Archive for October, 2012

McKelvie, Young Returned To Albany

October 29, 2012

Will update this once this hurricane dies down, but just wanted to let you guys know that both Chris McKelvie and Harry Young have been returned to AHL Albany.

Game 7: Post-Game Notes

October 28, 2012

— There isn’t too terribly much that I can tell you here that you can’t find in my 1,200 word game story in The Trentonian. You can find quotes in there from Scott Wedgewood, Vince Williams and Walleye goalie Petr Mrazek. 

Deadlines were early today, and the story didn’t make print…so a lot of the info you’d ordinarily see on here due to print space issues is in there.

— You’ll see that Williams wasn’t real pleased with the officiating tonight, and sure was hard to fault him for anything he said.  Ryan Murphy called 14 minor penalties tonight, but one that won’t show up on the scoresheet was particularly questionable…he awarded Willie Coetzee a penalty shot early in the first after Marcel Noebels very clearly got all stick in an attempt to break up the play.  Coetzee scored on Wedgewood, and the Titans were never really able to turn things around after that.

— A large theme in my game story, as you’ll see, is the rematch of Scott Wedgewood and Petr Mrazek’s 2012 World Junior Championship contest.  It would be hard to argue that both goalies have an excellent chance of making the NHL — Mrazek is Detroit’s fifth-best prospect according to Hockey’s Future — so to see that kind of goalie matchup at this level was quite something.

— The positives in a 5-1 loss?  That it isn’t last season.  Last season, a 5-1 loss would be expected.  Now, you’re left wondering why they didn’t win instead of trying to figure out a 20th way to write a “they lost” story.  This seems like a departure from the norm.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

Game 7: Pre-Game Notes

October 27, 2012

6:45 PM — Petr Mrazek in goal for Toledo as expected.

Titans lines…

9-11-16
15-28-24
8-29-21
22

3-32
33-7
5-27

1
30

5:00 PM — Here’s some quick notes since I need something to fill space on here…both Andy Bohmbach and Marcel Noebels have tallied a point in each of the Titans first six games.  Trenton’s .833 win percentage in six games is second only to Cincinnati’s .875 mark, and they’ve only played in four games (they’re 3-0-1, and I’m assuming the league calculates it as a possible point percentage and not a winning percentage then).  Bohmbach leads the league in assists (9) and is tied for second in points (10).  Scott Wedgewood is tied for the league lead in wins (4).

3:35 PM — Also, if you missed my story in The Trentonian…Ryan Hayes will miss 2-3 weeks or possibly longer with a possible wrist fracture.  Also, it seems they’re trying to work in Niko Hovinen slowly…

2:45 PM — Been at the rink for about a half hour now, and any thoughts of having a quiet workspace to get stuff done were quickly snapped by seeing yet another junior game here…complete with accompanying music for the 20 people here.  Yippee.

Anyway, a few things…no real news as of yet, but I’d expect Scott Wedgewood to start again based on what Vince Williams told us yesterday, and I’d be surprised if it wasn’t Petr Mrazek between the pipes for Toledo.

Also, I heard a LOT about my comments and tweets about the ice yesterday…ultimately, it was not a problem.  But…you tell me if this looked promising…

Anyway, I’ll have full updates today…and, assuming I don’t fall asleep cuddled up with my laptop given that I’d been up 33 straight hours like last night, I’ll actually have post-game notes at a reasonable hour, too!

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

Game 6: Photo Gallery

October 27, 2012

Andy Bohmbach

Bohmbach

 

Andrew Conboy

 

Tyler Hostetter

Blake Kessel

Toledo Walleye goalie Petr Mrazek

Mrazek

Kory Nagy

Toledo Walleye goalie Kent Simpson

Mitch Versteeg

Scott Wedgewood

Harry Young

 

 

Game 6: Post-Game AUDIO

October 27, 2012

Click on the respective player’s name to access downloadable audio to his post-game chat with us

Ray DiLauro

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Ryan Grimshaw

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Luke Pither

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Scott Wedgewood

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Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

Game 6: Pre-Game Notes

October 26, 2012

6:55 PM — Wedgewood starts for Trenton, Kent Simpson for Toledo. 

Titans lines are:

12-11-16
9-23-15
8-26-21
22

3-32
33-7
5-27

1
30

6:20 PM — The ice isn’t perfect, but I’m told the game will start on time.

5:15 PM — Here are the remainder of the moves: Jacob Drewiske and Stephen Schultz have been put on reserve, Ryan Hayes is headed to the 21-Day IR and Kory Nagy is now active.

