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Haviland scores two goals as Titans defeat Knights 5 – 2

Shane Haviland scored two goals, Mitch Machlitt had a goal and an assist while Gavin Gulash and Jake LaRusso each had two assists to help lead the New Jersey Titans to a 5 – 2 win over the visiting Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights. It was the last regular season meeting between the teams. With the win, New Jersey defeated WBS seven out of eight times this year.

The win also increased the Titans lead in the East Division to five points.

Cam Gendron got the Titans on the board just fifty-eight seconds into the game. Gendron picked up the loose puck behind his own net and sent a pass up to Machlitt at center ice but the biscuit went by Machlitt and into the offensive zone where it was retrieved by Kyler Head. As Head reached the far side half wall, he sent a backhanded pass out front to Gendron who redirected the puck past Knights goalie Zach Stejskal to give the Titans an early 1 – 0 lead.

A minute and sixteen seconds later Haviland would score his first goal of the evening. As Jake LaRusso gained the line along the near side boards, he passed the puck to Gavin Gulash in front of him. Gulash immediately sent a cross-ice pass to Brad Zona who took a shot that went wide of the net but the puck bounced off the end boards and came right out to Haviland in the slot and Haviland buried it past Stejskal to give the Titans a 2 – 0 lead.

Haviland made it 3 – 0 at 6:46 into the second period. After the Knights dumped the puck into the Titans zone for a line change, the puck was picked up by Zona who passed it to Machlitt at center ice. Machlitt made a bounce pass off the far side boards to LaRusso. As LaRusso skated to the top of the faceoff circle, he made a centering pass out front to Haviland who one-timed it past Stejskal for eighth goal of the season.

Michael Outzen’s goal with 9:04 left in the second period gave the Titans a 4 – 0 lead. After Ole Andersen won a scrum in his own far side corner, he brought the puck up along the boards and made a cross-ice pass to Chris Garbe. As Garbe entered the Knights zone, he stopped, reversed and sent a puck in on net that was blocked out front. Nick DeSantis picked up the loose puck and took a shot from his knees that was saved by Stejskal, but the rebound came right to Outzen who buried the puck into the open net for his nineteenth goal of the season.

The Knights tried a comeback by scoring two unanswered goals early in the third period.

Just thirteen seconds into the final period, Lincoln Hatten scored his team high twenty-seventh goal of the season. After Tyrone Bronte won the draw deep inside the Titans zone, he passed the puck to Hatten to his left. Hatten took a slap shot that went off Titans goalie Ryan McInchak’s pad and into the net to make it a 4 – 1 game.

Playing four-on-four hockey, the Knights’ Anthony Mastromonica’s unassisted goal at 7:36 into the third period cut the Titans lead in half but it wasn’t enough as Machlitt added an empty net goal with 1:44 left in the game to close out the scoring.

McInchak, who won his fourth consecutive game, stopped 32 of 34 shots while Stejskal turned aside 43 of 47. Click here for the box score.

The Titans now will play the Maine Nordiques for a two-game series beginning tomorrow night at the Middletown Sports Complex.

Titans defeat Rebels 2 – 1 to split weekend series

Gavin Gulash and Ole Andersen scored to give the visiting New Jersey Titans a 2 – 1 win over the Jamestown Rebels last night at the Northwest Arena. The win enabled the Titans to split the weekend series between the two team as well as stay three points ahead of second place Johnstown for the division lead.

Last night’s game ended a seven-game road stretch in which the team went 3 – 4, with three of the losses against the Rebels. The Titans have nine games remaining in the season with seven of them at home where New Jersey has an 18-4-0-1 home record this season.

Gulash opened the scoring for the Titans at 9:45 into the first period. With a scrum taking place in the Titans near side corner, Jake LaRusso came away with the puck and passed it up to Shane Haviland at the top of the faceoff circle and he immediately passed it over to Gulash on his left. After Gulash skated out of his own zone, he sent a return pass to Haviland who was skating down the near side boards. As Haviland gained the line, he passed the biscuit to LaRusso on his left. LaRusso turned and made a backhanded pass to Gulash who took a wrist shot that beat Rebels goalie Noah West long side to give the Titans a 1 – 0 lead. It was Gulash’s thirteenth’ goal of the season.

