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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.

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.

Titans roll over Generals 7 – 2

The visiting New Jersey Titans scored early and often as they routed the Northeast Generals 7 – 2 last night at the New England Sports Village.

Brad Zona set the tone of the game just 2:02 into it with his first goal of the season. At the top of the far side blueline Zona sent the puck up along the end boards behind the Generals net where it was picked up by Kyler Head in the near side corner. Head sent a pass back to Cam Gendron who skated around the faceoff circle and passed the puck to a breaking Zona at the top of the slot. Zona took a wrist shot that beat Northeast’s goaltender Arttu Ruotsalainen glove side to make it a 1- 0 game.

New Jersey took a 2 – 0 lead at 6:44 of the opening period on Josef Glamos’ first goal of the season. After the Titans chipped the puck into the Generals near side corner, Northeast’s Joe Nagle retrieved it and passed it behind his own net to Cam Gaudette in the far side corner. Gaudette tried to clear the puck up off the boards but it was intercepted by Tyler Nasca at the point. Nasca took a shot on net that Glamos redirected out front and through Ruotsalainen’s five hole.

A minute and a half later the Generals cut the Titans lead in half.

Northeast’s Charlie Reid chipped the puck into the Titans zone as defenseman Cade Penney and the Generals Joe Mancuso chased after it. Mancuso beat Penney to the puck and skated along the near side boards and into the Titans corner. Mancuso found a wide-open Ricky Boysen in the slot who took a one-timer that was saved by Arseni Sergeev but Boysen picked up his own rebound and put it behind Sergeev to make it a 2 – 1 game.

Just fifty-one seconds into the second period, Northeast’s Clark Kerner was called for holding to give the Titans the man advantage. With time running out on the powerplay and Brody Medeiros with the puck at the top of blueline, Medeiros sent a drop pass to Jeffers as he entered the zone. As Jeffers skated to the top of the near side faceoff circle, he took a wrist shot that beat Ruotsalainen short side to give the Titans a two-goal lead.

A minute later it was 4 – 1 Titans.

With the puck in the Titans zone, Head chipped the puck off the far side boards and into center ice. Head picked up the puck along the board and skated towards the faceoff dot. Head made a centering pass to Jake LaRusso who redirected the puck past Ruotsalainen for his first goal on the season.

After a timeout, Joey Stanizzi replaced Ruotsalainen between the pipes.

With 9:35 left in the second, Jeffers scored his second goal of the game. As Northeast’s Cade Destefani tried to set up inside the Titans zone, Tyler Nielsen intercepted Destefani’s pass at the top of the slot and head manned the puck up to Jeffers in the neutral zone. As Jeffers entered the offensive zone along the far sideboards on a two-on-one with Nielsen, he used Nielsen as a decoy and took a wrist shot that beat Stanizzi high glove side to give New Jersey a 5 – 1 lead.

The Generals cut the lead to 5 – 2 with 2:23 into the third. On a delayed Titans penalty, Northeast’s Michael Heneghan skated out of his own zone and passed it over to Dylan Schuett who was at the far side blue line. As Schuett skated to the top of the faceoff circle he passed it to Gerard Marretta breaking on his right. Marretta went to the goalmouth and chipped in a backhanded shot past Sergeev’s glove hand and into the net for his fourth goal of the season.

A minute and a half later Matt Cameron gave the Titans a four-goal lead. With the Generals trying to breakout of their own zone, Cameron intercepted a clearing pass at the top of the near side faceoff circle. As he skated towards the net, the Berwyn, PA native took a wrist shot that beat Stanizzi short side to make it a 6 – 2 game.

Nielsen would close out the scoring with a one-timer off a Jeffers pass. Jeffers had a four point game.

Ruotsalainen and Stanizzi combined to stop 25 of 32 shots while Sergeev turned aside 30 of 32. Click here for box score.

The two teams will be back at it tonight at 7:00PM at the New England Sports Village.

Second period propels Titans to 8 – 5 win over Black Bears

The New Jersey Titans scored five unanswered second period goals to over come an early two goal deficit to defeat the Maryland Black Bears 8 – 5 at Piney Orchard Ice Arena last night. Kyler Head would score a natural hattrick in the third period for the visiting Titans.

