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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.

Cameron helps lead Titans to 5 – 2 win over Nordiques

Matt Cameron had a goal and two assists to help lead the Titans to a 5 – 2 win over the visiting Maine Nordiques and complete a weekend sweep.

The Titans had a huge first period scoring three unanswered goals. It all started at 8:49 of the opening period when Cameron scored his tenth goal of the season.

As the Nordiques tried to set up in the Titans zone, an errant pass went back to center ice where Maine’s Casper Söderling picked up the puck and tried to send it over to Stefan Owens on his right. Gavin Gulash was able to distract Owens from the puck with Cameron trailing. Cameron picked up the biscuit at the top of the Nordiques blue line and he cut towards the net and took a low far side shot that beat Maine’s goaltender Connor Androlewicz to make it a 1 – 0 game.

With 9:19 left in the first, Titans defenseman David Parker was called for kneeing to give the Nordiques the man advantage. With time running out on the power play, Cameron intercepted a pass at the top of his own zone and sent a quick pass to Kyle Jeffers on his left and the American International College commit entered the offensive zone on a 2-on-1 with Mac Wiseman.  Jeffers made a centering pass to Wiseman who was stoned by Androlewicz. Cameron picked up the rebound but Androlewicz made a stick save prone on the ice but Jeffers came in and jammed home the rebound into the back of the net to double the Titans lead.

The Titans would make it 3 – 0 with six seconds remaining in the first period. With Jeffers digging for the puck in the far side corner, he sent a quick pass to Cameron out front. Cameron immediately passed the puck to Tyler Nasca on his left and Nasca beat Androwlewicz short side for his third goal of the season.

Maine’s Kevin Pitts was called for interference with 9:21 left in the second period to put the Titans on the power play. Forty seconds later Chris Garbe made it a 4 – 0 game. After Jeffers took a shot from the top of the far side faceoff circle that went wide, the puck went behind the Nordiques net and wrapped around the near side boards where it was picked up by Gulash. Gulash sent a pass down low to Garbe who skated towards the net and took a sharp angle shot that beat Androwlewicz high, short side.

Like Friday night’s contest, Maine attempted a comeback. Brad Zona was called for interference with 9:35 remaining in the third period to give the Nordiques the man advantage. Nine seconds later Timmy Kent put the visitors on the board. After the ensuing draw, the puck went back to Maine’s Ethan Prout at the point. Prout passed it slightly up to Noah Kane at the top of the near side faceoff circle. Kane passed it down low to Cannon Green who immediately passed the puck through the goalmouth to Kent who beat Patrick Pugliese to make it a 4 – 1 game.

Five minutes later Prout cut the Nordiques deficit in half. Green brought the puck out of his own zone and head manned the puck up to Kent up along the far side boards. As Kent skated to the faceoff dot, he sent a cross-ice pass to Prout who redirected the puck passed Pugliese to make it 4 – 2.

Josef Glamos would close out the scoring twenty seconds later after a giveaway in the Nordiques zone and Glamos beat Androwlewicz long side for his sixth goal of the season.

Pugliese stopped 38 of 40 shots while Androlewicz turned aside 21 of 26. Click here for the box score.

After Thanksgiving, the boys will take an early bus on Friday to take on the Maryland Black Bears for two games.

Four second period goals propel Titans to 8 – 6 win over Black Bears

Down 3 – 1 entering the second period, the New Jersey Titans scored four unanswered goals en route to an 8 – 6 win over the visiting Maryland Black Bears to split the weekend series between the teams.

Aden Bruich opened the scoring for the Black Bears at 5:32 of the first period. After Tyler Nasca’s shot from the point was block out front, the puck was picked up by Bruich  by his own beach. Bruich passed it up to Jude Kurtas who skated into the offensive zone. As soon as Bruich reached the top of the near side faceoff circle, he passed the puck to Bruich slightly to his left and Bruich took a one-timer that beat Titans netminder Patrick Pugliese to make it 1 – 0 Black Bears.

