Philadelphia netminder Jakub Krbecek stopped all 40 shots he faced as the visiting Rebels defeated the Titans 4 – 0 last night at the Middletown Sports Complex.
It was the second time in a week that Krbecek and the Rebels blanked the Red Buckets. It also was the second straight loss for the Titans who failed to gain ground on first place Maryland – who visit New Jersey this weekend for a two-game series.
Max Hamstad opened the scoring, and eventual game winner, at 8:29 into the first period. Philadelphia’s Luke deVries intercepted a pass at center ice and brought the puck into the Titans zone. As Hamstad reached the near side faceoff circle, he made a perfect centering pass to Hamstad who redirected the puck past fallen Titans netminder Marino Ramirez to make it a 1 – 0 game.
Connor Sedlak doubled the Rebels lead with 9:22 left in the middle stanza when Klaus Jogi made a centering pass out front from behind the Titans net that went through the goalmouth and Sedlak jammed the puck off the far post and into the net for his eighteenth goal of the season.
Jogi made it 3 – 0 with 3:48 remaining in the second when Tyler Sanborn was unable to control a pass at center ice, and the puck went off his stick and right to Jogi who walked in all alone on Ramirez and Jogi shot it through the five hole and into the back of the net for his first goal of the game.
Jogir scored his second of the game with 3:34 remaining in regulation to close out the scoring and make it a 4 – 0 game.
Ramirez stopped 26 of 30 shots in the loss. Click here for the complete box score.
The Black Bears visit the MSC this weekend for a critical series that begins Friday night. The Titans are seven points behind Maryland in the standings with two games in hand.