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Titans fall short in weekend split with Tomahawks

The visiting Johnstown Tomahawks rode the coattails of goaltender Alex Tracey to defeat the New Jersey Titians 4 – 1 last night during the Titans annual Teddy Bear Toss. The loss split the weekend series between the two teams.

Tracey was outstanding in his team’s win, turning aside 38 of 39 shots and having to make several Grade A saves to keep the Titans at bay.

Just 3:39 into the game Johnstown’s Spencer DenBeste opening the scoring. After Tracey made a save, the rebound came out to Christian Gorscak along the near side boards. Gorscak passed it up to Max Kouznetsov at center ice and he passed to DenBeste on his right. The two entered the Titans zone on an odd man rush. Using Kouznetsov as a decoy, DenBeste charged the net and took a shot that beat Titans netminder Arseni Sergeev short side to make it 1 – 0.

The Titans began the second period on the power play since Carson Grainer’s two-minute penalty for hooking with 1:39 remaining in the first period carried over.

Just ten seconds into the second period it rained Teddy Bears.

After the opening draw, Matthew Iasenza dumped the puck into the Tomahawks zone where it was picked up by Mitch Machlitt. Machlitt passed it out front to Michael Outzen who immediately passed it to Ole Andersen on his left. Andersen took a wrist shot that beat Tracey high glove side to tie the game at one.

Immediately following the goal over 250 bears were tossed onto the ice and collected by the Titans squirt A team. The bears are being donated to the Ronald McDonald House of Central and Northern New Jersey.

With 7:35 remaining in second, Gavin Gulash was called for roughing to give the Tomahawks the man advantage. Twenty seconds later Malik Alishlalov gave the visitors the lead. Kouznetsov set up the play at the top of the point and passed it over to Christian Gorscak on his right. Gorscak send a return pass and Kouznetsov and he took a clapper that was saved by Sergeev but the deep rebound came right back to Gorscak who passed it to Alishlalov in the low slot and he buried a wrister past Sergeev to give the Tomahawks a 2 – 1 lead.

The Tomahawks would double their lead with 2:17 remaining in the second period. Chris Garbe brought the puck up through the neutral zone and went to dump the puck into offensive zone, but it was intercepted by Brendan Blair. Blair passed the puck up to Andrew Murphy who entered the Titans zone along the far side boards. As Murphy reached the top of the faceoff circle, he took a shot that beat Sergeev short side to make it a 3 – 1 game.

Kouznetsov closed out the scoring at 6:51 of the third period. After Sergeev made a left pad save, the rebound went into the near side corner where it was picked up by Blair. Blair sent a pass back to the point to Quinn Warmuth and he passed it down low to DenBeste. As DenBeste was knocked off the puck by Brad Zona, the biscuit went to Kouznetsov who took a shot that beat Sergeev short side to give the Tomahawks the 4 – 1 win.

Sergeev stopped 24 of 28 shots on the night. Click here for the box score.

The loss keeps the Titans up by five points over the second place Tomahawks for the division lead, with the Titans having four games in hand. The Titans now will travel to Jamestown, NY to play two games against the Rebels next weekend before the break.

Black Bears score two, third period goals to defeat Titans 4 – 2

The Maryland Black Bears scored two, third period goals to defeat the visiting New Jersey Titans 4 – 2 last night at Piney Orchard Ice Arena. The game had been tied entering the final period.

Jackson Sterrett opened the scoring with 5:13 left in the first period. Wilmer Skoog took a shot from the slot that hit the post and the deep rebound came out to Thomas Jarman at the high slot. Jarman took a clapper that found its way through a screen that was saved by Patrick Pugliese but Sterrett picked up the loose puck and tapped in the rebound to give the Black Bears a 1 – 0 lead.

Mitch Machlitt scored his team high sixteenth goal of the season to tie the game at one at 5:41 into the second period. After Michael Outzen picked up his own rebound to the right of Maryland’s goaltender Andrew Takacs, he circled around the net and took a sharp angle shot the was blocked by a Black Bears defender, but puck went back to Machlitt behind the goal line. Machlitt passed it out front to Nick DeSantis. As DeSantis was knocked from behind, he took a soft shot that was saved by Takacs but Machlitt knocked in the rebound to make it a 1 – 1 game.

At 9:35 in the second Kyle Oleksiuk gave the home team a 2 – 1 lead. After a Titans turnover at center ice, Ethan Heidepriem skated into the offensive zone and took a shot that Pugliese make the save but the rebound came out to near side boards. Maryland’s Aidan McDowell was able to keep the puck in the zone and turned and found a trailing Kyle Oleksiuk alone in the slot. Oleksiuk took a shot that went over Pugliese’s blocker and just underneath the crossbar and into the net for his sixth goal of the season.

