Archive for February, 2013

Schultz Stays Hot In Titans Loss

February 28, 2013

(PR) Cincinnati, OH – The Trenton Titans, proud ECHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers, found Cincinnati an unfriendly host for the eighth straight meeting, falling to the Cyclones, 7-4. Their last road win in Cincinnati came in a 4-2 decision on November 18, 2009.

Cincinnati (35-17-4-2=76 points) spotted the Titans an early 1-0 lead, then ripped off four unanswered to take control of the game early in the second.

Stephen Shultz – just named the ECHL Player of the Week – continued his torrid pace on the power play, ripping a left circle blast past Michael Houser (W, 30 saves, 11-5) for the lead just 2:58 into the game.

But by the eight minute mark, the Cyclones took the lead and at 16:08 Josh Shalla – who would eventually score a hat trick – picked up his second of the period for a 3-1 lead.

But the one that stung the most was a shorthanded breakout by David MacDonald just two minutes into the second. He sped and muscled past the defense to slip one under Scott Wedgewood (L, 19 saves, 16-20-3-2) for a 4-1 Cyclones advantage.

Jesse Todd scored his second of the year, and first as a Titan, at 7:07 with a blast outside the left circle, cutting the deficit to 4-2.

Unfortunately that’s as far as the Titans (22-27-4-4=52 points) would get as they could do no more than trade goals throughout the final period. Jacob Cepis scored his 18th in a wild scrum in front of Houser make the score 5-3. Then Schultz blasted home another power play goal at 13:31. His team-leading 23rd goal and ECHL leading 16th on the man advantage made the game 6-4 before an empty-netter finished the scoring with one minute left.

Schultz has now scored seven goals in the last three games – all on the power play – and has at least a point in all four games since returning to the lineup from injury.

Trenton now takes its Travelling Stick Show to Wheeling, WV, for a pair against the Nailers, starting on Friday at 7:00 pm. All the action can be heard on 107.7 FM (Trenton area) and online at either 1077theBronc.com or AmericaOne.com, with “The Bronc” Daryle Dobos, once again calling all the action.

Schultz Named Player Of The Week

February 26, 2013

(ECHL PR) PRINCETON, N.J. – Stephen Schultz of the Trenton Titans is the Sher-Wood Hockey ECHL Player of the Week for Feb. 18-24.

Schultz scored five goals, all on the power play, added three assists and was a +3 in three games, helping the Titans to a 2-0-1 record during the week.

The 25-year-old tallied an assist in a 5-4 shootout loss against Elmira on Friday and then tied an ECHL single-game record with four power-play goals in a 6-0 win over Reading on Saturday. He scored another power-play goal, and added two assists, in a 5-3 win at Reading on Sunday.

A native of Westbury, N.Y., Schultz has 45 points (21g-24a) in 42 games this season, and leads the Titans with 21 goals while topping the league with 14 power-play goals.

Schultz has tallied 48 points (23g-25a) in 44 career ECHL games with Trenton and Idaho and has added 11 points (8g-3a) in 39 games with Texas of the American Hockey League.

On behalf of Stephen Schultz, a case of pucks will be donated to a Trenton youth hockey organization by Sher-Wood Hockey, the exclusive puck supplier of the ECHL. Since beginning its sponsorship of the award in 2000-01, Sher-Wood Hockey has donated more than 27,000 pucks to youth hockey organizations in ECHL cities.

Runners Up: Nick Mazzolini, Alaska (5 gp, 3g, 5a, 8 pts.), Kevin Ulanski, Colorado (3 gp, 2g, 3a, 5 pts.) and Ryan Cruthers, Orlando (3 gp, 3g, 2a, 5 pts.).

Also Nominated: Jason Dale (Evansville), Mike Merrifield (Florida), Jordie Johnston (Greenville), Joey Haddad (Gwinnett), Ben Ondrus (Idaho), Aaron Clarke (Kalamazoo), Sean Wiles (Las Vegas), C.J. Stretch (Ontario), Brandon Davidson (Stockton), Kyle Rogers (Toledo) and Nick Tuzzolino (Utah).

