7:00 PM — Playing roster is…
Thomas, Miller, Vichorek, Leaderer, Pender, Watson
Kell, Zancanaro, Stoesz, Zajac, Ginand, Charleston, Hayes, Nagy, Akeson, Prough
6:40 PM — My goaltending hunch was correct…Peter Delmas makes his first ever ECHL appearance for Wheeling, while Shane Connelly mans the pipes for the Trenton. I’ll have any late lineup info if I get it…
5:50 PM — For what it’s worth, Ben Street is back from the AHL for Wheeling. So for those of you on the fence about buying a ticket to the game wondering if Ben Street will be here, you’re in luck.
3:45 PM — Surprise! I said I wouldn’t be here, but the snow wasn’t really that bad…and despite the fact that I whine and moan and complain about being here sometimes, truth be told there’s really nowhere I’d rather be. So I’m covering hockey, which I love to do. Well, technically…I’m covering an empty, silent arena where the only sounds being made are by the arena crew cleaning off the seats…but you get the idea.
Anyway, not a whole lot I can tell you. Shane Connelly will start for Trenton, and Anthony Felice is in the house as the emergency backup. Patrick Killeen and Peter Delmas are the goaltending duo for Wheeling, and given that Delmas has yet to play since being sent down from Hamilton…I’d suspect he’s the guy tonight. Defenseman David Urquhart was also sent down from the Bulldogs just today, and he’ll likely play and wear #14.
The Nailers do have two NHL’ers on their roster — just like the Jackals — as blueliner Sebastien Bisaillon played two games for the Edmonton Oilers in 2006-07. and Kris Vernarsky got into 17 games with the Boston Bruins during the 2002-03 and 2003-04 seasons.
I will still be here Friday and Saturday, but those will be Trentonian days. Coverage-wise, I’ll be treating today like a newspaper day, too. Essentially, this will be a working day off for me…so while I’ll be here in an official capacity, I’d rather actually be able to watch the whole game and take notes so I can better both understand what I’m watching and evaluate players. But you already know that if you follow me on Twitter, where you also get the added bonus of seeing me post photos of myself consuming ridiculous beverages that no man should ever have.
On a side note…I think I’ll be getting to cover the Flyers in about a week, but I know for sure that I’ll be getting to cover the Sharks-Capitals game in Washington, DC on February 8 for an ECHL.com gig and have also been in talks with the Connecticut Whale to work their outdoor game later that month as part of a larger feature on ECHL’ers contributions to the season’s outdoor games. I love what I do. I don’t say that enough, but I love what I do, and I’m thankful both for my readers and for the opportunity to get to do it.
Sappy stuff aside, I’ll keep you guys updated up until the drop of the puck with whatever info I come across…
Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com