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Weekend Preview: 12/13 – 12/14/19: Battle of the East resumes as Tomahawks visit Titans

The battle of the NAHL’s two top teams in the East Division will resume this weekend as the second place Johnstown Tomahawks visit the Middletown Sports Complex to take on the first place Titans for two games. Friday night’s contest will start at 7:30 PM while Saturday’s game will begin at 7:00 PM.

Titans vs. Tomahawks Overview
After splitting two games in Johnstown last weekend, the home-and-home series resumes this weekend at the MSC, the first time this season that the Titans have hosted the Tomahawks. Despite each team winning two games apiece, the Tomahawks have outscored the Titans by a combined score of 16 – 13.

Christian Gorscak leads the Tomahawks with six points (2 goals and 4 assists) against New Jersey. Gorscak, along with three over players, has scored two goals. Johnstown is 3 for 16 (19%) on the power play. The Tomahawks netminders have a combined .890 save percentage and 2.75 goals against average with not shutouts.

Mitch Machlitt (2 goals and 2 assists) and Kyle Jeffers (1 goal and 3 assists) each have four points against Johnstown. One of Machlitt’s goals and Jeffers lone goal came in overtime to give the Titans victories. The Titans are 4 for 19 (21%) on the power play. Goaltenders Patrick Pugliese and Arseni Sergeev have a combined .867 save percentage and 3.75 goals against average with no shutouts.

Tomahawks Overview
Johnstown currently resides in second place in the East Division with a 17-9-2-2 record for 38 points, five points behind the division leading Titans.  The Tomahawks are 6 – 4 in their last ten games and they are coming off a 4 – 2 overtime home loss against the Titans. The Tomahawks have scored 105 goals (third in the league) while they have allowed 91 (18th most in the league). Johnstown has converted on 29.2% of their chances on the power play (third best in the league) while they have prevented the opposition from scoring 74.8% of the time on the penalty kill (fifth worst in the league).

Gorscak leads the Tomahawks with thirty-one totals points (13 goals and 18 assists). Carson Gallagher has scored the most goals with fourteen. Tristan Poissant and Gorscak each have scored three game winning goals. Brendan Boyle has a team high +9. Spencer DenBeste leads the team with sixty-eight penalty minutes.

Alex Tracy and David Tomeo have a combined 2.53 goals against average and .920 save percentage with one shutout (Tracy).

Titans Overview
The Titans currently lead the East Division with a 21-4-0-1 record for 43 points. New Jersey has won seven of its last ten games, and they are coming off a 3 – 2 road win against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights.  They have scored 122 goals (most in the league) and have allowed 77 (eleventh in the league). The Titans are second in the league on the power play having converted on 30.9% of their chances while they have prevented the opposition from scoring on the penalty kill 84.1% of the time (eighth best in the league).

Machlitt leads the team in total points with thirty-five (17 goals and 18 assists) and goals (17). Michael Outzen has a team best four game winning goals. Cade Penney has a team’s best and +/- with +20 while Kyler Head has the most penalty minutes on the team with thirty-two.

The goaltending tandem of Pugliese (2.66 GAA and .918 SV%) and Sergeev (3.14 GAA and .903 SV%) have a combined 2.86 goals against average and .912 save percentage with one shutout (Pugliese).

This weekend’s promotions
Friday night is ugly sweater night. Any fan who wears an ugly Christmas sweater can save $3 off an adult ticket and be entered to win a $25 gift certificate to the Titans Café.

Saturday night is the Titans annual Teddy Bear Toss. Fans who bring a teddy will receive $3 off an adult ticket. Proceeds go the Ronald McDonald House of Central and Northern New Jersey.

Jeffers and Pugliese named honorable mention for NAHL’s Stars of the Week

The North American Hockey League announced its Bauer Hockey Divisional Stars of the Week for week ending December 8 and Titans forward Kyle Jeffers and goaltender Patrick Pugliese were named honorable mention for the East Division.

Jeffers had two points (1 goal and 1 assist) in Saturday’s 4 – 2 win over the Johnstown Tomahawks. His lone goal was the game winning goal, his third of the season. The American International College commit is second on the team in total points with thirty-four (14 goals and 20 assists).

