7:00 PM — Jackals starters are…
6:57 PM — Trenton starters are…
Playing roster is…
2,5, 20, 23, 26, 27
9, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 21, 25, 34
6:50 PM — If Elmira’s red jerseys had a Facebook page…yeah, I’d click “like.”
Although, the Jackals are the anti-Disco Stu. He “don’t advertise.” Whereas they don’t miss a chance.
6:45 PM — T.J. Miller took pre-game warmups, looks like he’s back in the lineup. Marco Cousineau and Shane Connelly are your netminders for tonight’s contest. Today’s a newspaper game for me…if my frozen hands can type out 700 words or so by the time the third period ends, that is. Anyway, talk amongst yourselves.
4:15 PM — All too often in this business, certain terms are overused. “Hero” comes to mind. Teachers, doctors, soliders…they’re heroes, not someone who won a sporting event. Soapbox moment aside, another term you see a lot is “buzz.” Like, “there’s a buzz in the building.”
Where am I going with this?
There is not a buzz in the building tonight. Annoying hum in a dead quiet arena three hours before gametime? Sure. But there is not a buzz in the building. The last time that was true was for Game 7 of the first round playoff series against Elmira in 2009. This place has been dead for a long time and I will not sugarcoat that for any reason at any time.
There is, however, some increased interest. And you can thank Myles Stoesz and Elmira’s Jon Mirasty for that. See, Stoesz and Mirasty got into a spirited scrap last season while they were in the AHL. And the odds seem pretty solid that it might just happen again tonight. There hasn’t been much to look forward to in Trenton this season, understandable for a team that’s won just 13 of its 33 games this season. And you may like fighting or you may not. But if this season’s going to go the way it looks like it’s going to go…if nothing else, you can at least hope for some entertainment value, and all eyes are on Stoesz and Mirasty to provide just that tonight.
I had planned to speak to both Stoesz and Mirasty prior to today’s game, but Trenton radio man and PR extraordinaire Dan D’Uva was kind enough to let me know that the Jackals would not be skating prior to the game. Whether I cover the hometown team or not, talking to one player about a fight that would/could involve two guys is irresponsible journalism, and it’s a risky proposition to get up at 8 AM instead of say…noon, for something that may not happen.
Dan did also pass along some stats…Mirasty has 751 PIM in 184 GP w/ AHL-Syracuse (roughly 4 PIM/GP). Stoesz had 97 PIM in 19 GP w/ Trenton last season (just over 5 PIM/GP). 47 of Stoesz’ 97 PIM came over the course of five games vs. Elmira.
So whether you like fighting or not, maybe you should hope these two guys drop the gloves tonight. Maybe, just maybe…it’ll help bring the buzz back to Trenton.
4:00 PM — Before I go on my soapbox moment, here’s some quick news. Elmira has suspended forward Kevin Devirgilio and signed defenseman David Inman. The Inman story is interesting. He played for two years on the US National Under-18 Team (with Patrick Kane, Phil Kessel, Peter Mueller, Jack Johnson, Jack Skille, Nathan Gerbe, Nick Foligno and former Trenton goalie Jeff Frazee) before embarking on a four-year collegiate career at Yale. He flamed out mightily while there (5 pts in 58 games) and only recently resurfaced with the Federal Hockey League’s New York Aviators.
Also, the Elmira Star-Gazette reports Marco Cousineau will start tonight.
Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com