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Balanced attack leads Titans to 5 – 3 win over Tomahawks in playoff type atmosphere

Five different players scored to propel the New Jersey Titans to a 5 – 3 win over the visiting Johnstown Tomahawks. The victory enabled the Titans to extend their lead in the East Division by seven points over the second place Tomahawks.

It was only fitting that the Titans were wearing special uniforms to honor the brave men and women who serve this country. Because this game was a battle. Despite the calendar stating it was January 24 it felt like mid-April with two very good teams playing tough hockey and both with multiple scoring opportunities. It felt like playoff hockey between the East’s two top teams.

Shane Haviland got the Titans on the board with 6:58 remaining in the first period. After the Tomahawks dumped the puck into the Titans zone, goaltender Patrick Pugliese stopped it behind his own goal line to set up the play. He passed the biscuit it up to Danny Dimon on the near side boards who immediately sent it up to Haviland in the neutral zone and Haviland made a cross-ice pass to a breaking Matt Cameron. As Cameron started to cut towards the net, he was checked by Johnstown’s Ethan Webb. As the two went towards the back of the Tomahawks net, Cameron made a beautiful behind the back pass to Haviland and the Sea Grit, NJ native redirected it past Johnstown’s netminder David Tomeo to make it a 1 – 0 game.

Playing four-on-four hockey, the Titans doubled their lead at 4:59 into the second period with a well-executed give-and-goal play. After receiving a pass from Kyler Head, Cade Penney brought the puck up along the far side boards. As he gained the line, he dropped passed the puck to Mitch Machlitt who made a cross-ice saucer pass to Head. As Head reached the faceoff dot, he passed it back over to Penney who tapped the puck in past a sprawled out Tomeo to make it 2 – 0.

With 2:37 remaining in the middle stanza, Johnstown’s top goal scorer Christian Gorscak made it a 2 – 1 game. Matthew Doyle started the play to the left of Tomeo by sending a long outlet pass to Reed Stark along the far side boards. Stark made a cross-ice pass to Voorhees, NJ native Max Kouznetsov who broke towards the net. As Kouznetsov cut across the goal mouth, he took a backhander that was saved by Pugliese but Gorscak punched it rebound past the fallen Titans netminder for his eighteenth goal of the season.

Less then a minute later, the Titans regained their two-goal lead on Nick DeSantis’ fifth goal of the season. From center ice, Penney dumped the puck into the Tomahawks zone where it was picked up by Webb. As Webb tried to turn to his right, Cameron knocked the puck off his stick and DeSantis lifted Webb’s stick and picked up the loose biscuit. DeSantis went to the net and took a quick wrist shot that went through Tomeo’s five hole to give the Titans a 3 – 1 lead.

At 2:59 into the third period, Kouznetsov cut the Tomahawks deficit in half. After Johnstown dumped the puck into the Titans zone, Pugliese set it up for Ole Andersen behind his own net. As Andersen look to set up, he cut towards the far side boards, but was stripped of the puck by Gorscak. Gorscak passed it to Kouznetsov in the faceoff circle and Kouznetsov turned from his forehand to his backhand and shot the puck through Pugliese’s five hole to make it a 3 – 2 game.

Twenty-eight seconds later, Johnstown’s Brendan Blair was called for holding to give the Titans the man advantage. A half minute later Gavin Gulash made it a 4 – 2 game. Captain Brody Medeiros started the play behind his own goal and skated through center ice and into the Johnstown zone. As Medeiros started to go into the near side corner, he passed the puck to Chris Garbe at the top of the faceoff circle and the assistant captain passed it to Gulash on his right. Gulash one-timed it past Tomeo for his seventh goal of the season.

Almost at mid-way point of the third period, Tyler Nasca made it a 5 – 2 game. Cameron picked up the loose puck at the far side half wall and passed it over to Mitch Machlitt who brought the puck into the offensive zone on a two-on-one with Nasca. As Machlitt reached the top of the faceoff circle, he passed it over to Nasca on his right and the Wheatfield, NY buried it past a fallen Tomeo for his fourth goal of the season.

