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Jeffers named NAHL’s East Division Star of the Week while Machlitt is honorable mention

The North American Hockey League announced its Bauer Hockey Divisional Stars of the Week for week ending January 19 and Titans forward Kyle Jeffers was named the East Division’s Star of the Week while teammate and fellow forward Mitch Machlitt was named honorable mention.

Jeffers had five points (2 goals and 3 assists) in the Titans three wins this past week. He had a goal and an assist in last Wednesday’s 5 – 4 win over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights. He had a goal and assist in Friday’s 4 – 1 win over the Northeast Generals and an assist in Saturday’s 6 – 4 win over the Generals to complete the sweep over Northeast.

The Oviedo, FL native is second on the team in total points with 45 (18 goals and 27 assists.

“Kyle has continued to surge for our team” stated head coach Craig Doremus. “He has been a consistent contributor to our offensive game plan and attack.  Kyle stepped up big time this past week in three critical games against Wilkes-Barre and Northeast. He plays a key role for our team in all situations and we look forward to him continuing to lead our team as we head down the stretch run of the regular season” concluded Doremus.

This is the fifth time this season (and second as the Star of the Week) 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 December 8, and he was the star of the week for week ending October 6.

Machlitt have five points (1 goal and 4 assists) in the Titans three wins. He had a goal and an assist in the win against the Knights, an assist in Friday’s win and two assists in Saturday’s victory.

The Maple Grove, MN native leads the team in totals points with thirty-eight (21 goals and 27 assists). He also leads the team in goals (21).

This is the second straight week Machlitt was named honorable mention for the weekly award. In all, this is the seventh time this season that Machlitt has receive recognition from the league: honorable mention for weeks ending September 30, November 24 and January 12; Star of the Week for week ending September 15, runner up for forward of the month for September and honorable mention for November.

Jeffers and Gulash help lead Titans to 4 – 1 win over Generals

Kyle Jeffers and Gavin Gulash each had a goal and an assist to help lead the Titans to a 4 – 1 win over the visiting Northeast Generals. It was the Titans twenty-seventh win of the season.

Josef Glamos started the scoring for the Titans just 2:43 into the opening period. Danny Dimon took a shot from the top of the near side point, but it was redirected out front and into the far side corner where it picked up by Gulash. The Robert Morris commit went to send the puck towards the net, but Northeast’s Dylan Schuett intercepted it. As Schuett tried to breakout of his own zone, Gulash stripped him of the puck and passed it to Jeffers on his right. As Jeffers went to the net, he passed it over to Glamos who buried the puck into the net and past Generals goalie Joey Stanizzi to give the Titans a 1 – 0 lead.

The Titans double their lead at 6:47 of the first period on Gulash’s fifth goal of the season. As the Generals tried to clear the puck in their own far side corner, it was intercepted by Matthew Iasenza at the half wall. Iasenza took a shot that went wide, and the puck went off the end boards and rolled up to the near side half wall where it picked up by Dimon. The assistant captain took a shot on net that was redirected out front by Gulash and through Stanizzi’s five hole to give the Titans a 2 – 0 lead.

Nick DeSantis was called for slashing at 6:08 into the second period to give the Generals the man advantage. Eight seconds later Tyler Cooper cut Northeast’s deficit in half. After Cooper won the ensuing draw deep inside the Titans zone, the puck to Gerard Marretta who was to the left of Cooper. Marretta sent the puck back to Joe Nagel at the point. Nagel passed it to Cooper at the top of the circle and Cooper took a shot that founds its way through a maze and past Titans goalie Patrick Pugliese for his ninth goal of the season.

The Titans would regain their two-goal lead with 9:47 left in the second. Titans defender David Parker intercepted the puck in his own zone at the half wall and he floated the biscuit up to Mitch Machlitt at center ice. Machlitt skated along the near side boards and entered the offensive zone on a two-on-one with Jeffers. As Machlitt reached the faceoff dot, he made a cross-ice pass to Jeffers who one-timed it past Stanizzi for his eighteenth goal of the season.

