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Weekend Preview: 1/24 – 1/25/20; Tomahawks visit Titans for big series at MSC

The East Division two top teams will square off this weekend at the Middletown Sports Complex when the visiting Johnstown Tomahawks and Titians play Friday, January 24 at 7:35PM and Saturday, January 25 at 7:00PM on military appreciation weekend.

Titans and Tomahawks Overview
This will be the fourth time these two teams will meet with each previous series being split. The Tomahawks have outscored the Titans by a combined score of 22 – 20 in six games. The last time these teams met was back on December 14 when Johnstown won 4 – 1.

Christian Gorscak has the most points against the Titans with nine (2 goals and 7 assists) while Spencer DenBeste has scored the most goals (four). The Tomahawks are 4 for 23 (17%) on the power play. Johnstown’s netminders have a combined .891 save percentage and 3.30 goals against average.

Mitch Machlitt leads the Titans in total points with seven (3 goals and 4 assists) against the Tomahawks and goals (3). The Titans are 8 for 29 (28%) on the power play. Goaltenders Arseni Sergeev and Patrick Pugliese have a combined .878 save percentage and 3.45 goals against average.

Tomahawks Overview
Johnstown currently resides in second place in the East Division with a 24-11-2-2 record for 52 points, five points behind the division leading Titans, although the Titans have four games in hand.  The Tomahawks are 7 – 3 in their last ten games and they are coming off a 4 – 3 overtime home win against the Maryland Black Bears (they swept Maryland last weekend). The Tomahawks have scored 139 goals (eighth in the league) while they have allowed 113 (eleventh in the league). Johnstown has converted on 25.3% of their chances on the power play (fifth best in the league) while they have prevented the opposition from scoring 75.4% of the time on the penalty kill (seventh worst in the league).

Gorscak leads the Tomahawks with forty-seven totals points (17 goals and 30 assists), goals (17) and game winning goals (4). Brendan Blair has a team high +21. Spencer DenBeste leads the team with ninety-seven penalty minutes.

Alex Tracy and David Tomeo have a combined 2.50 goals against average and .919 save percentage with two shutouts.

Titans Overview
The Titans are in the first place in the East Division with a 28 – 6 – 0 – 1 record for 57points. They have won eight of its last ten games, and they are coming off a 6 – 4 home win against the Northeast Generals (last weekend the Titans swept the Generals and have won four in a row). They have scored 164 goals (most in the league) and have allowed 108 (tenth in the league). The Titans are second in the league on the power play having converted on 29.2% of their chances while they have prevented the opposition from scoring on the penalty kill 82.8% of the time (tenth best in the league).

Machlitt leads the team in total points with forty-eight (21 goals and 27 assists) and goals (21). Michael Outzen has a team best five game winning goals. Cade Penney has a team high +/- with +27 while Brody Medeiros has the most penalty minutes on the team with sixty.

The goaltending tandem of Pugliese (2.80 GAA and .913 SV%) and Sergeev (3.33 GAA and .898 SV%) have a combined 3.01 goals against average and .907 save percentage with one shutout (Pugliese).

Military Appreciation Weekend
It will be military appreciation weekend with the Titans wearing special uniforms that will be auctioned off via online. The raffle will take place on Sunday at 5:00PM. The proceeds will be donated to the American Legion Post 338 of Leonardo, NJ.

Titans win 6 – 4 in seesaw battle with Generals to sweep weekend series

Matt Cameron scored two goals, Ole Andersen had a goal and two assists and Michael Outzen had three points to help lead the Titans to a 6 – 4 win in a seesaw battle over the visiting Northeast Generals to sweep the weekend series.

It was the Titans fourth straight victory and sixth out of their last seven games.

Like Friday night’s game, Josef Glamos opened the scoring for the Titans with 9:44 into the first period for his eleventh goal of the season. Shane Haviland picked up the loose puck in his own corner and brought it up along the far side boards and made a bounce pass to Gavin Gulash who entered the offensive zone. As Gulash reached the faceoff dot, the took a wrist shot that was saved by Northeast’s goalie Joey Stanizzi but the rebound came right out to Glamos who buried it into the open net to give the Titans a 1 – 0 lead.

