Trenton, N.J. – Johnstown’s struggles continued Friday as the Chiefs lost to the Trenton Devils 6-3 at Sun National Bank Center.
Johnstown’s offense was running high to start the game, but a poor performance by goaltender John Murray and struggling special teams play allowed Trenton to skate to the easy victory. The Chiefs finished the game 1-for-6 on the power play while allowing its league-leading 11th shorthanded goal of the season. Murray stopped 28 of 34 shots in the loss.
Trenton’s Ryan Ginand opened the scoring with a shorthanded goal at 9:48, beating Murray on a breakaway for the 1-0 lead. With Jack Combs serving two minutes for holding the stick, Johnstown turned over the puck high in the offensive zone and allowed Tim Kunes to hit Ginand with a long lead pass for his fourth goal of the season. Johnstown’s Bryan Marshall evened the score at 13:42, wristing the puck behind Gerald Coleman to make it 1-1. The goal, assisted by Jim McKenzie and Chris Zarb, was Marshall’s 12th of the season.
Less than three minutes later Trenton’s power play unit took advantage of a misplayed puck to reclaim the lead 2-1 at 16:28. Trying to play a dumped puck behind his net, Murray got tangled in a defensive battle that caused him to fan on his clearing attempt. Matt Vokes quickly took control of the loose puck and stuffed it into the empty net for his fourth of the season. Tony Zancanaro and Dan Charleston assisted.
With time ticking down in the opening period, Troy Schwab scored his ninth of the season at 18:02 to tie the game 2-2 heading in to the first intermission. Zarb and Chanse Fitzpatrick assisted.
The Devils turned up the heat in the second period, scoring four unassisted goals to take a commanding 6-2 lead into the third period, including three goals less than three minutes apart. Zancanaro scored first to give the Devils the 3-2 advantage 1:46 into the period. The goal was his 10th of the season, assisted by Andy Thomas. Then, with Johnstown struggling to find offensive chances, Charleston began Trenton’s three-goal rampage, scoring his first of the season at 12:45 for the 4-2 lead. Slavomir Tomko made it 5-2 with his seventh of the season at 14:53, and Trevor Kell finished the scoring, recording his 11th goal at 15:19 to give the Devils the 6-2 lead after two periods.
The Chiefs took advantage of a power play to open the scoring in the third, but any rally fell short as the Devils defense continued to smother Johnstown’s attack. Trenton allowed just seven shots in the third and 25 overall. McKenzie scored the lone goal of the period, earning his ninth of the season at 3:07. Trevor Hendrikx and John Murray assisted.
The loss dropped Johnstown to 10-22-5-3 on the season, while Trenton improved to 14-19-4-5 overall. The win gives the Devils 37 points for a nine-point lead over the Chiefs for third place in the East Division.
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Total
Johnstown: 2 0 1 3
Trenton: 2 4 0 6
Shots 1st 2nd 3rd Total
Johnstown: 9 9 7 25
Trenton: 11 15 12 34
Trenton – Dan Charleston
Trenton – Ryan Ginand
Trenton – Tony Zancanaro