Cade Penney closed out the Titans scoring with 9:04 in the third period. As the two teams battled along end boards in the Titans zone, the puck came out to Matt Cameron at the top of the near side faceoff circle. Cameron immediately passed it over to DeSantis who skated through center ice and entered the offensive zone on an odd man rush with Penney. As DeSantis reached the slot, he passed it over to Penney on his left and the rookie defenseman lifted the puck up high and into the net past Stanizzi to make it a 4 – 1 game.

Pugliese stopped 29 of 30 shots while Stanizzi turned aside 26 of 30. Click here for the box score.

The two teams will close out their weekend series tonight at 7:00 PM on Star Wars Night. All fans who wear a Star Wars costume will receive $3 off a ticket and be eligible to win a $25 gift certificate to the Titans Café located inside the Middletown Sports Complex.

Weekend preview: 1/17 – 1/18/20; Generals visit Titans for first time this season

The Titans will be hosting the Northeast Generals for two games this weekend at the Middletown Sports Complex. Friday’s game is slated to begin at 7:35 PM while Saturday’s game is set to begin at 7:05 PM. This will be the first time this season that the Titans will be hosting the Generals.

This weekend’s contests against Northeast will be games two and three out of a five straight home games for New Jersey.

Titans and Generals Overview
The teams met back in early October with the Titans winning both games by a combined score of 11 – 5. The last time they met (October 5, 2019) the Titans roared back from a three-goal deficit as Kyle Jeffers scored with twelve seconds remaining in regulation to tie the game. After a scoreless overtime, Josef Glamos and Mitch Machlitt scored in a shootout to give the Titans a 4 – 3 win.

The Generals have three players who have two points respectively against the Titans: Ricky Boysen (2 goals), Gerard Marretta (1 goal and 1 assist) and Dylan Schuett (both assists). Boysen has scored the most goals against New Jersey. Northeast is 0 for 7 on the powerplay, and their goaltenders have a combined 4.80 goals against average and .871 save percentage.

Jeffers has the most points against the General with five (3 goals and 2 assists) and goals (three). The Titans are 2 for 7 (29%) on the powerplay and goaltenders Patrick Pugliese and Arseni Sergeev has a combined 2.50 goals against average and .928 save percentage.

Generals Overview
The Generals currently reside in sixth place in the East Division with a 13-18-1-1 record for twenty-eight points, twenty-five behind division leading New Jersey. They have scored 98 goals (eighteenth in the league) and they have allowed 121 (sixteenth in the league). Northeast has won four of its last ten games, and they are coming off a 4 – 0 home loss to the Fairbanks Ice Dogs (the Generals were swept by Fairbanks last weekend). They have converted on 11.4% of their powerplay chances (twenty-fourth in the league) and have prevented the opposition from scoring on 78.6% (seventeenth in the league) of the time on the penalty kill.

Michael Heneghan leads the Generals with twenty-three total points (2 goals and 21 assists) while Liam McCanney has the most goals (10) and game winning goals (2). Aeden Drossos and Jonathan Young each have a team high +8. Heneghan leads the team in penalty minutes with 107.

Northeast has a combined 3.50 goals against average and a .898 save percentage with no shutouts.

Titans overview
The Titans are in the first place in the East Division with a 26 – 6 – 0 – 1 record for 53 points. They have won seven of its last ten games, and they are coming off a 5 – 4 home win against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights (the Titans have won two in a row). They have scored 154 goals (most in the league) and have allowed 103 (tenth in the league). The Titans are second in the league on the power play having converted on 29.2% of their chances while they have prevented the opposition from scoring on the penalty kill 82.6% of the time (tenth best in the league).

Machlitt leads the team in total points with forty-five (21 goals and 24 assists) and goals (21). Michael Outzen has a team best five game winning goals. Cade Penney and Machlitt have a team high +/- with +25 while Brody Medeiros has the most penalty minutes on the team with sixty.

The goaltending tandem of Pugliese (2.89 GAA and .911 SV%) and Sergeev (3.28 GAA and .898 SV%) have a combined 3.04 goals against average and .906 save percentage with one shutout (Pugliese).

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.

