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Devils finish on a hot streak

April 8, 2008 - ECHL (ECHL) - Trenton Devils News Release

TRENTON, NJ - Contributions by some of the Trenton Devils' brightest young stars netted the team three wins this week to close out the 2007-2008. Trenton took down the two top teams in the North Division, Cincinnati and Elmira, and ended the year on a three-game winning streak. The Devils finished the season 29-36-7, good for sixth place in the North.

JACKALS BITTEN: After dropping their first five contests against Elmira, the Devils won for the fourth time in six games against the Jackals, skating to a 3-2 victory in upstate New York on Wednesday night. Stephen Wood scored his ECHL-defensemen-leading 17th goal of the season with just over three minutes remaining in the game to break a 2-2 tie. Chris Poli and Eric Castonguay also scored in the contest to kick off what would prove to be a great weekend for two of the youngest Devils. Jason Smith saved 34 shots to earn the win in net for Trenton.

ELMIRA ERADICATED: A highlight reel goal by Eric Castonguay and stellar play between the pipes by Maxime Ouellet helped the Devils to a 3-1 win at home on Friday night against Elmira. Castonguay's third period goal gave the Devils a 3-0 lead when Jim Henkel shoveled the puck between the legs of both himself and an Elmira defender before the trailing forward found the back of the net. Ouellet saved 23 shots to earn the win in goal. After going winless in their first five games of the season against the ECHL's newest member, the Devils finished the season with wins in five of seven games against Elmira.

FANTASTIC FINALE: Trenton closed out the season with a thrilling come-from-behind 2-1 win against Cincinnati. On Fan Appreciation Night at Sovereign Bank Arena, the 6,486 fans in attendance were treated to two quick Devils goals in the third period against the conference's top team. Eric Castonguay scored his 20th goal of the season, and his fourth in five games, to tie the score at 1-1 with 13:50 remaining in the contest. One minute and nine seconds later, Chris Poli found the back of the net for the game-winner. Jason Smith stopped 24 shots, with the only Cincinnati goal coming 21 seconds into the first period by Mathieu Aubin off of a faceoff.

QUICK HITS: After scoring just one goal since 2/18, Eric Castonguay finished the season with a three-game goal streak (3g) and four goals in five days... The young forward tallied points in 13 of his last 16 contests... Stephen Wood also netted four points (2g, 2a) and finished the season as the ECHL's leader in defensemen goals and power play goals... The Massachusetts native recorded a +5 rating this past week... Goalie Jason Smith has allowed three goals or less in eight of his last nine starts (six Trenton victories)... Chris Poli's goal against Cincinnati on 4/5 was his second career game-winner (3/26 @ Elmira); he has skated in just 11 contests... Trenton finished the season on a three-game winning streak, its third such streak in little over a month... The Devils went 10-7-0 in the last quarter of the season, their best showing by quarter this year... Trenton went 12-3-0 when it led after the first period... The Devils finished with seven points against the Brabham Cup Champion Cincinnati Cyclones, the third-most of any team in the league.

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