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Weekend Preview: 1/24 – 1/25/20; Tomahawks visit Titans for big series at MSC

The East Division two top teams will square off this weekend at the Middletown Sports Complex when the visiting Johnstown Tomahawks and Titians play Friday, January 24 at 7:35PM and Saturday, January 25 at 7:00PM on military appreciation weekend.

Titans and Tomahawks Overview
This will be the fourth time these two teams will meet with each previous series being split. The Tomahawks have outscored the Titans by a combined score of 22 – 20 in six games. The last time these teams met was back on December 14 when Johnstown won 4 – 1.

Christian Gorscak has the most points against the Titans with nine (2 goals and 7 assists) while Spencer DenBeste has scored the most goals (four). The Tomahawks are 4 for 23 (17%) on the power play. Johnstown’s netminders have a combined .891 save percentage and 3.30 goals against average.

Mitch Machlitt leads the Titans in total points with seven (3 goals and 4 assists) against the Tomahawks and goals (3). The Titans are 8 for 29 (28%) on the power play. Goaltenders Arseni Sergeev and Patrick Pugliese have a combined .878 save percentage and 3.45 goals against average.

Tomahawks Overview
Johnstown currently resides in second place in the East Division with a 24-11-2-2 record for 52 points, five points behind the division leading Titans, although the Titans have four games in hand.  The Tomahawks are 7 – 3 in their last ten games and they are coming off a 4 – 3 overtime home win against the Maryland Black Bears (they swept Maryland last weekend). The Tomahawks have scored 139 goals (eighth in the league) while they have allowed 113 (eleventh in the league). Johnstown has converted on 25.3% of their chances on the power play (fifth best in the league) while they have prevented the opposition from scoring 75.4% of the time on the penalty kill (seventh worst in the league).

Gorscak leads the Tomahawks with forty-seven totals points (17 goals and 30 assists), goals (17) and game winning goals (4). Brendan Blair has a team high +21. Spencer DenBeste leads the team with ninety-seven penalty minutes.

Alex Tracy and David Tomeo have a combined 2.50 goals against average and .919 save percentage with two shutouts.

Titans Overview
The Titans are in the first place in the East Division with a 28 – 6 – 0 – 1 record for 57points. They have won eight of its last ten games, and they are coming off a 6 – 4 home win against the Northeast Generals (last weekend the Titans swept the Generals and have won four in a row). They have scored 164 goals (most in the league) and have allowed 108 (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 82.8% of the time (tenth best in the league).

Machlitt leads the team in total points with forty-eight (21 goals and 27 assists) and goals (21). Michael Outzen has a team best five game winning goals. Cade Penney has a team high +/- with +27 while Brody Medeiros has the most penalty minutes on the team with sixty.

The goaltending tandem of Pugliese (2.80 GAA and .913 SV%) and Sergeev (3.33 GAA and .898 SV%) have a combined 3.01 goals against average and .907 save percentage with one shutout (Pugliese).

Military Appreciation Weekend
It will be military appreciation weekend with the Titans wearing special uniforms that will be auctioned off via online. The raffle will take place on Sunday at 5:00PM. The proceeds will be donated to the American Legion Post 338 of Leonardo, NJ.

Doremus named Top Prospects East Team’s Head Coach

The North American Hockey League announced its 2020 Top Prospects schedule, coaches and breakdown today and Titans head coach Craig Doremus was named the East Team’s head coach.

The 2020 Top Prospects Tournament will be held from February 17-18, 2020 at the New England Sports Village in Attleboro, Massachusetts. Johnstown’s head coach Mike Letizia will be assisting Doremus.

“I am extremely proud and humbled to be selected as the Head Coach of the Eastern Division team” stated Doremus. “The top prospects event is one of the signature events of the year, and I am extremely proud to represent the New Jersey Titans’ organization.  I would not be in this position if not for the support and work of my fellow coaches Bobby DiRico, Kyle Shapiro, Andrei Kapranov and George Bosak.  It goes without saying that I am just lucky enough to coach a talented group of young men.  This honor is more indicative of their ability and commitment to our team success” concluded Doremus.

The number of players each NAHL team is sending to the tournament, in which four teams from the four NAHL divisions: Central, East, Midwest and South and two NAHL Selects teams, will each play in two game games, was based on each team’s winning percentage within their group as of January 21, 2020. Only those NAHL players without an NCAA commitment are eligible to participate in the 2020 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament, except for those who will be playing on the NAHL Selects teams. Each team is comprised of 18 players (10 forwards, 6 defensemen, 2 goalies). Rosters for the six teams are expected to be announced on January 30th.

