T-Devils end season with wins over top-ranked teams

The Trenton Devils ended the season with an upset win over the first-place Cincinnati Cyclones Saturday night.

Though the T-Devils did not qualify for playoff contention, the 2-1 win kept their fans satisfied.

Cincinnati scored the first goal 0:21 into the game.

Down 1-0 entering the third period, Trenton rallied for two goals to pick up the comeback win.

Cincinnati finished the regular season with a 55-12-5 record, ahead of the No. 2 team by 26 points. Trenton finished sixth out of the seven teams in the North Division with an overall record of 22-43-7, 64 points behind Cincinnati.

Head coach Rick Kowalsky must have struck inspiration into the T-Devils during the second intermission because they entered the final period with an extra burst of tenacity.

Just 6:10 into the final frame, Eric Castonguay scored the tying goal off a pinpoint pass from Jim Henkel that Castonguay fired into the back of the net. Stephen Wood also contributed on the assist.

With 1:09 of Castonguay’s goal, rookie Chris Poli knocked in the game-winner for Trenton thanks to a three-on-two led by Poli.

Goaltender Jason Smith made 24 saves in the win.

The previous two games were split between home and away with the Elmira Jackals as Trenton led a 3-2 charge last Wednesday and a 3-1 mark Friday night.

Trenton ended the season on a three-game winning streak against the top two teams in the North Division.