Coming off a 5-2 loss on Saturday afternoon, the Titans cruised to a 10-3 victory on Sunday over the Northeast Generals to split a weekend series in Attleboro, Mass.
Out of the 18 skaters that dressed on Sunday, 15 of them recorded at least a point in the win that improved the Titans’ record to 4-3-1. Eric Johansson led the team with a three-point night, picking up two goals and an assist in the victory, while goaltender Matt Ladd made 18 saves on 21 shots.
Head coach Craig Doremus said it was a big game for some of the players who were looking to get on the scoresheet for the first time this season.
“A lot guys were able to get on track on Sunday,” Doremus said. “I know a lot of them were squeezing their sticks a little bit, and I think there was some tough puck luck on Saturday, but they were able to bounce back and find a way to get on the scoresheet.”
The Titans jumped to a three-goal lead in the first period with goals from Oliver McDonald, Johansson and Ryan Naumovski.
In the second period, Matthew Headland and Wade Novak tacked on another two goals before the Generals responded with two goals of their own. Heading into the third period up 5-2, the Titans blitzed the Generals with five more goals, coming off the sticks of Naumovski, Johansson, Andrew Husted, Eric Manoukian and Hunter Alden.
It was a crucial bounce-back win for the Titans, who gave up four goals in the third period of a 5-2 loss to the Generals on Saturday. The win also snaps a two-game losing streak, as the Titans were coming off a 1-0 loss to the Aberdeen Wings in the final game of the NAHL Showcase in Blaine, Minn.
Doremus said the loss on Saturday wasn’t from a lack of effort considering the Titans heavily outshot the Generals by a margin of 44-25.
“I tell the guys every day, when we’re not generating offensive chances, we’re in trouble. We generated a lot of good chances on Saturday but ran into good goaltending,” he said. “It’s good to see that a bunch of our players had a good weekend. Now they feel better about their game which is important when the team is preparing for a big weekend against the (Philly) Rebels.”
The Titans’ next game is on Sunday Oct. 8 at 6:20 p.m. as they face the currently undefeated Philly Rebels (6-0-0) at the Class of 1923 Arena in Philadelphia. You can watch all the action as the game will be streamed on hockeytv.com.