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Titans fall to Tomahawks 5 – 3 to split weekend series

The visiting Johnstown Tomahawks scored three unanswered third period goals en route to a 5 – 3 win over the New Jersey Titans to split the weekend series between the East Division’s top two teams. Despite the loss, the Titans remain five points ahead of the Tomahawks in the standings with four games in hand.

In another playoff type atmosphere, it was a back-and-forth game with the Tomahawks taking an initial two goal lead.

Pavel Kharin scored at 2:54 into the opening period to give the Tomahawks and early 1 – 0 lead. After Johnstown’s goaltender Alex Tracy made a save, the rebound went out to the near side half wall where it was picked up by Andrew Murphy who skated up along the boards and into the offensive zone with Kharin. As Murphy reached the top of the faceoff circle, he sent a cross-ice pass to Kharin who redirected the puck past Titans netminder Patrick Pugliese for his sixth goal of the season.

With 2:35 into the middle stanza, Nick DeSantis was called for tripping to give the visitors the man advantage. As time was winding down on the power play, Ryan Poorman set up the play at the top of the point. He passed the puck down to Bennett Stockdale at the top of the circle. Stockdale circled back towards the top of the slot and took a long wrist shot that was deflected by Murphy past Pugliese to make it a 2 – 0 game.

It was then the Titans turn to score three unanswered goals in the second period.

At 7:28 of the period, Michael Outzen put the Titans on the scoreboard. After a faceoff deep inside the Tomahawks zone, the puck went back to Johnstown’s Brendan Blair who sent a high clearing pass off the glass, but it was gloved down by Danny Dimon at the far side point. Outzen picked up the loose puck and went to make a centering pass, but it hit Johnstown’s Tristan Poissant in the leg. As the puck fell, DeSantis picked it up and passed it to Dimon breaking along the boards. As Dimon reached the goal line, he made a centering pass out front that Outzen redirected past Tracy for his thirteenth goal of the season.

Johnstown’s Ethan Webb was called for interference at 8:16 of the period to put the Titans on the power play. Nineteen seconds later Kyler Head tied the game. Ole Andersen picked up the loose puck at the top of the near side faceoff circle and made a backhand pass towards the net that hit a Tomahawks’ defender. Matt Cameron picked up the puck and skated towards the goal line. As Cameron took a shot, it was blocked out front and picked up by Dimon. The assistant captain took a turnaround shot that was blocked but Head slapped it in past Tracy to make it 2 – 2.

With 3:12 left in the period, Brad Zona was called for interference to give the Tomahawks the man advantage.  Halfway through the power play Poissant took a quick shot from the top of the near side faceoff circle that went wide of Pugliese and rolled up along the boards. As Johnstown’s Max Kouznetsov tried to keep the puck in the zone, he lost control of it and Cade Penney picked it up and entered the offensive zone on a two-on-one with Cam Gendron. As Penney reached the faceoff dot, he sent a cross-ice pass to Gendron who redirected the puck past Tracy to give the Titans their first lead of the game with 2:21 remaining in the second.

Johnstown’s Matthew Doyle would knot the score at three just 1:53 into the third period. Webb picked up the loose puck at the top of his own faceoff circle and passed up to Kouznetsov who entered the offensive zone along the near side boards. As Kouznetsov skated across the goal mouth, Pugliese made the save but Doyle jammed in the rebound for his second goal of the year.

Gendron was called for high sticking at 6:09 of the third to give the Tomahawks the man advantage. Less than a minute later the Tomahawks regained the lead on Carson Gallagher’s seventeenth goal of the season. After Gallagher took a shot that was blocked out front, the puck went to the far side half wall where it was picked up by Stockdale. Stockdale passed it over to Gallagher at the top of the slot and he took a shot that found its way through a maze and past Pugliese to give the Tomahawks the 4 – 3 lead.

Johnstown’s Poorman scored a power play goal with 7:14 left in the game to close out the scoring.

Pugliese stopped 32 of 37 shots while Tracy turned aside 35 of 38. Click here for the box score.

