Down by two entering the second period, the visiting New Jersey Titans scored four unanswered goals in the middle stanza en route to a 6 – 3 win over the Jamestown Rebels. The victory completed the Titans weekend sweep over the Rebels. The win also was the Titans fifth victory out of the last their last six games.
Matthew Iasenza had three points (2 goals and 1 assist) while Cam Gendron (two goals), Danny Dimon (two assists) and Shane Haviland (two assists) each had two points.
The Rebels opened the scoring just 1:49 into the game when Eric Olson scored his eleventh goal of the season to give Jamestown a 1 – 0 lead.
Jamestown doubled their lead at the 8:40 mark when Noah Finstrom beat Titans goaltender Patrick Pugliese to make it 2 – 0.
Trailing by two entering the second, the Titans kicked it into high gear. Josef Glamos cut the Titans deficit in half when he beat Rebels netminder Jon Howe at the 4:24 mark for his eighth goal of the season with an assist from Kyle Jeffers.
Iasenza knotted the game at two at the 7:00 mark with his first goal of the contest with assists from Chris Garbe and Dimon.
Then the Titans never looked back.
Gendron’s eighth goal of the season, and first of the game, gave the Titans a 3 – 2 lead with 7:32 remaining in the second with assists from Brad Zona and Haviland.
Iasenza scored his second goal of the period and game with 2:38 left in the middle stanza to give the Titans a 4 – 2 lead with assists from Dimon and Pugliese. It was Titans netminder’s second point of the season.
Mac Wiseman was called for boarding at 4:17 into the third to give the Rebels the man advantage. Thirty-one seconds later Renars Karkls scored his fourth goal of the season to cut the Titans lead to 4 – 3.
The Titans would regain their two-goal lead when Michael Outzen scored his third goal of the weekend with 7: 13 left in the third with assists from Iasenza and recently called up and Buffalo, NY native Connor Pelc who was making his NAHL debut. The sixteen-year-old is committed to Providence College.
Gendron scored his second goal of the game, an empty netter, with a minute remaining in the game to close out the scoring and give the Titans the 6 – 3 win. Gavin Gulash and Haviland were credited with the assists.
Pugliese, who was playing in his fifth game this month, stopped 26 of 29 shots while Howe turned aside 24 of 29. Click here for the box score.
The Titans now will go on a much-deserved Christmas break. They will resume play on January 10 when the travel to Maine for the first time this season to play the Nordiques.