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Weekend Preview: 11/13 – 11/14

First place on the line:

This weekend features the top two teams in the NAHL East Division. The Titans come in this weekend three points above Aston. The Rebels with a weekend sweep, would overtake New Jersey atop the division with 28 points to the Titans’ 27. The Titans would just need one game to go to overtime to at least a share of first place.

Without overtime, a series split would result in the same three-point lead for the Titans.

A look at the Rebels:

The Rebels will be returning home having played just seven of their last eight games on the road including a two-week stint in Alaska. They went 6-2 during that stretch including a 2-1 victory over the Fairbanks Ice Dogs, the top team in the NAHL to this point.

Like the Titans, last weekend, they came away with wins against Johnstown and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

Helping Hands:

The newest Titans’ defenseman Tony DiVito quietly earned himself the East Division’s second star of the week, earning four assists (two in each game) and a plus/minus rating of +4.

DiVito was acquired in a trade with the Minnesota Magicians in exchange for Joe Nathe on Oct. 29.

Double Digits:

Anthony Cusanelli became the first Titans’ player to reach double digits in the goals, scoring his 10th of the season. He also has nine assists for a total of a team-high 19 points.

On the plus side:

Jake Hamilton made an impact in both of the weekend’s games. He scored his first goal of the season with an assist Friday night’s win at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Then he added another assist Saturday night against Johnstown. He finished the weekend with a plus/minus rating of +4.

Aston’s Stars of the Week(s):

For the last two weeks, Aston players have been named the East Division Star of the week in the NAHL’s Easton’s Stars of the Week. Andrew Bellant recorded five points last weekend and had a plus/minus rating of +4 in Aston’s wins last weekend.

Two weeks ago goalie Darion Hanson stoped 62 of the 67 shots thrown his way against the Kenai River Brown Bears. He has yet to record a loss this season, going a perfect 7-0-0.  Rebels defenseman Ryan Solomon was also last week’s second star.