The Titans would tie the game just two minutes later on Danny Dimon’s first goal of the year. After the Titans won the draw deep inside the Black Bears zone, the puck was picked up by Shane Haviland behind the net. Haviland passed it up along the far side boards to Dimon at the top of the face off circle. Dimon skated to the faceoff dot and took a wrister that beat Takacs over the blocker to make it a 2 – 2 game.

At 6:23 into the third period, Kyle Mountain gave the Black Bears a 3 – 2 lead. After Outzen picked up the rebound in Maryland’s near side corner, he sent a pass back to Mac Wiseman at the point, but the puck jumped over his stick and was picked up by Mountain along the boards. Mountain entered the Titans zone on a two-on-one with Andrew Remer. As Mountain skated to the faceoff dot, he took a wrister that beat Pugliese short side.

With 9:21 left in regulation, Maryland’s Mountain was called for hooking to give the Titans the man advantage. As time was winding down on the power play, the puck went back to Ole Andersen at the near side point. Andersen went to pass the puck over to Kyler Head on his right, but it went to far and bounced off the boards and picked up by Jarman. Jarman sent a bounce pass off the far side boards where it was picked up by Reid Leibold at center ice. Leibold entered the Titans zone on a two-on-one with Heidepriem. As Leibold gained the line, he passed the puck to Heidepriem on his right. As Heidepriem went to the net, he faked a shot and deked around Pugliese and hit the back of the open net to close out the scoring.

Pugliese, who played well – particularly on a 5 on 3 in the first period, stopped 44 of 48 shots while Takacs turned aside 38 of 40. Click here for the box score.

The two teams will square off again at 7:00 PM tonight.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gendron, Pugliese & Special Teams power Titans to 7 – 0 win over Rebels

Forward Cam Gendron scored three goals, goalie Patrick Pugliese turned aside all 25 shots he faced and the special teams’ units scored five goals to power the New Jersey Titans to a 7 – 0 victory over the visiting Jamestown Rebels.

It was the Titans first shutout on the season and sixth consecutive win.

Jamestown’s defenseman Seth Bergeron was called for interference just thirteen second into the game to give the Titans the man advantage. Nine seconds later Matt Cameron scored his sixth goal on the season to open the scoring.

Michael Outzen won the draw deep inside the Rebels zone and the puck went back to Kyler Head at the top of the far side circle. Head sent a cross-ice back over to Oli Andersen who fed a breaking Cameron going to the net. After making a few moves, Cameron took a wrist shot that beat Rebels goalie Noah West, high blocker side to make it 1 – 0 Titans.

Thirty seconds later Jamestown’s Valerii Rykov was called for tripping to put the Titans back on the powerplay.

After the Titans won another draw inside the Rebels zone, Brody Medeiros would set up the play at the top of the far side blueline and pass the puck down to Gavin Gulash at the top of the circle. Gulash passed the puck down low to Mitch Machlitt who immediately sent a pass back to Gulash. The Red Bank, NJ native sent a cross-ice pass over to Kyler Jeffers. After settling the puck, Jeffers sent a cross-ice pass to a wide open Gulash who took a one-timer that beat West high, short side to give the Titans a 2 – 0 lead just 1:12 into the game.

With eight minutes remaining in the opening period, Gendron would score his first goal of the evening.

Assistant captain Danny Dimon would set up the play at center ice and pass the puck up to Kyler Head. As Head brought the puck into the offensive zone, he passed the biscuit to Matthew Iasenza on his left. Iasenza skated through the slot and took a shot that was saved by West but the rebound out to Gendron who hit the back of the net to give the Titans a 3 – 0 lead.

At 4:26 into the middle period, New Jersey’s Shane Haviland was called for tripping to give the Rebels the man advantage. With time running out on the power play, the Rebels looked to set up one more time. As Jamestown’s Spencer Cosway went to send a bounce pass into the offensive zone, it was intercepted by Dimon at the far side red line. Dimon passed it over to Gendron who cut across the neutral zone and into the offensive zone. As Gendron gained the line, he avoided a Rebels’ hip check and walked in all along on West and beat him long side to make it 4 – 0 Titans.

In addition to scoring his second goal of the game, it also was Gendron’s second shorthanded goal on the season.

With 8:40 left in the second, Andersen was called for Interference to put the Rebels back on the powerplay. After the Titans won the draw deep inside their own zone, defenseman Brad Zona dumped the puck all the way to the end boards where West came out of his net to set up the puck. As West passed it up to teammate Nick Siffringer, Head knocked Siffringer off the puck and walked in all alone on West and beat him on the breakaway to give the Titans a 5 – 0 lead.

Gendron would complete the hat trick at 4:24 into the Third and Machlitt would convert on another powerplay opportunity to close out the scoring and give the Titans the 7 – 0 victory.

In all, the Titans scored three powerplay goals and two shorthanded goals.