After Andersen (roughing) and Cade Penney (interference) were called for penalties twenty-two seconds part with under five minutes remaining in the period, the Titans were playing on a 5 on 3 disadvantage. Fourteen seconds after Penney’s penalty with 4:29 left in the first, the Rebels tied the game.

With Jamestown’s Spencer Cosway and Renars Karkls looking to set up the play at the top of the faceoff dots, Cosway sent one final return pass to Karkis at the top of the near side faceoff circle. Karkis sent a pass down low to Liam Hansson who sent a pass back to Cosway at the top of the point. Cosway took a shot that was saved by Titans netminder Ryan McInchak but the rebound came right out to Noah Finstrom and he tucked it past McInchak and into the net to make it a 1 – 1 game.

Andersen would score the eventual game winner at 4:54 into the second period. After the Rebels looked to clear the puck, Andersen kept it in the zone at the near side blue line and passed it down to Gulash at half wall. Gulash passed it down to LaRusso in the corner who immediately passed it out front to Haviland. Haviland sent a return pass to LaRusso who sent it right back out front to a breaking Andersen in the slot and the Hamar, NO native tapped in the backdoor pass to give the Titans a 2 – 1 lead. It was Andersen’s seventh goal of the season.

McInchak, who played very well, stopped 26 of 27 shots while West turned aside 36 of 38. Click here for the box score.

The Titans will begin a five game homestand on Wednesday night at 7:00 PM against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights on half-price hump day.

Garbe’s natural hat trick leads Titans to 4 – 2 win over Generals

Chris Garbe scored a natural hat trick in the third period to lead the visiting New Jersey Titans to a 4 – 2 win over the Northeast Generals last night at the New England Sports Village in Attleboro, MA. The victory completed the Titans weekend sweep over Northeast.

By sweeping this weekend’s series, the Titans won games number 35 and 36, the most wins in a single regular season in the Titans five-year NAHL franchise history.

Northeast’s Ethan Destefani opened the scoring at 7:34 of the first period. Destefani won the draw deep inside the Titans zone and the puck went back to Tyler Cooper at the top of the near side faceoff circle. Cooper sent a cross-ice back to Michael  Heneghan at the far side point. Heneghan made seem pass to Destefani out front in the slot and Destefani redirected the puck past Titans netminder Ryan McInchak to give the Generals a 1 – 0 lead.

Gavin Gulash tied the game at one with 1: 38 remaining in the first. After picking up the loose puck along the near side board’s Northeast’s Alexander Tertyshny was trying to bring the puck out of his own zone and he a made an errant cross-ice pass that when behind his teammate but it was picked up by Gulash at the top of the far side faceoff circle. Gulash made a backhanded pass to Jake LaRusso at the top of slot and LaRusso made an immediate return pass to Gulash who took a wrist shot that beat Generals goalie Connor Bradford through the five hole for his twelfth goal of the season.

After a scoreless second period, the Generals took a 2 – 1 lead just 2:14 into the third. Destefani picked up the loose biscuit in the Titans zone along the near side boards and cut towards the slot but was knocked off the puck by Gulash.  As Destefani was falling the puck slid to Jonathan Young who made a backhanded pass to defenseman Adam Smith.  As Smith reached the top of the near side faceoff he took a wrist shot that found its way through a screen and rolled under McInchak and into the net for his first goal of the season.

The game then was taken over by the Middlebury College commit Garbe.

Midway through the third, Garbe tied the game at two. As the Generals look to set up the play behind their own net, Smith brought the puck up through the slot, but he was stripped of the puck by Matthew Iasenza and Garbe picked it up. Garbe made a move out front and wristed the puck up high and past the blocker of Bradford for his nineteenth goal of the season.

With 7:22 remaining in the game, Cade Penney was called for tripping to give the Generals the man advantage. Fourteen seconds later Garbe gave the Titans the lead. After the ensuing draw deep inside the Titans zone, the Generals looked to set up and the puck went to Jonathan Young at the top of the slot. Young went to pass the puck but it was intercepted by Matt Cameron at the far side faceoff dot and Cameron immediately passed the puck up to Garbe who skated in all alone on Bradford and he wristed the puck past the Generals’ goalie’s glove hand to make it 3 – 2.

The shorthanded goal by Garbe was the Titans league high seventeenth shorthanded goal on the season, and it was a league best seventh shorthanded goal in a road game.

