The New Jersey Titans saw their seven game point streak come to an end Friday night, falling to the Maine Nordiques by a score of 6 to 2 in the first meeting between the teams this season.
The first period saw New Jersey nearly double Maine’s shots by a 15 to 8 margin, but neither team would be able to find the back of the net. However, the Titans would begin the 2nd period on the power play, and 20 seconds into the frame Reece Brednich banged home a rebound from a Matej Teply blast from the point to give New Jersey the 1-0 lead. For Brednich, it was his 7th goal of the season, and captain Dominick Rivelli picked up the other helper. The Nordiques would answer back about eight minutes later with a 4 on 4 goal that pinballed its way in. Just under a minute later, the Nordiques struck again to give themselves a 2-1 lead. Things went from bad to worse with a Maine shorthanded goal at 13:51, and the Titans found themselves trailing by two. Rivelli would get one back by intercepting a breakout pass and going bar down for his 9th of the season, and drawing the Titans within one after 40 minutes of play.
New Jersey would not be able to replicate the same success in the beginning of the third period, and gradually saw the game grow out of reach with three goals scored in a span of six minutes by the Nordiques, leading to a 6-2 victory for Maine. With the loss, the Titans again fall out of playoff contention by a point, but have an opportunity to jump over idle Johnstown back into 6th place with a victory. For now, their record stands at 13-11-1. New Jersey will get back to it tomorrow night against Maine with a 7:00pm faceoff at The Colisee in Lewiston, Maine.