The loss ended a Titans five game win streak also concluded a five game homestand in which they went 4 – 1. They now will travel to Maine for the second time three weeks to play the Nordiques next weekend.

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.

Four second period goals propel Titans to 6 – 3 win over Jamestown

Down by two entering the second period, the visiting New Jersey Titans scored four unanswered goals in the middle stanza en route to a 6 – 3 win over the Jamestown Rebels. The victory completed the Titans weekend sweep over the Rebels. The win also was the Titans fifth victory out of the last their last six games.

Matthew Iasenza had three points (2 goals and 1 assist) while Cam Gendron (two goals), Danny Dimon (two assists) and Shane Haviland (two assists) each had two points.

The Rebels opened the scoring just 1:49 into the game when Eric Olson scored his eleventh goal of the season to give Jamestown a 1 – 0 lead.

Jamestown doubled their lead at the 8:40 mark when Noah Finstrom beat Titans goaltender Patrick Pugliese to make it 2 – 0.

Trailing by two entering the second, the Titans kicked it into high gear. Josef Glamos cut the Titans deficit in half when he beat Rebels netminder Jon Howe at the 4:24 mark for his eighth goal of the season with an assist from Kyle Jeffers.

Iasenza knotted the game at two at the 7:00 mark with his first goal of the contest with assists from Chris Garbe and Dimon.

Then the Titans never looked back.

Gendron’s eighth goal of the season, and first of the game, gave the Titans a 3 – 2 lead with 7:32 remaining in the second with assists from Brad Zona and Haviland.

Iasenza scored his second goal of the period and game with 2:38 left in the middle stanza to give the Titans a 4 – 2 lead with assists from Dimon and Pugliese. It was Titans netminder’s second point of the season.

Mac Wiseman was called for boarding at 4:17 into the third to give the Rebels the man advantage. Thirty-one seconds later Renars Karkls scored his fourth goal of the season to cut the Titans lead to 4 – 3.

The Titans would regain their two-goal lead when Michael Outzen scored his third goal of the weekend with 7: 13 left in the third with assists from Iasenza and recently called up and Buffalo, NY native Connor Pelc who was making his NAHL debut. The sixteen-year-old is committed to Providence College.

Gendron scored his second goal of the game, an empty netter, with a minute remaining in the game to close out the scoring and give the Titans the 6 – 3 win. Gavin Gulash and Haviland were credited with the assists.

Pugliese, who was playing in his fifth game this month, stopped 26 of 29 shots while Howe turned aside 24 of 29. Click here for the box score.

The Titans now will go on a much-deserved Christmas break. They will resume play on January 10 when the travel to Maine for the first time this season to play the Nordiques.

Outzen’s two goals help lead Titans to 5 – 2 win over Jamestown

Michael Outzen scored two goals and Chris Garbe had two points to help lead the visiting New Jersey Titans to a 5 – 2 win over the Jamestown Rebels.

After a scoreless first period, it was the wild west in the second where six of the games seven goals occurred with the Titans converting on their two power play chances.

Matt Cameron started the scoring just 4:13 into the middle stanza to put the Titans on the board. After Rebels forward Noah Finstrom brought the puck into the Titans zone, he reversed at the half wall and went to send the puck across ice and back to the point, but it was intercepted by Cameron. Cameron skated up along the near side boards and into the Rebels zone and behind their net. As Cameron skated around, he took a sharp angle shot that beat Jamestown’s goalie Noah West high, short side for this twelfth goal of the season.

The Rebels tied the game at 7:21 into the second period. After Tyler Nasca took a shot from the far side point that was blocked out front of the Jamestown net, the loose puck was picked up Rebels defenseman Spencer Cosway who passed it up to Nick Siffringer. Siffringer skated through center ice and into the Titans zone on an odd man rush. As Siffringer gained the line, he passed the puck to Eric Olson on his right. Olson took a shot that was saved by Patrick Pugliese, but the rebound came out to Siffringer who backhanded the puck past a fallen Pugliese and into the net.

