The T-Devils made their first signings for the 2008-09 season yesterday. The team re-signed wingers Chris Poli who had four goals in 11 games for Trenton last season, and Tony Zancanaro, who had 15 goals and 25 assists in 72 games for Trenton.
They also signed rookie defencemen David Leaderer out of UMASS-Amherst and Matt Torti out of Colgate.
Benoit's Mondou's hat trick helped pull the Devils out of a 4-1 hole to tie the game in regulation, but it wasn't enough to pull out the victory as the Nailers won in a shootout to take the victory 6-5 in front of 3, 683 last night at Sovereign Bank Arena.
The Nailers jumped all over the Devils early, scoring their first goal only two minutes into the game when Sean Collins found the back of the net. A minute and a half later, this time on the powerplay, former Titan Seamus Young found the back of the net to give the Nailers a 2-0 lead.
The Devils answered back early in the second on a powerplay of their own when Benoit Mondou scored his first goal of the night 1:21 into the period when Jason Bonsignore found him in the slot with a pass that Mondou wristed past Wheeling goalie Martin Houle.
The Nailers would come back in the period with an answer of their own, however, when only a minute and change later Kevin Croxton scored, and then later, at 6:28, Corxton assisted on a powerplay goal by Joe Guenther to give the Nailers a 4-1 lead.
The Devils made their own second period comeback when at 11:49 Matt Cohen found Jason Paige streaking into the Nailers zone. Paige went top shelf on Houle to bring the Devils a bit closer, and then, only twenty seconds later, Ryan Gunderson brought them within one when he poked the puck through Houle whilst in the middle of a scrum. The momentum wouldn't last though as Kevin Croxton scored his second of the game at 19:16 to give the Nailers a 5-3 lead.
The third period would belong to the Devils and Benoit Mondou as he would score two powerplay goals to tie the game. He skated through the Wheeling defence at 9:11 to score his second goal of the game, and he tied the game at 17:15 with a blast to the top right corner for the hat-trick.
After an uneventful overtime period, the game went to a shootout, which did not go the Devils way. Only Ryan Gunderson and Jason Bonsignore managed to score for Trenton, with Eric Castonguay, Benoit Mondou, Trevor Kell, and Stephen Wood all missing.
Martin Houle stopped 45 of 50 shots for the win, while Dave Carsuo stopped only 30 of 35 shots for the loss. The Devils strap on the skates again at home on Friday against the Elmira Jackals.
My Three Stars: 1) Benoit Mondou (TRE) - Hat Trick. 2) Kevin Croxton (WHE) - 2 Goals, 2 Assists. 3) Sean Collins (WHE) - 3 Assists.
The Royals used a two-goal third period to break a tie and defeat the Trenton Devils 3-1 last night in front of 4,090 at Sovereign Bank Arena.
It was also the Royals who jumped out in front in this one. After a scoreless first period, thew Royals found themselves on the powerplay early in the second courtesy of a Zach Tarkir slashing call, and it was then that Reading goalie Jonathan Quick used a Trenton change to find Dany Roussin with a long pass. After entering the zone Rossin gave the puck to PJ Atherton who found Kevin Saurette at the circle. Saurette skated to the center of the ice, and fired a shot that Devils' netminder Dave Caruso appeared to have stopped at first, but then trickled through his equipment and found the net to give the Royals a 1-0 lead.
It would only take the Devils ten seconds to respond, as at 3:17 after Matt Radoslovich intercepted an attempted clear by Quick, he passed the puck to Benoit Mondou who found Eric Castonguay on the other side of the crease who fired the puck home to tie the score at one.
Despite a Devils push in the third period which included two powerplay opportunities and several excellent chances, the Royals would pull away in the period with two goals, the game-winner coming at 16:19 when after the Devils failed to clear the zone, Shawn Germain, who had intercepted the puck found Joe Zappala behind the net who fed it in front, where Chris Blight was waiting to tap it in. The Royals put the game away at 19:09 when Kevin Saurette scored an empty-net goal.
My Three Stars: 1) Kevin Saurette (REA) - 2 Goals. 2) Jonathan Quick (REA) - 43 Saves on 44 Shots. 3) Eric Castonguay (TRE) - 1 Goal.
The Devils used four assists from all-star Ryan Gunderson and a hat-trick from veteran Jim Henkel to upend the Elmira Jackals last night 5-2 in front of 2,972 at the Sovereign Bank Arena.
Despite the offensive explosion from Trenton, it was Elmira who jumped out in front in this one, scoring just 2:33 into the game when Luke Fulghum found the net. Elmira then continued to dominate the play for the next ten minutes until for some strange reason they decided to begin brawling with the Devils. Only seven seconds after Jackal Jim McKenzie had been sent to the box for slashing, Jim Henkel scored on the powerplay when he redirected a Ryan Gunderson pass through the legs of Elmira netminder Dan LaCosta to tie the score at 1-1. Then the gloves came off. Immediately following the goal, Trevor Kell and Chris Busby went at it, and after both men were sent off for fighting, and Elmira's Luke Fritzshaw picked up an additional two minutes for roughing, the Devils were on the powerplay again.