For the East Division roster, the New Jersey Titans and Johnstown Tomahawks will each send four players, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights will send three, the Maryland Black Bears, Maine Nordiques, and Northeast Generals will each send two, and the Jamestown Rebels will send one.

2020 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament Schedule (all times eastern)

Monday, February 17th
12:00pm: South vs. NAHL Selects Red
2:30pm: Midwest vs. East
5:00pm: Central vs. NAHL Selects Blue

Tuesday, February 18th
10:00am: NAHL Selects Red vs. Midwest
12:30pm: East vs. NAHL Selects Blue
3:00pm: South vs. Central

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.

Bidding now open for Titans Military Jerseys auction

BIDDING NOW OPEN! You can win your favorite player’s one of a kind, military appreciation jersey right off his back! The “Military Appreciation” games will take place Friday, January 24 at 7:30pm and Saturday, January 25 at 7:00pm at the Middletown Sports Complex. Bidding will close at 9pm during Saturday night’s game. Proceeds will go to American Legion Post 338 of Leonardo, NJ.

Fans can download the DASH Auction App (iOS | Android), create an account, and start bidding on your favorite Titans “Military Appreciation” jersey or click here to start right away . Bidding starts at $125.

Titans win 6 – 4 in seesaw battle with Generals to sweep weekend series

Matt Cameron scored two goals, Ole Andersen had a goal and two assists and Michael Outzen had three points to help lead the Titans to a 6 – 4 win in a seesaw battle over the visiting Northeast Generals to sweep the weekend series.

It was the Titans fourth straight victory and sixth out of their last seven games.

Like Friday night’s game, Josef Glamos opened the scoring for the Titans with 9:44 into the first period for his eleventh goal of the season. Shane Haviland picked up the loose puck in his own corner and brought it up along the far side boards and made a bounce pass to Gavin Gulash who entered the offensive zone. As Gulash reached the faceoff dot, the took a wrist shot that was saved by Northeast’s goalie Joey Stanizzi but the rebound came right out to Glamos who buried it into the open net to give the Titans a 1 – 0 lead.

Less then a minute later, Tyler Cooper knotted the game at one. With a scrum at the half wall, the Generals’ Max Borst picked up the loose puck and made a cross-ice pass out to Cooper. As Cooper entered the Titans zone, he fell but got up and took a wrist shot from the top of the circle that beat goaltender Arseni Sergeev long side for his tenth goal of the season.

The Titans would regain the lead with 6:09 remaining in the first. Northeast’s Gerard Marretta was called for a five-minute boarding major to give New Jersey the man advantage. Kyler Head picked up the loose puck behind the Generals zone and passed it to Mitch Machlitt in the corner. Machlitt passed it back to Andersen at the point as he started to walk the line and Andersen passed the puck to Outzen at the near side boards. Outzen made a return pass to Andersen and the Hamar, NO took a one-timer that found its way through a screen and past Stanizzi for his fourth goal of the season.

With the Titans on the power play, Cameron picked up the loose in the Generals zone and passed it back to Machlitt at the near side point. Machlitt sent the biscuit down low to Outzen who made a nice backdoor pass to Cameron in the slot and Cameron one-timed it past Stanizzi to give the Titans a 3 – 1 lead at 3:01 into the second period.

The Generals then scored three unanswered goals.

At 7:10 into the middle stanza Northeast’s Jonathan Young cut the Generals deficit in half. Marretta entered the Titans zone on a three-on-two with Young and Ethan Destefani. As Marretta gained the line, he passed the puck to Young on his left. Young passed it back to Destafani at the top of the slot and Destafani took a shot that was saved by Sergeev but Young tucked in the rebound to make it a 3 – 2 game.

Destefani tied the game with 7:35 remaining in the second. The Generals Charlie Reed entered the Titans zone on an odd man rush. As Reed skated to the top of the slot, he passed to Dylan Schuett on his left. Schuett cut across the goalmouth and took a shot that was saved by Sergeev but the puck bounced off his glove and Destefani tucked in the rebound to make it a 3 – 3 game.

The Generals took the lead with 1:58 left in the second. Northeast’s Michael Heneghan brought the puck out of his own zone and passed it over to Ricky Boysen on his right. As Boysen entered the Titans zone along the far side boards, he took a shot at the top of the faceoff circle that beat Sergeev long side for sixth goal of the season.

Then it was the Titans turn to score three unanswered goals.

At 5:47 into the third period Nick DeSantis tied the game. After Sergeev made a right pad save, the rebound came out to Andersen who sent the puck high off the glass and it bounced deep inside the Northeast zone. DeSantis picked up the loose puck and took a quick wrist shot that went through Stanizzi’s five hole for his fourth goal of the season.