Garbe then completed the natural hat trick with two minutes left in the game.

As the Generals dumped the puck into the Titans zone, McInchak stopped the puck behind his own net and left it for Tyler Nasca. As Nasca brought the puck around the net he dropped it for Penney who wrapped the biscuit around the end boards and up to Gulash at his own near side blueline. Gulash passed the puck up to Garbe who skated along the boards and took a sharp angle shot from the outside of the faceoff circle that went through the five hole of Bradford to close out the scoring. It was Garbe’s twenty-first goal of the season, which makes him the third highest goal scorer on the team.

McInchak, who play very well, stopped 54 of 56 shots while Bradford turned aside 25 of 29. Click here for the box score.

“It was a big response by our club this weekend” stated Titans head coach Craig Doremus. “We got contributions up and down the lineup in big spots for each game. It was important for us to get back to in the win column this weekend. Our focus now shifts to a big weekend in Jamestown” concluded Doremus.

Next weekend the Titans travel to Jamestown to play the Rebels for two games at the Northwest Arena. It will close out the Titans seven game road trip.

Titans down Generals 7 – 5 in slugfest

Kyle Jeffers had two goals and three assists and Michael Outzen had three assists to help the visiting New Jersey Titans defeat the Northeast Generals 7 – 5 last night at the New England Sports Village in a good old fashion slugfest which featured five lead changes. The victory also ended the Titans four game losing skid.

The Generals opened the scoring just 1:45 into the first period. After former General Joe Nagle dumped the puck into the offensive zone, Northeast’s goalie Joey Stanizzi stopped the puck behind his own goal to set up the play. He backhanded the puck around the end boards where is was picked up by Ricky Boysen at the near side half wall. Boysen sent a long cross-ice pass to Kyle Schroeder who entered the New Jersey zone along the far side boards. As Schroeder cut across the goal mouth, he went from his forehand to his backhand and lifted the puck up high and past Titans goaltender Ryan McInchak to give Northeast an early 1 – 0 lead.

Jack LaRusso tied the game at 8:21 of the first. Outzen won a scrum behind his own net and to the right of McInchak. The Highlands Ranch, CO native passed the puck out front to Brody Medeiros who skated up to the blue line and sent a long bounce pass off the near side boards and into the Northeast zone where it was picked up by LaRusso at the faceoff dot. LaRusso cut across the goal mouth and slid the puck past Stanizzi’s left pad for his sixth goal of the season.

Three minutes later Nick DeSantis gave the Titans a 2 – 1 lead. Jeffers picked up the loose puck at center ice and brought it into the offensive zone along the far side boards. As Jeffers reached the faceoff dot, he sent a cross-ice pass to DeSantis in the slot and the Collegeville, PA native took a shot that beat Stanizzi through his five hole for his sixth goal of the year.

With a minute and half remaining in the first, Nagle was called for high sticking to give his former teammates the man advantage. Forty-five seconds later Tyler Cooper tied the game at two. Cooper took a shot from the top of the far side faceoff circle that was saved by McInchak but the deep rebound came out to Michael Heneghan at the top of the high slot. Heneghan passed it back over to Cooper on his left. Cooper took a one-timer from the faceoff dot that beat McInchak high glove side.

Medeiros gave the Titans a 3 – 2 lead just fifty-three seconds into the middle stanza. After receiving a pass from Outzen, Gavin Gulash took a wrist shot from the bottom of the far side faceoff circle that was saved by Stanizzi but the deep rebound came off the near side boards to Medeiros at the top of the faceoff circle. Medeiros took a clapper that found its way through a screen and past Stanizzi fo his sixth goal of the year.

Northeast’s Gerard Marretta tied the game at 3:03 of the second. Marretta skated to the slot after he picked up the loose puck along the far side boards and sent it back to the point to Dylan Schuett. Schuett took a shot that was deflected by Marretta in front that trickled past McInchak and rolled into the net.

The Generals went up 4 – 3 at 7:03 of the middle period. Alexander Tertyshny picked up the loose puck in the neutral zone along the far side boards and dumped it back into the Titans zone where it was picked up by Boysen. As Boysen reached the top of the faceoff circle he drop passed the puck to Clark Kerner and Kerner took a snapshot that beat McInchak high blocker side.

