MIDDLETOWN, New Jersey – The New Jersey Titans spilt its 2016-17 opening weekend with a win and an overtime loss against division rival, Wilkes-Bare/Scranton Knights in North American Hockey League action.
On Friday night, the Titans hit the road to take on the Knights the Revolution Ice Centre and it was New Jersey skating away with the 5-3 victory. Newcomers Danny Eruzione and Kyle Perkowski netted a pair of goals each, while netminder Harrison Feeney stooped 40 of 43 shots.
“Overall not a terrible weekend for our club. Obviously you want to take advantage of your home ice and get two points but for us to collect three of the four available points is not terrible. We saw some good things and some bad things that we need to address. We will have a good practice Monday in New Jersey and another Tuesday afternoon in Minnesota before we play our first game Wednesday afternoon,” said Head Coach, Craig Doremus.
Saturday night, in front of an almost sellout crowd, the Titans were able to jump out to a 2-1 lead after the first period over WBS with goals from Gordie Helmuth and Andrew Husted, both scoring their first career NAHL goals.
In the second, the Titans were able to jump out to a 3-2 thanks to great defense and goaltending, especially killing a 5-on3 for two minutes.
However, in the third, the Knights Andrew Jackson scored the game-tying goal half way through, his second of the night, forcing the game into overtime.
In the extra session, Jackson completed the hat trick scoring the game-winner on a scramble in front sending the Knights home with the 4-3 overtime win.
Rookie Brandon Bussi made 19 saves in the overtime loss.
“This should be a fun, intense, exciting weekend for our hockey club and players. We look forward to the Blaine showcase and the opportunity to play in front of the hockey world,” Doremus added.
The Titans are 1-0-1-0 on the short season, and now travel to Blaine, MN for the NAHL Showcase at Schwan Rink. All the action can be viewed live via FastHcokey.com
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