Special teams help lead Titans to 7 – 4 win over Nordiques

The New Jersey Titans special teams’ units scored three goals (including two shorthanded scored twenty seconds apart) to help lead the visitors to a 7 – 4 win over the Maine Nordiques and split the weekend series between the teams.

Mitch Machlitt had three points (1 goal and two assists) while Chris Garbe and Kyle Jeffers each had a goal and an assist.

Maine’s Luke Antonacci was called for tripping at 8:08 of the first period to give the Titans the man advantage. Thirteenth seconds later captain Brody Medeiros opened the scoring for New Jersey. After Shane Haviland won the draw deep inside the Nordiques zone, the puck went back to Cade Penney at the top of the point. Penney passed it over to Kyle Jeffers on his left. The AIC commit made a nice cross-ice pass to Medeiros who one-timed it and the puck went bar down and into the net past Maine’s goaltender Wesley Mankowski to give the Titans a 1 – 0 lead.

The Titans would double their lead with 5:01 remaining in the opening period when Josef Glamos notched his ninth goal of the season. After receiving a pass from Gavin Gulash, Danny Dimon looked to set up the play in his own zone and passed it out to Penney in the neutral zone. Penney made a spin move around his man and brought the puck up along the far side boards and into the Nordiques zone. Penney passed it over to Machlitt who was skating towards the circle. As Machlitt reached the bottom of the circle, he sent a pass back to Glamos in the slot and the assistant captain buried it past Mankowski to make it 2 – 0 Titans.

Garbe made it 3 – 0 Titans with 2:02 left in the first. As the Nordiques tried to break out of their zone, Gulash intercepted an outlet pass at the top of the point and skated towards the far side boards. As Gulash went towards the net, he made a nice head fake move and passed the puck over to Garbe who one-timed it past Mankowski for his eleventh goal of the season.

Isaiah Fox got the Nordiques on the board at 7:20 into the second period. After Arseni Sergeev made a save the puck went into the corner where it was picked up by Ignat Belov. Belov skated behind the Titans net with Gulash draped on him. As the two scrummed to the left of Sergeev, the loose puck came out to Fox who skated around and behind the Titans and he took a wraparound shot that beat Sergeev to make it a 3 – 1 game.

Machlitt scored his team high twentieth goal of the season at 8:33 of the middle stanza to make it a 4 – 1 game. After Sergeev made two outstanding saves, the rebound came out to Brad Zona in the corner and he passed it up to Matt Cameron at the half wall. As Cameron was being hit from behind, he had the wherewithal to pass the puck up along the far side boards to Machlitt. The Maple Grove, MN native skated up through center ice and into the offensive zone. As he cut across the goalmouth, Machlitt slipped the puck through Mankowski’s five hole to give the Titans a three-goal lead.

Mankowski was replaced by Avery Sturtz.

The Titans then scored two shorthanded goals twenty seconds apart. Nick DeSantis was called for roughing with 8:36 left in the second period. After Sergeev made another big save, the rebound came out to Noah Kane at the far side half wall. Machlitt poke checked the puck off Kane and he brought the puck up through the neutral zone. As Machlitt skated to the top of the far side circle, he passed it over to a breaking Jeffers who one-timed the shot that hit the post and went past Sturtz and into the back of the net to give the Titans a 5 – 1 lead.

After the ensuing faceoff, the Nordiques dumped the puck into the Titans zone, and it wrapped around the end boards where it was picked up by Michael Outzen at the half wall. Outzen sent the puck up along the near side boards and into the Nordiques where it was picked up by Garbe who had outskated Antonacci at the top of the circle. Garbe made a nifty backhand pass to Dimon in the high slot who went to the net and beat Sturtz short side to give the Titans a commanding 6 – 1 lead.

The Nordiques would make it 6 – 2 when Trent Grimshaw scored at 6:25 on a powerplay goal but DeSantis gave the Titans back a five-goal lead less than a minute later. Maine added two goals at the end to close out the scoring.

Sergeev stopped 30 of 34 shots while Mankowski and Sturtz combined to turn aside 36 of 43 shots. Click here for the box score.

With the Titans win and the Tomahawks loss, the Titans regain a three-point lead in the East Division over Johnstown. The Titans now will come home for a five game homestand beginning Wednesday night at 7:00 PM against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights.

