Going to weigh in with some quick takes after every period. Going to try to watch this one a little more to get an impression on some of the new guys…but check back after each period.
I’ll elaborate more on this in the post-game notes and so on…but it got away pretty early in the third and they were never really able to recover. If you ask me, though…they really lost this game in the second period.
I spoke to Kevin Dean and Shane Connelly after the game, I’ll have that for you tonight or tomorrow…probably tonight.
And the middle 20 clearly wasn’t as good. T.J. Miller went down hard in the corner and stayed down for a while…he skated off under his own power after the trainer came out, but he went straight to the locker room. He seemed to be favoring his left side. The last thing this team needs is another injury.
On the scoreboard…well, we’re now tied, 2-2. Shane Connelly would probably want the Yannick Riendeau shot back, but I’m not sure you can call that one a bad goal. Ben Gordon’s goal was a scramble where the puck was loose and stayed loose…the D couldn’t clear it, Connelly couldn’t find it, and Gordon buried it.
As an aside…really, really nice job by Trenton Devils fans with the teddy bear toss. Was pleasantly shocked by the amount that ended up on the ice. Nice work, guys. But stop throwing the chuck-a-pucks at Kathy…there’s no bonus for hitting her.
Well, you can’t really argue with too much of anything Trenton did in the first 20 minutes. Granted, it makes no sense that they’d look that good and put 23 shots on net with what may very well be their most depleted roster of the season, but then again…for as long as I’ve covered this team, they’ve always played their best when their backs are against the wall.
The first goal…well, Robert Slaney doesn’t have a goal in 19 games for Reading, so maybe he thought by tapping one into his own net, he could get on the scoresheet. Well, not really…but still, that’s a tough break for the Royals. But Trenton will obviously take that one. The second goal…smart play by Vichorek behind the net to wait for the D to get out of the lane and find Prough. I think Scrivens figured Prough wasn’t going to try short side and left his post a little early, but Prough snuck it off of Scrivens right pad and in for the 2-0 lead.
Solid period, all in all. Hard to get much of an impression on Connelly, but he certainly didn’t do anything wrong in the first period, that’s for sure.
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