The final clash of season between the Elmira Jackals and Trenton Titans ended by a familiar score, 2-1. The Titans earned a point by virtue of an overtime loss.
The Trenton Titans were bolstered by the return of defenseman Mitch Versteeg to the lineup after he was out for several weeks with a shoulder injury. Versteeg’s return settled down a blue line that has been very weak since January.
Being mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, the Trenton Titans have had only two goals; play spoiler to other teams in the playoff race, and try to catch the Bakersfield Condors and not be the worst team in the entire ECHL.
Sadly, they would do neither as the Reading Royals beat Trenton 7-0.
Coach Vince Williams has noted that the team is looking ahead to next season saying.
“You’re seeing what guys are made of,” he said. “You gotta earn what you’re gonna get. That’s how it should be.”
Former New York Islanders goaltender Joey MacDonald had to make a difficult career decision. At 31 years old, should he continue in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the Detroit Red Wings as, essentially a career backup to Jimmy Howard, or take an offer to play in Russia?
On July 11, 2011, MacDonald chose to re-sign with the Red Wings and was assigned to their AHL affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins.
On September 7, 2011 a plane carrying the Russian hockey team; Lokomtiv Yaroslavi crashed just after take-off. The crash killed nearly the entire roster (only four players survived, all not on the plane) and the entire coaching staff.
Rick Nash won't be donning an Islanders jersey tomorrow night; the Islanders didn't get a first round pick for Evgeni Nabokov and/or P.A. Parenteau; Al Montoya will still be on the bench to back up the Islanders number one goaltender; and the defensive play of Mark Eaton, Milan Jurcina and Steve Staios will still be seen for the rest of the season.
Staios, despite popular reports from a fake twitter account, was not dealt to the Vancouver Canucks for a 6th round draft pick.
BUT Garth Snow did manage to rid himself of the putrid play of Brian Rolston and the defensive relapses of Mike Mottau. Both were sent packing to the Boston Bruins for a couple of prospects; Yanick Riendeau and Marc Cantin.
It was a new day and a new goalie in Trenton. Adam Dekker and Peter Dudonovich were the goalies the Titans dressed for the contest as the Elmira Jackals came to town. They were the sixth and seventh goalies respectively to dress for a Titans game in the last two weeks alone.
An announced crowd of 3464 witnessed a solid first period by the hometown team. Titans Captain Randy Rowe, helped the team gain the lead when he tapped home a rebound off a point shot from Tyler Hostetter at the 16:23 mark.
Dekker made nine saves during the period and looked comfortable in net. He admitted to being unsure of what the ECHL was going to bring.
“I didn’t know what to expect,” he said. “It was kind of a deep breath, just go up and see what happens.”
When a player gets injured in the NHL, teams are forced to call up players from their minor league systems to fill the void. Of course, this process then becomes a vicious circle where each subsequent team calls up players from the team below it.
That was the case on Friday night for the Trenton Titans.
Due to losing Eric Baier, Corey Syvret and Dave Caruso to the AHL, in addition to the loss of Mitch Versteeg to injured reserve, things did not look promising for the depleted ECHL club.
Considering all the roster moves, the team was forced to add replacement players in order to fill out the lineup.
When you ask someone 'who is your favorite player?' you may get responses of such Sidney Crosby, Marian Gaborik, Evgeni Malkin, or even John Tavares on the Islanders front. If you ask my lovely wife the same question....
It truly boggles my mind how someone that has a great mind for the game and knows her hockey would find such a admiration for a 4th line player that doesn’t exactly do things that chicks dig.. like hit home-runs or score 40 goals.
For reasons unknown, she has a true affinity towards him, so much in fact that she made up a shirt that stated simply 'Bring Konopka Back!' and subsequently wore the shirt on Monday to his first game back on the Island as an Ottawa Senator.
Having gone 3-1-1 in their last five games with slim playoff hopes alive, the Trenton Titans hosted the Reading Royals Wednesday night at the Sun Center. Titans Coach Vince Williams decided to ride the hot hand by starting Brad Phillips again in goal. Phillips had allowed one goal in each of his last two starts, both wins.
In what has become Trenton-typical this season, the Titans allowed the first goal at 11:18 as Olivier Labelle set a screen in front of Phillips and a Yannick Tifu shot bounced off Labelle. The deflection went past Phillips to give the Royals the lead at 1-0.
Late in the period, Ryan Hayes answered right back for Trenton as he stole the puck in the offensive zone from a Royals defensemen and fired a quick shot on net. The shot beat goalie Karel St. Laurent to tie the game with just over a minute left.