Game Preview – 3/23: Titans host Jr. Hat Tricks on half price hump day

Game Preview – 3/23: Titans host Jr. Hat Tricks on half price hump day

The Titans will host the Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks tonight at 7:00 PM at the Middletown Sports Complex. It is half price hump day in which all tickets will be $5 each.

Jr. Hat Tricks vs. Titans Overview
This is the second time in a week that the teams will be facing each other. Last Wednesday, the Titans traveled to Danbury and beat the Hat Tricks 5 – 2. In all, the Titans have won five out of the six games they have played by a combined score of 26 – 17.

Gabe Dombrowski leads the Tricks with seven total points (3 goals and 4 assists) against New Jersey while Mike Salandra and Dombrowski each have scored three goals against them. Danbury is 2 for 13 (15%) on the powerplay. Danbury’s goaltenders have a 4.33 goals against average and .905 save percentage with no shutouts.

Tommy Bannister (4 goals and 6 assists), Anthony Calafiore (2 goals and 8 assists) and Brendan Dumas (3 goals and 7 assists) each have ten points against Danbury while Bannister has the most goals (four).  The Red Buckets are 45% (5 for 11) on the powerplay. Titans netminders have a combined 2.83 goals against average and .897 save percentage against the Jr. Hat Tricks with no shutouts.

Jr. Hat Tricks Overview
Danbury is currently in last place in the East Division with a 10-36-3 record for 23 points. The Tricks are coming off an 8 – 6 road loss to the Johnstown Tomahawks (Johnstown swept Danbury last weekend) and they have lost nine out of their last games. The Hat Tricks have scored 123 goals on the season (28th in the league) while they have allowed 213 (28th in the league). Danbury is 18 for 125 (14.4%) on the powerplay (26th in the league), and they have allowed four goals while on the man advantage. The Hat Tricks are 66% efficient on the penalty kill (last in the league) although they have scored five shorthanded goals (including one against the Titans).

Dombrowski leads the Hat Tricks in total points with 39 (21 goals and 18 assists) and goals (21). Boris Skalos leads the team with three game winning goals. Four players have a +2 while Hunter Young has a team high 91 penalty minutes.

Danbury’s goaltenders have a combined 4.20 goals against average and .890 save percentage with no shutouts.

Titans Overview
The Titans currently lead the East Division with a 38-12-2-0 record for 78 points. They are coming off a 6 – 1 home over the Maryland Black Bears (the Titans swept Maryland this past weekend), and they have won nine out of their last 10 games (including one against Danbury). New Jersey has scored 206 goals on the season (second in the league) while they have allowed 141 (6th in the league). The Titans have converted on 19.1% (35 for 183) of their chances on the powerplay (16th in the league), and they have allowed six goals while on the man advantage. The Red Buckets are 82.1% efficient on the penalty kill (11th in the league). The Titans have scored eight shorthand goals.

Bannister leads the team with 58 total points (20 goals and 38 assists) while Calafiore has the most goals (24). Calafiore also has a team best seven game winning goals. David Posma has a team (and league) best +43. Blake Farrell has a team high 135 penalty minutes.

The Titans goaltenders have a combined 2.63 goals against average and .910 save percentage with three shutouts (Andrew Takacs).