Devils Continue To Enjoy Home Cooking
TRENTON, NJ - The Trenton Devils welcomed three opponents in three days for the second week in a row, and treated the fans at Sovereign Bank Arena to a trio of exciting games. Two different skaters scored hat tricks while the Devils had yet another player step up with a four-point performance. Trenton knocked out Elmira for its first win of the season against the Jackals, and followed up a Saturday loss to Reading by earning a point in a thrilling come-from-behind shootout with Wheeling. This weekend Trenton hosts the top two teams in the North Division, Cincinnati and Elmira. The Devils are 17-22-1-3, and remain in fifth place in the North Division with 38 points.
JACKALS ROUTED: The Devils refused to be intimidated by the North Division's leading squad, fighting through five brawls and 39 opposing shots in the 5-2 victory. Jim Henkel's first hat trick of the season was set up twice by Ryan Gunderson, who had four assists halfway through the second period. The final tally came on an empty net, when the New Jersey native Henkel took a pass from Tony Zancanaro and soared it down the frozen pond. Elmira, which averages the second-most penalty minutes per game in the league, threw down multiple times, but the Devils didn't scare easily, squaring up for five fights. Dave Caruso got the win, stopping 37 of 39 shots.
READING DÉJÀ VU: Trenton suffered another heartbreaker against Reading at Sovereign Bank Arena on Saturday. The Devils had successfully put pressure on Reading netminder Jonathon Quick the entire game, but saw only Eric Castonguay's team-leading 14th goal get through. Two shots hit off the pipes, including one in a late-game power play. It would be after that man-advantage that Reading brought the puck into the Trenton zone and had a third-chance rebound go through for a 2-1 lead with three minutes left. An empty-netter would finish the game at 3-1.
NAILERS IN THE DRAW: Benoit Mondou's third game with the Devils gave him three goals in an exciting 6-5 shootout loss to Wheeling. While Trenton lost in the extra-frame contest, they had cause for celebration by erasing a three-goal deficit to force overtime. After the Nailers held a 4-1 lead halfway through the second period, the Devils rallied with goals by Jason Paige and Ryan Gunderson. Mondou's final two goals would equalize the game, the last of which was placed perfectly into the top right corner of the net. Trenton pumped 50 shots on goal, but was foiled in the sixth round of the shootout when Aaron Clarke wristed the game-winner past Dave Caruso.
QUICK HITS: Ryan Gunderson leads the ECHL's defensemen with 34 points (4g, 30a)... Gunderson also has ten points (1g, 9a) in his past five games... Thomas Harrison is second in the league in penalty minutes with 147... Eric Castonguay is riding a four-game point streak (1g, 3a)... Trenton is fifth in the league in fewest penalty minutes per game at 16.67... The Devils convert 21.6% of their power plays in the third period... Trenton is 8-0-0 when leading after the first period... The Devils are 16-0-1 when holding opponents to two goals or less.
UPCOMING GAMES Friday, February 1, 7:30pm - Devils vs. Elmira Jackals
The Jackals return to Sovereign Bank Arena for a game which is sure to be a heavyweight showdown. Trenton hopes to put together a winning streak against the New York squad, while Elmira's looking to put the upstart Devils in their place. Ryan Gunderson and Tony Zancanaro lead the Devils in scoring against the Jackals, with seven (0g, 7a) and six (3g, 3a) points respectively. After Dan LaCosta took the loss on Friday, will Elmira put Joel Martin and his 5-0 record against Trenton back in the net? Trenton trails the Jackals 1-3-0-2 in the season set, which is also the all-time record.
Saturday, February 2, 7:00pm - Devils vs. Cincinnati Cyclones
Trenton has not faced Cincinnati since New Year's Eve, when the Cyclones took a 3-1 win. The Devils have stayed competitive with the second-best team in the American Conference all season, and hope that a big performance from Jay Pemberton and Matt Cohen can stop the ECHL's second-leading goal scorer, Jean-Michel Daoust. Trenton is 1-4-0-0 against the Queen City organization this year, but has the lead with a 13-9-1 all-time record.
Tuesday, January 29 - Practice @ Grundy Recreation Center - 10:30am
Wednesday, January 30 - Practice @ Grundy Recreation Center - 10:30am
Thursday, January 31 - Practice @ Grundy Recreation Center - 10:30am
Friday, February 1 - Pre-game skate TBD
Game vs. Elmira - 7:30pm
Saturday, February 2 - Pre-game skate @ Sovereign Bank Arena - 10:00am
Game vs. Cincinnati - 7:00pm
Sunday, February 3 - TBD
Monday, February 4 - TBD
ALONG THE BOARDS WITH CHRIS HUDSON: Along the Boards continues Wednesday, January 30th at 7:00pm. During the program the Voice of the Devils, Chris Hudson, brings listeners an in-depth view of the Trenton Devils with interviews of coaches and players while recapping the team's past games. Along the Boards is hosted at Alstarz Family Sports Pub in Bordentown, NJ (next to Mastori's) and can be heard live from 7:00 to 8:00pm on WBCB 1490 every Wednesday the team is not playing or traveling.
DEVILS GAME BROADCASTS: Tune in as the Voice of the Devils, Chris Hudson, brings you all of the Devils' hockey action live on WBCB-1490 AM Sunday through Thursday and WTSR-91.3 FM on Friday and Saturday. Fans can also watch or listen in on the Devils website, http://www.trentondevils.com, courtesy of B2 Networks. Video broadcasts are available for a charge of $6 per game, while audiocasts are free of charge. A cable or DSL Internet connection and Windows Media Player 9 are required to view the games.
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