After Kyler Jeffers was sent to the box for tripping to give Maryland the man advantage, Bruich would double the Black Bears lead with 9:48 remaining in the opening period. Setting up the play at the top of the point, Logan Kons passed the puck over to Kyle Oleksiuk at the near side face off circle. Oleksiuk feed it over to Brayden Stannard on his left and Stannard took a shot that was saved by Pugliese, but the puck came right out to Bruich who tucked in the rebound behind the fallen Titans goaltender to give Maryland a 2 – 0 lead.

Two minutes after the Black Bears went up by two, Jeffers cut the Titans deficit in half. As Bruich broke out of his own zone, the newest Titan Nick DeSantis stripped him off the puck and brought it back Maryland’s zone.  DeSantis left a drop pass to Cade Penney who rushed towards the net. After Penney took a shot that was saved by Black Bears netminder Andrew Takacs, the loose puck came out to Jeffers who tucked in the rebound to make it a 2 – 1 game.

With 4:41 left in the first, the Black Bears took another two-goal lead on Garrett Szydlowski’s fourth goal of the year. Wilmer Skoog picked up the puck behind the Titans net. As he waited for his line mates to join the play, he reversed and left the puck for a trailing Cameron Recchi. Recchi circled around the net to the right of Pugliese and took a sharp angled shot that was saved by the Titans netminder but Szydlowski buried the rebound to make it 3 – 1 Maryland.

Trailing 3 – 1 entering the second, Chris Garbe would cut the Black Bears lead to one just thirty-eight seconds into the middle stanza.

After Takacs made a save, the rebound came out to Gavin Gulash who was along the far side boards and sent the puck back to Ole Anderson back at the point. The defenseman took a shot that was defected by Jeffers out front but Garbe tucked in the rebound to make it 3 – 2 Maryland.

At 4:49 into the second, Kons was called for tripping to put the Titans on the power play. Twenty-one seconds later the game was tied. Michael Outzen set up the play at the middle of the far side boards. Outzen sent the puck back to Mac Wiseman at the top of the point who immediately passed it over to Mitch Machlitt. As Machlitt took a stride, he sent the puck back to Wiseman, who stepped up and took a wrister that beat Takacs short side to make it 3 – 3.

The Titans took their first lead of the game less then a minute later. As Maryland’s Kyle Oleksiuk tried to break out of his own zone, he was stripped off the puck by Jeffers. The American International College commit went to the net and took a shot that was saved by Takacs but as Jeffers was falling over Takacs, Jeffers was able to slip the rebound into the net to make it 4 – 3 New Jersey.

With 2:24 left in the second, the Titans took a two-goal lead on Nasca’s second goal of the year. After a scrum occurred in the Black Bears near side corner, the loose puck would come out to Skoog. As Skoog looked to set up, he was knocked off the puck, which went directly to Nasca. The Titans defenseman took a shot that beat Takacs blocker side to make it 5 – 3.

The teams then went onto score a combined six goals in the third period.

Maryland cut their deficit by one just 3:59 into the third when Stannard score his fourth goal of the season to make it 5 – 4 Titans.

Thirty seconds after Stannard made it 5 – 4, the Titans scored two goals in less then a minute to put the game out of reach.

With the puck down low in the Titans zone, DeSantis picked up the loose puck out of a scrum and skated down the far side boards. As DeSantis reached the slot, he took a shot that beat Cooper Black long side to give the Titans a 6 – 4 lead.

Thirty seconds later Shane Haviland put the game out of reach with his second goal of the season to give the Titans a 7 – 4 lead.

The teams then would exchange goals with Matthew Iasenza scoring his second goal of the season to close out the Titans scoring.

Pugliese stopped 23 of 29 shots while Maryland’s netminders Takacs and Black stopped a combined 21 of 28. Click here for the box score.

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.

Titans defeat Knights 7 – 3 for 8th straight victory

Mitch Matchlitt scored two goals and Kyle Jeffers had a goal and an assist to lead the visiting New Jersey Titans to a 7 – 3 win over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights in a matinee game this afternoon at the Revolution Ice Centre. It was the Titans eight straight win. It also was the first of three consecutive contests between the two teams.

