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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.

Weekend Preview: 3/6 – 3/7/20; Titans travel to Jamestown for series with Rebels

The Titans travel to Jamestown this weekend for a two-game series against the Rebels with Friday and Saturday night’s games beginning at 7:05 PM.  This will be the second time in the past three weeks that these teams will be playing each other, the final time in Jamestown.

Titans vs. Rebels Overview
This will be the fourth series between the two teams with the Titans having won four of the six games by a combined score of 25 – 16. The last time these teams was in Jamestown two weeks ago with the Rebels sweeping the Titans by a combined score of 10 – 5.

Rebels Defenseman Liam Hansson has the most points against the Titans with nine (two goals and seven assists) while Noah Finstrom and Renars Karkls each have scored three goals. The Rebels are 4 for 23 (17%) on the power play and the Rebels netminders have a combined 4.17 goals against average and .882 save percentage.

Cam Gendron has the most points against the Rebels with seven (5 goals and 2 assists). Gendron and Michael Outzen each have scored five goals against Jamestown. The Titans are 8 for 22 (36%) on the power play and the Titans goaltenders have a combined 2.68 goals against average and .913 save percentage with one shutout (Patrick Pugliese).

Rebels Overview
The Rebels are currently in fifth place in the East Division with a 20-29-1-2 record for 43 points. They are four points out of a playoff spot with having played two more games than the fourth place Maine Nordiques. Jamestown has won five of its last ten games, and they are coming off a 2 – 1 road loss to the Maryland Black Bears (Maryland swept the Rebels last weekend). The Rebels have scored 121 goals (23rd in the league) and they have allowed 158 (12th in the league). Jamestown has converted on 17.9% (15th in the league) of their chances on the power play and have prevented the opposition from scoring on the penalty kill 79.4% (15th in the league).

The Rebels are led by Finstrom’s forty-one points (15 goals and 26 assists). Eric Olson leads the team in goals with eighteen, game winning goals (five) and penalty minutes (189). Danny Magnuson and Spencer Cosway each have a team best +/- of +4.

Jamestown’s goaltenders have a combined 2.83 goals against average and .913 save percentage with two shutouts (Noah West).

Titans Overview
The Titans are in the first place in the East Division with a 34 – 12 – 0 – 1 record for 71 points. They have won six of their last ten games, and they are coming off a 4 – 2 road win against the Northeast Generals (the Rebels swept Northeast last weekend). They have scored 230 goals (most in the league) and have allowed 164 (sixteenth in the league). The Titans lead the league with the best power play having converted on 27.6% 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).

Mitch Machlitt leads the team in total points with sixty (23 goals and 37 assists) and goals (23). Outzen has a team best five game winning goals. Cade Penney has a team high +/- with +28 while Kyler Head has the most penalty minutes on the team with eighty-nine.

The Titans goaltenders have a combined 3.27 goals against average and .902 save percentage and one shutout (Pugliese).

Weekend Preview: 2/28 – 2/29/20: Titans travel to Attleboro for final series against Generals

The Titans travel to the New England Sports Village in Attleboro, MA to play the Northeast Generals for the final regular season series between the teams. Friday and Saturday’s games both begin at 7:00 PM.

Titans vs. Generals Overview
As mentioned above, this will be the final series between the teams this season with the Titans having won five of the previous six games by a combined score of 30 – 19. The last time they met was two weeks ago when they split the series at the Middletown Sports Complex. The Titans won the first game by a score of 6 – 2 but the Generals won the second game 7 – 3.

Dylan Schuett (1 goal and 4 assists) and Michael Heneghan (5 assists) each have five points against the Titans while Ricky Boysen and Ryan Kuzmich each have scored three goals. Northeast is 1 for 20 (5%) on the power play against New Jersey while their goaltenders have a combined 4.77 goals against average and .857 save percentage.

Kyle Jeffers has the most points against the Generals with nine (5 goals and 4 assists) and most goals scored (five). The Titans have gone 4 for 21 (19%) on the power play. New Jersey’s goaltenders have a combined 3.12 goals against average and .906 save percentage.

Generals Overview
The Generals are currently in last place in the East Division with a 19-25-1-1 record for forty points. They have scored 145 goals (seventeenth in the league) and they have allowed 176 (twenty first in the league). Northeast has won five of its last ten games, and they are coming off a 3 – 2 road win against the Maine Nordiques (the two teams split last weekend). They have converted on 15.2% of their powerplay chances (nineteenth in the league) and have prevented the opposition from scoring on 78.9% (fifteenth in the league) of the time on the penalty kill.