This is the fourth time this season that Jeffers has received league recognition. He was second star of the week for week ending December 1, honorable mention for week ending November 17, and he was the star of the week for week ending October 6.

Pugliese stopped 35 of 37 for a .945 save percentage and 2.00 goals against average in Saturday’s win. Pugliese has a 12 – 2 record on the season with a 2.71 goals against average and .917 save percentage with one shutout.

This is the fifth time this season that Pugliese has received league honors: honorable mention for goalie of the month for October and honorable mention for star of the week or weeks ending October 27, October 20 and September 22.

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.

Two second period goals doom Titans in 4 – 1 loss to Tomahawks

The Johnstown Tomahawks scored two second period goals in four minutes to defeat the visiting New Jersey Titans 4 – 1 in the first of four straight games between the East Division’s top two teams. The loss moved Johnstown one point behind New Jersey in the standings, although the Titans have five games in hand.

At 8:25 into the opening period Kyle Jeffers was called for tripping to give the Tomahawks the man advantage. With time winding down on the power play, Tristan Poissant won the draw deep inside the Titians zone. The puck went to Christian Gorscak on his right who sent it back to Malik Alishlalov at the far side point. Alishlalov sent a return pass to Gorscak who took a shot from the top of the faceoff circle that founds its way through a screen and off the body of Titans netminder Arseni Sergeev and into the net to give the Tomahawks a 1 – 0 lead.

With 8:36 left in the second period, Shane Haviland’s third goal of the season tied the game. As Gorscak brought the puck in the Titans zone, he tried a centering pass, but it went off Tyler Nasca’s skate and Brody Medeiros redirected the puck to the far sideboards where it was picked up by Kyle Jeffers. The AIC commit out hustled Alishlalov to the puck and went to the net. He took a shot that was saved by Johnstown’s goaltender David Tomeo but Haviland tucked in the rebound to me it a 1 – 1 game.

Almost a minute and a half later Johnstown regained the lead. After Tomeo made a save, the rebound came out to Pavel Kharin who was to the left of Tomeo. Kharin sent an outlet pass up to Andrew Murphy who brought the puck into the Titans zone and met at the end boards by Danny Dimon. After the scrum, Murphy was able to come away with the puck and skate around the net and slightly out front and he took a shot that beat Sergeev short side for a 2 – 1 lead.

With four minutes left in the middle period, the Tomahawks doubled their lead. Kyler Head picked up the loose puck in his own zone along the near side faceoff circle. He sent the puck behind the net and up along the boards where it was intercepted by Poissant. Poissant passed it back to Brendan Blair at the top of the point. Blair took a shot that was saved by Sergeev but Gorscak tucked the rebound into the back of the open net to make with 3 – 1 Johnstown.

With a little over three minutes remaining in the game, Sergeev was pulled for the extra attacker but Johnstown’s Spencer DenBeste scored an empty net goal to close out the scoring.

Sergeev stopped 17 of 20 shots while Tomeo turned aside 27 of 28. Click here for the box score.

The Titans will look to even the weekend series against the Tomahawks tonight at 7:00 PM at the 1st Summit Arena at Cambria County War Memorial.

Jeffers named East Division’s Second Star of the Week for week ending December 1

The North American Hockey League announced its Bauer Hockey Divisional Stars of the Week for week ending December 1 and Titans forward Kyle Jeffers was named the East Division’s second star.

Jeffers had four points (2 goals and 2 assists) in this past Saturday’s 7 – 4 win over the Maryland Black Bears. Jeffers is second on the team with thirty-one total points (13 goals and 18 assists). He also is second on the team with most goals scored (13).

This is the third time this season that Jeffers has received league recognition. He was honorable mention for week ending November 17, and he was the star of the week for week ending October 6.

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.

Weekend Preview: 11/29 – 11/30/19; Titans travel to Piney Orchard to play two against Black Bears

The Titans travel to Piney Orchard Ice Arena today to play two games against the Maryland Black Bears. Both games – Friday, November 29 and Saturday, November 30 – begin at 7:00 PM. This will be the second time within three weeks that the teams will have played each other.

