The New Jersey Titans completed a successful first half of the season by notching a 21-10-1-1 record. The Titans sit fourth overall in the league standings and second in the East Division standings with 44 points. The Titans are just five points behind the Aston Rebels, who lead both the East Division and the entire NAHL in points.
Despite a 4-4 record in the month of December, the Titans have had plenty of positive takeaways from the first half of the season.
Craig Doremus has shined in his first season as head coach of the Titans. Before the season, Doremus placed emphasis on an offensive mentality, and his team has done just that.
“We are OK with our first half play and results. I think our team came together as a family and that’s important. We focused on our team culture and team first mentality. Obviously you are never content with how you play, you always want to strive to be better. I think our focus will now shift towards tightening up our style of play and making sure we are playing the right way down the stretch and into the playoffs,” Doremus said. “Our collective goal from day one was to play for a Robertson Cup. We have a lot of talented young men who are willing to sacrifice personal achievements to capture a title together. I look forward to getting back to work next week.”
The Titans are currently second in goals scored in the league with 121. Their offensive eruption has been fueled by the unselfishness of Gordie Helmuth, Danny Eruzione and Maxim Andreev. The three Titans players have contributed to 69% of the Titans goals scored, with a combined 84 individual points amongst the three players.
The Titans have had balanced play in and out of Middletown, as they have earned 22 points at home, and 22 points on the road.
After losing in the first round in the Robertson Cup Playoffs last year to the Johnstown Tomahawks, the Titans are looking to advance further this season.
With the forth most points at the midway point of the season, the Titans have proven to be a serious contender for the Robertson Cup.
The Titans resume play at home in the Middletown Sports Complex against the league-leading Aston Rebels on Wednesday, January 11 at 7:45 P.M.
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By: Richie Todd