Heneghan leads the Generals in total points with thirty-four (3 assists and 31 points) while Gerard Marretta has scored the most goals with sixteen. Jonathan Young has scored the most game winning goals with four. Jared Lambright and Young each have a team high +6. Heneghan leads the team in penalty minutes with 135.

Northeast’s goaltenders have a combined 3.67 goals against average and a .890 save percentage with no shutouts.

Titans Overview
The Titans are in the first place in the East Division with a 34 – 12 – 0 – 1 record for 69 points. They have won five of their last ten games, and they are coming off a 4 – 3 road loss to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights. They also have lost four straight games. They have scored 219 goals (most in the league) and have allowed 157 (fifteenth in the league). The Titans lead the league with the best power play having converted on 28% 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).

Mitch 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 +28 while Kyler Head has the most penalty minutes on the team with eighty-seven.

The Titans goaltenders have a combined 3.26 goals against average and .900 save percentage. Patrick Pugliese has 2.95 GAA and .911 SV% with one shutout.

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.

Titans fall to Jamestown 5 – 3

The visiting New Jersey Titans lost 5 – 3 to the Jamestown Rebels last night at Northwest Arena as the Rebels completed the weekend sweep between the two teams. It was the Titans third straight loss, the most this season.

At 2:53 of the opening period, Jamestown’s Spencer Cosway was called for head contact to give the Titans the man advantage. Less then a minute later, Mitch Machlitt scored his team high twenty-third goal of the season to start the scoring.

After Jamestown dumped the puck into center ice to clear the puck, it was picked up by Ole Andersen at the top of his own zone and he sent a long pass up to Michael Outzen at the far side blue line. As Outzen gained the line, he went to the net. As he reached the goal line, he centered the puck out front to Machlitt who jammed it into the net past Jamestown’s goalie Noah West to give the Titans a 1 – 0 lead.

With 3:27 left in the first period, Jamestown’s Brett Morich tied the game. After Hansson won the draw deep inside the Titans zone, the puck went back to Ian Carpenter at the point. Carpenter lobbed the puck towards the corner where it wrapped around the Titans net and picked by Andersen. As Andersen came out of the corner, he sent an errant pass out front that was intercepted by Morich who took a shot that trickled through Patrick Pugliese’s five hole and into the net.

Matthew Iasenza was called for goalie interference at 4:23 of the middle stanza to give Jamestown the man advantage. Twenty-three seconds later Eric Olson gave the Rebels the lead. After Renars Karkls kept the puck in the offensive by gloving down a high pass along the far side boards, he sent the puck down low to Hansson who was to the right of Pugliese. Hansson centered the puck out into the slot to Olson and the Rebels captain beat Pugliese to give Jamestown the 2 – 1 lead.

At 5:52 of the second, Chris Garbe tied the game. After the Rebels took a shot that was saved by Pugliese, the rebound came out to the slot where it was picked up by Cade Penney. Penney immediately passed the puck to Garbe on his left. Garbe skated from the top of his own slot into the offensive zone and beat West blocker side for his eighteenth goal of the season.

Jamestown regained the lead with 8:27 left in the second. With a scrum behind the Titans net, Morich picked up the loose puck and tried to wrap it around the net, but it was saved by Pugliese. The biscuit came loose to Hansson along the goal line and he centered it through the goal mouth to Jordan Cormier who tucked it into the open net to make it 3 – 2.

Josef Glamos tied the game at three with 2: 49 left in the middle stanza. After Glamos won the draw deep inside the Rebels zone, the puck went back to Shane Haviland at the top of the far side faceoff circle. Haviland passed it back to Brody Medeiros at the near side point and the Titans captain took a shot that was saved by West but Glamos tucked in the rebound for his fifteenth goal of the year.

Jamestown took the lead for good with 6:40 into the third period. Olson tried to control the puck along the end boards behind the Titans net. He brought the puck into the far side corner and then skated back towards the Titans net where it passed the puck to Nick Siffringer who was caddy corner to Pugliese’s glove side. Siffringer passed it out front to Valentino Passarelli who took a quick shot that beat Pugliese, short, glove side to give the Rebels a 4 – 3 lead.

Karkls closed out the scoring with 2:42 left in the game to give Jamestown the 5 – 3 victory.