With 10:56 left in the period, Jamestown’s Renars Karkls was called for tripping to give the Titans the man advantage. Thirty-three seconds later the Titans regained the lead on Gavin Gulash’s fourth goal of the season.

Shane Haviland picked up the loose puck along the far side half wall and brought it behind the Jamestown net and passed it up to Kyle Jeffers at the near side faceoff dot. Jeffers passed it down low to Garbe in the slot. Garbe took a quick shot that was saved by West, but the rebound came right out to Gulash who tucked in the rebound into the open net to give the Titans a 2 – 1 lead.

Just twenty-four seconds after the Titans took the lead, Karkis again was called for tripping to put the Titans back on the power play. As time was winding down with the man advantage, Outzen hit the back of the net for his first of the night.

Ole Andersen dumped the puck into the Jamestown zone where it was picked up by defenseman Seth Bergeron along the near side half wall. Bergeron went to clear the puck, but it was intercepted at the point by Outzen. The Highlands Ranch, CO native turned and lobbed a shot on net that caught West by surprise and beat him glove side to give the Titans a 3 – 1 lead.

With 7:06 remaining in the middle stanza, the Rebels cut the Titans lead in half. Karkls kept the puck in the Titans zone at the far side point and he passed it over to Nate Clark on his left, but the wayward pass bounced off the boards and down low to Liam Hansson. Hansson sent the puck back to Zach Brydges at the top of the faceoff dot and he passed it over to Karkis on his right. Karkis took a wrist shot that beat Pugliese long side to make it a 3 – 2 game.

The Titans regained their two-goal lead with 3:31 left in the period on Outzen’s second of the night. Mac Wiseman picked up the loose puck in his own zone and brought it behind his net to set up the play. Wiseman passed it up to Cam Gendron at his own near side blueline who sent a cross-ice pass to Mitch Machlitt. As Machlitt cut towards center ice and gained the line, he sent a pass back to Outzen at the far side point. Outzen took a shot on net, but the puck went off Cosway’s skate and through West’s five hole to give the Titans a 4 – 2 lead.

Garbe closed out the scoring with an empty net, shorthanded goal with fifty-seven seconds remaining in the game.

Pugliese, who played very well and kept the Titans in the game in the first period, stopped 23 of 25 shots while West turned aside 21 of 25. Click here for the box score.

The two teams will meet again tonight at 7:05 PM at the Northwest Arena.

Titans edge Knights 3 – 2 in matinee game

The visiting New Jersey Titans defeated the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights 3 – 2 today at the Revolution Ice Centre in a matinee game.

The win extended the Titans division lead to five points over the idle Johnstown Tomahawks.

After a scoreless first period, the Titans got on the board at 5:04 of the middle stanza on Cam Gendron’s fifth goal of the year. After being setup by Nick DeSantis and Kyler Head, Gendron beat Knights goalie Zach Stejskal with a wrister to give the Titans a 1 – 0 lead.

At 2:36 into the third period, Chris Garbe was called for boarding to give the Knights the man advantage. Almost a minute and a half later, Jordan Strand beat Titans goalie Patrick Pugliese to tie the game at one.

At the 7:24 mark of the third, Matthew Iasenza scored his fifth goal of the season to give the lead back to the Titans. After a save by Pugliese, Cade Penney picked up the loose puck and head manned it up to Ole Andersen. As Andersen gained the line, he passed it up to Iasenza along the near side boards. As Iasenza skated to the bottom of the faceoff circle, he took a sharp angle shot that trickled through the five hole of Stejskaland into the net to make it a 2 – 1 game.

Stejskal was pulled in favor of Alex Contey.

With 4:21 remaining in the third, Matt Cameron would double the Titans lead. Again, Penney would set up the play and pass it up to Gavin Gulash along the far side boards. As Gulash reached the end of the faceoff circle, he sent a backhanded pass out front and Cameron redirected it past Contey to make it 3 – 1 Titans.