Less then a minute later, Tyler Cooper knotted the game at one. With a scrum at the half wall, the Generals’ Max Borst picked up the loose puck and made a cross-ice pass out to Cooper. As Cooper entered the Titans zone, he fell but got up and took a wrist shot from the top of the circle that beat goaltender Arseni Sergeev long side for his tenth goal of the season.

The Titans would regain the lead with 6:09 remaining in the first. Northeast’s Gerard Marretta was called for a five-minute boarding major to give New Jersey the man advantage. Kyler Head picked up the loose puck behind the Generals zone and passed it to Mitch Machlitt in the corner. Machlitt passed it back to Andersen at the point as he started to walk the line and Andersen passed the puck to Outzen at the near side boards. Outzen made a return pass to Andersen and the Hamar, NO took a one-timer that found its way through a screen and past Stanizzi for his fourth goal of the season.

With the Titans on the power play, Cameron picked up the loose in the Generals zone and passed it back to Machlitt at the near side point. Machlitt sent the biscuit down low to Outzen who made a nice backdoor pass to Cameron in the slot and Cameron one-timed it past Stanizzi to give the Titans a 3 – 1 lead at 3:01 into the second period.

The Generals then scored three unanswered goals.

At 7:10 into the middle stanza Northeast’s Jonathan Young cut the Generals deficit in half. Marretta entered the Titans zone on a three-on-two with Young and Ethan Destefani. As Marretta gained the line, he passed the puck to Young on his left. Young passed it back to Destafani at the top of the slot and Destafani took a shot that was saved by Sergeev but Young tucked in the rebound to make it a 3 – 2 game.

Destefani tied the game with 7:35 remaining in the second. The Generals Charlie Reed entered the Titans zone on an odd man rush. As Reed skated to the top of the slot, he passed to Dylan Schuett on his left. Schuett cut across the goalmouth and took a shot that was saved by Sergeev but the puck bounced off his glove and Destefani tucked in the rebound to make it a 3 – 3 game.

The Generals took the lead with 1:58 left in the second. Northeast’s Michael Heneghan brought the puck out of his own zone and passed it over to Ricky Boysen on his right. As Boysen entered the Titans zone along the far side boards, he took a shot at the top of the faceoff circle that beat Sergeev long side for sixth goal of the season.

Then it was the Titans turn to score three unanswered goals.

At 5:47 into the third period Nick DeSantis tied the game. After Sergeev made a right pad save, the rebound came out to Andersen who sent the puck high off the glass and it bounced deep inside the Northeast zone. DeSantis picked up the loose puck and took a quick wrist shot that went through Stanizzi’s five hole for his fourth goal of the season.

Less than a minute later the Titans regained the lead on Gulash’s sixth goal of the season. After Outzen won the draw deep inside his own zone, the Highlands Ranch, CO native quickly send a bounce pass off the near side boards to himself and he went behind his own net. As Outzen circled around Sergeev, he passed it Andersen who made a long and high outlet pass to Gulash who picked up the puck at the top of the Northeast blueline. As Gulash gained the line he took a wrist shot that beat Stanizzi long side to make it a 5 – 4 game.

Cameron closed out the scoring with a shorthand goal with 2:03 left in the game to make it 6 – 4 Titans.

Sergeev stopped 34 of 38 shots while Stanizzi turned aside 29 of 35. Click here for the box score.

The Titans close out their five game homestand next weekend when the Johnstown Tomahawks visit the Middletown Sports Complex for two important games between the East Division’s first and second place teams.

Weekend preview: 1/17 – 1/18/20; Generals visit Titans for first time this season

The Titans will be hosting the Northeast Generals for two games this weekend at the Middletown Sports Complex. Friday’s game is slated to begin at 7:35 PM while Saturday’s game is set to begin at 7:05 PM. This will be the first time this season that the Titans will be hosting the Generals.

This weekend’s contests against Northeast will be games two and three out of a five straight home games for New Jersey.

Titans and Generals Overview
The teams met back in early October with the Titans winning both games by a combined score of 11 – 5. The last time they met (October 5, 2019) the Titans roared back from a three-goal deficit as Kyle Jeffers scored with twelve seconds remaining in regulation to tie the game. After a scoreless overtime, Josef Glamos and Mitch Machlitt scored in a shootout to give the Titans a 4 – 3 win.

