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Game preview: Knights and Titans square off in mid-week contest

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights invade the Middletown Sports Complex tonight to play the Titans for eighth and final time during the regular season series between the two teams. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05 PM. It will be half price hump day with all tickets being slashed in half.

Titans vs. Knights Overview
As stated above, this will be the eighth and final time that these two teams meet during the regular season. The Titans have won six of the seven contests by a combined score of 32 -21. The lone lost to the Knights was the last time these teams played back on February 26 when WBS won at home by a score of 4 – 3.

Knights veterans Tyrone Bronte (3 goals and 5 assists) and Lincoln Hatten (1 goal and 7 assists) each have eight points against the Titans. Bronte, Nikita Asylaev and Johnny Kaljian each have scored three goals against New Jersey. The Knights are 3 for 11 (27%) on the power play, and their goaltenders have a combined 4.55 goals against average and .876 save percentage.

Kyle Jeffers (2 goals and 5 assists) and Mitch Machlitt (3 goals and 4 assists) each have seven points against the Knights while Matt Cameron has scored the most goals (five). The Titans are 5 for16 (31%) on the power play and the team’s goaltenders have a combined 2.99 goals against average and .906 save percentage with no shutouts.

Knights Overview
The Knights are currently in third place in the East Division with a 26-21-4-1 record for 57 points (18 points behind the division leading Titans). WBS has won seven of their ten games (including six in a row), and they are coming off a 9 – 6 road win against the Maine Nordiques (the Knights swept Maine last weekend). The Knights have scored 163 goals (thirteenth in the league) while they have allowed 176 (eighteenth in the league). WBS has the best power play unit in the league having converted on 29.1% of their chances with the man advantage while they are last in the league on the penalty kill having prevented the opposition from converting on 62.9% on their chances.

WBS is led by Hatten in almost every category: points (60: 26 goals and 34 assists); goals (26); game winning goals (six) and penalty minutes (119). Bronte has a team best +22.

The Knights goaltenders have a combine 3.26 goals against average and .902 save percentage with one shutout (Zach Stejskal).

Titans Overview
The Titans are in the first place in the East Division with a 37 – 13 – 0 – 1 record for 75 points. They have won five of their last ten games, and they are coming off a 2 – 1 road win against the Jamestown Rebels (the Titans split with Jamestown last weekend). They have scored 235 goals (most in the league) and have allowed 170 (sixteenth in the league). The Titans are second in league on the power play having converted on 28.2% 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 sixty (23 goals and 37 assists). Machlitt also is tied with Jeffers with the most goals (23). Michael Outzen has a team best five game winning goals. Cade Penney has a team high +/- with +30 while Brody Medeiros has the most penalty minutes on the team with ninety-three.

The Titans goaltenders have a combined 3.26 goals against average and .902 save percentage and one shutout (Patrick Pugliese).

Rebels upend Titans 5 – 3

Jamestown’s defenseman Liam Hansson had a goal and two assists to lead the Rebels to a 5 – 3 victory over the visiting New Jersey Titans last night at the Northwest Arena. With the loss coupled with Johnstown’s victory, the Titans lead in the East Division now is three points.

The Rebels jumped out to an early 2 – 0 lead in the opening period with the first goal coming just 1:08 into the game. After a scrum along the far side half wall, Hansson picked up the loose puck and skated down low to the left of Titans goalie Patrick Pugliese. As Hansson reached the net, he made a centering pass out front to Carter Korpi who one-timed it past Pugliese to give Jamestown the 1 – 0 lead.

Jamestown doubled its lead at 8:48 of the first period off the stick of Tyler German. After the Titans won the draw just outside the Rebels zone, the puck was dumped into the Jamestown end behind goalie Noah West and picked up by Conner Couet who sent the puck up along the near side boards where it as picked up by Joe Teasdale at this own blueline. Teasdale made a backhanded pass to a German. As German entered the neutral zone, he sent a bounce pass off the boards to Jordan Cormier who entered the Titans zone with the biscuit. As Cormier reached the top of the faceoff dot, he made a backdoor pass to German in the slot and German redirected it past Pugliese for his third goal of the season.

Midway through the opening period, Jamestown’s Spencer Cosway was called for boarding to give the Titans the man advantage. With 8:44 left in the first, Matthew Iasenza cut the Titans deficit in half. Shane Haviland had the puck in the far side corner and passed it behind the Rebels to Iasenza who was to the left of West. Iasenza passed it up to Haviland at faceoff dot and Haviland passed it back to Brody Medeiros at the point. The Titans captain took a clapper from the point that hit the post but Iasenza was right there to tuck in the rebound past West for his twelfth goal of the season.