Despite the score, Pugliese had to be sharp during the game to prevent the Rebels from getting on the board. He had to make a few Grade A saves to preserve the shutout. West turned aside 28 of 35 shots. Click here for the box score.

The two teams will be back at it tonight at 7:05 PM at the Middletown Sports Complex. There will be a meet and greet with the Titans immediately following the game.

Machlitt’s goal gives Titans 6 – 5 shootout win over Tomahawks

Mitch Machlitt scored New Jersey’s lone goal in a shootout to give the visiting Titans a 6 – 5 victory over the Johnstown Tomahawks last night to split the weekend series.

After a scoreless first, the Tomahawks would take a 1 – 0 lead just 1:13 into the middle stanza. Just as the Titans powerplay was ending, Johnstown intercepted an errant Titans pass and entered the offensive zone on a three-on-one. Forward Carson Gallagher took a shot that was saved by Titans netminder Arseni Sergeev but the deep rebound came out to Noah Basarab who lifted the puck into the back of the net over the prone Sergeev.

The Titans then would score three consecutive goals within fifty-one seconds. Matt Cameron intercepted a pass at center ice and skated towards the Tomahawks net. He took a shot that was saved by Johnstown’s goalie Alex Tracy but Tyler Nielsen tucked in the rebound to tie the game at one at 7:07 into the second. It was Nielsen’s first goal of the season.

Eighteen seconds later Chris Garbe scored his second goal of the season. After the draw, the puck would go into the Titans zone and up around the near side boards where it was picked up by Cade Penney who sent an outlet pass to Garbe on his right. As Garbe entered the offensive zone, he crisscrossed with Machlitt who skated towards the far side faceoff circle. Machlitt sent a return backhand pass to Garbe in the slot and the forward redirected the puck through Tracy’s five hole to give the Titans a 2 – 1 lead.

Immediately following the draw Johnstown’s Ethan Webb was called for high sticking to give the Titans the man advantage. As Mac Wiseman skated over center ice, he dumped the puck into the offensive zone behind the Tomahawks net and up along the far side boards where it was picked up by Cameron who sent a bounce pass back to Wiseman at the point. Wiseman skated to the top of the circle and took a wrist shot that beat Tracy’s glove hand to give the Titans a 3 – 1 advantage.

The Tomahawks would cut the deficit in half with 5:12 left in the second. Johnstown’s Sean Bauchens picked up the loose puck in the neutral zone and skated down the far side boards. As he entered the offensive zone Bauchens sent a stretch pass to a Bennett Stockdale on his right. Stockdale outskated the Titans defenders and walked in all alone on Sergeev and beat him with a wrister to close the gap to one.

Oli Andersen was called for hooking at 3:58 into the third period to put the Tomahawks on the powerplay. As time was winding down with the man advantage, Christian Gorscak received a pass at the top of the near side faceoff circle. Gorscak skated back towards the top of the slot and took a shot that was blocked by Cameron, but the puck went right back to Gorscak who immediately sent it over to Quinn Warmuth at the point. Warmuth took a one-timer that found its way through a screen to beat Sergeev to tie the game at three.

Johnstown would regain the lead with 8:49 remaining in the third. Jesse Lycan won the draw in the Titans zone and the puck went back to Matthew Doyle at the near side point. The Hawks defender took a slapshot that was redirected out front and past Sergeev to give the Tomahawks a 4 – 3 advantage.

Nicholas Martino was called for hooking with 7:16 left in the third to put the Titans back on the powerplay. Michael Outzen would set up the play by sending the puck down to Machlitt at the near side faceoff dot. With the lanes being clogged, Machlitt sent a pass back to Andersen at the top of the point. Andersen sent a return pass to Machlitt who took a wrist shot that beat Tracy long side to tie the game at four.

With 2:36 remaining in the third, the Titans were called for too many men on the ice. Outzen would win the draw deep inside the New Jersey zone and send the puck up along the far side boards where it was picked up by Cam Gendron. As Gendron skated down the boards he started to cut towards the Johnstown net. He deek around a Tomahawks defender and then slid the puck through Tracy’s five hole to give the Titans the 5 – 4 lead with 2:27 left in the game. This was truly a highlight reel goal!

The Tomahawks, however, were still on the powerplay. With time winding down on the powerplay and in the game, Gorscak skated out of his own zone and up along the far side boards. He circled behind the Titans net and sent a pass through the goal mouth and Gallagher jammed the puck past Sergeev to knot that score at five and send the game into overtime. It was the first time this season that the Titans would go to the extra period.

After a scoreless overtime, it would go to a shootout where Machlitt was the only one of six shooters to score to give the Titans a 6 – 5 victory. With the win, the Titans improve to 6 – 2.

Sergeev stopped 24 of 29 shots while Tracy turned aside 25 of 30. Click here for the box score.

The Titans will travel to Northeast next weekend to play two games against the Generals.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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