As time was running out, the Knights Christopher Rubenach beat Pugliese short side to close out the scoring.

Pugliese turned aside 29 of 31 shots while Stejskal and Contey combined to stop 41 of 44 shots. Click here for the box score.

The Titans now will play their last two home games of 2019 when the second place Tomahawks visit the Middletown Sports Complex for two critical games.

Titans defeat Tomahawks 4 – 2 to split weekend series

Kyle Jeffers scored the game winning goal with 4:11 left in the third period to give the visiting New Jersey Titans a 4 – 2 victory over the Johnstown Tomahawks. The win enabled the Titans to split the important weekend series between the teams.

The victory extended the Titans lead over the Tomahawks by three points in the East Division standings. It also was New Jersey’s twentieth win of the season – second most in the North American Hockey League.

Defenseman Cade Penney scored at the 5:57 mark of the first period to give the Titans an early 1 – 0 lead. After a scrum along the far side boards, Jeffers picked up the loose puck and head manned it up to Nick DeSantis who skated through center ice and into the Johnstown zone. As DeSantis cut across the goal mouth, he took a shot that was saved by Tomahawks netminder Alex Tracy, but Penney was on the doorstep and tucked in the rebound for his first ever NAHL goal.

After back-and-forth action throughout, the Tomahawks tied the game with 1:18 left in the second period. Playing 4-on-4 hockey, Johnstown’s Bennett Stockdale brought the puck through the neutral zone and dumped it to the end boards to the right of Titans goalie Patrick Pugliese. After making a couple of reverse moves, Stockdale was able to break free from Tyler Nasca and he passed the puck to Carson Gallagher who shot it passed Pugliese to make it a 1 – 1 game.

Despite only having two goals scored through the first two periods, the third period was different, with a total of four goals hitting the back of the net.

Matthew Iasenza scored just 1:46 into the third period to give the Titans a 2 – 1. Danny Dimon picked up the loose puck in his own zone and sent a long stretch pass up to Iasenza at the Tomahawks blue line. The speedy Iasenza walked in all alone on Tracy and beat the Johnstown goalie through the five hole for his fourth goal of the season.

Johnstown’s Pavel Kharin would tie the game at two with 8:55 remaining in the third. Iasenza picked up the loose puck in his own zone along the far side boards and sent it over to Shane Haviland at the top of the near side circle. The puck went off Haviland’s stick and bounced directly to Kharin who took a wrister that beat Pugliese high, glove-side.

Jeffers then would score his fourteenth goal of the season to give the Titans a 3 – 2 lead. After Tracy make a save, the rebound went to the far side boards where Johnstown defenseman Jack Therrien kicked the puck up along the boards, but it was kept in by Dimon. The assistant captain passed it up to DeSantis who immediately the biscuit to Chris Garbe at the top of the circle. Garbe took a shot that was saved by Tracy, but Jeffers buried the rebound into the open net for eventual game winner.

With six seconds remaining in the game, Cam Gendron made a very unselfish play and passed the puck up to Mitch Machlitt who shot it into the empty net to close out the score.

Pugliese, who kept the Titans in the game, stopped 35 of 37 shots while Tracy turned aside 21 of 24. Click here for the box score.

The two teams will conclude their mini four game series next weekend with two games being played at the Middletown Sports Complex. Friday night’s game is ugly sweater night while Saturday’s game is the Titans annual teddy bear toss with donations going to the Ronald McDonald House of Central and Northern New Jersey.

Jeffers four points help lead Titans to 7 – 4 win over Black Bears

Kyle Jeffers had two goals and two assists to help lead the visiting New Jersey Titans to a 7 – 4 win over the Maryland Black Bears last night at Piney Orchard Arena. The victory enabled to the Titans to split the weekend series between the teams. The win was New Jersey’s nineteenth of the season.

Kyler Head and Jake LaRusso each had a goal and an assist while Mitch Machlitt had two assists.

