Back On The Beat

— Well, I’ve finally thawed out from my trip to Connecticut…so it’s time to start writing again.  A special thanks to Bob Crawford of the Connecticut Whale for having me at the Whale Bowl…I’ll have more on that experience a bit later.  But let’s catch up on the important stuff first.

— In my absence, the Devils won two in a row, marking only the third time all season they’ve accomplished that feat.  They look to start their first actual winning streak of the season on the road in Reading on Wednesday.  Here’s the recap of Sunday’s win…

(PR) Trenton, NJ – Dan Charleston’s goal 4:58 into the third period broke a 2-2 and elevated the Trenton Devils to a 4-2 victory over the Wheeling Nailers at Sun National Bank Center.

Myles Stoesz and Ryan Hayes also scored for Trenton, and Shane Connelly made 22 saves on 24 shots to earn the win. With the win, Trenton wins on consecutive nights for the first time this season, while the Devils inch to within six points of a playoff spot by improving their record to 21-28-1-3.

The loss extends Wheeling’s season-high losing streak to six games, as the Nailers drop to 29-21-0-3. Peter Delmas allowed three goals on 29 shots and lost to the Devils for the first time in his career, while Kelly Miller and Jason DeSantis supplied the Nailers’ goals.

After Trenton and Wheeling played a scoreless 11:17 to start the game, Kelly Miller scored to put Wheeling ahead, 1-0, scoring from the left-wing circle off a cross-ice-feed from Chris Minella

The score remained 1-0 Nailers until Myles Stoesz scored his first goal of the season to tie the game, 1-1, 4:43 into the second period. Matt Lombardi got the primary assist by sliding the puck across the crease to a hard-working Stoesz, who beat Delmas just inside the post. Kory Nagy also got a helper, his 11th of the season.

However, Stoesz was flagged for a high-sticking penalty just 3:10 after his goal knotted the score, and it took Wheeling just 16 seconds with a man-advantage to strike. Jason DeSantis was credited with the goal, after he had been sent down from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins earlier in the day.

The Nailers’ lead would last for only 2:17 though, as Ryan Hayes scored his 18th goal of the season while Trenton was on a five-on-three power play. Ryan Ginand extended his point streak to six straight games by earning the primary assist, while Dan Charleston increased his point streak to four games by earning a helper on the play.

Charleston wasn’t done scoring though, and his one-timer goal off of a hard feed from Martin Nolet at 4:48 of the third period proved to be the game-winning goal.

Jeremy Akeson scored for the third straight game by adding an empty-net goal with a second left in regulation, sealing Trenton’s win, and making the score 4-2. Matt Lombardi got the primary assist and Dan Charleston the secondary helper to complete a three-point, first-star night.

The Devils try for their third straight Wednesday, traveling to Sovereign Center to face off against the first place Reading Royals. The Devils next play at Sun National Bank Center Friday and Saturday against the Gwinnett Gladiators.

— Defenseman Harry Young, who apparently made quite an impression during his short stay with the team, was returned to AHL Albany.  In three games, Young registered an assist and 12 penalty minutes.

— In case you missed it, the Cincinnati Cyclones released a parody of The Lonely Island’s “I’m On A Boat” for charity.  I’m On The Clones has received national attention already, and was created to raise awareness for the Cincinnati-based Hockey Players for Kids (HP4K) charity.  Check it out here, or watch it in the blog below…

— Former South Carolina Stingrays Kirk Daubenspeck was recently involved in a very serious car accident, and a fund has been established in his behalf.  Click the link for more information.  Daubenspeck, who, like Shane Connelly, was a standout between the pipes at the University of Wisconsin, also played for the Jacksonville Lizard Kings and Chesapeake Ice Breakers in the ECHL.  I saw him back up for the Portland Pirates in the AHL in 2004-05, so the name is certainly familiar to me as well.

— Yes, that post below this one is sponsored.  Basically, I made up the money I lost by not covering Trenton this weekend.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT // Twitter: Mashmore98


14 Responses to “Back On The Beat”

  1. Marc Gulli Says:

    Can you believe over 4,000 at the game on Sunday…

  2. tdevils Says:

    Absolutely can. Was a Scout Night. Those always draw well.

  3. Marc Gulli Says:

    They should do it more often. I would hate to see the T-Devils move out of the area.

  4. Bradley Says:

    Was it a Scout Day this past Sunday?
    I thought the next one was this Saturday night when I looked at the schedule last week.
    I like the 7:30pm start time for Saturday night, an extra half hour to finish up dinner before the game.

  5. Langhorne Devil Says:

    Last weekends 4000+ wasn’t a scout night I believe. I think the scout night is this saturday.

  6. Langhorne Devil Says:

    I’d be interested to know how many points we were back from the playoffs at this point last year?

  7. Bradley Says:

    Do any of you plan on going to Bobby D’s tonight for the live radio show?
    I have not gone to one yet, How is the crowd over there?

  8. tdevils Says:

    If it was not a Scout Night, I stand corrected…I certainly hope for the day where gimmicks and promotions aren’t needed to fill the place again.

    I hate the 7:30 start, actually. When you don’t live close, getting home late sucks enough…this just makes it worse.

    And I encourage you guys to go/listen to the radio show…I’ve never been, and don’t listen to radio broadcasts of “my teams” when they’re on the road or for shows like this. Doesn’t do me much good. And Dan’s had me on the radio a grand total of once and realized that wasn’t a good idea, so I won’t exactly be getting an invite to that any time soon, either.

  9. tdevils Says:

    On 2/21 last year, Trenton was seven points out…

  10. titans04 Says:

    The rado show was cutting in and out but it kinda sounded like Young may still be here, who knows. There hasn’t been an AHL transaction showing him returning to Albany but the Albany moves are usually a day late once they are posted.

  11. devildawg Says:

    IIRC, Harry is back with Albany but D’Uva indicated we might see him again before the seasons end.
    In Myles Stoetsz I have a new hero – a very funny guy. Always great to hear Dan Charleston too 🙂
    Long may he be the recipient of the 1st star honors! 🙂

  12. titans04 Says:

    I’m sure you’re right, makes sense with us having a game tomorrow and Albany not playing tomorrow I guess….

  13. Langhorne Devil Says:

    It makes Jersey sense.

    Dan C sounded supremely confident – i.e. more than you would expect even to tow the company line.

    Lets see if it translates onto the ice tomorrow

  14. trentondevilsfan Says:

    Wish they would do the shows more local to Trenton or north…you know, where you might find Devils fans. Just don’t get the South Jersey infatuation. Sunday was a good crowd. I say bring on the promos to get people in, eventually you won’t need as many. And by that I mean a few years. It took a long time to get here, will take awhile to get out of it.

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