— Be sure to read my game story in The Trentonian tomorrow. Given the fact that it was a 7:30 PM start, they were down three goals with ten minutes left and down one goal with under a minute to go, that I was able to re-write this into anything that so much as resembles the English language is a minor miracle.
— Interesting night. Felt like the game was relatively one-sided in Gwinnett’s favor for the majority of it, but the effort seemed to be there for the most part from Trenton. In the end, their best players were their best players. Ryan Ginand scored his 25th, Ryan Hayes scored his 20th, and Tony Zancanaro tied it up on what was essentially a late 6-on-4. But it still wasn’t enough.
— That was as “swiss cheesy” of a shootout as I’ve seen in a while. Sick move by Hayes, but it seemed like the way to go on Pasquale was to just shoot. Not sure if he was overanticipating on some moves or what, but he got beat cleanly quite a bit there. Not quite sure how that puck trickled through Shane Connelly at the very end…it seemed to vanish underneath him for a moment and then somehow carried over with some authority.
— Please enjoy Myles Stoesz beating the tar out of Danick Paquette over the past two nights…
Paquette deserved it both times, too. But especially tonight. Total cheap shot on Hayes, worthy of review by the league, and Stoesz took him to task for it yet again. Felt like the friendly zebras got this one right when it came to assessing the penalties, but would still contend that what Stoesz did last night was far more worthy of an instigator penalty than what he did tonight.
— Kyle Kucharski scored.
— No, seriously. Kyle Kucharski scored. Kucharski had been without a goal in his last 35 ECHL games, including 28 with Trenton…which dates back to last season. Of course he ends that drought against the Devils.
— Raise your hand if you noticed Mike Potacco tonight. I’m not seeing a lot of hands. Raise your hand if you think this team’s going to the playoffs. Anyone? Bueller? Anyone?
— Kevin Dean was fine after being nailed in the noggin by a puck during the second period. He had some stitches, six to be exact, on the right side of his forehead and there was a good amount of swelling. Kevin Dean, Jimmy Dean, Paula Deen…I don’t care who you put behind that bench, there’s only so much you can do when there aren’t reinforcements on the way from Albany or the free agent market.
Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com