Maryland took an early lead just twenty-five seconds into the game on Hampus Rydqvist’s fifth goal of the season. Jackson Sterrett brought the puck into the Titans zone along the near side boards. As he gained the line, he left a drop pass for a trailing Andrew Remer. As Remer got down low, he took a shot that Arseni Sergeev made a left pad save on, but the rebound came right out to Rydqvist who buried it into the open net.

Jeffers scored his first goal of the game with 1:18 left in the opening period to knot the score at one. As Jeffers penalty for slashing was about to expire, Cade Penney picked up the loose puck in his zone and passed it over to Tyler Nasca at his own near side faceoff circle. Nasca sent a long bounce pass off the boards up to Machlitt. As Machlitt gained the line he passed the puck up to Jeffers who had just stepped onto the ice. Jeffers took a wrist shot from the circle that beat Black Bears goalie Andrew Takacs long side.

The Black Bears would take their second lead of the game at 5:03 into the middle stanza. After Maryland won the draw in deep inside their own zone, the puck came out to forward Filip Jakobsson who sent the puck up the ice and into the Titans zone where it was picked up by Sergeev to the right of his net. Sergeev went to play the puck and wrap it around the end boards but it was intercepted by Sterrett behind the goal line. Sterrett simply threw the puck on net and but it hit Sergeev’s stick and into the net for his eleventh goal of the season.

The Titans then took control of the game by scoring five unanswered goals, four of them in the second period.

At 6:20 into the second, LaRusso scored his fourth goal of the year to tie the game at two. As the Black Bears cleared the puck deep inside the Titans zone, it was picked up by Penney who skated towards the near side boards and sent a cross-ice pass to Head at his own blue line. Head sent a long bounce pass off the boards that appeared to be icing but Cam Gendron simply out hustled Logan Kons for the puck. As Gendron got to the end boards, he sent a backhanded pass towards the net and LaRusso one-timed it passed Takacs short side.

Twenty-four seconds later David Parker scored his first North American Hockey League goal. After the ensuing draw that went into the Black Bears zone, Maryland tried to clear the puck up along the near side boards, but it was intercepted by Gavin Gulash at the point. The Robert Morris University commit took a long shot that was saved by Takacs and the puck came out along the far side circle to Jeffers who immediately sent a pass back to Penney at the point. Penney one-timed it and Takacs made the save but the deep rebound came out to Parker who buried it past Takacs to give the Titans a 3 – 2 lead.

With 5:16 left in the second, Head would double the Titans lead. After the Titans won the draw deep inside their own zone, Mac Wiseman wrapped the puck around the end board and up along the far side boards where it was picked up by LaRusso at the top of the circle in the offensive zone. LaRusso passed the puck out front to Head who went to the net on his backhand and he put it past Takacs to give the Titans a 4 – 2 lead.

With 1:28 remaining in the period, Michael Outzen made it 5 – 2 Titans. Machlitt picked up the loose puck just outside the Black Bears blueline. As Machlitt entered the offensive zone, he made a beautiful move around Maryland’s Logan Kittleson by bringing the puck through his own legs onto his backhand then onto his forehand as he went to the net and took a shot that was saved by Takacs but Outzen knocked in the rebound for his ninth goal of the season.

With Maryland’s Brayden Stannard and Rydqvist called for penalties, the Titans were on a 5-on-3. As time was winding down on the two-man advantage, the puck went back to Penney at the point who sent it over to Mac Wiseman on his left. Wiseman passed it down low to Jeffers who sent a return pass back to Wiseman and the Haymarket, VA native took a clapper that beat Cooper Black short side to make it a 6 – 2 Titans lead.

The Black Bears would make it 6 – 3 on an almost end-to end goal by Reid Leibold at 5:15 in the third. Then midway through the third Aden Bruich stuffed in a goal to make it 6 – 4 but Jeffers scored an empty net goal with a second remaining to close out the scoring.

Sergeev stopped 35 of 39 shots while Takacs and Black combined to turn aside 32 of 39. Click here for the box score.

The Titans now will travel to Johnstown next weekend to play two very important games against the Tomahawks.

