Anthony Calafiore and Ben Muthersbaugh scored to lead the visiting Titans to a 2 – 1 win over the Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks to complete a weekend sweep between the teams.
Danbury’ Thomas Delfarno opened the scoring with 8:18 remaining in the first period. Titans’ newcomer Dante Palumbo was called for kneeing with 9:46 left in the period to give the Tricks the man advantage. As time was winding down on the powerplay and looking to set up in the Titans zone, the Tricks’ Robert Hyde took a clapper from the near side faceoff circle that was saved by Titans Zak Brice, but the deep rebound went all the way to far side point where it was kept in the zone by Delfarno who passed it down low to Andrew Eberling. Eberling sent a return pass to Delfarno who then started to walk the line. As he reached the top of the slot, Delfarno took a slapshot that found its way through a screen and past Brice for Delfarno’s first goal of the season.
Danbury’s Nash Jacobsma was called for slashing just fifty-two seconds into the middle stanza. Almost a minute later Anthony Calafiore would knot the score at one. Calafiore started the play at the far side faceoff dot inside the Tricks zone. He sent it back to Eric Charpentier at the point who immediately sent a cross-ice pass to Brendan Dumas. As Dumas started to break towards the net, Dumas passed it down low to Levente Keresztes who was to the left side of the Tricks net. Keresztes made a backdoor pass through the goalmouth and Calafiore one-timed it passed Danbury’s netminder Marino Ramirez and into the cage for Calafiore’s third goal in four games back with the team.
With 9:03 remaining in the third period, Ben Muthersbaugh gave the Titans the lead for good. Palumbo started the play at the top of his own near side faceoff circle and sent a long stretch pass that just missed the outstretched arms of Brady Hildreth. As the puck started to go towards the Danbury end wall, Hildreth picked up the loose biscuit and went behind and around the Tricks net. As he started to skate back, Hildreth passed the biscuit to Scott Cremen at the top of the faceoff circle. Cremen sent it back to Muthersbaugh at the top of the slot and the forward took a long wrist shot that beat Ramirez long side to close out the scoring and make it a 2 – 1 game. It was Muthersbaugh’s second goal of the season.
Brice, who played well, stopped 23 of 24 shots while Ramirez turned aside 45 of 47. Click here for the complete box score.
The Titans will finally return home and play their home opener on Friday, September 30 at 7:30PM against the Maryland Black Bears.