Johnstown’s Andrew Murphy closed out the scoring with 4:56 left in the game to make it 5 – 3.

Pugliese stopped 42 of 45 shots while Tomeo turned aside 26 of 31. Click here for the box score.

The two teams will finish their series tonight at the Middletown Sports Complex at 7:00 PM. Fans still have time to bid on their favorite Titans’ military jersey with proceeds going to American Legion Post 338 of Leonardo, NJ. Bids can be placed here.

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.

Jeffers and Gulash help lead Titans to 4 – 1 win over Generals

Kyle Jeffers and Gavin Gulash each had a goal and an assist to help lead the Titans to a 4 – 1 win over the visiting Northeast Generals. It was the Titans twenty-seventh win of the season.

Josef Glamos started the scoring for the Titans just 2:43 into the opening period. Danny Dimon took a shot from the top of the near side point, but it was redirected out front and into the far side corner where it picked up by Gulash. The Robert Morris commit went to send the puck towards the net, but Northeast’s Dylan Schuett intercepted it. As Schuett tried to breakout of his own zone, Gulash stripped him of the puck and passed it to Jeffers on his right. As Jeffers went to the net, he passed it over to Glamos who buried the puck into the net and past Generals goalie Joey Stanizzi to give the Titans a 1 – 0 lead.

The Titans double their lead at 6:47 of the first period on Gulash’s fifth goal of the season. As the Generals tried to clear the puck in their own far side corner, it was intercepted by Matthew Iasenza at the half wall. Iasenza took a shot that went wide, and the puck went off the end boards and rolled up to the near side half wall where it picked up by Dimon. The assistant captain took a shot on net that was redirected out front by Gulash and through Stanizzi’s five hole to give the Titans a 2 – 0 lead.

Nick DeSantis was called for slashing at 6:08 into the second period to give the Generals the man advantage. Eight seconds later Tyler Cooper cut Northeast’s deficit in half. After Cooper won the ensuing draw deep inside the Titans zone, the puck to Gerard Marretta who was to the left of Cooper. Marretta sent the puck back to Joe Nagel at the point. Nagel passed it to Cooper at the top of the circle and Cooper took a shot that founds its way through a maze and past Titans goalie Patrick Pugliese for his ninth goal of the season.

The Titans would regain their two-goal lead with 9:47 left in the second. Titans defender David Parker intercepted the puck in his own zone at the half wall and he floated the biscuit up to Mitch Machlitt at center ice. Machlitt skated along the near side boards and entered the offensive zone on a two-on-one with Jeffers. As Machlitt reached the faceoff dot, he made a cross-ice pass to Jeffers who one-timed it past Stanizzi for his eighteenth goal of the season.

Cade Penney closed out the Titans scoring with 9:04 in the third period. As the two teams battled along end boards in the Titans zone, the puck came out to Matt Cameron at the top of the near side faceoff circle. Cameron immediately passed it over to DeSantis who skated through center ice and entered the offensive zone on an odd man rush with Penney. As DeSantis reached the slot, he passed it over to Penney on his left and the rookie defenseman lifted the puck up high and into the net past Stanizzi to make it a 4 – 1 game.

Pugliese stopped 29 of 30 shots while Stanizzi turned aside 26 of 30. Click here for the box score.

The two teams will close out their weekend series tonight at 7:00 PM on Star Wars Night. All fans who wear a Star Wars costume will receive $3 off a ticket and be eligible to win a $25 gift certificate to the Titans Café located inside the Middletown Sports Complex.

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).

Garbe, Jeffers and Machlitt help lead Titans to 5 – 4 win over Knights

Chris Garbe, Kyle Jeffers and birthday boy Mitch Machlitt each had a goal and an assist to help lead the Titans to a 5 – 4 victory over the visiting Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knight last night. The win expanded the Titans lead to five points in the East Division.