Defenseman Tyler Nasca opened the scoring for the Titans just 2:22 in the first period. With the puck at the far side blueline, Nasca took a shot on net that went wide but was picked up by Shane Haviland along the near side boards. Haviland sent a pass down low to Jeffers who immediately sent the puck out in the slot to a wide open Nasca who redirected the biscuit past Knights goaltender Zach Stejskal to give the Titans an early 1 – 0 lead.

Thirty seconds later, WBS’ Beck Moore was called for slashing to give the Titans the man advantage. Jeffers would bring the puck up through the neutral zone and pass it to Gavin Gulash to his left. As Gulash gained the line, he passed the puck over to Josef Glamos on his right. As Glamos skated to the near side faceoff dot, he passed the puck back to Gulash who took a snap shot that was saved by Stejskal but the deep rebound came out to Jeffers who tucked the loose puck into the back of the net to give the Titans an early 2 – 0 lead.

At 8:07 of the first, Matt Cameron made it a 3 – 0 game. Michael Outzen took a wrister on net that was easily gloved by Stejskal for what appeared to be a stoppage of play, but Stejskal played the puck off the far side boards where it was picked up by teammate Spencer Evans. Evans went to pass the puck out front, but it was intercepted by Kyler Head who took a shot that was saved by Stejskal, but Cameron slammed home the rebound for his seventh goal of the season.

With 3:10 left in the first, the Knights would get on the board with Tyrone Bronte’s fourth goal on the year. Lincoln Hatten would bring the puck up to center ice and pass it to a breaking Bronte on his left. Bronte skated along the far side boards and cut across the goal mouth and slid the puck past a sprawling Patrick Pugliese to make it a 3 – 1 game.

The Titans would score their fourth goal of the game on a penalty shot just fifty seconds into the middle stanza. After Pugliese made a glove save, he sent the puck up the far side boards to Machlitt who sent a bounce pass up to Matthew Iasenza. As the Titans forward went to the net he was tripped up and a penalty shot was called. Iasenza went to the net and first went forward to backhand and slid the puck through Stejskal’s five hole to give the Titans a 4 – 1 lead.

Three minutes later Chris Garbe would make it a 5 – 1 game then Machlitt would score his first of the game to make it 6 – 1.

The Knights tried mounting a comeback with two goals in the beginning of the third but Machlitt put the game out of reach for his second goal of the game to close out the scoring.

Pugliese stopped 35 of 38 shots while WBS’ netminders combined to turn aside 33 of 40. Click here for the box score.

The two teams will meet this weekend for a home-and-home series with Friday night’s game being played the Revolution Ice Centre.

Titans top Rebels 2 – 1 for seventh straight win

The New Jersey Titans defeated the visiting Jamestown Rebels 2 – 1 to sweep the weekend series between the two teams. It also was the Titans seventh straight victory which gives them the best winning percentage in the North American Hockey League.

After a scoreless opening period, the Rebels got on the board first with their only goal of the weekend just twenty-eight seconds into the middle stanza.

With play inside the Rebels zone, the puck would come out to Titans forward Jake LaRusso at the top of the near side blue line. LaRusso took a quick shot that was saved by Jamestown’s netminder Jon Howe and the deep rebound was picked up by teammate Zach Brydges at the far side circle. Brydges cleared the puck out of the zone high off the glass as it bounced into center ice and onto the stick of Tyler German. German skated in on a breakaway and beat Titans goalie Arseni Sergeev short side to give the Rebels a 1 – 0 lead.

At 8:13 of the middle stanza, Jamestown’s Nick Siffringer was called holding to give the Titans the man advantage. Michael Outzen would win the offensive zone draw and the puck went back to captain Brody Medeiros at the near side blue line. Medeiros started to walk the line and passed the puck to Kyle Jeffers at the top of the far side faceoff circle. Jeffers sent the puck down low to Chris Garbe who was to the right of Howe. Garbe cut towards the net and backhanded a shot that was saved by Howe, but Josef Glamos tucked in the rebound to tie the game at one. It was Glamos’ fourth goal of the season.