Jeffers tied the game at four with 2:25 remaining in the period. With Josef Glamos and Shane Haviland part of a scrum behind the Generals net, Haviland picked up the loose puck and made a nice backhand pass out front to Jeffers who spinned around and took a shot that beat Stanizzi blocker side for his first goal of the contest.

With 1:35 left in the period, Notheast’s Ryan Kuzmich was called for roughing to give the Titans the man advantage. Jeffers dump and chased the puck into the Generals zone and sent the biscuit behind the end boards where it was intercepted by Boysen at the far side half wall. Boysen sent a bounce pass of the boards to himself and he brought the puck up along the boards. As Boysen reached the slot he made a small stutter move and lifted the puck up high and past McInchak to give the Generals a 5 – 4 lead with a minute remaining in the second period.

The Titans then took control of the game by scoring three goals in the final period.

With 7:54 remaining in the third, Matt Cameron tied the game at five. Jeffers intercepted a Generals clearing pass off the boards at the far side blue line and took a shot down low that was purposely stopped by Cameron out in front of Stanizzi. Cameron made a quick move to his left then brought the puck back and lifted it past Stanizzi for his eighteenth goal of the season.

Tertyshny was called for tripping with 4:05 left in the game to give the Titans the man advantage. As time was running out on the power play, Jeffers set up the play at the top of the near side faceoff circle and send a cross-ice pass over to Outzen. Outzen sent it back to Cade Penney at the top of the slot and Penney took a wrister that beat Stanizzi high blocker side to give the Titans a 6 – 5 lead.

With time winding down in the game, Northeast pulled Stanizzi for the extra attacker, but Jeffers scored his second goal of the game, an empty netter, to close out the scoring. It was Jeffers twenty-third goal of the year which ties him with Mitch Machlitt for most goals on the team.

McInchak stopped 34 of 39 shots while Stanizzi turned aside 30 of 36. Click here for the box score.

The two teams will close out the weekend and regular season series between themselves tonight at 7:00 PM.

Knights topple Titans 4 – 3 in matinee

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights defeated the visiting New Jersey Titans today 4 – 3 in a matinee game held at the Revolution Ice Centre. It was the first time this season that the Knights had beaten the Titans.

Michael Outzen opened the scoring at 5:44 into the first period. Tyler Nasca picked up the loose puck at the near side half wall and passed it down low to Outzen who was to the right of Knights goalie Zach Stejskal. Outzen passed it out to Brad Zona at the top of the circle and the Titans defenseman passed it down low to Shane Haviland who was caddy corner to Stejskal. Haviland immediately sent a pass across the slot to Outzen who one-timed it past Stejskal to give the Titans a 1 – 0 lead.

The Knights tied it at 9:02 of the first period. Lincoln Hatten intercepted an errant Titans pass along the near side half wall and brought the puck into the offensive zone on a 3-on-1 rush. As Hatten cut across the goal mouth, he took a shot that was saved by Titans goalie Ryan McInchak but the rebound came out to Shane Murphy who knocked into the net past a sprawled out McInchak.

The Knights Caydon Meyer was called for a ten-minute misconduct and a match penalty with 7:07 left in the period to give the Titans the man advantage. New Jersey regained the lead with four minutes remaining in the first. Jake LaRusso intercepted Anthony Mastromonica’s outlet pass along the near side half wall and cut across the slot. LaRusso took a shot that beat Stejskal long side for his fifth goal of the season.

The Knights then scored two, second period goals twenty-two seconds apart to take control of the game.

At 9:28 into the middle period Nikita Asylaev scored his sixth goal of the season to tie the game at two. After a scrum in front of the net, Asylaev picked up the loose puck to the left of McInchak. Asylaev then went behind the net tucked in a wraparound past McInchak.

Twenty-two seconds later the Knights took the lead for good. The Knights’ Johnny Kaljian picked up the loose puck in the offensive, far side corner and passed it out to Michael Sacco at the faceoff dot. As Sacco went to the net, he took a shot that was saved by McInchak but the rebound came out to Kalifian who beat McInchak high, short side to give WBS a 3 – 2 lead.

Tyrone Bronte picked up the loose puck along the far side boards and entered the offensive zone on a 3 – on – 2 break. As Bronte reach the top of the slot, he passed the puck to Hatten who was to the right of McInchak. Hatten passed it out front to Artur Turansky who put it past McInchak to make it 4 – 2.

