Philadelphia netminder Jakub Krbecek stopped all 45 shots he faced to lead the visiting Rebels to a 3 – 0 win over the Titans last night.
The loss ended the Titans six game winning streak, and it was the only loss in the month of February for the Red Buckets who went 6 – 1.
Max Marquette scored the eventual game winner with 9:17 remaining in the opening period to give the Rebels a 1 – 0 lead. After the puck squirted out of a scrum inside the Rebels zone along the near side half wall, it was picked up by Marquette who skated through center ice and into the offensive zone. As Marquette gained the line, he cut across the goalmouth and deked around Titans goaltender Zak Brice and lifted the puck up and over the fallen Red Buckets netminder and into the back of the net for his sixth goal of the season.
Marquette’s goal ended Brice’s shutout streak of 149 minutes – the longest in franchise history.
After a scoreless second period, the Rebels doubled their with 8:48 remaining in the contest when Tinton Falls, NJ native Dom Foglia scored a powerplay goal. Playing five-on-three and after the Titans failed to clear the puck twice out of their own zone, the Rebels’ David Deputy had the puck at the top of the point and sent it over to Foglia at the top of the far side faceoff circle. Foglia took a howitzer of a clapper that beat Brice long side for Foglia’s ninth goal of the season.
The Titans had their chances throughout the game, and particularly in the third period, but Krbecek had to make several grade A saves to keep his team in the game.
Connor Sedlak scored with thirty-two seconds remaining in the contest to close out the scoring and make it 3 – 0.
Brice stopped 25 of 27 shots. Click here for the complete box score.
The Titans are off this weekend and will resume play on Tuesday, March 7 against the Rebels. They then will close out this six game homestand with a pair of games against the East Division leading Maryland Black Bears on March 10 and 11 at the Middletown Sports Complex.