ASTON, Penn. – The Titans started off 2016 with a 2-1 win on the road in a tight one towards the end.
Despite missing two key defensemen including team captain Pat Gazillo to a hand injury, the Titans looked fresh and ready to get back to playing after a two-week break.
The Aston Rebels got within one with just under six minutes to play. It came off the stick of Brennan Kapcheck. From there on out, the Titans were able to maintain pressure on the Rebels and limit their chances.
After being unable to capitalize on their first power play, the Titans established possession and created multiple chances on their second. After some swift play by Andrew Durham, Ray Brice was able to connect with Keegan Miller.
Miller now leads the team in goals with 13 on the season.
Both teams created plenty of chances in the second period but neither was able to put the puck in the back of its opponent’s nets.
It took until the third before the Titans were able to get on the board again. This time it was a cross-ice pass by Joe Shuler than hopped over the goal stick of Dorion Hansen who was trying to poke check it, but it found the tape of Victor Ostling. With most of the top shelf exposed, all Ostling had to do was put the puck on frame to give the Titans a two-goal lead.
It was Ostling’s seventh goal of the season.
Titans’ goalie Spencer Wright made 25 saves en route to his seventh win of the season while the Titans outshot the Rebels 28-26.
The Titans also went 1-for-4 on the power play while the Rebels went 1-for-5 on the power play.
Both teams will return to the ice Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. at Middletown Ice World.
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