The Generals have three players who have two points respectively against the Titans: Ricky Boysen (2 goals), Gerard Marretta (1 goal and 1 assist) and Dylan Schuett (both assists). Boysen has scored the most goals against New Jersey. Northeast is 0 for 7 on the powerplay, and their goaltenders have a combined 4.80 goals against average and .871 save percentage.

Jeffers has the most points against the General with five (3 goals and 2 assists) and goals (three). The Titans are 2 for 7 (29%) on the powerplay and goaltenders Patrick Pugliese and Arseni Sergeev has a combined 2.50 goals against average and .928 save percentage.

Generals Overview
The Generals currently reside in sixth place in the East Division with a 13-18-1-1 record for twenty-eight points, twenty-five behind division leading New Jersey. They have scored 98 goals (eighteenth in the league) and they have allowed 121 (sixteenth in the league). Northeast has won four of its last ten games, and they are coming off a 4 – 0 home loss to the Fairbanks Ice Dogs (the Generals were swept by Fairbanks last weekend). They have converted on 11.4% of their powerplay chances (twenty-fourth in the league) and have prevented the opposition from scoring on 78.6% (seventeenth in the league) of the time on the penalty kill.

Michael Heneghan leads the Generals with twenty-three total points (2 goals and 21 assists) while Liam McCanney has the most goals (10) and game winning goals (2). Aeden Drossos and Jonathan Young each have a team high +8. Heneghan leads the team in penalty minutes with 107.

Northeast has a combined 3.50 goals against average and a .898 save percentage with no shutouts.

Titans overview
The Titans are in the first place in the East Division with a 26 – 6 – 0 – 1 record for 53 points. They have won seven of its last ten games, and they are coming off a 5 – 4 home win against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights (the Titans have won two in a row). They have scored 154 goals (most in the league) and have allowed 103 (tenth in the league). The Titans are second in the league on the power play having converted on 29.2% of their chances while they have prevented the opposition from scoring on the penalty kill 82.6% of the time (tenth best in the league).

Machlitt leads the team in total points with forty-five (21 goals and 24 assists) and goals (21). Michael Outzen has a team best five game winning goals. Cade Penney and Machlitt have a team high +/- with +25 while Brody Medeiros has the most penalty minutes on the team with sixty.

The goaltending tandem of Pugliese (2.89 GAA and .911 SV%) and Sergeev (3.28 GAA and .898 SV%) have a combined 3.04 goals against average and .906 save percentage with one shutout (Pugliese).

Game Preview: Titans host Knights for midweek game

The Titans will be hosting the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights tonight at 7:00 PM at the Middletown Sports Complex for a midweek game. This will be the first of five straight home games for the Titans.

Titans and Knights Overview
The Titans have beaten the Knights all four times they have played this season by a combined score of 19 to 10. The last time they played was back on December 11 at the Revolution Ice Centre when the Titans won 3 – 2 as Matt Cameron had the game winner.

Tyrone Bronte has the most points against the Titans with five (2 goals and 3 assists). Bronte and Nikita Asylaev each have two goals against New Jersey. The Knights are 2 for 2 (100%) on the powerplay.  The Knights goaltenders have a combined 4.75 goals against average and .875 save percentage.

Cameron has the most points against the Knights with five (4 goals and 1 assist). He also has the most goals (4). The Titans are 3 for 6 (50%) on the powerplay. Netminders Arseni Sergeev and Patrick Pugliese have a combined 2.50 goals against average and .925 save percentage.

Knights Overview
The Knights are currently in third place in the East Division with a 18-14-2-1 record for 39 points (12 points behind the division leading Titans). WBS is 6 – 4 in their last ten games, and they are coming off a 4 – 2 home win against the Maryland Black Bears (the Knights swept Maryland this past weekend and have won four in a row). The Knights have scored 103 goals (sixteenth in the league) while they have allowed 111 (also sixteenth in the league). WBS leads the league on the power play having converted on 35.9% of their chances with the man advantage while they are last in the league on the penalty kill by preventing the opposition from converting on 63.5% on their chances.

