Southern Trip Continues To Go South

(PR) Duluth, GA – Behind a 27-save shutout by Chris Carrozzi and three unanswered goals, the Gwinnett Gladiators defeated the Trenton Devils, 3-0, Saturday at Arena at Gwinnett Center.

Akim Aliu, Kyle Kucharski and Andy Brandt supplied the goals for the Gladiators, who improved to 27-22-2-5 and gained sole possession of seventh place in the Eastern Conference by winning their fifth straight game.

Roswell, GA native Dave Caruso was stellar in making 44 saves on 46 shots in a game where the Devils were outshot 36-13 over the final two periods, but took the hard-luck loss, as Trenton was shut out for the first time since November 24 at Florida.

The game-winning goal was scored with just under five minutes remaining in the first period, when Akim Aliu scored a shorthanded breakaway goal off a leading pass from Patrick Galivan. The strike was the 10th shorthanded goal of the season for the Gladiators, who had entered the night having allowed the most shorthanded goals in the Eastern Conference.

In the second period, two penalties by Justin Coutu and Martin Nolet six seconds apart gave Gwinnett a five-on-three power-play opportunity, where former Devil Kyle Kucharski expanded the Gladiators’ lead to 2-0 by scoring his second goal in the last week against his former team. Andy Brandt made the sharp cross-ice feed to the backdoor to record the primary assist.

Although the Devils outshot Gwinnett by a 14-11 clip in the first period, the Gladiators carried play for large stretches in the game’s second half. The Glads killed each of Trenton’s five power plays and sealed their 3-0 win when Brandt scored an empty-net goal with 44 seconds left in the third period.

The Devils conclude the three-game southern portion of their five-game road trip by finishing the season series with Gwinnett at 4:05 p.m.


11 Responses to “Southern Trip Continues To Go South”

  1. trentondevilsfan Says:

    Lol, Kucharski again. He’ll get one the next game I’m sure, then go scoreless the rest of the year.

    Rest of the home games will be spent chatting with our seat mates and joking around with Scorch.

  2. Titans04 Says:

    Caruso was great the rest nothing short of terrible.

    They’re all great guys, wonderful people but as a hockey team they are beyond dreadful. Charmin soft and undersized outside of Myles, always on the short end of every scrum and 80% of the meaningful hits. The formula is the same every year and the results so pedictable at this point. 6 loses in a row and counting. You can’t help but feel like in their hearts they expect to lose every time they take the ice and why shouldn’t they? Throw in playing in a morgue, the icing on the cake.

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  4. chiarams Says:

    With the number of games that Toledo/Cincy/Elmira/Gwinnett play against one another the rest of the season, the T-Devs tragic number is 11 points. That assumes that those four teams don’t win a single game against any other opponent.

    So they should be officially eliminated by next week.

  5. chiarams Says:

    Stoesz/Flache –

    Not sure what all those weird things are around the arena – oh wait – they’re fans.

  6. chiarams Says:

    What happened with Charleston today?

  7. Titans04 Says:

    Only listened to the pre-game and first period but you could tell from the pre-game that Dean’s at his wits end with them taking what he calls selfish penalties ones that end up coming back to haunt them and ones they just can’t justify taking in the first place. He also said that they’re professionals and even though things have gone to crap they need to prepare and play every game, he’s dedicated to doing that. The guy sounds like he just lost his best friend. At this point he appears to care to much.

    For the sounds of it Charleston just still doesn’t get the message, he’s taken his share of penalties since his suspension but at least during the home games has kept his mouth shut and gone to the box. It certainly seemed like he just kept bitching and moaning and must have finally said the magic words and was sent to the showers. The text book definition of being totally undisciplined and frankly even after giving him the benefit of the doubt after the last incident you would have to wonder if he’s just not capable of controlling it. Can only imagine Dean was livid after this latest transgression especially after making such a big deal about being selfish taking dumb penalties going in to it.

    Losing two in a row in SHG’s is virtually impossible to do. Look at the line for the leaders in the room, 3 shots combined by Akeson, Kell and Zancanaro, yes thankfully one of Trevors went in but really 3 shots???

    Anybody want to go out on a limb and say the wheels have completely fallen off at this point? The end of the season can’t come soon enough for this team and the few of us that are left.

  8. chiarams Says:

    Am I the only one that enjoys the trainwreck?

    Sorry – I can’t help myself – watching Albany go down the toilet is just a bonus. And if the big club misses the playoffs? It’s like my personal perfect hat trick.

  9. JB Says:

    chiarams, the trainwreck can only be enjoyable for fans of the team if it leads to the necessary improvements. What have you seen from Lou, Chris & Co. to suggest that improvements are coming as long as Lou runs the organization?

  10. chiarams Says:

    At this point my only hope is that Lou and Chris eventually decide that pissing away money in Trenton to spite the Phantoms/Flyers isn’t fun anymore.

    Either that, or Mercer County finally wakes up and gets tired of dwindling revenues from their arena.

    Neither is going to happen, so at this point, I’m just happy to see the fans run away in droves.

    Maybe next year they can do 36 scout nights or 36 bobbleheads – aside from that, nothing is getting fans into the building.

  11. chiarams Says:

    Totally unrelated, but has an online poll regarding “Among cities that have not traditionally hosted the NCAA Regionals, which one would be most intriguing if the goals is to maximize attendance in a facility that holds 5,000 to 10,000 fans”

    Don’t look now but even with my vote the SNuB Center is in dead last – further proof of the damage inflicted by the current ownership on this market.

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