The games this weekend begin a five-game road swing for the Titans. And, with nine games remaining before the Christmas break, the Titans will play seven of those nine games on the road.

Titans vs. Black Bears Overview
These two teams have met four times with the Titans winning three of them by a combined score of 26 – 20. The lone Black Bears win occurred when Logan Kittleson scored in a shootout to give the Black Bears a 4 – 3 win. The loss to Maryland broke a Titans ten game win streak – the longest in franchise history.

Wilmer Skoog (5 goals and 3 assists) and Brayden Stannard (2 goals and 6 assists) each have eight points against the Titans while Skoog has scored the most goals with five. Maryland is 2 for 10 (20%) on the power play. The Black Bears netminders have a combined 5.11 goals against average and .808 save percentage.

Mitch Machlett has the most points against Maryland with nine (1 goal and 8 assists) while Kyle Jeffers has scored the most goals with five. The Titans are 5 for 15 (33%) on the power play. Arseni Sergeev and Patrick Pugliese have a combined 3.93 goals against average and .859 save percentage.

Black Bears Overview
Maryland is currently in fifth place in the East Division with an 9 – 10 – 4 record for 22 points, fifteen points behind division leading New Jersey. They have scored 77 goals (ninth in the league) while they have allowed 79 (seventeenth in the league).  They are 4 – 3 – 3 in their last ten games, and they are coming off a 5 – 4 overtime road loss to the Johnstown Tomahawks. The Black Bears have converted on 19.8% of their chances on the power play (12th in the league) while they have prevented the opposition from scoring 78% (17th in the league) on the penalty kill.

Skoog leads the team in points with 32 (15 goals and 17 assists), and he also leads the team in goals (15). Logan Kons has the most game winning goals with three. Thomas Jarman and Brayden Stannard each have a team high +6. Cameron Recchi leads the team with seventy penalty minutes.

Maryland’s goaltenders have a combined 3.20 goals against average and .898 save percentage with no shutout.

Titans Overview
The Titans currently lead the East Division with a 18-2-0-1 record for 37 points. New Jersey has won nine of its last ten games, and they are coming off a 5 – 2 home win against the Maine Nordiques. They have scored 105 goals (most in the league) and have allowed 61 (ninth in the league). The Titans also lead the league on the power play having converted on 33.8% of their chances while they have prevented the opposition from scoring on the penalty kill 85.1% of the time (eighth best in the league).

Machlitt leads the team in total points with thirty-one (15 goals and 16 assists), goals (15) and +/- with +18. Machlitt and Michael Outzen each have three game winning goals.  Kyler Head and Mac Wiseman each have thirty penalty minutes to lead the team.

The goaltending tandem of Pugliese (2.66 GAA and .914 SV%) and Sergeev (2.94 GAA and .911 SV%) have a combined 2.77 goals against average and .912 save percentage with one shutout (Pugliese).

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nasca named East Division’s Second Star of the Week; Jeffers is honorable mention

The North American Hockey League announced its Bauer Hockey Divisional Stars of the Week for week ending November 17 and Titans defenseman Tyler Nasca was named the East Division’s second star while forward Kyle Jeffers was named honorable mention.

Nasca had three points (1 goal and 2 assists) in this weekend’s split with the Maryland Black Bears. He had an assist on Mitch Machlitt’s game tying goal with thirty-five seconds remaining in an eventual shootout loss. He scored a pivotal goal in Saturday’s game in which it was the Titans fourth unanswered goal in the critical second period. He also set up Nick DeSantis’ first goal as a Titan. The Wheatfield, NY native has seven points (2 goals and 5 assists) in eighteen games.

Jeffers also had three points (2 goals and 1 assist) this past weekend. He scored the Titans first and fourth goals in Saturday’s 8 – 6 win. The American International College commit is second on the team in total points with twenty-four (10 goals and 14 assists). Jeffers was named the East Division’s Star of the Week for week ending October 6.