The Titans travel to Danbury to play the Jr. Hat Tricks for a two-game series beginning this afternoon at the Danbury Ice Arena. Today and tomorrow’s games both start at 2:00 PM.
Jr. Hats vs. Titans Overview
This two-game series will be the fourth and fifth meetings between the teams. The Titans won the previous three contests by a combined score of 16 to 8. Gabe Dombrowski leads the Tricks with four total points (2 goals and 2 assists) against New Jersey as well as goals (2). Danbury is 1 for 8 (13%) on the powerplay. Josh Seeley had played in all three games between the pipes for the Jr. Hat Tricks against the Titans and he possesses a 5.33 goals against average and .877 save percentage.
Anthony Calafiore leads all Titans players with nine total points (1 goal and 8 assists) against the Tricks while Tommy Bannister has scored the most goals (4), including a natural hat trick in game one. The Red Buckets are an astonishing 43% (3 for 7) on the powerplay. Titans netminders have a combined 2.67 goals against average and .914 save percentage against the Jr. Hat Tricks.
Jr. Hat Tricks Overview
Danbury is currently in last place in the East Division with a 3-11-3 record for nine points. The last time they played was back on November 5 and 6 when they were swept by the Titans at the Middletown Sports Complex. They have lost five straight games and have won two of their last ten games. The Hat Tricks have scored 36 goals on the season (28th in the league) while they have allowed 68 (22nd in the league). Danbury is 1 for 40 (2.5%) on the powerplay (last in the league), yet they haven’t allowed a goal while on the man advantage. The Hat Tricks are 69.2% efficient on the penalty kill (28th in the league) although they have scored three shorthanded goals.
Dombrowski leads the Hat Tricks in total points with 16 (8 goals and 8 assists) and goals (eight). Wolfgang Govedaris has two of Danbury’s game winning goals. Hunter Young has a team high +4. Jackson Hughes has a team high 23 penalty minutes.
Danbury’s goaltenders have a combined 3.85 goals against average and .901 save percentage with no shutouts.
The Titans are currently in second place in the East Division with a 14-7-1 record for 29 points. They are coming off a 3 – 2 road loss to the Jamestown Rebels (the teams split last week weekend), and they have won 8 of their last 10 games. New Jersey has scored 80 goals on the season (2nd in the league) while they have allowed 65 (19th in the league). The Titans have converted on 14.4% (13 for 90) of their chances on the powerplay (22nd in the league). They have allowed four goals while on the man advantage. The Red Buckets are 83% efficient on the penalty kill (15th in the league). The Titans have scored four shorthand goals.
Bannister leads the team with 29 total points (12 goals and 17 assists) and goals (12). Calafiore has scored the most game winning goals with three. He also has a team high +10. Blake Farrell has a team (and league) high 86 penalty minutes.
The Titans goaltenders have a combined 2.92 goals against average and .903 save percentage with no shutouts.