Matt Cameron scored his seventeenth goal of the season to bring the Titans within one at 7:32 of the third period but it wasn’t enough as the Titans lost their fourth straight loss.

McInchak stopped 15 of 19 shots while Stejskal turned aside 32 of 35. Click here for the box score.

The Titans will continue their road swing this weekend for two games as they play the Northeast Generals in Attleboro.

Rebels down Titans 5 – 2

Backed by two goals each from Liam Hansson and Noah Finstrom, the Jamestown Rebels defeated the visiting New Jersey Titans 5 – 2 last night at the Northwest Arena. It was the first time in five games this season that the Titans were defeated by Jamestown. It also was the Titians second straight loss.

With 8:09 left in the opening period, Titans defenseman Joe Nagle was called for slashing to give Jamestown the man advantage. Seventeen seconds later Hansson opened the scoring for the Rebels.  After the Rebels won the draw deep inside the Titans zone, Hansson looked to set up the play at the top of the near side faceoff circle. Hansson sent a cross-ice pass over to Ben Kuzma who took a shot on net that went wide, and the loose puck was picked up by Eric Olson who was to the left to Titans netminder Ryan McInchak. Olson sent the puck behind the Titans net to Finstrom. Finstrom passed it to Hansson at the near side faceoff dot and Hansson took a wrist shot the beat McInchak high glove side to give the Rebels a 1 – 0 lead.

A little over two minutes later Hansson scored his second goal of the game to double the Rebels lead.  After Josef Glamos brought the puck into the offensive zone along the far side boards, he went to make a drop pass but it was intercepted by Hansson who circled and brought the puck out of his own zone and passed it up to Carter Korpi. Korpi entered the offensive zone on a three-on-two rush. As Korpi gained the line, he immediately passed the puck over to Joe Teasdale on his left. As Teasdale reached the top of the faceoff circle, he passed it over to Hansson in the high slot and Hansson took a shot that beat McInchak long side to give the Rebels a 2 – 0 lead.

At 3:53 of the second period Glamos cut the Titans deficit in half. After McInchak made a save, the rebound was picked up by Jake LaRusso at the far side faceoff dot and he passed it over to David Parker on his left. Parker brought the puck up through the neutral zone. Before Parker entered the Rebels zone, he passed it over to Glamos at the top of the point. As Glamos gained the line, he took a wrist shot that beat Rebels goaltender Noah West short side for his fourteenth goal of the season.

Kyle Jeffers was called for hooking at 6:33 of the second to negate a Titans power play. After Teasdale’s penalty expired, the Rebels went on the man advantage. With time winding down on the power play, Olson brought the puck into the offensive zone and took a shot that went wide of the net that was picked up by Hansson along the far side half wall. Hansson passed it back to the point to Finstrom. As Finstrom reached the faceoff dot, he passed it down low to Hansson who was to the right of McInchak at the goal line. Hansson made a centering pass out front to Finstrom and he took a wrister that beat McInchak to give the Rebels a 3 – 1 lead.

The Rebels took a 4 – 1 lead just 1:20 into the third period. After the Rebels won the draw deep inside the Titans zone, the puck went back to Seth Bergeron at the top of the near side faceoff circle. Bergeron took a shot that was deflected out front and picked up by Korpi at the far side corner. Korpi passed it over to Finstrom who was slightly behind the goal line and to the left of McInchak. Finstrom centered the puck out front and Korpi backhanded the puck up high and into the net past McInchak for his first goal of the game.

Michael Outzen cut the Titans deficit in half with 4:47 remaining in the third. After Outzen won the draw inside the Rebels zone, he passed the puck into the far side corner as he was falling where it was picked up by Mitch Machlitt. As Machlitt went to the end boards, he immediately sent a behind the back pass to Ole Andersen who skated behind the Rebels net. As Andersen wrapped around the net, he centered the puck out front to Outzen who one-timed it past West for his seventeenth goal of the season.

Finstrom closed out the scoring with an empty netter with three seconds remaining in the game.

McInchak stopped 26 of 30 shots while West turned aside 47 of 49. Click here for the box score.

The two teams will close out their series tonight at 7:05pm.

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.

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.

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.

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.