MIDDLETOWN, N.J. – After giving up the opening goal, the Titans added seven of their own to take the first game of the weekend series against the Kenai River Brown Bears, 7-1.
The Titans got off to a slow start but found their sea legs once they got on the board. The ensuing onslaught saw the Titans get three goals in 32 seconds.
Cameron Cook opened the scoring at 9:32 of the first period when he snapped a shot from the point, through traffic, and past the left shoulder of Titans’ goaltender Spencer Wright.
Less than three minutes later, the Titans took advantage of their first power play of the night to tie the game. Keegan Miller got his 12th of the season at 12:26 with assists from Andrew Durham and Pat Gazillo.
After the teams came out for the second period, it appeared to the naked eye that the game would be a battle until the end as it took more than 16 minutes for the next goal to come. It came on great play from Victor Ostling as he refused to give up on the play dispute getting knocked down.
He picked up the puck in the right circle, then zigged and zagged his way to net. In the process he dropped down to one knee. It caused goaltender Brian Baker to overcommit and Ostling was able to feed it to a wide-open Adam Hascic who then buried it.
Then just six seconds later, the Titans added another. Off the faceoff at center ice, the puck slowly skipped off the stick of a defenseman in the midst of getting going again. Jesse Farabee was able to use his speed to get there and catch everyone off guard. He then roofed the puck over Baker’s right shoulder.
And like a infomercial, the Titans were still not done. Tony DiVito received the puck off a faceoff win and from the point, snapped a shot that changed direction off a Brown Bear body and in for the third goal in 32 seconds.
DiVito was also the next to score, this time on the power play at 3:52 of the third period. Like the first one, DiVito’s shot came from the point, but this time on a slap shot that got through the legs of Baker.
Garrett Hallford also got himself on the scoresheet with a tough angle shot at 9:58 of the third while Farabee added a second with 24 seconds left. It was Hallford’s sixth of the season while Farabee’s second was his 13th of the season.
Wright, meanwhile, finished the game stopping the rest of the Brown Bears’ shots, finishing with 31 saves. The Titans also finished the night 2-for-5 on the power play and outshot the Brown Bears 48-32.
Farabee leads now leads the team in goals with 13 goals after his pair and Miller sits second with 12.
The two teams will faceoff again for the Saturday night rubber match at Middletown Ice World scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. faceoff.