by Richie Todd – Titans Media Department
MIDDLETOWN, New Jersey.- The New Jersey Titans won the second game of the home-and home series against the Aston Rebels, 3-1, on Saturday night at the Middletown Sports Complex. The Titans are now six points behind the league leading, and division leading Rebels with their victory tonight.
After allowing 31 shots on goal to the Rebels the previous night, the Titans allowed only 18 shots on goal tonight and had allowed only eight shots on goal after the first two periods of play. New Jersey captain and defenseman Will Riedell played a big part in the victory tonight with a third period goal. Riedell was also a contributing factor to a solid Titans defense that seemed bolstered with energy after losing to the Rebels the night before.
“We definitely had some spark and we came out with some jump and that really helps us every night. We were ready to get back after it,” said Riedell.
The Titans and Rebels battled each other in a physical and defensive 1-1 game throughout the first two periods. The tie was broken in the third period when forward Todd Goehring scored the go-ahead goal for the Titans that gave them a 2-1 lead. It was only Goehring’s fourth goal this season, but it may have been his most important one thus far.
“It was pretty special. I mean all the boys were grinding tonight and we happened to have a good face-off from set play, off that draw. [Jordan] Kaplan was able to kick it back to me, I got it on net, and it happened to find the back of the net, so that was huge for our team,” said Goehring, in regards to his game-deciding goal.
When Titans’ head coach Craig Doremus was asked about the win, he emphasized how it’s important that his team knows that they can compete with the best competition in the league.
“For our guys, it’s not so much proving to me or the coaching staff, it’s proving to themselves that they can compete with the top echelon teams in this league on a day-to-day basis, and I thought they proved that in leaps and bounds over the last 48-hours,” said Doremus.
The Titans won the first game of their six-game homestand that will continue at the Middletown Sports Complex on Wednesday afternoon at 12:45 P.M. against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights.
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