Jamestown regained its two-goal lead with 4:41 remaining in the first. Cormier picked up the loose puck at center ice along the far side wall and passed it up to Teasdale. As Teasdale reached the top of the faceoff circle, he turned and sent a cross-ice pass to Seth Bergeron at the top of the near side circle. Bergeron took a snapshot that went through Pugliese’s five hole and into the net to give the Rebels a 3 – 1 lead.

With 6:51 left in the middle stanza, Chris Garbe made it a 3 – 2 game. Michael Outzen intercepted a Rebels pass at the top of the far side faceoff circle and took a shot that was saved by West, but the rebound was picked up by Gavin Gulash to the left and behind of the Rebels net. Gulash centered the puck out front to Garbe who wristed the puck past West for his twenty-second goal of the year.

The Rebels went back up 4 – 2 just 1:05 into the third period. Couet picked up the loose puck in his own far side corner and passed it up to Hansson at the top of the faceoff circle. Hansson found a breaking Janis Vizbelis on his left and head manned Vizbelis the puck. Vizbelis skated down the far side boards and started to cut across the goal mouth and took a shot that beat Pugliese high, short side.

At 6:01 into the third Vizbelis served a Jamestown bench minor to put the Titans on the power play. As time was running out with the man advantage, Matt Cameron picked up the loose puck from a scrum along the near side half wall. Cameron passed it out to a wide-open Cade Penney in the slot. Penney took a clapper that was saved by West, but Penney followed up his own rebound and tucked into the open net to make it a 4 – 3 game.

The Titans closed out the scoring on Hansson’s ninth goal of the year. After Hansson dumped the puck into the Titans zone, Pugliese went to stop the puck behind his own net but there was a miscommunication between him and David Parker. Hansson’s picked up the puck wrapped it around into an open net to make it 5 – 3. Pugliese was pulled in favor of Ryan McInchak.

Pugliese and McInchak combined to stop 30 of 35 shots while West turned aside 30 of 33. Click here for the box score.

The two team will close out their weekend series tonight at 7:05 PM at the Northwest Arena.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Titans down Generals 7 – 5 in slugfest

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Knights topple Titans 4 – 3 in matinee

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Game day preview: Titans travel to Revolution Ice Center for matinee with Knights

The Titans travel to the Revolution Ice Center in Pittston, PA today to take on the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights for a 2:00 pm puck drop.

Titans vs. Knights Overview
This will be the seventh meeting between the teams with the Titans having won all six games by a combined score of 29 – 19. Each team has held three home games. The last time they met was back on Wednesday, February 12 when the Titans won 5 – 3. Kyler Head had a goal and an assist while Mitch Machlitt had three primary assists.

Tyrone Bronte has the most points against the Titians with seven (3 goals and 4 assists) and goals (3). The Knights are 3 for 10 (30%) on the power play, and their goaltenders have a combined 4.81 goals against average and .871 save percentage.

Machlitt has the most points against the Knights with seven (3 goals and 4 assists) while Matt Cameron and Matthew Iasenza each have scored four goals. The Titans are 4 for 15 (27%) on the power play and the team’s goaltenders have a combined 2.82 goals against average and .917 save percentage with no shutouts.

Knights Overview
The Knights are currently in third place in the East Division with a 23-21-4-1 record for 51 points (16 points behind the division leading Titans). WBS has won four of their ten games, and they are coming off a 6 – 1 home win against the Maryland Black Bears (the Knights swept Maryland last weekend). The Knights have scored 144 goals (eighteenth in the league) while they have allowed 162 (eighteenth in the league). WBS is tied with the Titans for the best power play unit in the league having converted on 27.4% of their chances with the man advantage while they are last in the league on the penalty kill by preventing the opposition from converting on 64.1% on their chances.

WBS is led by Lincoln Hatten in almost every category: points (50: 22 goals and 28 assists); goals (22); game winning goals (six) and penalty minutes (117). Bronte has a team best +196.

The Knights goaltenders have a combine 3.18 goals against average and .904 save percentage with one shutout (Zach Stejskal).

Titans Overview
The Titans are in the first place in the East Division with a 34 – 11 – 0 – 1 record for 69 points and have clinched a playoff spot. They have won five of their last ten games, and they are coming off a 5 – 3 road loss against the Jamestown Rebels (the Titans were swept by the Rebels last weekend – the first time the Titans were swept this season). They also have lost three straight games. They have scored 216 goals (most in the league) and have allowed 153 (fourteenth in the league). The Titans are tied with the Knights in the league with the best power play having converted on 27.4% of their chances while they have prevented the opposition from scoring on the penalty kill 82.2% of the time (tenth best in the league).