Machlitt’s hat trick leads Titans to 7 – 5 win over Nordiques

Mitch Machlitt scored three goals, including two in the third period, to lead the Titans to a 7 – 5 win over the visiting Maine Nordiques. In all, it was a five-point game for the Maple Grove, MN native.

Mac Wiseman scored his fifth goal of the season at 9:50 into the first period to open the scoring for New Jersey. As Michael Outzen carried the puck up through the neutral zone and gained the line, he passed the puck to Machlitt on his left. Machlitt took a shot that was blocked out front, but the puck went into the near side corners where it was picked up by Outzen. Outzen sent it back to the point to Wiseman who took a clapper that beat Nordiques netminder Marco Duronio long side to make it 1 – 0.

Less then two minutes later, Gavin Gulash would double the Titans lead. Wiseman brought up the puck up along the near side boards and behind the Nordiques net. As he tried to make a centering pass, the puck went off the cage and back to Cade Penney at the far side blueline. Penney would bring the puck up along and around the boards. As he got slightly to the left of Maine’s net, he passed it to Kyle Jeffers out front who took a shot that was saved by Duronio but Gulash tucked in the rebound for his third goal of the season.

Kyler Head gave the Titans a 3 – 0 lead just 2:25 into the second period. Ole Andersen brought the puck out of his own zone and passed it up to Head who was waiting at the far side blue line. Head chipped the puck deep into the Nordiques zone where it as picked up by Cam Gendron. As Gendron circled behind Maine’s net, he passed the puck out front to Head who took a shot that was saved by Duronio but he couldn’t control the biscuit and Head knocked in his own rebound for his eleventh goal of the season.

Brody Medeiros was called for boarding at 9:15 of the second period to give Maine the man advantage. Less then a minute later Noah Kane got the Nordiques on the board. Maine’s Casper Söderling had the puck in the near side corners and passed it back to Trent Grimshaw at the top of the face off circle. Grimshaw sent a cross-ice pass to Kane who took a shot that went off Titans goalie Arseni Sergeev’s chest and into the net to make it 3 – 1 Titans.

Machlitt scored his first goal of the game with 3:54 left in the second. After Maine won the draw deep inside their own zone, the puck went back to Cale Dubrul. The Nordiques defenseman backhanded the puck high off the glass, but it hit a stanchion and took a funny bounce and dropped at the top of the faceoff circle where it was picked up by Outzen. Outzen sent a cross-ice pass over to Tyler Nielsen in the slot. Nielsen turned halfway around and passed the puck to a trailing Machlitt who buried the puck past Duronio to give the Titans a 4 – 1 lead.

Just nineteen seconds later, Isaiah Fox made it a 4 – 2 game. Fox brought the puck into the Titans zone and passed it over to Kane at the top of the far side faceoff circle. As Kane approached the net, he was unable to take a shot and passed the puck back into to the slot to Fox. While Fox was being knocked off the biscuit by Nielsen, Fox took an off balance shot that beat Sergeev for his eighth goal of the season.

Machlitt scored his second goal of the game with 8:28 remaining in the third period. After Duronio made a blocker save on Tyler Nasca, the puck was picked up by Fox at the near side corner. Fox sent the puck behind his own net to Cole Ouellette, who tried to turn but he was stripped off the puck by Outzen. Outzen passed the puck out to Machlett who buried a wrister past Duronio shot side to make it 5 – 2 Titans.

Then the fireworks began with the teams scoring a combined five goals in five minutes.

Cannon Green picked up a loose rebound and tucked it past Sergeev to make it a 5 – 3 game with 5:54 left in the third.

A minute later Outzen scored his eight goal of the season when he tucked in the loose rebound passed a sprawled out Duronio, who had just made a 10 bell save on Machlitt in close.

Leading 6 – 3 with 3:39 left in the game, Nick DeSantis was called for cross-checking to put the Nordiques on the power play. Twenty-four seconds later Sergeev was called for tripping to give Maine a 5 on 3 advantage.