Less than a minute later the Titans regained the lead on Gulash’s sixth goal of the season. After Outzen won the draw deep inside his own zone, the Highlands Ranch, CO native quickly send a bounce pass off the near side boards to himself and he went behind his own net. As Outzen circled around Sergeev, he passed it Andersen who made a long and high outlet pass to Gulash who picked up the puck at the top of the Northeast blueline. As Gulash gained the line he took a wrist shot that beat Stanizzi long side to make it a 5 – 4 game.

Cameron closed out the scoring with a shorthand goal with 2:03 left in the game to make it 6 – 4 Titans.

Sergeev stopped 34 of 38 shots while Stanizzi turned aside 29 of 35. Click here for the box score.

The Titans close out their five game homestand next weekend when the Johnstown Tomahawks visit the Middletown Sports Complex for two important games between the East Division’s first and second place teams.

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.

Game Preview: Titans host Knights for midweek game

The Titans will be hosting the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights tonight at 7:00 PM at the Middletown Sports Complex for a midweek game. This will be the first of five straight home games for the Titans.

Titans and Knights Overview
The Titans have beaten the Knights all four times they have played this season by a combined score of 19 to 10. The last time they played was back on December 11 at the Revolution Ice Centre when the Titans won 3 – 2 as Matt Cameron had the game winner.

Tyrone Bronte has the most points against the Titans with five (2 goals and 3 assists). Bronte and Nikita Asylaev each have two goals against New Jersey. The Knights are 2 for 2 (100%) on the powerplay.  The Knights goaltenders have a combined 4.75 goals against average and .875 save percentage.

Cameron has the most points against the Knights with five (4 goals and 1 assist). He also has the most goals (4). The Titans are 3 for 6 (50%) on the powerplay. Netminders Arseni Sergeev and Patrick Pugliese have a combined 2.50 goals against average and .925 save percentage.

Knights Overview
The Knights are currently in third place in the East Division with a 18-14-2-1 record for 39 points (12 points behind the division leading Titans). WBS is 6 – 4 in their last ten games, and they are coming off a 4 – 2 home win against the Maryland Black Bears (the Knights swept Maryland this past weekend and have won four in a row). The Knights have scored 103 goals (sixteenth in the league) while they have allowed 111 (also sixteenth in the league). WBS leads the league on the power play having converted on 35.9% 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 63.5% on their chances.

WBS is led by Lincoln Hatten in almost every category: points (17 goals and 22 assists); goals (17); game winning goals (five) and penalty minutes (94). Johnny Kaljian and Bronte each have a team high +16.

The Knights goaltenders have a combine 3.06 goals against average and .906 save percentage with one shutout.

Titans Overview
The Titans are in the first place in the East Division with a 25 – 6 – 0 – 1 record for 51 points. They have won seven of its last ten games, and they are coming off a 7 – 4 road win against the Maine Nordiques. They have scored 149 goals (most in the league) and have allowed 99 (tenth in the league). The Titans are second in the league on the power play having converted on 30.3% 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).

Mitch Machlitt leads the team in total points with forty-three (20 goals and 23 assists) and goals (20). Michael Outzen has a team best five game winning goals. Cade Penney has a team’s best and +/- with +24 while Brody Medeiros has the most penalty minutes on the team with sixty.

The goaltending tandem of Pugliese (2.83 GAA and .912 SV%) and Sergeev (3.28 GAA and .898 SV%) have a combined 3.01 goals against average and .906 save percentage with one shutout (Pugliese).

DeSantis and Machlitt named honorable mention for NAHL’s Star of the Week for Week Ending January 12

The North American Hockey League announced its Bauer Hockey Divisional Stars of the Week for week ending January 12 and Titans forwards Nick DeSantis and Mitch Machlitt were named honorable mention for the East Division.

DeSantis had two points (both goals) in this weekend’s split with the Maine Nordiques having scored in each game. The Collegeville, PA native has nine points (3 goals and 9 assists) in twelve games this season. This is the first time that DeSantis has received league recognition, making him the twelfth member of the team to receive accolades by the league.

Machlitt had four points (2 goals and 2 assists) during this weekend’s split having scored in each game as well. The Maple Grove, MN native leads the Titans in total points (20 goals and 23 assists) and goals (20).

This is the sixth time this season that Machlitt has receive recognition from the league: honorable mention for weeks ending September 30 and November 24; Star of the Week for week ending September 15, runner up for forward of the month for September and honorable mention for November.

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.