4:40 PM — Thinking those are more than just smudges. With the level of attention being paid to the areas of the ice I wrote about earlier, there may be a serious ice issue ahead. Here’s a photo from a minute ago of exactly what one spot on the penalty box side of the blue line looks like.

The Zamboni has been out seven or eight times today that I’ve seen, and that can’t be a real good sign. Hopefully it’s minor.

4:20 PM — Good news. Niko Hovinen is active and able to play after his scary “neck/whiplash” injury last week…but it is expected Scott Wedgewood plays tonight given that New Jersey Devils assistant coaches are expected to be in the building.

Also, McKelvie has been given number 9 and Young 22. No word just yet on what the second roster move would be to accommodate the second player added from Albany

1:40 PM — Yes, I’m at the rink this early. Actually, I was here around four hours earlier expecting a morning skate, but I instead ended up getting nicely asked to leave the arena by security since, unbeknownst to be, the players were in Lawrenceville instead. Lovely.

Perhaps part of the reason they wanted me out of there so quickly was that they were attempting to clean the ice of some brown marks that had been left by whatever they used to protect the ice during an event last night…but when I got here just now, several long smudge-marks are evident at the blue line across from the Titans bench. Not quite as bad as this, but still…

For the purpose of limiting who screams at me today, let me make it clear that this was an arena issue and not a Titans issue. And, as I joked on Twitter…after all the negative stuff I’ve had to write over the last four seasons here, it’s funny that this was my first time getting thrown out of the arena.

As for actual news…well, there is a good amount of it.

Rugged converted defenseman Harry Young will continue his transition to the wing with the Trenton Titans (Photo: Mike Ashmore)

The Albany Devils have assigned wingers Harry Young and Chris McKelvie to the Titans. Trenton has also lost defenseman Mike Banwell on a call-up to the Worcester Sharks.

Young, the Devils’ seventh round pick in 2008, is looking to play the first game of his third professional season after sitting out the first few games at the AHL level this season, which McKelvie also did. Known more for his fists than his mitts, Young made a brief appearance in the capital city two years ago, playing in three games for the Trenton Devils. He also played the majority of last season in the ECHL, tallying 10 points in 32 games for Kalamazoo.

McKelvie is a 27-year-old winger who had been with the Rangers organization since 2009-10 prior to signing with the Devils this off-season. After a six-game stint in Hartford in 2009-10 after his collegiate career had ended, McKelvie has split the last two seasons between the AHL’s Connecticut Whale and ECHL’s Greenville Road Warriors.

Banwell was in his second season with the Titans, and had registered one point in the team’s first five games. He has 28 games of prior AHL experience, all with Albany. Banwell had been loaned to the Adirondack Phantoms for their training camp this season after signing with Trenton.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

NHL Season Ticketholders Get Free Admission For Next Two Games

October 24, 2012

(PR) Trenton, NJ – The Trenton Titans, proud ECHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers, would like to extend a special offer to the any NHL Season Ticket Holder that is locked out. The Titans play the Toledo Walleye twice this weekend; Friday, October 26th and Saturday, October 27th. Any NHL Season Ticket Holder who brings one of their 2012-2013 NHL season tickets from their respective teams will receive a free ticket to either of the Titans’ games, or both if they bring tickets from separate games.

The atmosphere in Trenton is healthy mix of competitiveness and camaraderie with fans nightly sporting jerseys of dozens of different teams from several leagues worldwide. While any lockout is difficult, the Titans personnel has benefited from the stoppage, as players like Jason Akeson (PHI), Niko Hovinen (PHI), Marcel Noebels (PHI), and Scott Wedgewood (NJ) have donned the black, red and silver are providing very exciting hockey.

On top of the ticket offer, the Titans are also hosting a free team autograph session after October 26th’s game. Fans will have the opportunity to meet future NHLers, the offer stands for all in attendance. If there are any questions, the fans can contact the Titans by phone at 609-341-1100 or by visiting TrentonTitansHockey.com.

Titans Drop First Of Season In Cincinnati

October 21, 2012

(PR) Cincinnati, OH – All good things must and do come to an end – and so it was for the Trenton Titans four-game win streak to start the 2012-13 season. In a game marred by 20 combined penalties and three game misconducts, the Titans – proud ECHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers – lost their first game of the year, 6-4, to the Cincinnati Cyclones.

Cincinnati (2-0-1, 5 points) has now won eight straight over the Titans (4-1, 8 points) and six consecutive against Trenton at home. Despite the loss Trenton still sits atop the Eastern Conferences Atlantic Division, tied with Elmira.

The tough night began immediately as the Cyclones peppered goalie Scott Wedgewood (3-1, 29 saves) with 15 shots in the first. After failing to score first for the first time this year, Blake Kessel got his second of the season from Tyler Hostetter and Jason Akeson at 9:18 to knot the score at 1-1.