Nordiques roll past Titans 7 – 2

Maine’s Cannon Green scored two goals while Isaiah Fox and Noah Kane each had a goal and an assist to lead the Nordiques to a 7 – 2 win over the visiting New Jersey Titans. It was the Titans first game in twenty days due to the holiday break and their worst defeat this season.

Kane got the Nordiques on the board first with 5:21 left in the opening period. After Timmy Kent won the draw at the Titans far side faceoff circle, the puck went back to Kane who took a snap shot that founds its way through traffic and off the far side post and past Titans goaltender Patrick Pugliese to give the Nordiques a 1 – 0 lead.

Mac Wiseman was called for holding at 5:17 into the second period to give the Nordiques the man advantage. Seven seconds later the home team doubled their lead. Kent won the ensuing draw and the puck went right back to Ignat Belov at the top of the circle. Belov sent it back to the top of the point to Fox who passed the biscuit to Casper Söderling on his right. Söderling took a shot that was tipped by Green out front and past Pugliese to make it 2 – 0.

Maine took a 3 – 0 just twenty-one seconds later after Green’s first goal of the game.  Kyler Head knocked down a Maine’s outlet pass at the half wall, but as he tried to pass it down low it was intercepted by Fox who passed it up to Kevin Pitts along the near side boards. Pitts skated down the ice and walked in all alone on Pugliese and beat the Titans netminder long side for his eleventh goal of the season.

The Nordiques’ Jack Strauss was called for holding with 6:41 remaining in the second period to give the Titans the man advantage. Mitch Machlitt brought the puck into the offensive zone, but Maine’s Ethan Prout knocked the puck off his stick, and the loose biscuit was picked up by Matt Cameron in the high slot. Cameron skated towards the net and took a shot that was saved by Maine’s goaltender Wesley Mankowski but Machlitt knocked in the rebound to put the Titans on the board and make a 3 – 1 game.

The Titans started the third period on the power play and sought to make it a one goal game. Looking to set up the play behind his own net, Ole Andersen skated through the goal mouth and was stripped off the puck by Fox who passed back to Pitts at the top of the slot. Pitts passed it back to Fox who redirected the puck through Pugliese’s five hole to give Maine a 4 – 1 lead.

Nick DeSantis cut the Titans deficit in half at 5:11 into the third. After Mankowski stopped the puck and left it to the right of his cage for Luke Anntonacci, the Nordiques defenseman look to set up the play and skated behind his own net and into the near side corner. Antonacci went to pass the puck up to Belov but he was knocked off the biscuit by Josef Glamos and the puck went back to Brad Zona at the near side point. Zona took a clapper that DeSantis tipped out front and past Mankowski to make it a 4 – 2 game.

Kyle Jeffers and Matthew Iasenza were called for slashing and tripping respectively to give the Nordiques a five-on-three-man advantage. After Kent won the draw the puck went back to Cole Ouellette at the far side point. As Quellette looked to set up, he sent a pass over to Kane on his right. After a couple of return passes, Kane sent the puck back to Quellette who took a snapshot that found its way through a screen and past Pugliese to give the Nordiques a three goal lead at 8:31 of the final period.

Green and Caden Pattison added insurance goals to close out the scoring and give the Nordiques the 7 – 2 victory.

Pugliese, who had to make several key saves to keep the Titans in the game, stopped 31 of 38 shots while Mankowski turned aside 34 of 36. Click here for the box score.

With the Titans loss and the Johnstown Tomahawks 7 – 0 win over the Jamestown Rebels, New Jersey’s lead over the Tomahawks in the East Division is down to one point, although the Titans have five games in hand.

The Titans will look to avoid their first sweep of the season as they play the Nordiques again tonight at 7:00 PM.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Then the Titans never looked back.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Power play propels Titans to 6 – 2 win over Tomahawks

The New Jersey Titans scored three power play goals en route to a 6 – 2 victory over the visiting Johnstown Tomahawks last night at the Middletown Sports Complex. In all, the Titans went three for four with the man advantage.

Assistant captain Chris Garbe, who had made an NCAA commitment to Middlebury College earlier in the day, had three points (2 goals and 1 assist).