Following their script from Friday night, the Black Bears took a two-goal lead in the first period. Maryland’s forward Wilmer Skoog would take a shot from the top of the far side faceoff circle that was defected off a skate and hit the end boards but the rebound came out to Luke Mountain who was to the left of Titans netminder Patrick Pugliese. Mountain sent a pass across the goal mouth to a breaking Skoog who took a off-angle shot that beat Pugliese high, long side to give the Black Bears a 1 – 0 lead with 8:17 remaining in the first period.

The Black Bears would double their score three minutes later. As Titans forward Jake LaRusso was trying to breakout of his own zone, he was stripped off the puck by Maryland’s Reid Leibold at the top of the far side blueline. As Leibold went to control the puck it was picked up by teammate Mountain who sent a cross-ice pass to Logan Kittleson who took a wrist shot from the near side faceoff circle that beat Pugliese top shelf to close out the first period scoring.

Despite being down two goals to start the second, the Titans would then score five unanswered goals in three and a half minutes to take control of the game.

Black Bears defenseman Thomas Jarman was called for cross-checking at 6:36 of the middle stanza to give the Titans the man advantage. Thirty seconds later Brody Medeiros would cut the Titans deficit in half.

After the draw, the puck would go back to Mederious at the top of the point. Setting up the play he would pass the puck to Jeffers on his left. The two would pass it back and forth a couple of times as then Jeffers would skate back to the top of the blueline while Mederious skated to the top of the far side faceoff circle. Jeffers would leave a drop pass to Shane Haviland who immediately passed it to Mederious on his left. Mederious took a one-timer that beat Black Bears goalie Gavin Abric short side to make it a 2 – 1 game.

Matt Cameron would tie the game thirty seconds later. Off the draw inside the Black Bears zone, Mitch Machlitt picked up the rebound behind the Black Bears net and tried a centering pass to Cameron who was out front but was tied up by a Black Bears defenseman. Cameron didn’t give up on the play and picked up the puck to the left side of Abric and Cameron skated through the goal mouth. Abric would make consecutive saves on Cameron and Machlitt but Cameron picked up the rebound from Machlitt’s shot and put it past the fallen netminder to make it a 2 – 2 game.

The Black Bears were called for a delay of game to put the Titans back on the power play. Playing four on three, Cameron would give the Titans the lead. Oli Andersen retrieved the puck off the near side boards and passed it over to Cameron on his left.  Cameron took a one-time howitzer of a shot that beat Abric high glove side make it 3 – 2 Titans.

At 9:16 into the second, Kyle Jeffers would make it 4 – 2 Titans. Jeffers would win the draw inside the Black Bears zone and the puck would go back to Tyler Nasca at the near side blueline. Nasca took a nice, low line slapshot that was saved by Abric but Jeffers picked up the rebound and put it in the open net.

A minute later Maryland’s Hampus Rydqvist was called for slashing to put the Titans back on the power play.

The fifth goal was like the fourth. Machlitt would win the draw inside the Black Bears zone. The puck would go back to Oli Anderson at the top of the near side blueline. Anderson took a shot from the point that Abric saved but Michael Outzen knocked in the rebound to give the Titans a 5 – 2 lead.

The Black Bears would score just a minute into the third to make it 5 – 3 but Head would score his first goal of the game. As the Black Bears tried to clear the zone, Jeffers would intercept the outlet pass at the top of the blueline. Jeffers skated towards the net and passed it over to Head on his left. Head took a wrister that beat Abric to put the Titans back up by three at 3:14 into the third.

Three and a half minutes later Head would score his second goal. Zackery Diamont would pick up the loose puck inside his own zone and he sent a bounce pass that Head picked up along the far side boards. As Head cut across the middle of the slot, he beat Abric long side to give the Titans a 7 – 3 lead.

Skoog would then score two more goals (three total on the night) to make it 7 – 5 but Head would finish his hat trick with an empty net goal to close out the scoring.

New Jersey went three for four on the powerplay. Pugliese stopped 29 of 34 shots in the win while Arbic turned aside 35 of 42 shots in the loss. Click here for the box score.

The Titans will leave on Tuesday to the NAHL’s annual showcase that starts on Wednesday in Blaine, MN.