WBS is led by Lincoln Hatten in almost every category: points (17 goals and 22 assists); goals (17); game winning goals (five) and penalty minutes (94). Johnny Kaljian and Bronte each have a team high +16.

The Knights goaltenders have a combine 3.06 goals against average and .906 save percentage with one shutout.

Titans Overview
The Titans are in the first place in the East Division with a 25 – 6 – 0 – 1 record for 51 points. They have won seven of its last ten games, and they are coming off a 7 – 4 road win against the Maine Nordiques. They have scored 149 goals (most in the league) and have allowed 99 (tenth in the league). The Titans are second in the league on the power play having converted on 30.3% of their chances while they have prevented the opposition from scoring on the penalty kill 82.9% of the time (tenth best in the league).

Mitch Machlitt leads the team in total points with forty-three (20 goals and 23 assists) and goals (20). Michael Outzen has a team best five game winning goals. Cade Penney has a team’s best and +/- with +24 while Brody Medeiros has the most penalty minutes on the team with sixty.

The goaltending tandem of Pugliese (2.83 GAA and .912 SV%) and Sergeev (3.28 GAA and .898 SV%) have a combined 3.01 goals against average and .906 save percentage with one shutout (Pugliese).

Special teams help lead Titans to 7 – 4 win over Nordiques

The New Jersey Titans special teams’ units scored three goals (including two shorthanded scored twenty seconds apart) to help lead the visitors to a 7 – 4 win over the Maine Nordiques and split the weekend series between the teams.

Mitch Machlitt had three points (1 goal and two assists) while Chris Garbe and Kyle Jeffers each had a goal and an assist.

Maine’s Luke Antonacci was called for tripping at 8:08 of the first period to give the Titans the man advantage. Thirteenth seconds later captain Brody Medeiros opened the scoring for New Jersey. After Shane Haviland won the draw deep inside the Nordiques zone, the puck went back to Cade Penney at the top of the point. Penney passed it over to Kyle Jeffers on his left. The AIC commit made a nice cross-ice pass to Medeiros who one-timed it and the puck went bar down and into the net past Maine’s goaltender Wesley Mankowski to give the Titans a 1 – 0 lead.

The Titans would double their lead with 5:01 remaining in the opening period when Josef Glamos notched his ninth goal of the season. After receiving a pass from Gavin Gulash, Danny Dimon looked to set up the play in his own zone and passed it out to Penney in the neutral zone. Penney made a spin move around his man and brought the puck up along the far side boards and into the Nordiques zone. Penney passed it over to Machlitt who was skating towards the circle. As Machlitt reached the bottom of the circle, he sent a pass back to Glamos in the slot and the assistant captain buried it past Mankowski to make it 2 – 0 Titans.

Garbe made it 3 – 0 Titans with 2:02 left in the first. As the Nordiques tried to break out of their zone, Gulash intercepted an outlet pass at the top of the point and skated towards the far side boards. As Gulash went towards the net, he made a nice head fake move and passed the puck over to Garbe who one-timed it past Mankowski for his eleventh goal of the season.

Isaiah Fox got the Nordiques on the board at 7:20 into the second period. After Arseni Sergeev made a save the puck went into the corner where it was picked up by Ignat Belov. Belov skated behind the Titans net with Gulash draped on him. As the two scrummed to the left of Sergeev, the loose puck came out to Fox who skated around and behind the Titans and he took a wraparound shot that beat Sergeev to make it a 3 – 1 game.

Machlitt scored his team high twentieth goal of the season at 8:33 of the middle stanza to make it a 4 – 1 game. After Sergeev made two outstanding saves, the rebound came out to Brad Zona in the corner and he passed it up to Matt Cameron at the half wall. As Cameron was being hit from behind, he had the wherewithal to pass the puck up along the far side boards to Machlitt. The Maple Grove, MN native skated up through center ice and into the offensive zone. As he cut across the goalmouth, Machlitt slipped the puck through Mankowski’s five hole to give the Titans a three-goal lead.

Mankowski was replaced by Avery Sturtz.