Tim Kent beat Sergeev to cut the Titans lead to two with 2:57 after receiving a nice feed from Ouellette.

Still on the power play, Maine scored their third goal of the night with the man advantage to make it a 6 – 5 game. Green scored his second goal of the game after he picked up the rebound from a Dubrul shot that hit the post and Green put it past Sergeev to give the Nordiques a one goal deficit.

With under a minute to play, Maine chipped the puck into the Titans zone. While the puck was in the air, the Nordiques attempted to pull the goalie for the extra attacker. As the puck bounced into the Titans Andersen picked it up and head manned the biscuit up to Machlitt at center ice. Realizing that he had to get back to his net, Duronio wasn’t fast enough as Machlitt scored his third goal of the game to close out the scoring with fifty-one seconds left in the game.

Sergeev stopped 25 of 30 shots while Duronio turned aside 33 of 40. Click here for the box score.

The two teams will close out their weekend series tonight at 7:00 PM at the Middletown Sports Complex. Any fan who brings a non-perishable food item will receive $3 off an adult ticket with all donations going to Lunch Break of Red Bank. Immediately following the game will be Skate Night with the Titans.

Win streak ends at 10 as Titans lose 4 – 3 in shootout to Black Bears

Well, it had to end sometime, and it did last night as the visiting Maryland Black Bears defeated the Titans 4 – 3 in a shootout. It was New Jersey’s first loss in eleven games – although it came post close to making it eleven wins in a row.

Five of the game’s six regulation goals came in the first period.

Cam Gendron would open the scoring with 3:58 into the game. After Maryland dumped the puck into the Titans zone for a line change, Brody Medeiros settled down the biscuit and looked to set up the play from his own goal line. Medeiros tried to send a long outlet pass to Nick DeSantis at center ice but the puck was deflected by a Black Bears player. The deflection immediately went to Gendron who skated up along the far side boards and into the offensive zone on a breakaway. As Gendron came to the net he went from his forehand to his backhand and slid the puck around and behind Maryland’s goaltender Andrew Takacs to give the Titans and early 1 – 0 lead.

With four minutes remaining in the opening period, the action became fast and furious as there were four goals scored and two lead changes within two minutes.

Aden Bruich scored his second goal of the season to tie the game with 3:57 left in the first. As the Black Bears power play had just ended, Maryland’s Luke Mountain brought the up through the neutral zone and passed it over to Logan Kittleson at the far side blue line. Kittleson sent a cross-ice pass to Bruich who took a wrist shot from the near side faceoff dot that beat Titans goalie Patrick Pugliese high, short side.

Thirteen seconds later the Titans regained the lead on Chris Garbe’s fifth goal of the season. After Maryland won the ensuing draw, the puck went back to Black Bears defenseman Bryden Sinclair at the top of the far side faceoff circle.  As Sinclair tried to bring the puck out of his zone, he was pressured by Shane Haviland, who was able to deflect the outlet pass directly to Garbe. The assistant captain made a nice move around a Maryland defender and skated into the offensive zone. Garbe took a shot that was saved by Takacs but Garbe picked up his own rebound and hit the back of the net to make it 2 – 1 Titans.

Ten seconds later the game was tied at two.

Immediately following the ensuing draw, the puck was dumped into the Titans zone and covered by Pugliese for a stoppage of play. As the teams lined up to the right of Titans goalie, the linesman dropped the puck and Maryland’s Wilmer Skoog won the draw and took a quick shot that went through the five hole of a surprised Pugliese.

Maryland would take their first lead of the game with 2:05 left in the first period. As Cade Penney tried to enter the offensive zone, he was knocked off the puck by a Black Bears defender and the biscuit went to Maryland’s Bradyen Stannard who skated towards the far side boards. Stannard headmanned the puck over to Garrett Szydlowski, who entered the offensive zone on a two-on-one with Hampus Rydqvist. Szydlowski passed the puck to Rydqvist on his left and Rydqvist took a one-timer that beat Pugliese blocker side to make it 3 – 2 Maryland.

