The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights travel to the Middletown Sports Complex to tackle the New Jersey Titans tonight at 7:30pm on Half Price Hump Day.
Titans vs. Knights Overview
Tonight will be the sixth meeting between the teams and the third game on home ice. The Titans have won all five games by a combined score of 24 – 14. The last time they met was almost a month ago on January 15 when the Titans won 5 – 4 which included a Mitch Machlitt penalty shot goal on his twenty-first birthday.
Veteran Tyrone Bronte leads all Knights scorers with six total points (2 goals and 4 assists) against New Jersey. In addition to Bronte, three other Knights have scored two goals against the Titans: Nikita Asylaev, Johnny Kaljian and Jordan Strand. WBS is 3 for 6 (50%) on the power play. The Knights goaltenders have a combined 4.80 goals against average and .879 save percentage against the Titans.
Matt Cameron (4 goals and 1 assist) and Kyle Jeffers (2 goals and 3 assists) each have five points against the Knights while Cameron leads the team in goals scored with four. The Titans have gone 3 for 10 (30%) on the power play. New Jersey’s goaltenders have a combined 2.80 goals against average and .920 save percentage.
The Knights are currently in third place in the East Division with a 20-20-4-1 record for 45 points (20 points behind the division leading Titans). WBS has won two of their ten games, and they are coming off a 6 – 1 road loss against the Jamestown Rebels (Jamestown swept the Knights this past weekend). The Knights have scored 129 goals (seventeenth in the league) while they have allowed 152 (nineteenth in the league). WBS is second in the league on the power play having converted on 27.3% of their chances with the man advantage while they are last in the league on the penalty kill by preventing the opposition from converting on 62.9% on their chances.
WBS is led by Lincoln Hatten in almost every category: points (46: 21 goals and 25 assists); goals (21); game winning goals (six) and penalty minutes (108). Bronte has a team best +16.
The Knights goaltenders have a combine 3.24 goals against average and .902 save percentage with one shutout (Zach Stejskal).
The Titans are in the first place in the East Division with a 32 – 8 – 0 – 1 record for 65 points. They have won eight of their last ten games, and they are coming off a 7 – 2 home win against the Maryland Black Bears (the Titans swept Maryland this past weekend). They have scored 197 goals (most in the league) and have allowed 131 (tenth in the league). The Titans are first in the league on the power play having converted on 29.5% of their chances while they have prevented the opposition from scoring on the penalty kill 82.9% of the time (tenth best in the league).
Machlitt leads the team in total points with fifty-two (21 goals and 31 assists) and goals (21). Michael Outzen has a team best five game winning goals. Cade Penney has a team high +/- with +30 while Brody Medeiros has the most penalty minutes on the team with sixty-four.
The Titans goaltenders have a combined 3.13 goals against average and .906 save percentage. Patrick Pugliese has 2.90 GAA and .913 SV% with one shutout.
Half Price Hump Day Promotion
All tickets for tonight’s game are half price. Adult tickets will be $4 (regularly $8) and children 12 – 2 will be $2.50 (regularly $5).