Machlitt leads the team in total points with sixty (23 goals and 37 assists) and goals (23). Michael Outzen has a team best five game winning goals. Cade Penney has a team high +/- with +29 while Head has the most penalty minutes on the team with eighty-seven.

The Titans goaltenders have a combined 3.24 goals against average and .902 save percentage. Patrick Pugliese has 2.95 GAA and .911 SV% with one shutout.

Titans netminder Pugliese makes NCAA D1 commitment to Niagara University

The New Jersey Titans, proud members of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), are pleased to announce that goaltender Patrick Pugliese has committed to play NCAA Division I Ice Hockey for the Niagara University Purple Eagles, who play in the Atlantic Hockey Association (AHA). His commitment begins in the fall of 2020.

Pugliese, 20, has been the workhorse between the pipes for the Titans this season having played over 1,800 minutes and faced 999 shots. He has appeared in 31 games and possesses a 24-5-0-0-1 record. He has a 2.95 goals against average and .911 save percentage with one shutout.

The Pasadena, CA native was a member of the NAHL’s East Division’s team during last week’s Top Prospects Tournament. He appeared in two games and posted a 1.99 goals against average and .941 save percentage.

“I wanted to thank my family, friends and coaches that have helped me along the way” stated Pugliese. “None of this would have been possible without their constant support. I also would like to give a special shoutout to the Titans organization, especially Craig Doremus, for helping me achieve my goal of playing hockey at the highest level. I am extremely excited to pursue my education and play hockey next year at Niagara University” concluded Pugliese.

“We are extremely proud of Patrick and happy for him and the Pugliese family” stated Titans head coach Craig Doremus. “Patrick has come in from day one and be a horse for us in the pipes. He has continued a long line of Titans’ Division I goaltenders. Patrick has continued to grow and develop throughout the year and he is a huge part of our team as we head towards the Robertson Cup playoffs. We are excited to watch Pugs join former Titans’ forward Ryan Naumovski and current Titans’ teammate Matt Cameron at Niagara.

Niagara University is in Lewiston, NY. The Purple Eagles are coached by Jason Lammers. They currently have a 10-18-4 record.

Second period dooms Titans in 7 – 3 loss to Generals

The visiting Northeast Generals scored five second period goals en route to a 7 – 3 win over the New Jersey Titans. It was the first time in six games this season that the Generals had defeated the Titans. The loss also spoiled the debut of new Titans goaltender Ryan McInchak.

The Titans took a quick lead just forty-five seconds into the game. After Michael Outzen won the draw deep inside the Generals zone, the puck went back to Mitch Machlitt directly behind Outzen and Machlitt sent it back to the near side point to Danny Dimon. Dimon sent it over to  Brad Zona who took a snapshot from the top of the faceoff circle that was saved by Northeast goalie Joey Stanizzi but the rebound came right out to Machlitt who tucked it in past Stanizzi to make it 1 – 0 Titans.

It was Machlitt’s first goal in ten games.

New Jersey doubled its lead at 9:19 of the opening period. After McInchak went behind his own net to set up the puck, he passed it up along the near side boards where it was picked up by Machlitt at the half wall. Machlitt passed it up to Matthew Iasenza at the point who sent a cross-ice pass to Outzen. As Outzen gained the offensive zone line, he went to net and passed it over to Iasenza on his left and Iasenza redirected the puck passed Stanizzi for his eleventh goal of the season.

The Generals then cut their deficit in half with 3:23 remaining in the first period. After Charlie Reid won the draw deep inside the Titans zone, the puck went back to Michael Heneghan at the point who dumped into the far side corner where it was picked up by Reid. Reid passed the puck out to Ryan Kuzmich at the faceoff dot and Kuzmich passed it down low to Alexander Tertyshny who was to the right of McInchak. Tertyshny centered the biscuit out front to Reid and he backhanded it past McInchak and into the open net for his fourth goal of the season.

Trailing 2 – 1 going into the second period, the Generals would score five of their next six goals in the middle stanza to pull away from the Titans.

Tertyshny tied at the game at the 4:24 mark. The son of former Philadelphia Flyer Dmitri Tertyshny picked up the loose puck in his own high slot and passed it up to Kyle Schroeder on his left. Schroeder passed the puck over to Clark Kerner who entered the offensive zone. As Kerner reached the bottom of the near side faceoff dot, he made a centering pass out front that was redirected by Tertyshny past McInchak for his first goal as a Northeast General.

