should have made except one, and a few he shouldn’t have…but realistically, he was never really tested.  I admit I got a little nervous when he gave up the somewhat-bad rebound goal towards the end of the first — that can kill a team that outshot the opposition 17-4 in the period — but Chucky’s goal with under a minute to go was huge, probably the turning point of the game.  If they don’t go into the room after 20 minutes with that game tied, who knows what happens to their confidence.

— It was nice to see Tony Zancanaro back out there.  He didn’t play his usual big minutes, but he was effective while he was out there.  Enjoyed seeing him not shy away from Patrick Coulombe during one exchange.  Zancanaro probably doesn’t get enough credit for the grit he plays with out there.

— It can’t all be good news.  It turns out Matt Vokes “lower-body injury” is a broken foot.  It happened when he took a shot to the foot during a drill after the morning skate, and is not related to his previous ankle issues.  From what I hear, it isn’t a serious fracture, and he shouldn’t miss too much time.  Vokes is a big, big part of this team…getting him back at anything close to 100 percent would be big.

Jeff Lerg’s hand was also still wrapped, and he’s likely to miss some more time than originally expected.

— The video element…yes?  No?  Do we like?  I probably need to improve the audio element of it…and, sticking with the report card theme, I’d probably give myself an F in my first try with it.  Ideally, I need more than one person to do the things I do on the blog — oh, how I’d love an intern — but I’m holding my voice recorder in one hand and the mini-cam in the other during these interviews, and it’s hard to essentially do three things at once, since I have to actually attempt to ask intelligent questions.  Then again, I can struggle with that with nothing in my hands, so…

— And, from the “you all think I’m a nerd anyway, so might as well share this” department, I’ve seen Gerald Coleman and Dave Caruso play a combined 54 times now; Coleman 31 and Caruso 23.  Found it interesting that both goalies have a 2.72 GAA and one shutout when I’m in the house.  Caruso sports a 91.5 save pct., while Coleman comes in at a 90.4.  And yes, I keep track of stats of skaters from games I’m at, too.  Jeff Prough, for example has a 30-37-67 line in 60 games.  So I do try to use “my own” numbers too when evaluating players.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT

Game 27: Post-Game Video Interviews

December 30, 2010

As promised — and please, please, please keep in mind I’m working out the kinks — here are postgame video interviews with Kevin Dean and Brad Miller.

You will most likely need to turn up the volume on your speakers…I have some audio issues to work out with this thing right now.

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Game 27: Video

December 29, 2010

Taylor Vichorek vs. Brett Gallant


Brad Miller PPG


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Game 27: Pre-Game Notes

December 29, 2010

6:50 PM — Tyler Donati WILL NOT play tonight.  Official rosters are…


12-de Gray



6:40 PM — Some quick photos…

Dan Charleston

Daren Machesney

Brad Miller

6:35 PM — Tony Zancanaro is, at the very least, taking the pre-game skate.  The goalies are Dave Caruso and Daren Machesney.  Enjoy the game, kids.

5:30 PM — One Donati plays tonight, one does not.  Tyler Donati was activated off of IR today, Justin Donati was placed on it.

5:15 PM — An hour and 45 minutes before game time and there’s still a high school practice going on.  Bet that’s just great for an already so-so ice surface. 

4:20 PM — For what it’s worth, Reading and Providence swapped goalies…Matt Dalton’s up in the AHL, Michael Hutchinson’s now in the ECHL.

3:45 PM — Some news of varying levels of interest before tonight’s 7 PM game in Elmira.

For starters, here’s my latest piece on former Charlotte Checkers, Columbia Inferno and Florida Everblades enforcer Eric Boulton.  Boulton, of course, is now in his ninth NHL season as a member of the Atlanta Thrashers.

Elmira’s made some moves, straight from their PR: The Elmira Jackals announced Wednesday that left wing Brian Lebler has been assigned to the team by their AHL affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch, and that goaltender Daren Machesney has been returned to the club from his loan to the Jackals’ AHL affiliate, the Binghamton Senators. Additionally, defenseman Marc-Antoine Desnoyers has departed the team to attend college in Canada.

And the league has announced the starters for the 2011 ECHL All-Star Game…

PRINCETON, N.J. – The ECHL on Wednesday announced the starting lineup for the ECHL All-Stars for the 2011 ECHL All-Star Classic presented by CCM. The rest of the ECHL All-Star Team will be announced tomorrow.
The 2011 ECHL All-Star Classic presented by CCM will be hosted by the Bakersfield Condors at Rabobank Arena and played on Jan. 26, 2011. This year’s format features the host team taking on a team of ECHL All-Stars.
There have been 52 players from the All-Star Game who have gone on to play in the National Hockey League, including 36 since 2002 when the lineups began having players who coaches felt were prospects to move up to a higher level. 
ECHL All-Star Starters

G – Michael Ouzas, Las Vegas (16 gp, 11-3-1, 1 shutout, 2.24 GAA, .921 save pct.)
D – P.J. Atherton, Victoria (29 gp, 6g, 15a, 21 pts)

D – Julien Brouillette (pictured), Greenville (25 gp, 11g, 12a, 23 pts)

F – Brendan Connolly, Greenville (27 gp, 13g, 15a, 28 pts)
F – Mark Derlago, Idaho (30 gp, 15g, 16a, 31 pts)
F – Mitch Fadden, Florida (32 gp, 15g, 32a, 47 pts)
The starting lineup is determined in voting by ECHL coaches, team captains, media directors, broadcasters and media members.

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