The Titans scored two powerplay goals en route to a 5 – 1 win over the visiting Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks.
The Jr. Hat Tricks opened the scoring at 4:29 into the first period. As the Titans’ David Posma brought the puck out of his own end, he was stripped of the biscuit from the Tricks’ Porter Schachle along the far side boards. As Schachle charged towards the net, he took an in-close shot that was saved by Titans netminder Christian Stoever but the rebound came right out to Gabe Dombrowski who tucked in the loose puck past Stoever to give Danbury a 1 – 0 lead.
The Titans then scored five unanswered goals.
The Tricks’ Ben Biester was called for checking from behind at 1:42 into the second period to give the Titans the man advantage. Less then a minute later, Evan Werner scored the Titans first of two powerplay goals of the evening. Anthony Mollica took a shot on the Tricks’ net from the far side point that was blocked out front and bounced to the corner where it picked up by Nick Seitz. Seitz brought the puck back to the faceoff dot and passed it to Werner in the slot. Werner took a wrist shot that beat Danbury’s Edvard Nordlund through the five hole to tie the game at one. It was Werner’s team high nineteenth goal of the season.
The Titans took a 2 – 1 lead at 4:03 into the second. After Danbury’s Luke Wheeler won the draw deep inside his own zone, the puck went back to Nolan Barrett in the near side corner. Barrett went to send an outlet pass but it was deflected off Werner’s stick to Jake LaRusso in the slot. LaRusso took a shot that went off the Wheeler’s skate and past Nordlund and the Titans never looked back.
Schachle was called for tripping at 9:30 into the third period to give the Titans the man advantage. Forty-Nine seconds later, LaRusso scored the Titans second powerplay goal of the evening. After LaRusso took a shot from the far side circle that went wide, the puck went into the near side corner where it was picked up by Matthew Iasenza who sent it back to Cade Penney at the point. Penney took a shot that was redirected by LaRusso out front and passed Nordlund to make it a 3 – 1 game.
Mollica made it 4 – 1 with 7:26 remaining in the third. Seitz won the draw deep inside the Jr. Hat Trick zone and the puck went back to Mollica at the top of the point. The Jenison, MI native took a wrist shot that found it way through a maze and past Nordlund for his fourth goal of the season.
Iasenza scored his fourth shorthanded goal of the season to close out the scoring with 5:29 remaining in the game.
Stoever stopped 37 of 38 shots while Nordlund turned aside 28 of 32. Click here for the box score.
The two teams will complete their two game weekend series tonight at 7:30 PM. It will be the Titans last home game of the 2021-22 season.