Trenton Tops Reading In Shootout, 2-1 (UPDATED)

The Devils beat the Royals, 2-1, in a shootout this afternoon in an MLK day matinee.  Full press release posted when I get it.

Dan Charleston was not available for the game, meaning he was likely suspended by the team, as nothing came across from the league today.  Trevor Kell also did not play, likely due to his upper body injury suffered on Saturday, and T.J. Miller is back on IR.  Jordon Southorn was activated off the IR today.

Also, Daniel Rosen served as the team’s emergency backup goalie.  He played collegiately at Brown and played in one game for Gwinnett last season.  This year, he was last with Rio Grand Valley of the CHL.

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(PR) Reading, PA – Trenton snapped its six game winless streak with a 2-1 shootout victory over the Atlantic Division leading Reading Royals Monday afternoon at Sovereign Center. Shane Connelly stopped 33 of 34 Reading shots and 3 of 5 in the shootout to earn his first win in a Devils uniform. For the second time this season Trenton held an opponent to only one goal, thanks in part to an increase in blocked shots and an impressive effort between the pipes from Connelly.

In the lowest scoring game of the Devils’ season (three combined goals), the Devils and Royals skated to a scoreless first period that had Reading with 13 shots and six for Trenton. Connelly made several key stops and allowed the Devils to settle in, becoming more physical as the opening frame wore on.

Trenton broke through with a power play goal 6:46 into the second. With several Devils around the net mouth, Kory Nagy forced the puck past goalie Michael Hutchinson for a 1-0 Trenton lead. Ryan Ginand and Ryan Hayes, reunited as linemates for the first time since the South Carolina series, picked up assists on Nagy’s sixth goal of the year. Ginand improves his team-high point total to 40 (15g, 25a). The Devils were more aggressive offensively in the second, firing 13 shots on Hutchinson. The intensity of game picked up as well, with Taylor Vichorek getting the better of former Elmira intimidator Brett Gallant in a fight with five minutes left in the second.

Reading tied the game with a power play goal of its own at 6:53 of the third. Playing in his eighth game with the Royals, Cody Wild picked up his first goal taking a centering feed from Reading’s leading scorer Ben Gordon. Reading had two more power play chances in the third, including the final two minutes of regulation, but Connelly and the Devils’ PK kept the game tied, 1-1.

Trenton had several chances to win the game in overtime, thanks to two Reading penalties a minute apart. Dave Leaderer and Jordon Southorn both fired pucks off iron during the extra-man chances, but Reading stopped the Devils’ power play and eventually forced the shootout.

Jeff Prough, Ryan Ginand and Darcy Zajac beat Hutchinson in the final three rounds of shootout, as Connelly stopped three of Reading’s five shooters to secure Trenton’s first win since January 1. Trenton closes the first half of the season with a 14-18-1-3 record.

The Devils are next in action Friday against the Wheeling Nailers at 7:35 p.m. at the War Memorial in Johnstown, PA, then hosting the Nailers Saturday in Trenton and Sunday in Atlantic City.

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11 Responses to “Trenton Tops Reading In Shootout, 2-1 (UPDATED)”

  1. titans04 Says:

    gritty two points. Nice to see Connelley play well. Vichorek also got the best of Gallant. Kevin said Charleston was out “injured/hurt”, probably on the bus ride up….

  2. devildawg Says:

    Brilliant that we got the win today. Much needed and I hope it’s a turning point for us.
    Shame about Kell and poor TJ Miller….we’re going to miss him again.
    As you said titans04, it seemed pretty obvious Dan Charleston wouldnt play today. Not only is he probably unofficially suspended by the club (ie, “hurt”) he has his game misconduct to come from the league as well.
    From tweeting with this very blog’s Mr Ashmore on Saturday night, it seems this was a very uncharacteristic thing for Charleston to have done and he is (I am told by Mike) a good guy. I for one hope he takes his punishment, is able to apologize to the lady in question that got hit and he gets the chance to play for us again. I’m sure he realizes what a terrible thing it was that he did.
    4 goals in one game is pretty awesome despite what happened …

  3. titans04 Says:

    He wasn’t mentioned in the leagues suspension and fine announcement today. Must of just ate some bad mexican food. purely coincidental.

  4. Ashmore Says:

    Technically, according to the scoresheet, Charleston was only given a misconduct and not a game misconduct. Anyone can correct me if I’m wrong, but I think game misconducts and match penalties are automatically reviewed by the league…not necessarily a standard misconduct penalty.

    So he may escape discipline from the league…but he was obviously fine at the end of the third period, so there’s no reason to assume anything other than team discipline in this scenario.

  5. devildawg Says:

    My mistake Mike, I thought I’d heard them announce a game misconduct for Dan at the end of the game.
    Thanks for clearing that up 🙂

  6. Ashmore Says:

    On the sheet I have, it just lists a regular misconduct…I also thought it was announced as a game misconduct.

  7. Langhorne Devil Says:

    I listened to the Doovas commentary, sounds like Connolly kept us in the game – especially early on.

    Also sounded that Gallant took Qutie a beating from the big guy – maybe Myles has been giving him some pointers

  8. titans04 Says:

    He got the jersey up over Gallants head early on, would like to see it though to see if the call matched what happened, Dan’s in the worst seat in the house up there.

    There have been other guys suspended for launching things into the crowds either earlier this year or last, a goalie on the west coast “accidently” had his stick fly out of his hands and into the crowd as he was skating off at the end of a game, pretty sure he got a couple games from the league. To lazy to look it up, not sure what penalties if any he had gotten.

    Hopefully Dan can move past it, if they’re going to do anything to turn this into a .500 team he’s needs to be a big part of it. Hopefully whoever got hit wasn’t hurt that’s what’s most important imo.

  9. Bradley Says:

    Any news when we’ll get Caruso back?

  10. Bradley Says:

    I was at the game on Saturday and had lots of fun.
    Are there discounted tickets to the Atlantic City game through the team?
    I am trying to convince my brother to make the trip with me.
    I saw someone won a few million dollars playing penny slots at the Borgota over the weekend.

  11. Ashmore Says:

    Caruso’s return is dependent on when Jeff Frazee is able to play in Albany. When Frazee’s ready, Caruso comes back and down and immediately takes over the #1 job in Trenton.

    As for tickets, unless there’s something on the website, I think prices are whatever they’re listed at…

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