Newark, NJ – After Saturday's home 9-6 win over the Rockets, the only thing that could make the weekend better would have been another good, strong, complete effort in Newark. Not only did Titans Head Coach Brandon Kape get that, he got more. He got an 8-1 drubbing of the Rockets on their home at the Prudential Center where they have been outstanding all year long.
Saturday's game set the tone for the weekend as a 2-1 game after the first period in favor of the Rockets became a 5-5 game after two periods. The Titans however owned the 3rd period striking four times in the third en route to the 9-6 victory over the Rockets. Trever Ralph made 25 saves to pick up the win in net for the Titans. Offensively, the Titans were led by a number of multiple point scorers as Mike Ludwig, Connor Grogan, and Billy Dovenero each recorded a goal and an assist. Ryan Price had three assists, Nikita Samoylov had a goal and two assists, which Rich Salava led the way with two goals and an assist.
Sunday's game proved to be the best and most enjoyable game of the season and put the MJHL team in great shape down the stretch assuming they take care of business. The late 8 PM road start proved to be no obstacle as the Titans played strong from the get go. Ralph again got the win in net stopping 29 shots for the good guys. The scoring was opened early as Todd Unger struck just 1:49 into the game on assists from Samoylov and Dovenero. That would be the only first period marker however. The second period was the difference however as the Titans got six second period goals to pour it on and open up the lead. Goals were scored by Dovenero and Samoylov with two each, Jordan Yuro, and Nikita Klinisovs. While the Rockets got one back in the third, Rich Salava added a short-handed marker for good measure in the third.
Said Coach Kape of the weekend effort, "I feel like we played 5 good periods of hockey this weekend. We finished off our opportunities. We went on the road and beat our biggest rivals in a place that they have lost two games all year in and both were to us." Kape added, "We really have 5 lines that can go and it’s the first time all year that everyone has been healthy and everyone is putting the puck in the net and guys are shutting other teams down. Getting Salava back and picking up Grogan and Litwack has been a huge help. Good leadership has contributed and everyone really did their job this weekend."