Northeast would take the lead with 9:23 into in the second on Cam Gaudette’s seventh goal of the season. Former General Joe Nagle dumped the puck into the Northeast zone where it was picked up by Stanizzi to the left of his own net. Stanizzi made a long outlet pass to Gaudette at the Titans far side blueline. As Gaudette gained the line, he moved towards the top of the slot and took a wrister that beat McInchak blocker side to make it 3 – 2 Generals.

Fourteen seconds later the Generals doubled their lead. After the ensuing faceoff, Kuzmich picked up the loose puck at center ice and dumped it into the Titans zone where McInchak stopped it behind his own net to set up the play. Hurried, McInchak sent the puck behind his own and into his near side corner where it was picked up by a hustling Kuzmich. Kuzmich sent it back Brady Hunter at the point. Hunter took a shot that went wide and hit the end boards, but the puck took a crazy bounce and came right out to the slot and Kuzmich wristed the biscuit through McInchak’s five hole for his second goal of the season.

Gavin Gulash made it a 4 – 3 game with 8:25 left in the second period. Matt Cameron intercepted a Generals pass just along the far side blue line and he sent a bounce pass off the boards where it was picked up by Gulash at the half wall. Gulash went to the net, cut across the goalmouth and backhanded the puck up high and past Stanizzi for his eleventh goal of the season.

Less than a minute later the Generals regained their two-goal lead on Reid’s second goal of the game and fifth of the season.

Dylan Schuett scored with forty-seven seconds left in the period to make it a 6 – 3 game. Kerner closed out the scoring with 2:17 left in the game to make it 7 – 3.

The loss ended the Titans five game win streak.

McInchak stopped 26 of 33 shots while Stanizzi turned aside 26 of 29. Click here for the box score.

The Titans now will go on a seven-game road swing with four of the games against the Jamestown Rebels beginning next weekend.

Game Day Preview: Knights visit Titans for midweek contest

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights travel to the Middletown Sports Complex to tackle the New Jersey Titans tonight at 7:30pm on Half Price Hump Day.

Titans vs. Knights Overview
Tonight will be the sixth meeting between the teams and the third game on home ice. The Titans have won all five games by a combined score of 24 – 14. The last time they met was almost a month ago on January 15 when the Titans won 5 – 4 which included a Mitch Machlitt penalty shot goal on his twenty-first birthday.

Veteran Tyrone Bronte leads all Knights scorers with six total points (2 goals and 4 assists) against New Jersey. In addition to Bronte, three other Knights have scored two goals against the Titans: Nikita Asylaev, Johnny Kaljian and Jordan Strand. WBS is 3 for 6 (50%) on the power play. The Knights goaltenders have a combined 4.80 goals against average and .879 save percentage against the Titans.

Matt Cameron (4 goals and 1 assist) and Kyle Jeffers (2 goals and 3 assists) each have five points against the Knights while Cameron leads the team in goals scored with four. The Titans have gone 3 for 10 (30%) on the power play. New Jersey’s goaltenders have a combined 2.80 goals against average and .920 save percentage.

Knights Overview
The Knights are currently in third place in the East Division with a 20-20-4-1 record for 45 points (20 points behind the division leading Titans). WBS has won two of their ten games, and they are coming off a 6 – 1 road loss against the Jamestown Rebels (Jamestown swept the Knights this past weekend). The Knights have scored 129 goals (seventeenth in the league) while they have allowed 152 (nineteenth in the league). WBS is second in the league on the power play having converted on 27.3% of their chances with the man advantage while they are last in the league on the penalty kill by preventing the opposition from converting on 62.9% on their chances.

WBS is led by Lincoln Hatten in almost every category: points (46: 21 goals and 25 assists); goals (21); game winning goals (six) and penalty minutes (108). Bronte has a team best +16.

The Knights goaltenders have a combine 3.24 goals against average and .902 save percentage with one shutout (Zach Stejskal).

Titans Overview
The Titans are in the first place in the East Division with a 32 – 8 – 0 – 1 record for 65 points. They have won eight of their last ten games, and they are coming off a 7 – 2 home win against the Maryland Black Bears (the Titans swept Maryland this past weekend). They have scored 197 goals (most in the league) and have allowed 131 (tenth in the league). The Titans are first in the league on the power play having converted on 29.5% of their chances while they have prevented the opposition from scoring on the penalty kill 82.9% of the time (tenth best in the league).

Machlitt leads the team in total points with fifty-two (21 goals and 31 assists) and goals (21). Michael Outzen has a team best five game winning goals. Cade Penney has a team high +/- with +30 while Brody Medeiros has the most penalty minutes on the team with sixty-four.