The Titans then scored two shorthanded goals twenty seconds apart. Nick DeSantis was called for roughing with 8:36 left in the second period. After Sergeev made another big save, the rebound came out to Noah Kane at the far side half wall. Machlitt poke checked the puck off Kane and he brought the puck up through the neutral zone. As Machlitt skated to the top of the far side circle, he passed it over to a breaking Jeffers who one-timed the shot that hit the post and went past Sturtz and into the back of the net to give the Titans a 5 – 1 lead.

After the ensuing faceoff, the Nordiques dumped the puck into the Titans zone, and it wrapped around the end boards where it was picked up by Michael Outzen at the half wall. Outzen sent the puck up along the near side boards and into the Nordiques where it was picked up by Garbe who had outskated Antonacci at the top of the circle. Garbe made a nifty backhand pass to Dimon in the high slot who went to the net and beat Sturtz short side to give the Titans a commanding 6 – 1 lead.

The Nordiques would make it 6 – 2 when Trent Grimshaw scored at 6:25 on a powerplay goal but DeSantis gave the Titans back a five-goal lead less than a minute later. Maine added two goals at the end to close out the scoring.

Sergeev stopped 30 of 34 shots while Mankowski and Sturtz combined to turn aside 36 of 43 shots. Click here for the box score.

With the Titans win and the Tomahawks loss, the Titans regain a three-point lead in the East Division over Johnstown. The Titans now will come home for a five game homestand beginning Wednesday night at 7:00 PM against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights.

Weekend Preview: 1/10 – 1/11/20; Titans travel to Maine for the first time

This weekend marks the first time ever that the New Jersey Titans will travel to Maine to play the Nordiques at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee arena in Lewiston, ME. Friday and Saturday night’s games both begin at 7:00PM.

Friday night’s game will be the Titans first game of the new year and their first in twenty days.

Titans vs. Nordiques Overview
The two teams have met four times with the Titans winning all of them by a combined score of 23 – 10 with all four games being played at the Middletown Sports Complex.

Noah Kane has the most points against the Titans with seven (1 goal and 6 assists) while Cannon Green and Timmy Kent each have scored two goals against New Jersey. The Nordiques are 5 for 16 (31%) on the power play. Maine’s netminders have a combined 5.75 goals against average and .806 save percentage.

Mitch Machlitt has eight points (5 goals and 3 assists) against the Nordiques. He also has the most goals against them. The Titans are 2 for 6 (33%) on the power play while netminders Patrick Pugliese and Arseni Sergeev have a combined 2.50 goals against average and .920 save percentage with no shutouts.

Nordiques Overview
Maine currently is in fifth place in the East Division with a 14-21-2 record for 30 points, nineteen behind the Titans. They have won two of their last ten games and have lost four straight. They are coming off of a 7 – 3 home loss to the Fairbanks Ice Dogs. The Nordiques have scored 124 goals (seventh best in the league) while they have allowed 149 (worst in the league). Maine has converted on 24.1% of their chances on the power play (seventh in the league) while they have prevented their opposition from scoring 79% (fifteenth in the league) on the penalty kill.

Kane has the most points on the team with 41 (14 goals and 27 assists). Kane and Green each have fourteen goals to lead the team. Makem Demers and Trent Grimshaw have scored three game winning goals respectively. Isaiah Fox leads the team in penalty minutes with 162 while Green also has a team best +7.

Maine’s goaltenders have a combined 3.81 goals against average and .886 save percentage with one shutout (Avery Sturtz).

Titans Overview
The Titans sit atop the East Division with a 24 – 5 – 0 – 1 record for 49 points. They have won seven of its last ten games, and they are coming off a 6 – 3 road win against the Jamestown Rebels. They have scored 140 goals (most in the league) and have allowed 88 (ninth in the league). The Titans are second in the league on the power play having converted on 30.7% of their chances while they have prevented the opposition from scoring on the penalty kill 84.4% of the time (eighth best in the league).

Machlitt leads the team in total points with thirty-nine (18 goals and 21 assists) and goals (18). Michael Outzen has a team best five game winning goals. Cade Penney has a team’s best and +/- with +22 while Brody Medeiros has the most penalty minutes on the team with fifty-eight.

