Two Straight? Not So Much…

(PR) Wheeling, WV – Looking to win the second game of a back-to-back for the first time since the season’s opening weekend, the Devils couldn’t build off an early 1-0 lead as Wheeling scored three second period goals en route to a 5-2 victory over Trenton Thursday night at WesBanco Arena.

Jeremy Akeson scored to give Trenton a 1-0 lead on the power play at 7:57 of the first period, with Ryan Ginand and Justin Pender earning helpers. However, it was Trenton’s only lead of the night as Wheeling’s Ben Street, Jason DeSantis and Alex Smigelski scored in a 7:47 span in the second half of the second period to open up a two-goal lead for the Nailers, who entered the night with four shutout losses at home.

Andy Thomas narrowed Wheeling’s lead to 3-2 3:38 into the third period by notching his first goal of the season. Thomas’s first goal since March 5 of last season beat Patrick Killeen just under the crossbar, with Matt Lombardi and Taylor Vichorek credited with assists. The Devils never completed the comeback though, as 5:07 after Trenton made the score 3-2, Kris Vernarsky restored the Nailers’ two-goal advantage by scoring for the third time this season against the Devils.

The Devils pulled goaltender Mike Brown for an extra attacker late in the third period, but couldn’t produce any offense. With 52 seconds remaining, Mountain Lakes, NJ native Alex Smigelski scored his second goal of the game into the empty net to seal a 5-2 win for Wheeling, giving the Nailers their third win in four games over the Devils this season.

Brown stopped 30 of 34 shots in defeat as the Devils’ record slips to 8-9-0-1 and 4-5 on the road. With their win, the Nailers are now 10-10-0-0. Trenton returns home for a Saturday game with the Reading Royals at Sun National Bank Center at 7:00 p.m.


11 Responses to “Two Straight? Not So Much…”

  1. titans04 Says:

    pretty solid first period then not so much for the last 40. Hard to compete with the current roster and playing 2 guys short. Caruso maye gone for the long term apparently Brodeurs “bruise” may require surgery. There’s a first for everything I guess. Status quo baby.

  2. titans04 Says:

    Now Brown is off to Albany too. Let’s just keep grabbing our ankles it’ll be ok.

  3. Langhorne Devil Says:

    Jeeez – Right Im in net tomorrow, I may not be able to skate but hey they wouldn’t call me up to Lowell.

  4. somersetdevilsfan Says:

    Brown in Albany speaks to why players should want to be in Trenton vs elsewhere in the E- Devils pull from within. Guy must feel like he hit the lottery- 2 weeks ago he’s in the Southern league with a sub .900 sv pct, light years from anything- now he’s in the AHL and the 4th goalie on the depth chart for the big league club. Wonder how long Caruso and Lerg will be out.

  5. titans04 Says:

    Albany lost Patrick Davis last night. out indefinitely with an upper body injury, it keeps getting better for us.

  6. titans04 Says:

    Beer Leaguer time:

    12/04/2010 Kyle Kucharski (F) Trenton Added

    12/04/2010 Mike Potacco (F) Trenton Added

    anything good on TV tonight? Looking for a reason to stay home again tonight. Maybe Jordan’s swim meet will run late – hopefully.

  7. titans04 Says:

    Somersetdevil – While the Devils only take from within, it limits and handicaps the players by being pinned down to one org. The true free agent prospects will always go to teams like Reading where they can be called up by every AHL team. Reading has either been first or second league wide in call-ups the last 3 seasons or so.

    A good story for Brown but certainly a freak situation with so many goalie injuries, 3 in fact.

  8. titansman Says:

    Thats why Reading has all those cup victories. Do us a favor 04 stay home.

  9. somersetdevilsfan Says:

    Can’t argue with the Reading fact but Albany has 12 players on active roster who have worn the Trenton jersey at some point- that’s gotta say something. What- I don’t know.

  10. TrentonPwnedFlorida Says:

    Lets also not forget, 3 players who wore a Trenton Jersey before played at one point with the NJ Devils this year.


  11. titans04 Says:

    Lou’s fan club taking it on the chin, stay home you mean like the other 6k plus per game.

    Arguing the point that Reading isn’t the place to go for guys that want the best shot at getting called up, really Titansman? Explain to us your logic other than how dare somebody not pay respect to your beloved logo.

    Come on step up and explain how what I said was anything but the truth, where did I say Reading ever won shit? And why you’re at it remember when Trenton was almost a lock to make the playoffs every year, not just once every three?

    Just once make an intelligent counter point other than it hurts your feelings that not everybody agrees with you.

    TPF – Leblond there’s no arguing and it’s great he got a 3 year NHL deal, too bad he’s been banished for the single play against the Caps. The Devils could desperately use his heart and toughness at this point. There’s nobody happier than I was when he got his deal.

    Not sure the other two are anything more than a symbol of just how bad the Devils are this year for many reasons.

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