Game 55: Post-Game Notes

February 25, 2013

Game 55: Pre-Game Notes

February 23, 2013

7:00 PM — Never got lines, so I can’t give you something I don’t have…

Apparently, and I didn’t even know until about five minutes ago, Trenton brought back Kevin Baker and he’ll be taking the place of Corey Tamblyn in the lineup.  Aaron Schmit fills in for Eric Baier, who has been summoned to AHL Portland.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

Game 54: Post-Game Notes

February 23, 2013

Game 54: Pre-Game Notes

February 22, 2013

6:00 PM — Lines for the night are as follows…

Cepis-Zajac-Schultz
Berube-Nagy-Haczyk
Drewiske-Tamblyn-Todd
Carrier

Goggin-Baier
Young-Kessel
Pallis-Degon

Wedgewood
Ostergard

Aaron Schmit scratched

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

What The Sock? Nagy Switches Gear After Second Close Call

February 22, 2013

nagyAs Great White so eloquently put it: Once bitten, twice shy.  But there will be no third time for Kory Nagy (pictured).

After twice getting cut by a skate blade near his Achilles tendon — the second of which happened this season — the one-time Devils farmhand made the change to cut-proof Kevlar socks.  On the heels of ghastly injuries to Ottawa’s Erik Karlsson and Winnipeg’s Zach Redmond, it’s a choice that’s even more of a no-brainer now than it was then.

Nagy recalled his second brush with a season-ending or perhaps even career-ending injury before Friday’s tilt against the Elmira Jackals.

“It was the first shift of the first game of the year, and we went into the boards,” said Nagy of the October incident.

“I just bumped the guy, and I don’t know, he pushed off me I guess, and he caught me…the doctor said it was an inch above my Achilles.  I got really lucky.  I just felt warm, and I didn’t even know it was cut, and then I went to the bench and had seen my sock was cut.  I told (trainer) Scott Stanhibel, and he was like, ‘Yeah, we’ve got to get you checked out.’  It was a pretty nasty gash; the doctor said I got pretty lucky.”

Before that, Nagy said, he just wore standard socks.  But after that, he purchased a pair of cut-proof, Kevlar socks from Tuff-N-Lite Hockey as well as wrist guards.  From now on, Nagy said he’s going to play it safe, and doesn’t understand why not only anyone playing pro hockey wouldn’t follow suit, but why anyone playing hockey at all wouldn’t.

“I can’t find any reason,” he said.  “The socks don’t feel any different, they’re unreal.  They’re a little expensive, I guess maybe that’s a reason, or guys don’t know about them.  But, I for sure would recommend it to anybody’s that’s playing hockey.”

There is perhaps no greater danger on the ice to a player than the damage that a skate blade can do…highly publicized incidents involving Clint Malarchuk and Richard Zednik stand out for sure, but the list of players cut by skate blades is far longer than you may think.  The possibility of injury is always there, but according to Nagy, it isn’t something you really think about until it actually happens.  But perhaps, Nagy says, it’s something teams and leagues need to start thinking about more seriously as well.

“The teams need to figure it out and get the socks right off the bat.  It should be mandatory, I don’t see why it’s not,” he said.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

Titans Trade For Ostergard

February 22, 2013
Trenton has acquired goaltender Brooks Ostergard from Kalamazoo (Photo: Mike Ashmore)

Trenton has acquired goaltender Brooks Ostergard from Kalamazoo (Photo: Mike Ashmore)

The Titans have acquired goaltender Brooks Ostergard from the Kalamazoo Wings, most likely for future considerations.  Ostergard, 25, tweeted early this afternoon from his @Osty35 account: “It’s been a slice Kalamazoo, lets stay in touch. Off to Trenton to be reunited with @CeepDaddy17. The suitcase life continues…”

He said it, I didn’t…but the former Robert Morris University standout has certainly gotten around the ECHL this season, with this marking his fourth different team of the season.  With Kalamazoo, he was simply collecting dust behind ex-Trenton netminder Joel Martin, and had only seen 19 minutes worth of action for them this season.