At 4:10 into the opening period it was Jeffers who opened the scoring for the Titans. Garbe brought the puck into the offensive zone along the far side boards. As Garbe went to the net, he made a backhanded pass across the slot to Jeffers who tapped the puck in past Knights goalie Alex Contey to make it a 1 – 0 game.

Garbe doubled the Titans lead at 7:26 into the first period. Jeffers would win the draw deep inside the Knights zone and puck went to Garbe on his right. Garbe skated to the top of the faceoff circle and took a shot that found its way through a screen and past Contey for his twelfth goal of the season.

At 9:09 into the period, Jake LaRusso was called for a five-minute tripping major to give the Knights the man advantage.  With eight minutes left in the period, Artur Turansky cut WBS’ deficit in half. Jordan Strand set up the play at the top of the point and passed the puck over to Lincoln Hatten at the far side faceoff circle. Hatten passed it down low to Tyrone Bronte at the goal line and Bronte centered it out front to Turansky who beat Titans netminder Patrick Pugliese glove side to make it a 2 – 1 game.

The Knights would tie the score at two with just seventeen seconds remaining in the opening period. As Brad Zona went to break out of his own zone, he was cut off and reversed course and wrapped the puck behind his own net and up along the near side boards where it was intercepted by the Knights Zack Currie. Currie passed it down low to Michael Sacco who was to the left of Pugliese. Sacco took a shot that was saved by Pugliese, but the rebound came out to Johnny Kaljian who buried the biscuit into the open net to make it a 2 – 2 game.

Machlitt gave the Titans a 3 – 2 lead with a penalty shot goal at 4:49 into the middle stanza. Ole Andersen picked up the loose puck in his own zone at the half wall and made a long saucer pass to Machlitt just outside the Knights blueline. Machlitt went towards the net in clear but was taken down by WBS’ Beck Moore and Machlitt was awarded a penalty shot. As Machlitt skated towards the net he shot the puck downlow past Contey for his team high twenty-first goal.

Cam Gendron would give the Titans another two-goal lead with 9:23 left in the second. Nick DeSantis picked up the loose puck in his own zone and sent it up to Gendron at center ice. Gendron made a bounce pass off the near side wall to LaRusso who brought the puck into the offensive zone. As LaRusso got to the top of the circle, he reversed and made a backhanded pass to a breaking Gendron. Gendron went to the net and slid the puck through Contey’s five hole to make it a 4 – 2 game.

With 3:07 left in the second, Strand cut the Knights deficit in half. Anthony Mastromonica brought the puck up through center ice and into the offensive zone on a two-on-one with Strand. As Mastromonica went to the net he turned and passed the puck over to Strand on his left and Strand one-timed it past Pugliese to make it a 4 – 3 game.

Kaljian scored his second goal of the game to tie the game at four with fifty-five seconds remaining in the middle stanza. Mastromonica picked up the loose puck in the near side corner and brought it up along the boards. Mastromonica passed it over to Liam Haslam at the top of the slot and Haslam took a shot that was saved by Pugliese but Kaljian knocked in the rebound to tie the game again.

Shane Haviland was called for tripping at 7:44 of the third period to give the Knights the man advantage. With time running down on the penalty kill, Cade Penney scored the game winner almost two minutes later. Currie took a shot that was blocked out front and Machlitt picked up the loose puck brought it up along the far side boards and into the offensive zone on a two-on-one with Penney. As Machlitt went to the slot he passed it over to Penney who redirected the biscuit past Contey to close out the scoring and make a 5 – 4 game.

Pugliese stopped 37 of 41 shots while Contey turned aside 42 of 47. Click here for the box score.

The Titans now will play the Northeast Generals for a two game series beginning tomorrow night at the Middletown Sports Complex.

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).