On Wednesday night the New Jersey Junior Titans traveled to Long Island to take on the New York Bobcats in an Eastern Hockey League Showdown. After 60 minutes of hard fought play the Junior Titans walked away with a 3-2 victory. The win brings the Junior Titans record to 8-11-1-1 while dropping the Junior Bobcats to 6-7-4-1.
Bobcats Defensemen Will Campion got the scoring started early in the first. Carlos Ross grabbed a rebound and dished a nice pass to line mate Reid Bibb who touched it to Campion who made it 1-0 Bobcats at 2:15 of the first period. The Titans battled through the early adversity and at 10:24 of the first period Titans Forward Cameron Klein (12gp 3g 2a 5pts) buried a rebound and notched his third goal of the year, tying the score. Assists came from Mac Howey (21gp 8g 7a 15pts) and Cj Geeza (9gp 3g 7a 10pts).
The second period had the same feel as the first with both teams notched at goal apiece. A nice shot from Bobcats defensemen that was deflected in front of the Titan goal, gave the Junior Bobcats a 2-1 lead at 14:30 of the second period. The Titans wouldn’t go away, and just 3 minutes later the Titans capitalized on a power play opportunity when Cj Geeza’s clapper from the point was deflected in front by Forward Ryan Price (16gp 5g 5a 10pts) to notch the game up at 2. “Jimmy (Burns) had a great keep at the point and slid me the puck, I saw (Ryan) Price in front and was able to get the shot through, it was a great play all around” said Geeza.
The third period saw both teams trading blows, but solid play by Michael DePhillips (3-3 .915%) kept the Bobcats offense in check. At 18:40 of the third period Titans defenseman Matt Armenti (10gp 3g 3a 6pts) scored the game winning goal off a great turnover created down low by Cj Geeza and Captain Jimmy Burns. Armenti found the puck, moved to the slot and took a quick shot to give the Junior Titans a 3-2 lead and the eventual win: “In between periods we talked about our defense being more active in our offensive zone and it paid off. Burns and Geeza did a great job down low and I was able to finish in the slot. This was a great team win for us,” said Armenti after the game.
The Junior Titans look to keep the winning ways going when the team heads to Tewksbury, Massachusetts November 29 to December 1 for the Eastern Hockey League’s Thanksgiving Showcase.