In the blink of an eye, the Titans took a 1 – 0 lead just fourteen seconds into the game on Kyle Jeffers fifteenth goal of the season. After Jeffers won the opening draw, the puck went back to Brody Medeiros at the top of his own far side faceoff circle. The Titans captain passed it over to Tyler Nasca on his left. Nasca sent the puck up to Gavin Gulash at center ice and he redirected the biscuit through his legs and onto the stick of a breaking Jeffers. The American International College commit skated up along the near side boards and into the offensive zone. As Jeffers reached the high slot, he started skating towards his right and took a wrister that beat Johnstown’s goaltender David Tomeo blocker side to open the scoring.

The Tomahawks tied it at 4:13 into the second period. After Johnstown’s Max Kouznetsov was called for tripping Garbe, the penalty negated the man advantage for the visitors to make it four on four hockey. After the draw was won deep inside the Johnstown zone, the puck went Spencer DenBeste who skated up along the far side boards and into the offensive zone. As DenBeste was driving to the net, he cut across the goal mouth and lifted the puck past a sprawling Patrick Pugliese to make it 1 – 1 game.

As time was running out on the Kourznetsov’s penalty, the Titans scored their first power play goal of the evening. Jeffers picked up the loose puck along the offensive zone’s far side boards. As Jeffers went to pass the puck out front to Gulash it was tipped back to Josef Glamos at the top of the near side faceoff circle. Glamos sent the puck down low to Jeffers, who was to the left of Tomeo. Jeffers passed it out to Garbe who was in the slot and the assistant captain took a shot that hit the post and it bounced into the net and past Tomeo to give the Titans a 2 – 1 lead.

With 9: 46 remaining in the second, the Titans would double their lead on Glamos’ seventh goal of the season. After Tomeo made a right pad save, the rebound came out to Glamos who skated behind the Tomahawks net and sent the puck back to Cade Penney at the point. As Penney started to walk the line, he passed it back to Garbe at the top of the near side circle. Garbe took a shot that was redirected out front by Glamos and past Tomeo to make it a 3 – 1 game.

With 3:14 left in the second, the Tomahawks were called for too many men on the ice to give the Titans the man advantage. A minute later Matthew Iasenza lit the lamp for his sixth goal of the season. After Michael Outzen took a shot that went wide of the net, the puck rolled up the far side boards where it was picked up by Mac Wiseman at the point. Wiseman passed it down to Matt Cameron who immediately passed the puck to Outzen in the far side corner. Outzen drove to the net and took a shot that was saved by Tomeo but Iasenza tucked in the rebound to give the Titans a 4 – 1 lead.

Garbe would score his second goal of the game just 3:16 into the third period. Penney picked up the loose puck along the far side boards and pass it down to Mitch Machlitt who skated behind the Tomahawks net and sent a backhand pass out to Garbe at the top of the slot. Garbe took a howitzer of a shot that beat Tomeo top shelf to give the Titans a 5 – 1 lead.

A minute later Johnstown’s Matthew Doyle was called for holding to give the Titans the man advantage. Just eighteen seconds after Doyle started serving his penalty, Machlitt scored his eighteenth goal of the season and the Titans third power play goal of the evening.

After being hit hard behind the Tomahawks net, Cameron would set up the play in the far side corner. He passed it back to Machlitt at the top of the circle who immediately sent a return pass to Cameron. The Niagara University commit sent a cross-ice pass to Outzen who took a low line shot that was redirected by Machlitt and past Tomeo to make it a 6 – 1 game.

Johnstown’s Carson Grainer scored at the 5:40 mark of the third period to close out the scoring and make it a 6 – 2 game.

Pugliese stopped 30 of 32 shots while Tomeo turned aside 25 of 31. Click here for the box score.

The two teams will meet again tonight at 7:00 PM. It will be the Titans annual Teddy Bear Toss. All fans who bring a teddy will receive a $3 discount off an adult ticket price. After the Titans score their first goal of the game, the teddies will be thrown onto the ice, collected and donated to the Ronald McDonald House of Central and Northern New Jersey.

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.