The Titans goaltenders have a combined 3.13 goals against average and .906 save percentage. Patrick Pugliese has 2.90 GAA and .913 SV% with one shutout.

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Garbe’s hat trick helps leads Titans to weekend sweep over Black Bears

Chris Garbe scored three goals, including two in the first period, to help lead the New Jersey Titans to a 7 – 2 victory over the visiting Maryland Black Bears to complete a weekend sweep between the teams.

It was Garbe’s first hat trick of the season and the Titans second one in two games.

The Titans scored early and often in the first period and it all started at 1: 39 into the opening period on Tyler Nasca’s seventh goal of the season. After a shot was blocked out in-front of the Titans net, captain Brody Medeiros picked up the loose puck along the far side half wall and he passed it up to Nick DeSantis who sent a backhand pass to Josef Glamos. As Glamos enter the neutral zone he passed it up and over to a breaking Shane Haviland along the far side boards. As Haviland gained the line, he made a cross-ice pass over to Nasca and the defenseman took a wrist shot from the top of the circle that beat Black Bears goalie Cooper Black to give the Titans a 1 – 0 lead.

Less than a minute and a half later, the Titans doubled their lead on Garbe’s first goal of the game. After Garbe won the draw deep inside the Black Bears zone, the puck went to Matt Cameron who was to the left of Garbe. As Cameron circled to the top of the near side faceoff circle, he went to pass the puck over to Brad Zona but it was deflected and bounced off the far side boards where Zona ultimately picked it up at the bottom of the faceoff circle. Zona threw a pass on net that was saved by Black but Garbe tucked in the rebound past the goalie to make it 2 – 0.

Matthew Iasenza made it 3 – 0 with 7:05 remaining in the first period. After Iasenza won the draw deep inside his own zone, the puck went back to Zona who wrapped it around the end boards and up to the far side half wall to Friday night’s star of the game Cam Gendron. Gendron sent a bounce pass off the boards to Iasenza who skated through center ice and into the Black Bears zone. As Iasenza was driving towards the net, he passed it off to Kyler Head on his right who immediately sent it back to Zona at the point. Zona took a wrist shot that was saved by Black but Gendron, who was to the left of Black, circled around the net and passed it out front to Iasenza  and he buried it into the open net for his ninth goal of the season.

Garbe scored his second goal with 2:21 left in the first. With the puck inside the Titans zone, Maryland’s Aiden McDowell took a shot from the top of near side point that was blocked out in front and picked up by Gavin Gulash. As Gulash reached his own blue line, he head manned the puck to Garbe who skated in all alone on Black and Garbe beat him far side to give the Titans a 4 – 0 lead.

Maryland got on the board at 4:05 in the second period on Jackson Sterrett’s seventeenth goal of the season. The Black Bears entered the offensive zone on a three-on-two rush. As Aaron Swanson gained the line, he passed the puck over to Sterrett on his right. Sterrett took a shot that was saved by Titans goaltender Patrick Pugliese but Sterrett picked up the rebound and sent it around the end boards and up along the near side half wall to Jack Hillman. Hillman took a shot that went wide but the puck took a strange bounce off the end boards and right to Sterrett who buried it past Pugliese to make it 4 – 1.

Three and a half minutes later, Swanson cut the Black Bears deficit in half. With the puck in the Titans zone along the far side boards, Medeiros sent a high clearing pass off the glass, but it was kept in the zone at the point by Garrett Szydlowski who passed it up to Swanson. At the top of the faceoff circle, Swanson circled and passed it back to Szydlowski on his right. Szydlowski made a cross-ice pass but it bounced off the near side boards where it picked up by Tim Organ. Organ lobbed a shot on net that was redirected out front by Swanson and past Pugliese for his thirteenth goal of the season.

Michael Outzen scored with 2:23 left in the middle stanza to make it 5 – 2. DeSantis picked up the loose puck at the top of his own slot and passed it over to Outzen. The Highlands Ranch, CO native skated through center ice and into the offensive zone. As Outzen reached the top of the far side faceoff circle, he curled and took a long wrist shot that found its way through a screen and past Aaron Randazzo, who replaced Black between the pipes, for his sixteenth goal of the season.

Head scored a power play goal with six seconds remaining in the middle stanza and Garbe finished his hat trick with thirty-eight seconds remaining in the game to close out the scoring.

Pugliese stopped 29 of 31 shots while Maryland’s goaltender combined to stop 22 of 29. Click here for the box score.

The Titans next game will be on Wednesday, February 12 against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights at the Middletown Sports Complex. Puck drop is 7:35pm.