Trenton Stays Alive In Playoff Race

The Trenton Devils kept their Kelly Cup Playoff hopes alive last week going 4-0-0, including a three-game sweep of Elmira. Entering the final week of the regular season, Trenton is 32-29-9 with 73 points and trails Toledo and Reading by three points for one of the final two playoff spots in the American Conference.

Trenton opened the week with a 4-3 win over Johnstown on Wednesday when rookie goaltender Jeff Lerg turned aside 21 shots to record the win in his professional debut while four different Devils tallied goals to lift Trenton back to the .500 mark.

The Devils opened their weekend series at Elmira on Friday, recording a 4-3 overtime win after Jeff Prough tallied the tying goal midway through the third period and Tony Zancanaro scored the game winner in overtime.

Returning home on Saturday, goaltender Dave Caruso stopped all 28 Elmira shots to record his first shutout of the season and five different Devils scored goals as Trenton blanked the Jackals 5-0.

Trenton completed the sweep on Sunday with a 5-2 win with Prough and Matt Vokes each scoring a pair of goals. Caruso turned aside 34 Jackals’ shots giving him a 3-0-0 record for the week to go along with a 1.32 goals-against average and a .957 save percentage.

The Devils, who own a 10-3-0 record against the Jackals this season, will host Elmira on Friday in their final home game of the regular season. The Devils conclude the regular season on Saturday at Reading.