Pugliese stopped 26 of 31 shots while West turned aside 37 of 40. Click here for the box score.

The Titans will play their third of seven straight road games on Wednesday when they travel to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton for a matinee game against the Knights beginning at 2:00pm.

Weekend Preview: 2/21 – 2/22/20; Titans travel to Jamestown for series

The New Jersey Titans will travel to Jamestown, NY to take on the Rebels at the Northwest Arena for two games this weekend with both games (Friday and Saturday) beginning at 7:05PM. Should the Titans win both games, they will at least clinch a playoff spot for the fifth time in the team’s five-year history.

This will be start of a seven-game road trip for the Titans with four of the games against the Rebels (the others are two against the Northeast Generals and the other is against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights).

Titans vs. Rebels Overview
This will be the third meeting between the two teams with the Titans winning all four prior games by a combined score of 20 – 6. The last time they met was back on December 20 and 21, 2019.

Liam Hansson has the most points against the Titans with three (all assists) while defenseman Renars Karkls has scored the most goals (two) against them. The Rebels are 1 for 16 (6%) on the powerplay while their goaltenders have a combined 5.00 goals against average and .837 save percentage.

Cam Gendron has the most points against the Rebels with six (5 goals and 1 assist) and goals (five). The Titans are 7 for 16 (44%) on the powerplay while their goaltenders have a combined 1.50 goals against average and .946 save percentage with one shoutout (Patrick Pugliese back on October 25, 2019).

Rebels Overview
The Rebels are currently in sixth place in the East Division with an 18-27-1-2 record for 39 points, thirty points behind division leading New Jersey. Jamestown is 6 – 4 in their last ten games, and they are coming off a 1 – 0 road loss to the Johnstown Tomahawks (Johnstown swept the Rebels last weekend). The Rebels have scored 110 goals (23rd in the league) and they have allowed 148 (15th most in the league). Jamestown has converted on 17.2% (16th in the league) of their chances on the power play and have prevented the opposition from scoring on the penalty kill 78.1% (19th in the league).

The Rebels are led by Noah Finstrom’s thirty-seven points (13 goals and 24 assists). Eric Olson leads the team in goals with seventeen, game winning goals (five) and penalty minutes (130). Danny Magnuson and Spencer Cosway each have a team best +/- of +5.

Jamestown’s goaltenders have a combined 2.86 goals against average and .911 save percentage with two shutouts (Noah West).

Titans Overview
The Titans are in the first place in the East Division with a 34 – 9 – 0 – 1 record for 69 points. They have won seven of their last ten games, and they are coming off a 7 – 3 home loss against the Northeast Generals (the Titans split with the Generals last weekend). They have scored 211 goals (most in the league) and have allowed 143 (eleventh in the league). The Titans are first in the league on the power play having converted on 27.8% of their chances while they have prevented the opposition from scoring on the penalty kill 84.0% of the time (tenth best in the league).

Mitch Machlitt leads the team in total points with fifty-eight (22 goals and 36 assists) and goals (22). Michael Outzen has a team best five game winning goals. Cade Penney has a team high +/- with +31 while Brody Medeiros has the most penalty minutes on the team with sixty-four.

The Titans goaltenders have a combined 3.12 goals against average and .906 save percentage. Patrick Pugliese has 3.19 GAA and .904 SV% with one shutout (Pugliese).

TPT Blog Day 3 – Up way too early, game day and returning to Jersey

Normally playing junior hockey, you don’t have to wake up at 8am. It’s nice. Get to sleep in and all that. However, for this day breakfast was served at 8:30am so alas, we woke up at a reasonable time. We all headed downstairs draped in Titans’ apparel to the now familiar breakfast of eggs, bacon, potatoes, and sausage. Now I can’t say for certain that not everyone that was supposed to be there wasn’t there, but I can say the room seemed a little emptier than the day before. Whether it was a blessing or a curse we sat at our own table this time.We headed back to our rooms after clearing our plates. This time we only had until 10:30am until the bus left for our 12:30pm game. As I had been so unfortunate to wake up at 8am earlier that morning, I decided to go back to bed. Waking up well rested after my alarm buzzed at 10am sharp, I showered up and packed my belongings. We were leaving directly from the rink after our game, so we had to bring all that we had packed.

My heavier than normal Titans duffel bag weighed my right side down. And as I dragged it down the side of the New England Sports Village towards our team van in the back, I began to question my decision of packing a foam roller, a book, a weekend edition of the Wall Street Journal, and an extra pair of white sneakers (although rather stylish I might add).