The goaltending tandem of Pugliese (2.61 GAA and .918 SV%) and Sergeev (3.22 GAA and .899 SV%) have a combined 2.84 goals against average and .911 save percentage with one shutout (Pugliese).

Titans at the midway point: sitting atop the East

The Titans return to the ice today to begin practice after a ten-day break with games resuming next weekend when they travel to play the Maine Nordiques on the road for the first time this season.

After 30 games, the Titans sit atop the North American Hockey League’s East Division with a 24 – 5 – 0 – 1 record for 49 points. This is the second time in franchise history that the Titans have led the East at the midway point (the first time was during the 2015-16 season). However, it is the most points the team has ever recorded at the break (the 2015-16 team had 38 points at 30 games). Although the Titans have the second most wins in the league, they have the league’s best winning percentage at .817.

The Titans dropped their first game of the year to the Springfield Jr. Blues by a score of 3 – 2 at the Blaine Showcase after starting the season 4 – 0. After finishing the Showcase with a 3 – 1 record (the Titans defeated the New Mexico Ice Wolves for their third win of the Showcase and to close it out), the Titans lost 5 – 2 to the Tomahawks in Johnstown. The Titans then went on a ten-game winning streak including their home opener on October 18 by defeating the Nordiques 6 – 1. The ten wins included one overtime and two shootout victories.

Titans Overview
The Titans have won seven of its last ten games, and they are coming off a 6 – 3 road win against the Jamestown Rebels. They have scored 140 goals (most in the league) and have allowed 88 (eleventh in the league). The Titans are second in the league on the power play having converted on 30.7% of their chances while they have prevented the opposition from scoring on the penalty kill 84.4% of the time (eighth best in the league).

Mitch Machlitt leads the team in total points with thirty-nine (18 goals and 21 assists) and goals (18). Michael Outzen has a team best five game winning goals. Cade Penney has a team’s best and +/- with +22 while Brody Medeiros has the most penalty minutes on the team with fifty-eight.

The goaltending tandem of Patrick Pugliese (2.61 GAA and .918 SV%) and Arseni Sergeev (3.22 GAA and .899 SV%) have a combined 2.84 goals against average and .911 save percentage with one shutout (Pugliese).

Peeking ahead
The Titans will be concluding a four-game road stand when they return from next weekend’s series against the Nordiques. The Titans then will play five consecutive home games and play a total of twelve of their next fourteen games at the Middletown Sports Complex upon the return from their first-ever road series against Maine.

Records against divisional teams
4 – 0 against Jamestown Rebels
3 – 3 against Johnstown Tomahawks
4 – 0 against Maine Nordiques
4 – 2 against Maryland Black Bears
2 – 0 against Northeast Generals
4 – 0 against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights

NCAA Commitments (2019-20 season to date)
Brody Medeirous: Army, DI
Gavin Gulash: Robert Morris, DI
Kyler Head: Robert Morris, DI
Chris Garbe: Middlebury College, DIII

Weekend Preview: 12/20 – 12/21/19; Titans travel to Jamestown for two games before the break

The Titans will travel to Northwest Arena to play two games against the Jamestown Rebels this weekend. These will be the last games that the Titans play before the Christmas break. It also will bring an end to the first half of the season. Friday and Saturday nights’ games both begin at 7:05 PM. The Titans will resume play on January 10 against the Maine Nordiques.

Titans vs. Rebels Overview
The teams met at the end of October at the Middletown Sports Complex with the Titans winning both games by a combined score of 9 – 1. Tyler German scored the lone goal for the Rebels. Jamestown went 0 for 9 on the power play. Goaltenders Noah West and Jon Howe have a combined 4.50 goals against average and .865 save percentage against the Titans.

Kyler Head has the most points against the Rebels with four (1 goal and 3 assists) while Cam Gendron has the most goals (three). The Titans went 5 for 6 (83%) on the power play and goaltenders Patrick Pugliese and Arseni Sergeev have a combined .982 save percentage and .500 goals against average with one shutout (Pugliese) against the Rebels.

