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Titans power by Knights 5-1

The Titans took in the first game of the weekend in a goal and penalty filled contest by a score of 5-1.

 

The beginning of the game was interrupted by an injury. Less than five minutes into the opening period, Garrett Hallford was checked into the boards and was on the ice for more than 10 minutes while trainers attended to him. Hallford was eventually helped up and put onto a stretcher. He was taken to a nearby hospital and was later released.

 

During the lengthy delay that saw both teams head to the dressing room less than five minutes into the opening period.

 

Once the game started to flow again, it was the newest Titan, Victor Ostling who opened the scoring. It was his first as a Titan and of the season. Joe Shuler recorded the assist at 10:19 of the first period.

 

Eight minutes later Jesse Farabee had the puck come to him off a rebound off of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton goaltender Grant Valentine and from a tough angle found an opening to give the Titans a two-goal lead.

 

Just 48 seconds later, Darren Brady found Anthony Cusanelli from the neutral zone. Cusanelli then found himself by two Knight defensemen and buried it to give the Titans a three-goal lead heading into the first intermission.

 

Then in the second period Cusanelli got his second point of the night as he made a pass that was blasted past Andrey Svistunov by Bruno Birzitis.

 

It took till 13:52 of the third period for the Knights to get a puck by Jack Berry who had a two-game shutout streak snapped.

 

The Knights were then able to get a quick rush but Berry held his ground and made the stop. After a defensive zone draw, Cusanelli scored his second goal and third point of the night after skating around a Knights defenseman.

 

Cusanelli now leads the Titans with nine goals on the season.

 

While the game was filled with goals, it was also littered with 31 penalties for 133 penalty minutes including six 10-minute misconducts. New Jersey compiled 70 penalty minutes while the Knights had 63.

 

The Titans and Knights will faceoff again Saturday night at Revolution Ice Centre with puckdrop set for 7 p.m.