(PR) Elmira, NY – After tying the game 1-1 with 2:33 remaining in the second period, the Devils took control Friday night by scoring three goals in the opening 7:49 of the third period en route to a 4-2 win over the Elmira Jackals at First Arena. The offensive blitz, which rendered the struggling Jackals’ defense helpless, was started by Ryan Hayes’ eighth goal of the season 20 seconds into the third period. The rookie’s power-play goal, assisted by Ryan Ginand and J.S. Berube, extended the Syracuse, NY native’s point-scoring streak to six straight games.
Having already notched Trenton’s first tally of the evening, Ryan Ginand added the insurance, scoring at 5:11 and 7:49 to complete his second-career hat trick and spring the Devils to a 4-1 lead. Ginand’s first score of the third period was set up by a strong forecheck and centering pass from Mike Potacco. The Kinnelon, NJ made the pass out of right wing corner for the assist, registering his first professional point in his sixth career game. Ginand’s hat-trick goal, set up by Justin Pender and Brad Miller, was Trenton’s second power-play score of the game, and followed a two-power-play goal performance by Jeff Prough at First Arena in Trenton’s most recent visit to Elmira last Saturday night.
Eric Lampe beat Dave Caruso with his seventh goal of the season with 10:09 remaining to make the score 4-2 Trenton, but Elmira never got any closer as the Devils won, 4-2, by defeating the Jackals for the second time in the last three meetings.
Although the Devils’ victory was paced by Ginand’s offensive heroics in the third period, the win wouldn’t have been possible without the stingy play on the penalty kill by Trenton in the first period. In the opening 10:40, the Devils took four minor penalties and were at one point down by two men for 44 seconds. Trenton surrendered zero goals-against in that span, which saw Elmira outshoot the Devils 13-2. Yannick Tifu scored a shorthanded goal in the first period to stake the Jackals to a 1-0 lead, but Ryan Ginand’s first goal of the night at 17:27 of the middle stanza, assisted by Andy Thomas and Justin Coutu, erased that advantage to open the door for the Devils’ game-deciding third period barrage on Daren Machesney.
Dave Caruso stopped 35 of 37 shots to earn his first Trenton victory since October 28 as the Devils improve to 10-12-0-2. Daren Machesney stopped 38 of 42 shots as the Jackals are now winless in two straight games, dropping to 13-8-5-0. After four meetings in the last nine nights, the Devils and Jackals will next oppose each other December 29 at Sun National Bank Center. Trenton’s next game is Sunday against the Toledo Walleye at 4:00 p.m. at Sun National Bank Center.