Rebels Overview
The Rebels are currently in sixth place in the East Division with an 11-18-1-2 record for 25 points, twenty points behind division leading New Jersey. Jamestown is 4 – 6 in their last ten games, and they are coming off a 2 – 0 road loss to the Johnstown Tomahawks. The Rebels have scored 66 goals (22nd in the league) and they have allowed 99 (21st most in the league). Jamestown has converted on 15.2% (18th in the league) of their chances on the power play and have prevented the opposition from scoring on the penalty kill 75.7% (21st in the league).

The Rebels are led by Noah Finstrom’s twenty-three points (8 goals and 15 assists). Eric “Red” Olson leads the team in goals with ten, game winning goals (three) and penalty minutes (99). Spencer Cosway has a team best +/- of +5.

Jamestown’s goaltenders have a combined 2.84 goals against average and .913 save percentage with one shutout (West).

Titans Overview
The Titans currently lead the East Division with a 22-5-0-1 record for 45 points. New Jersey has won seven of its last ten games, and they are coming off a 4 – 1 home loss against the Tomahawks. They have scored 129 goals (most in the league) and have allowed 83 (eleventh in the league). The Titans are second in the league on the power play having converted on 31.9% of their chances while they have prevented the opposition from scoring on the penalty kill 84.3% of the time (eighth best in the league).

Mitch Machlitt leads the team in total points with thirty-eight (18 goals and 20 assists) and goals (18). Michael Outzen has a team best four game winning goals. Cade Penney has a team’s best and +/- with +20 while Brody Medeiros has the most penalty minutes on the team with fifty-six.

The goaltending tandem of Pugliese (2.62 GAA and .919 SV%) and Sergeev (3.22 GAA and .899 SV%) have a combined 2.87 goals against average and .911 save percentage with one shutout (Pugliese).

Titans fall short in weekend split with Tomahawks

The visiting Johnstown Tomahawks rode the coattails of goaltender Alex Tracey to defeat the New Jersey Titians 4 – 1 last night during the Titans annual Teddy Bear Toss. The loss split the weekend series between the two teams.

Tracey was outstanding in his team’s win, turning aside 38 of 39 shots and having to make several Grade A saves to keep the Titans at bay.

Just 3:39 into the game Johnstown’s Spencer DenBeste opening the scoring. After Tracey made a save, the rebound came out to Christian Gorscak along the near side boards. Gorscak passed it up to Max Kouznetsov at center ice and he passed to DenBeste on his right. The two entered the Titans zone on an odd man rush. Using Kouznetsov as a decoy, DenBeste charged the net and took a shot that beat Titans netminder Arseni Sergeev short side to make it 1 – 0.

The Titans began the second period on the power play since Carson Grainer’s two-minute penalty for hooking with 1:39 remaining in the first period carried over.

Just ten seconds into the second period it rained Teddy Bears.

After the opening draw, Matthew Iasenza dumped the puck into the Tomahawks zone where it was picked up by Mitch Machlitt. Machlitt passed it out front to Michael Outzen who immediately passed it to Ole Andersen on his left. Andersen took a wrist shot that beat Tracey high glove side to tie the game at one.

Immediately following the goal over 250 bears were tossed onto the ice and collected by the Titans squirt A team. The bears are being donated to the Ronald McDonald House of Central and Northern New Jersey.

With 7:35 remaining in second, Gavin Gulash was called for roughing to give the Tomahawks the man advantage. Twenty seconds later Malik Alishlalov gave the visitors the lead. Kouznetsov set up the play at the top of the point and passed it over to Christian Gorscak on his right. Gorscak send a return pass and Kouznetsov and he took a clapper that was saved by Sergeev but the deep rebound came right back to Gorscak who passed it to Alishlalov in the low slot and he buried a wrister past Sergeev to give the Tomahawks a 2 – 1 lead.

The Tomahawks would double their lead with 2:17 remaining in the second period. Chris Garbe brought the puck up through the neutral zone and went to dump the puck into offensive zone, but it was intercepted by Brendan Blair. Blair passed the puck up to Andrew Murphy who entered the Titans zone along the far side boards. As Murphy reached the top of the faceoff circle, he took a shot that beat Sergeev short side to make it a 3 – 1 game.