With 6:04 remaining in the third, the Rebels’ Spencer Cosway was called for interference to put the Titans on the power play. Twelve seconds later Outzen scored his seventh goal of the season.

After Outzen won the ensuing draw, the puck went back to Ole Andersen at the top of the blue line. Andersen passed the puck over to Outzen on his left at the top of the near side circle. Outzen sent a pass down low to Matt Cameron. Cameron would skate back up the boards with the puck while Outzen went to down to the right of Howe. Cameron passed it to Outzen who took a side angle shot that beat Howe long side to give the Titans the 2 – 1 lead.

It was the Titans fifth power play goal of the weekend. The team is ranked second in the league with the man advantage scoring on 38% of their chances.

Sergeev, who had to be sharp throughout the game, turned aside 32 of 33 shots in the win while Howe stopped 30 of 32. Click here for the box score.

The Titans now will play three consecutive games against the second place Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights starting on Wednesday at the Revolution Ice Centre. The two teams will meet again next weekend for a home and home series starting at the Ice Centre.

Titans defeat Nordiques 5 – 2 to sweep weekend series

The New Jersey Titans completed a weekend sweep over the visiting Maine Nordiques last night using a balanced scoring attack en rout to a 5 – 2 victory.

The win gives the Titans a 10 – 2 record for twenty points, most in the East Division.

Michael Outzen opened the scoring at the 6:48 mark of the first period with his sixth goal of the season. With the puck down low inside the Nordiques zone, Matthew Iasenza took a sharp angle shot on Maine’s goaltender Avery Sturtz, that was deflected, and the puck rolled up along the near side boards. As Mitch Machlitt was able to shield the puck from a Nordiques defender, Outzen picked up the biscuit and cut towards the top of the faceoff circle where he took a wrister that beat Sturtz short side to give the Titans a 1 – 0 lead.

Jake LaRusso doubled New Jersey’s lead midway through the opening period. Titans defenseman Tyler Nasca picked up the loose puck behind his net and started to break out of the defensive zone. Nasca went to make an outlet pass but it was deflected by a Nordiques player and into his own near side corner. As a scrum encountered, Kyler Head came away the puck and skated behind the Nordiques net. As Head started to skate towards the far side corner, he found LaRusso out front and to the left of Sturtz. After controlling the pass, LaRusso took a wrister that beat Sturtz high, glove side to make it a 2 – 0 game.

Less than two minutes later Makem Demers cut the Nordiques deficit in half. Maine’s Cannon Green came away with the puck following a scrum along the far side boards and skated towards the Titans net. As Green got to the slot, he passed the puck back to Stefan Owens who took a quick shot that was saved by Arseni Sergeev but the rebound came out to Demers who slammed the puck into the net make it 2 – 1 Titans.

With three minutes remaining in the first, New Jersey’s Cade Penny was called for hooking to give the Nordiques the extra attacker. Twenty seconds later Owens tied the game. Derek Hessinger set up the play at the top of the blueline. He passed the puck to Green who was at the top of the near side faceoff circle. Green took a shot that was saved by Sergeev but Owens was on the doorstep and tucked in the rebound for his fourth goal on the season.

Thirty-seven seconds later the Titans regained the lead on Brody Medeiros’ third goal of the season. Head was breaking out of his own end and lobbed the puck deep into the Nordiques zone where LaRusso was able to pick it up right before the goal line and turned towards the near side corner. As LaRusso started to skate back up along the boards, he sent a cross-ice pass to Medeiros who took a one-timer that beat Sturtz long side to make it 3 – 2.

After a scoreless second, Chris Garbe doubled the Titans lead with eleven minutes remaining in the third. Off the faceoff in his own end, Garbe brought the puck up into the neutral zone and pass it to Shane Haviland on his left. As Haviland entered the offensive zone, he reversed and dumped the puck behind the Nordiques net where it was picked up by Garbe. The assistant captain would skate towards the near side corner but cut back behind the net. As he looked to set up the play, Garbe took a sharpe angle shot that beat Sturtz short side for his third goal of the season.

