Sunday, January 27, 2008

Reading 3, Trenton 1

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.

~Titans Fan 25~

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