November 29, 2004 - International Hockey League 2 (IHL 2) - Danbury Trashers
DanburyÂ’s initial season in the United Hockey League is off to a rousing start at the quarter mark as the Trashers are currently on a franchise-record unbeaten streak with a 6-0-1 record over their last seven games and are now on top of the UHLÂ’s Eastern Division with a two-point lead over Adirondack.
This past week witnessed the Trashers win four games, including three at the Danbury Ice Arena on Friday, Saturday and SundayÂ’with a two game sweep of the Flint Generals to cap off the week. Another busy week is on tap for Danbury with four games in five nights starting on Wednesday in Danbury.
TRASHERS WEEK IN REVIEW
LAVALLEE STOPS 34 OF 36 AS TRASHERS WIN 5TH STRAIGHT WITH 3-2 DECISION OVER FLINT
November 28, 2004
The Danbury Trashers extended their unbeaten streak to seven games with a 3-2 home ice victory over the Flint Generals, in front of a crowd of 1,927. The Trashers are winners in their last five games, and 6-0-1 during the unbeaten streak.
J.F. David opened the scoring in the first period with his third goal of the year, from Blake Bellefeuille and Bruce Richardson at 10:53. Danbury point leader Brent Gretzky (7-11-18) gave the Trashers a 2-0 lead with his seventh goal, from Brad Wingfield and Jeff State.
Both teams scored in the second frame. Flint notched its first of the game as Andrei Lupandin scored at 12:36 to make it a 2-1 game, with the Trashers' Mathieu Wathier in the box for elbowing. The Generals' assists went to Bobby Reynolds and John DiPace. Danbury got their two-goal cushion back on Wingfield's sixth goal of the year, from Samir Ben-Amor and J.F. David at 19:39, seconds after a Trashers' power play expired.
Flint scored the only goal of the final frame, at 19:50 gone by. Kris Waltze put the Generals within one, with ten seconds remaining, on a pass from Kam White. The Trashers held on to win the game 3-2.
Guillaume Lavallee won his second game in a row in net, turning aside 34-of-36 shots, while his Generals counterpart Dan McIntyre stopped 28-of-31. Flint was 1-for-7 on the man-advantage while Danbury was just 0-for-3.
BEN-AMOR'S TWO-GOAL NIGHT LIFTS DANBURY TO 4TH STRAIGHT WIN
November 27, 2004
Samir Ben-AmorÂ’s two-goal evening lifted Danbury over Flint as the Trashers extended their unbeaten streak to 5-0-1 over their last six games with a 2-1 win over the Flint Generals before a crowd of 2,329 at the Danbury Ice Arena on Saturday night.
A quiet game on the score and penalty sheet, Danbury opened the scoring in the first period with Ben-Amor's third goal of the season from Brian Herbert and Alex Goupil at 16:45 for the only goal of the first period.
Generals' rookie Mike Kinnie tied the game with a power play goal at 18:04 in the second frame from John DiPace and Bobby Reynolds. Flint earned a power play when Ben-Amor took an obstruction-hooking call at 13:16. While on the penalty kill, Danbury's Bruce Richardson received a boarding major and game misconduct for a hit on Rob Valicevic at 13:47. The Trashers successfully killed off the two-man advantage, but surrendered the tying goal with just 0:43 seconds remaining in FlintÂ’s power play.
The game-winning goal came as 6:48 of the final frame as Ben-Amor notched his second of the game, with assists from Doug Christiansen and J.F. David.
Guillaume Lavallee stopped 23-of-24 shots on net in the victory for Danbury, who improved to 12-6-1 to maintain first place in the Eastern Division. Marco Emond turned aside 22-of-24 for the Generals while Danbury's Lavallee stopped 22-of-23. The Kinnie tally for Flint was the only special teams goal of the night (Flint 1/3, Danbury 0/1).
THIRD PERIOD SCORING OUTBURST LIFTS DANBURY TO THIRD STRAIGHT WIN
November 26, 2004
A rowdy third period ended what began as a goaltending duel between the Danbury Trashers and Richmond RiverDogs. The Trashers came out 4-2 winners at home and notched their first three-game win streak in the team's brief history before a crowd of 2,737 at the Danbury Ice Arena on Saturday night.
Three Trashers, Doug Christiansen, Brent Gretzky and Bruce Richardson, all posted two-point nights and Danbury goaltender Scott Stirling turned aside 33-of-35 shots.
Richmond's Ryan Prentice opened the scoring in the first period with a goal from Mark Langdon and Luch Nasato. Danbury's Christiansen tied things up in the second on a goal assisted by Richardson.