Anyways after that debacle my teammates and I headed to the locker room to prepare for our game against the Selects Blue. Armed with my experience of my prior day’s entombment, I went straight into my routine this time, and had a much better (and less stressful) warmup. We took the ice one more time, and once again our boys did well, as our East Team won 3-1 in a hard-fought game.

After the game the NAHL commissioner, Mark Frakenfeld, congratulated us on a great showing and told us we got to keep the jerseys and added that a replica of our jersey that we signed would be auctioned off. So, feel free to place bids on your favorite Titans players Jersey. It’s green, I bet you don’t have a green Titans jersey, just saying. Note: We also got fancy hats! Very cool.

Sitting in the locker room proud of putting our best foot forward I looked around towards some of the players I had been used to playing against all year. It put a face to some of the names, a character behind the jersey, a person to the player. We all said our goodbyes and packed the bus (collectively this time). As we cruised down highway 95 Cade Penney took the aux and we bumped to his playing of “Crank That” by Soulja Boy. Gazing out the oversized windows of our rented 15-seater van, we took in the surrounding sights and scenery as we headed back home to New Jersey, eager to get back to work and finish the season strong.

Editor’s Note: I would like to thank Patrick Pugliese and Yllano Tubilleja for their time and effort for working on this blog. We all hope you gained a better understanding the day of a player and equipment manager.

TPT Blog Day 2 – Something is strange but it’s game day!

After our previous day of travels, we all got a good night’s rest and woke up for 9:30 am breakfast at the hotel. We sat down with some players from Chippewa (on the Midwest team) and ate our breakfast of eggs, bacon, sausage, and potatoes. Despite having to play them later in the day, the breakfast did not end in fisticuffs but rather with us clearing our plates and heading to our rooms for a pregame nap, just like every other game day.

After our nap, we headed downstairs in our suits to get on the bus to the rink. Sharing an isle with some players from Wilkes, we made the 15-minute drive from our hotel to the rink, and prepared to put our best foot forward.

Off ice warmups felt a little off for us as we did not have the usual scheduled meetings beforehand. Unlike our usual meticulous schedule for game day, the only time we had to go off of was the previous game, as our on-ice warmups started immediately after the finishing of the earlier game on dirty ice. My teammates went off for their regular routine as I got my titans apparel on including my shorts, shirt, sweatshirt and red under armor shoes. I prepared to run around the rink with my headphones, racket ball and phone. However, before I was able to start my routine, I was stopped by an equipment rep for Vaughn. He explained that he could help me find new pants as well as mold a custom helmet for me. Since I was interested, he offered to do the molding before the game.

As I laid down with saran wrap surrounding my eyes and a hair net atop my head, I began to regret my decision. Before I could muster out a change of heart, I was instructed to close my eyes as my temporary plaster sarcophagus was draped around me. As I laid in utter darkness in what felt like an eternity, thoughts began to race in my head. “What if my warmups is ruined and I play bad because of it?” An earlier conversation with coach Craig popped up in my head. “If a car salesman says you can have the car for $400 a month what do you say?” Apparently “sure…?” was not the right answer. Craig explained to me that I had to negotiate for myself, stand up for myself, and not just take whatever was offered… like a plaster molding of my face before a showcase game. Well Craig, I did not stand up for myself this time, sorry. Hindsight is 20/20, I guess. The molded helmet will be really good for me though, a big increase in protection and comfort I hear.

Anyways as my plaster cage was lifted, I hurried away to complete my warmup and got my gear on to head onto the ice. On ice warmups were a little unconventional with the unclean ice and slightly different shooting drills, but we made the most of it. Our coaching staff came in, Craig and Johnstown’s coach Mike Letizia gave us some advice. They told us to do the right things and to do what we do best, and not treat it just like an all-star game. “Play the game the right way” more or less.

All of us performed well, Cam Gendron scored in the first in what would end up being a 3-1 victory for team East. After the game we ate at the rink in a room set up for the players during the showcase. We enjoyed our meal of steak, green beans, mashed potatoes, and sliced bread. After we were finished, we got back on the bus to get some rest for tomorrow’s game.

Hanging out in the hotel together, we turned on our Monday night ritual, the Bachelor. Small spoiler, big drama coming up with Victoria F (my future girlfriend). After that exciting episode we got ready for bed to get some sleep before our game against selects blue the next day.