Northeast goaltender Cullen DeYoung stopped 41 of 42 shots, including several grade A saves, to help lead the visiting Generals to a 3 – 1 victory over the Titans, and to complete a weekend sweep between the teams.
It was the first time ever that the Generals swept a series against the Titans in Middletown.
The Generals got on the board first with 3:26 left in the opening period. Northeast defenseman Evan Orr picked up the loose puck in his own zone and tried to make a long stretch pass up to Ryan Corcoran at the Titans blueline, but it tipped to David Tolan. Tolan gained the line and took a wrist shot that was saved by Titans’ goaltender Ben Charette, but the rebound came right out to Corcoran in the slot and Corcoran backhanded the puck into the net for his sixth goal of the year.
Colin Grable scored at 4:13 into the middle stanza to tie the game at one. Anthony Calafiore had the puck in the Generals near side corner and passed it back to David Posma at the point. Posma skated up the wall and towards the Generals net. As Posma started to circle behind the Generals cage, he passed the biscuit to Grable at the top of the slot and the Spring Lake, NJ native took a wrist shot that beat DeYoung down low for his third goal of the season.
The Generals took the lead for good at 7:49 into the final period. Corcoran picked up the loose puck in the Titans zone along the near side half and skated behind and around the Titans cage. As he reached the far side faceoff dot, Corcoran made a centering pass to Tolan in the slot and Tolan took a one-timer that beat Charette for Tolan’s fifth goal of the season.
Northeast’s Jared Scott scored an empty net goal with two seconds remaining in the game to give the Generals the 3 – 1 win.
Charette, who also played well, stopped 24 of 26 shots. Click here for the box score.
With the loss, combined with Maryland’s victory over the Jamestown Rebels, the Titans lead over the second place Black Bears is now four points, with Maryland having four games in hand. The Titans next opponent? The Maryland Black Bears on Tuesday night at 7:00 PM at the Middletown Sports Complex.