JJ Wrobel gave the RiverDogs the lead back :44 seconds into the final frame, but the Trashers scored three unanswered goals in the next eight minutes. Gretzky, Blake Bellefeuille and Brad Wingfield netted the goals, and new Trasher Jeff Daw earned his first point as a member of Danbury's team.
The final half of the period saw two fights, a pair of matching roughing minors, and another pair of double-roughing minors.
With the win, the Trashers take sole possession of the top of the Eastern Division.
STIRLING RECORDS 34 SAVE PERFORMANCE IN 3-0 SHUTOUT OF ELMIRA
November 24, 2004
Scott Stirling turned in another outstanding performance as he earned the Number One Star for the 3rd straight game as he turned aside 34 shots in the TrashersÂ’ 3-0 win over Elmira on Wednesday night at First Arena.
Following a scoreless first period that saw a combined 31 shots on goal, the Trashers finally scored on the power play at the 12:43 mark of the 2nd when Blake Bellefeuille tipped in a drive by Brent Gretzky to give Danbury a 1-0 lead. Bruce Richarson earned the other assist on the goal.
After 40 minutes of action, the teams combined for 59 shots on net with only the lone tally to show for it. The Trashers peppered Greg Hewitt 20 times in the 2nd frame, and HewittÂ’s netminding kept the Jackals in the game for most of the contest.
Danbury started off quickly in the 3rd period as Mathieu WathierÂ’s blasted a drive past Hewitt at the 2:14 mark from Brian Herbert to give Danbury a 2-0 lead. Brad Wingfield then scored an empty net goal for his 4th of the season with 50 seconds remaining as Elmira had the extra attacker on the ice.
Greg Hewitt faced 50 of the TrashersÂ’ franchise record 51 shots on the night and stopped 48 of them in a losing cause. The win is DanburyÂ’s second straight and it earned them a piece of 1st place with 21 points (10-6-1) following AdirondackÂ’s win over Richmond as the Frostbite also have 21 (9-5-3) on the year.
DANBURY PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Statistics from 11/24-11/28: 2-0-0 Record 1.00 GAA .971 Save Percentage (68 saves, 70 shots)
Stirling recorded his second shutout of the season in WednesdayÂ’s 3-0 win over the Elmira Jackals, while he stopped 32 of 34 shots in FridayÂ’s 4-2 win over Richmond.
Statistics from 11/24 to 11/28: 3 Goals, 2 Assists, 5 Points, +3 Plus/Minus
Wingfield enjoyed two multi-point games (1G, 1A) on November 24th against Elmira and on November 28th against Flint.
- Danbury Trashers forward John Morlang was signed by the Bridgeport SoundTigers of the American Hockey League (AHL) and was in uniform for their game on November 24th against Hartford. Over the first 17 games of the season, the Coquitlam, British Columbia native scored 13 points on seven goals with a +6 plus/minus rating. His seven goals and +6 were tied for the Danbury team lead. He became the first Trashers player to dress in a regular season AHL game.
- Danbury set a franchise record when they accrued just nine penalty minutes in the Trashers 2-1 win over Flint on November 27th. Flint committed only one penalty for two minutes in the same game as the Trashers and Generals committed for just 11 total PIM. Ironically, the Generals and Trashers are the top two teams in the UHL in penalty minutes this season.
- Scott Stirling completed an outstanding month in goal for Danbury with a 6-1-1 record, 2.13 GAA and .924 SV%. Stirling is 5-0-1 in his last six starts for the Trashers.
- During the course of DanburyÂ’s current seven game unbeaten streak, the Trashers have allowed just 2 goals a game and the TrashersÂ’ netminders have earned a .937SV%
- After earning just one point during the month of October, Doug Christensen has been a consistent scoring threat in November with eight points on four goals and a +6 rating.
BUSY WEEK FOR THE TRASHERSÂ’FOUR GAMES IN FIVE NIGHTS INCLUDES A RARE MID-WEEK GAME AT THE DANBURY ICE ARENA ON WEDNESDAY
A rare Wednesday night game is in the cards for the Danbury Trashers as they return to the ice to take on Kalamazoo for the first time this season on December 1st at 7:30pm. After a Friday night 7:35pm game in Richmond, the Trashers return home to face Port Huron on Saturday night at 7 and on Sunday afternoon at 5:30pm.
Tickets for all Trashers home games are available by
calling 866-565-PUCK ext. 116 during business hours,
online at DanburyTrashers.com and in person at the
Danbury Ice Arena from Noon-6pm on weekdays, 9am-6pm
on SaturdayÂ’s and 11am-5pm on SundayÂ’s.