With Scott Wedgewood having been brutally overworked — tonight will be his 19th appearance in the last 22 games — you’d have to think Ostergard gets a chance on Saturday or Sunday against Reading.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

Game 54: Morning Skate Notes

February 22, 2013

glass

Well, you certainly can’t say that Friday’s morning skate was uneventful. It’s about two hours after the fact, and the arena crew is still vacuuming glass shards off the ice from when Bryan Haczyk fired a puck and shattered a pane near the home penalty box…

swanick

Meanwhile, Eric Swanick was brought in to be the team’s emergency backup goaltender, but a trade has been completed to acquire someone who’d actually be able to give Scott Wedgewood a breather…you’ll likely get the name in a little bit when it’s official on both sides.

Either way, Wedgewood is starting, which will mark his 19th appearance in the last 22 games.  Meanwhile, Stephen Schultz, who hasn’t played since February 1 with concussion-like symptoms, did skate and is expected to play according to head coach Vince Williams.

Paul Cianfrini will be out for the weekend (lower body), and Doug Clarkson is still nursing a hand injury suffered in his impressive bout with Alexandre Beauregard.  Clarkson is “day-to-day,” but nothing is broken.  The same cannot be said for Beauregard, who may have suffered a broken cheekbone.  Mike Ullrich (back) is getting treatment, and is out a minimum of another week.  According to Williams, Ullrich made a cross-ice pass in Cincinnati and twisted his back…it did require a hospital visit at the time.

As for Williams himself, he’s certainly come under fire…so, with his second season coming to a close, I asked him his thoughts on his job security…this went about as swimmingly as I thought it would, but I had to ask.

“I don’t think about it,” he said.  “I worry about what we need to do here tonight.  That’s it.  We’ve got to prepare for a game.  If I start worrying about stuff like that…I worry about what I can control, and what I can control is how we play tonight.”

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

Devils Send Down Three; Ullrich Placed On Reserve, Baker Bounced

February 21, 2013

young

For much as grief as Vince Williams gets, imagine the somehow even bigger hole this team would be if he wasn’t able to procure players from the Devils organization.  Well, with Trenton again shorthanded, Albany head coach Rick Kowalsky — you may remember him from such films as “Remember That Time I Won a Kelly Cup in Trenton” and “I Coached Your Team For A Few Years” — has loaned the team defenseman Harry Young (pictured), forward J.S. Berube and forward Kelly Zajac.

Yes, that’s DEFENSEMAN Harry Young, and yes that’s the same Harry Young who just played against Trenton two weeks ago with Kalamazoo.  The experiment to move the 6-foot-4, 225 pounder up front seems to be over, and he’ll be back on the blue line for the Titans, perhaps filling in for Paul Cianfrini, who’s been in a walking boot.

As for Berube and Zajac, they’re both back in Trenton, and will take the spots of Doug Clarkson — who has a cast on his hand — and either Andy Bohmbach, who is still with AHL Abbotsford, or Mike Ullrich, who was placed on reserve today.  Ullrich suffered an off-ice back injury — no truth to the rumor it came from carrying the team — and had been outstanding for the Titans, posting a gaudy 8-7-15 line in 14 games.

bakerIn addition, the Titans released the well-traveled Kevin Baker (left).  Trenton was Baker’s fourth ECHL stop this season, and after a strong showing with the San Francisco Bulls, he hasn’t been able to match his production there anywhere else.  He scored just one goal with the Titans in seven games, and was a minus-8.

As for Bohmbach, who didn’t register a point and was a minus-1 in his debut with the Heat last night, his days in Abbotsford may come to an end sooner rather than later.  Calgary called up former ECHL’er Akim Aliu from Abbotsford today, but sent down both Roman Horak and Blair Jones, meaning that the Heat now have the extra forward they didn’t when they brought Bohmbach in.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com