Gavin Gulash scored an empty net goal to close out the scoring. Sergeev stopped 26 of 28 shots while Sturtz turned aside 22 of 26. Click here for the box score.

The Titans will continue their homestand next weekend to play the Jamestown Rebels for two games at Middletown Sports Complex.

Glamos and Machlitt score twice to lead Titans to 6 – 1 home opener victory

Josef Glamos and Mitch Machlitt each scored twice to lead the New Jersey Titans to a 6 – 1 home opener victory over the visiting Maine Nordiques. It was the Titans first ever home opening win in the team’s five-year history.

Kyle Jeffers scored his seventh goal on the season to get the Titans on the board first. Maine’s Casper Söderling was called for tripping at 4:55 into the opening period to give the Titans the man advantage. Shane Haviland would leave a drop pass to Brody Medeiros at the top of the near side blueline who sent a pass back to Jeffers at the top of the high slot. As Jeffers skated to the top of the faceoff circle, he unleashed a wrister that found its way through a screen and beat Nordiques goalie Connor Androlewicz long side to make it 1 – 0.

Assistant captain Danny Dimon was called for hooking with 7:02 left in the first. Forty-eight seconds later, Mitch Machlitt would score his second shorthanded goal on the season. After Titans netminder Patrick Pugliese made a save, the rebound was knocked away by a Titans defender and the puck came out to Matt Cameron along the far side boards. As Cameron brought the puck up the boards and into the offensive zone, he was joined by Machlitt for a 2 on 1.  As Cameron went to the net, he made a nice pass to Machlitt on his left and the Maple Grove, MN native redirected the puck past a sprawling Androlewicz to give the Titans the 2 – 0 lead.

The Nordiques would cut their deficit in half with thirty-seven seconds left in the second period. After Pugliese made a save, the rebound was knocked away but wasn’t cleared as it went back to Maine’s Kylar Fenton at the far side blueline. Fenton passed it over to Tyler Harvey on his left who took a long shot from the point where it was redirected by Filip Löfdahl out front and past Pugliese to make it a 2 – 1 game.

With 6:38 into the third, the Titans regained their two-goal lead on Glamos’ second goal on the season. As the Nordiques softly cleared the puck out of their zone, it was picked up by Mac Wiseman just outside the offensive blueline. Wiseman passed it over to assistant captain Chris Garbe on his right.  Garbe skated towards the net and took a shot that was saved by Androlewicz but Glamos picked up the rebound and put it into the back of the net to make it 3 – 1 Titans.

After the media time out and the faceoff at center ice, Brad Zona threw the puck up along the far side boards to Cameron. As Cameron went to the net, he went to make a cross-ice pass to Gavin Gulash but it blocked by a Nordiques defender’s stick and the puck went to the near side boards. As the biscuit bounced off the boards, Ole Andersen took a one-timer that beat Androlewicz long side to give the Titans a 4 – 1 lead.

Glamos would score an empty net goal for his second on the night, and then Machlitt scored his second goal of the game with less then two minutes remaining to close out scoring.

Pugliese, who was very sharp – particularly with in the third with the Titans fending off a 5 on 3, turned aside 27 of 28 shots while Androlewicz stopped 22 of 27. Click here for the box score.

The two teams will be back at it tonight for a 7:05 PM start at the Middletown Sports Complex.

Titans announce 2019-20 Team Captain and Assistant Captains

The New Jersey Titans are pleased to announce the team’s captain and assistant captains for the 2019-20 season.

Defenseman Brody Medeiros has been named the team’s Captain while defenseman Danny Dimon and forwards Chris Garbe and Josef Glamos have been chosen as Assistant Captains.

Medeiros is in his second season with the team. He has five points (2 goals and 3 assists) in ten games this year. The Littleton, CO native is committed to Army (U.S. Military Academy) next fall.

Dimon, an Elmira, NY native, has one point (assist) in nine games this season. This is his second year with the Titans.

Garbe has four points (2 goals and 2 assists) in ten games. The Miller Place, NY native is in his third year with the Titans.

Glamos, a Baldwinsville, NY native, has three points (1 goal and 2 assists) in ten games. He also is in his second year with the team.