After allowing their opponents back into yesterday’s game to force overtime, the New Jersey Titans wanted to make a statement and jump out to an early lead over the Danbury Jr Hat Tricks. Instead, they ran into a stout defense and had to come from behind themselves, but the Titans dug deep and left the Hat City with a 2-1 victory.
Despite outshooting the Hat Tricks 13-5 in the first period, Danbury’s CJ Kier could not be solved. Making his NAHL debut, Dylan Krick was also strong, directing rebounds to safe areas. New Jersey would generate 3 shots on goal during the only power play of the period, but the teams went into the locker rooms scoreless after 20 minutes of play.
In the second period, Danbury would strike first. Jacob Roberson beat Krick to the blocker side for a power play goal and his third of the season. The Titans responded 3:01 after, with Dominik Bartecko knotting things up before the intermission. With the goal, Bartecko moves into a tie for the team lead in points with Arhip Sidarovich. Leo Schwartz got the primary assist, his second point in as many games, and Tyler Lee’s secondary assist was his first in the NAHL. After 40 minutes, the teams were no closer to finding a winner.
The third period saw both teams lock down defensively, with only 11 shots on goal between the two combined. Despite this, Danbury seemed to get the better chances, including hitting the post twice. Krick stood tall and would not concede another goal for the rest of the game, and with 4:31 to go, Kristophers Krumins scored what proved to the the game winning goal. Dylan Krick recorded the win for New Jersey in his first NAHL start, and the Titans got on the bus to go home with two wins in two days.
Now, the Titans prepare for the NAHL Showcase in Blaine, MN, beginning on Wednesday, September 13th, where they will play four games in four days. The trip begins against the defending Midwest Division Champions Minnesota Wilderness, with a scheduled 8:00pm Eastern faceoff. All games from the showcase will be streamed live on NAHLtv.
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