This time it would only take them 23 seconds to score as Tony Zancanaro netted his seventh goal of the season when he send another Gunderson pass into the top right corner of the net. The score went to 2-1, and the Devils went to 2-2 on the powerplay.
The fighting picked up again after that goal as at 18:19 Jeff State and Thomas Harrison mixed it up, with State getting the better of Harrison, and again at 18:44 when Luke Fritzshaw again threw down, this time with Jason Paige. A bigger meelee broke out at 19:20 when all ten skaters mixed it up to varying degrees of intensity. Colin Pepperall and Trevor Hendrikx got five for fighting, Zach Tarkir got two for roughing for the Devils, Frank Littlejohn got two for roughing and Tomas Kudelka got two for high-sticking for Elmira. All this added up to yet another powerplay for the Devils. 35 seconds later, recently acquired Benoit Mondou scored his first ECHL goal of the year off another feed from Gunderson to bring the score to 3-1. For Gunderson, it was his third assist of the game.
Things calmed down a bit in the second, but the Devils' offence kept motoring on as at 11:48 on yet another powerplay, Eric Castonguay found Jim Henkel in the slot, who then fired the puck past LaCosta to give the Devils a 4-1 lead.
Elmira's Pierre-Luc Faubert scored in the third to bring the Jackals to 4-2, as the unpleasantries kicked in again. After the goal, Elmira's Chaz Johnson and Trenton's Thomas Harrison mixed it up again, with Harrison picking up an extra two for instigation. Everything finally came to a head with 36 seconds to play in the game when Elmira's Pierre-Luc Faubert and Frank Littlejohn went after several of the Devils players. Faubert picked up four minutes for spearing and Littlejohn got a misconduct for cross-checking. On the ensuing powerplay, Jim Henkel picked up his third goal of the game and his 13th of the season.
My Three Stars: 1) Jim Henkel (TRE) - Hat Trick. 2) Ryan Gunderson (TRE) - 4 Assists. 3) Benoit Mondou (TRE) - 1 Goal (Welcome Back).
The Trenton Devils recieved a much needed shot in the arm last night when they were recieved Benoit Mondou, who was a standout on last year's team, on loan from Lowell.
Mondou, who tallied 25 goals and 31 helpers for 56 points last year for Trenton, had played decently for Lowell this year, recording 7 goals and 12 assists in 38 games. The acquisition of Mondou gives Trenton some much needed speed and ability on the front line.
The Devils dropped their first home game of the new year last night 3-1 in front of 3,046 at the Sovereign Bank Arena.
The Royals took advantage of a powerplay late in the first period to jump out in front when Steven Later knocked the puck out of the air and threaded it past Devils' netminder Dave Caruso.
After a scoreless and rather bland second period, the Devils tied the score at one when Matt Radoslovich scored his first goal for the Devils at 1:07 when Zach Tarkir shot the puck towards net a t Radoslovich deflected it home.
The tie wouldn't last, however, as Reading came right back on the powerplay two minutes later when Brock Hooton scored his 14th goal of the season. He would later add an empty netter to seal the deal.
Jonathan Quick stopped 36 of 37 shots to record the victory for the Royals, while Dave Caruso stopped 25 of 27 for the loss.
My Three Stars: 1) Brock Hooton (REA) - 2 Goals. 2) Steven Later (REA) - 1 Goal. 3) Matt Radoslovich (TRE) - 1 Goal.
The Devils ended their long road trip on a high last night as they defeated the Wheeling Nailers 2-0 in front of 2,104 at WesBanco Arena.
The teams played even hockey for two periods until Matt Rogers came alive for Trenton in the third, scoring the only two goals of the match. The first occured at 7:43 when Jim Henkel found Rogers in front of the net with a pass from the corner. Rogers then shot the puck into Wheeling goalie Curtis Darling's pads. His second attempt would find home, however, as the Devils went up 1-0. Rogers also added an empty net goal with 1:04 to play in the contest.
Dave Caruso rebounded from a couple poor performances on the road trip with a gem in the net for the Devils. He kept the team in the game with some remarkable saves, stopping all 30 shots that he faced to pick up the well-deserved victory. Curtis Darling didn't play badly at all for Wheeling, stopping 42 of 43 Devil shots, but he was merely outdone by Caruso.
The Devils return home on Friday at 7:30 to face rival Reading.
My Three Stars: 1) Dave Caruso (TRE) - Shutout (30 Saves). 2) Matt Rogers (TRE) - 2 Goals. 3) Curtis Darling (WHE) - 42 Saves.