The Titans had their chances to score but Takacs kept them at bay. With time running out in regulation, Pugliese was pulled for the extra attacker.

As Maryland’s Cameron Recchi tried to bring the puck out of his own zone, his stick was slightly lifted by Kyler Head and the biscuit was picked up by Tyler Nasca who sent a pass over to Michael Outzen at the top of the near side faceoff circle. Outzen sent a cross-ice pass to Mitch Machlitt who one-timed it past a sprawled out Takacs and into the open the net with thirty-five second remaining to tie the game at three.

After a scoreless overtime, the game went to the skills competition. Each team’s first three shooter were denied. Then it was Kittleson’s turn. The Maryland forward took a shot that went off Pugliese’s blocker and into the net to give the Black Bears the 4 – 3 lead.

Outzen looked to tie the game on his turn. As Outzen skated down the ice, he took a shot that hit the far side post and bounced out of harm’s way to end the Titans ten game win streak.

Pugliese stopped 35 of 38 shots while Takacs turned aside 25 of 28. Click here for the box score.

The two teams will play game two of this two-game series tonight at 7:00 PM at the Middletown Sports Complex.

Win streak reaches nine as Titans top Knights 5 – 2

The visiting New Jersey Titans defeated the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights 5 – 2 for the team’s ninth straight victory. It was the Titans second straight win over the Knights during the teams’ three game mini-series.

Matthew Iasenza opened the scoring for the Titans just 4:29 into the first period. Michael Outzen controlled the loose puck at center ice and sent it off the far side boards and into the offensive zone. Iasenza stripped the puck off a Knights defender and went towards the net going from his back hand to his forehand. As Iasenza went to the goal mouth, he slid the puck through the legs of Knights goalie Zach Stejskal and into the back of the net to give the Titans a 1 – 0 lead.

A little over two minutes later, the Titans would double their lead on Jake LaRusso’s third goal of the season. Brody Medeiros chipped the puck off the far side boards and into the offensive zone where LaRusso picked it up. LaRusso took a sharp angle shot that was saved by Stejskal but he had trouble covering the rebound. Cam Gendron took a wrist shot the was saved by Stejskal but LaRusso knock the rebound past Stejskal to make it 2 – 0 Titans.

With three minutes remaining in the first, the Knights would cut their deficit in half. As the Titans tried to set up for one last play as time was expiring on the power play, Ole Andersen’s pass was intercepted by Zak Currie who charged down the ice on a breakaway and went from his forehand to his backhand and beat a sprawling Arseni Sergeev to make it a 2 – 1 game.

After a scoreless second, the Knights would make it a 3 – 1 game on Matt Cameron’s eighth goal of the season at 5:39 into the third period. As the Knights tried to clear the puck out of their zone, Kyle Jeffers stripped the puck of a Knights defender. Jeffers went to the top of the face off circle and took a shot that was redirected by Cameron at the top of the crease past Stejskal.

The Knights Nikita Asylaev would make it 3 – 2 with 6:11 left in the game. Spencer Kring brought the puck up through center ice and into the offensive zone. As Kring gained the line, he left a drop pass to Asylaev who took a clapper that beat Sergeev for his fourth goal of the season.

Less than a minute later, Kyler Head gave the Titans a two-goal lead again. As the Knights tried to contain the loose puck in their own zone, the puck went to Head along the near side boards. Head took a sharp angle shot that beat Stejskal high, glove side to make it 4 – 2 Titans.

The Knights Caydon Meyer was called for tripping to give the Titans the man advantage. Michael Outzen sent a pass back up along the near side boards to Cameron. Cameron sent a return pass back to Outzen who passed to Head at the bottom of the faceoff circle. Head took a snapshot that beat Stejskal for his second goal of the game to close out the scoring.

Sergeev turned aside 40 of 42 shots while Stejskal stopped 31 of 36. Click here for the box score.

The two teams will meet tomorrow night for the second game of this home and home series at 7:00 PM at Middletown Sports Complex.