Kouznetsov closed out the scoring at 6:51 of the third period. After Sergeev made a left pad save, the rebound went into the near side corner where it was picked up by Blair. Blair sent a pass back to the point to Quinn Warmuth and he passed it down low to DenBeste. As DenBeste was knocked off the puck by Brad Zona, the biscuit went to Kouznetsov who took a shot that beat Sergeev short side to give the Tomahawks the 4 – 1 win.

Sergeev stopped 24 of 28 shots on the night. Click here for the box score.

The loss keeps the Titans up by five points over the second place Tomahawks for the division lead, with the Titans having four games in hand. The Titans now will travel to Jamestown, NY to play two games against the Rebels next weekend before the break.

Weekend Preview: 12/13 – 12/14/19: Battle of the East resumes as Tomahawks visit Titans

The battle of the NAHL’s two top teams in the East Division will resume this weekend as the second place Johnstown Tomahawks visit the Middletown Sports Complex to take on the first place Titans for two games. Friday night’s contest will start at 7:30 PM while Saturday’s game will begin at 7:00 PM.

Titans vs. Tomahawks Overview
After splitting two games in Johnstown last weekend, the home-and-home series resumes this weekend at the MSC, the first time this season that the Titans have hosted the Tomahawks. Despite each team winning two games apiece, the Tomahawks have outscored the Titans by a combined score of 16 – 13.

Christian Gorscak leads the Tomahawks with six points (2 goals and 4 assists) against New Jersey. Gorscak, along with three over players, has scored two goals. Johnstown is 3 for 16 (19%) on the power play. The Tomahawks netminders have a combined .890 save percentage and 2.75 goals against average with not shutouts.

Mitch Machlitt (2 goals and 2 assists) and Kyle Jeffers (1 goal and 3 assists) each have four points against Johnstown. One of Machlitt’s goals and Jeffers lone goal came in overtime to give the Titans victories. The Titans are 4 for 19 (21%) on the power play. Goaltenders Patrick Pugliese and Arseni Sergeev have a combined .867 save percentage and 3.75 goals against average with no shutouts.

Tomahawks Overview
Johnstown currently resides in second place in the East Division with a 17-9-2-2 record for 38 points, five points behind the division leading Titans.  The Tomahawks are 6 – 4 in their last ten games and they are coming off a 4 – 2 overtime home loss against the Titans. The Tomahawks have scored 105 goals (third in the league) while they have allowed 91 (18th most in the league). Johnstown has converted on 29.2% of their chances on the power play (third best in the league) while they have prevented the opposition from scoring 74.8% of the time on the penalty kill (fifth worst in the league).

Gorscak leads the Tomahawks with thirty-one totals points (13 goals and 18 assists). Carson Gallagher has scored the most goals with fourteen. Tristan Poissant and Gorscak each have scored three game winning goals. Brendan Boyle has a team high +9. Spencer DenBeste leads the team with sixty-eight penalty minutes.

Alex Tracy and David Tomeo have a combined 2.53 goals against average and .920 save percentage with one shutout (Tracy).

Titans Overview
The Titans currently lead the East Division with a 21-4-0-1 record for 43 points. New Jersey has won seven of its last ten games, and they are coming off a 3 – 2 road win against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights.  They have scored 122 goals (most in the league) and have allowed 77 (eleventh in the league). The Titans are second in the league on the power play having converted on 30.9% of their chances while they have prevented the opposition from scoring on the penalty kill 84.1% of the time (eighth best in the league).

Machlitt leads the team in total points with thirty-five (17 goals and 18 assists) and goals (17). Michael Outzen has a team best four game winning goals. Cade Penney has a team’s best and +/- with +20 while Kyler Head has the most penalty minutes on the team with thirty-two.

The goaltending tandem of Pugliese (2.66 GAA and .918 SV%) and Sergeev (3.14 GAA and .903 SV%) have a combined 2.86 goals against average and .912 save percentage with one shutout (Pugliese).

This weekend’s promotions
Friday night is ugly sweater night. Any fan who wears an ugly Christmas sweater can save $3 off an adult ticket and be entered to win a $25 gift certificate to the Titans Café.

Saturday night is the Titans annual Teddy Bear Toss. Fans who bring a teddy will receive $3 off an adult ticket. Proceeds go the Ronald McDonald House of Central and Northern New Jersey.