Despite being outshot 15-3 in the period, Trenton ended the first down only 2-1.

Things got no better in the second when Cam Reed put the Cyclones up 3-1. Brian Haczyk cut the deficit back to one at 8:29, after creating a breakaway from the Titans’ defensive zone and beating Zoltan Hetenyi between the pads, making it 3-2. After a Brian O’Hanley goal a minute later made it 4-2, Marcel Nobels brought the deficit back to one with a power play talley at 16:22. His second of the season ended the scoring in the period, but Trenton would get no closer.

Cincinnati pushed two more goals through in the first five minutes of the third to effectively end any comeback. Trenton’s Eric Baier finished the scoring with 3:31 left, getting his first of the season on a blast from the point.

Brian Foster replaced Hetenyi in the third, stopping nine shots to get the win. For the night Trenton was outshot 35-19.

On a positive note, Trenton’s Andy Bohmback picked up two assists, raising his league-leading total to eight, while running his point-scoring streak to five games.

The Titans return to action next weekend with a pair of home games at the Sun National Bank Center versus Toledo on Friday and Saturday. Both games are scheduled to start at 7:05 pm. Prior to Saturday’s game the Titans will play an Alumni Game at 4:30. Following the Toledo contest, Trenton will auction off its pink sweaters to conclude its Pink The Rink – Breast Cancer Awareness promotion. Proceeds from the auction will be donated to the Breast Cancer Resource Center of Princeton, NJ, to promote education, awareness and research to survive from and find the cure for breast cancer.

4-0

October 20, 2012

(PR) Evansville, IN – It may not have been pretty, but in the end the Trenton Titans, proud ECHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers, were effective enough to pull out a 4-3 win over the Evansville IceMen Friday night.

Marcel Noebels’ steal in the Titans’ offensive zone while short-handed, immediately turned into Luke Pither’s first goal of the season 5:12 into the third period to give Trenton a hard fought 4-3 win in the first ever meeting with Evansville.

Mitch Versteeg got Trenton on the board at 16:07 of the first when his centering pass hit an IceMen defender and jumped over the right shoulder of goalie Ryan Madore (0-1, 33 saves) for a 1-0 lead.

After giving up the lead on a power play goal early in the second, Jacob Drewiske picked up his third of the year midway through the period, with Steven Schultz also getting his third – this one on the man-advantage – with 4:44 left for the 3-1 advantage.

It was then that the Titans defense started to struggle a bit and Evansville took advantage. Daniel Tetrault ripped a power play blast past Scott Wedgewood (3-0, 20 saves), making it 3-2 at 19:01. Then 53 seconds later it was 3-3 as Tyler Shattock tipped in a rebound on the goal line.

But the bell saved the Titans, setting the stage for the Pither-Noebels dramatics in the third.

On the night Trenton went 1-for-6 on the PP and 4-6 on the PK, while posting a season high in shots (37) and allowing a season low of 23.

Trenton has now opened up 4-0 for the first time since prior to the 2005-06 season and has their first four-game win streak since March 26-April 2, 2010, when they were known as the Devils.

The Titans now head for Cincinnati and a meeting with the Cyclones. If the Titans can pull out the win, it would mark their first five game win streak in three seasons.

Game 3: Post-Game Interviews

October 19, 2012

There’s some stuff that I got from DiLauro and Bohmbach that aren’t going to be on here…so I’ll add that in a bit.

Bohmbach — “It’s nice (to start out 3-0,) it’s definitely a lot better.  The guys are more confident, and everyone’s happier in the locker room.  It’s a better locker room.  Guys are talking.  It’s definitely a different feel from last year, and hopefully we can just keep it going.”

DiLauro — “(The confidence) is good, really good.  We still have a long way to go.  We’re doing well now and we’re 3-0 now, but we still have a long way to go and to build on here.  There’s still a lot of mistakes going on in the game and whatnot, but we’re winning.  Our goalies are playing great, our D is too and our forwards are scoring.  It’s a really good start to the season, and hopefully we just keep on moving forward.”

“We had a lot of call-ups last year, and we were playing so many different guys on different nights.  This year, we had a training camp together and everyone’s healthy to start the season.  We can start with our team game, and everyone knows what we’re doing defensively, everyone knows what we’re doing on the power play and this and that.  And that’s pretty good, whereas last year there were new guys coming in every day and it’s hard to get everybody on the same page.  Some days we were shorthanded, and we were playing a lot.  Right now, we’ve been fortunate.  It’s only three games in, but you just keep playing your shifts and don’t overexert yourself so much and just keep playing.”

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com