This weekend marks the first time ever that the New Jersey Titans will travel to Maine to play the Nordiques at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee arena in Lewiston, ME. Friday and Saturday night’s games both begin at 7:00PM.
Friday night’s game will be the Titans first game of the new year and their first in twenty days.
Titans vs. Nordiques Overview
The two teams have met four times with the Titans winning all of them by a combined score of 23 – 10 with all four games being played at the Middletown Sports Complex.
Noah Kane has the most points against the Titans with seven (1 goal and 6 assists) while Cannon Green and Timmy Kent each have scored two goals against New Jersey. The Nordiques are 5 for 16 (31%) on the power play. Maine’s netminders have a combined 5.75 goals against average and .806 save percentage.
Mitch Machlitt has eight points (5 goals and 3 assists) against the Nordiques. He also has the most goals against them. The Titans are 2 for 6 (33%) on the power play while netminders Patrick Pugliese and Arseni Sergeev have a combined 2.50 goals against average and .920 save percentage with no shutouts.
Maine currently is in fifth place in the East Division with a 14-21-2 record for 30 points, nineteen behind the Titans. They have won two of their last ten games and have lost four straight. They are coming off of a 7 – 3 home loss to the Fairbanks Ice Dogs. The Nordiques have scored 124 goals (seventh best in the league) while they have allowed 149 (worst in the league). Maine has converted on 24.1% of their chances on the power play (seventh in the league) while they have prevented their opposition from scoring 79% (fifteenth in the league) on the penalty kill.
Kane has the most points on the team with 41 (14 goals and 27 assists). Kane and Green each have fourteen goals to lead the team. Makem Demers and Trent Grimshaw have scored three game winning goals respectively. Isaiah Fox leads the team in penalty minutes with 162 while Green also has a team best +7.
Maine’s goaltenders have a combined 3.81 goals against average and .886 save percentage with one shutout (Avery Sturtz).
The Titans sit atop the East Division with a 24 – 5 – 0 – 1 record for 49 points. They have won seven of its last ten games, and they are coming off a 6 – 3 road win against the Jamestown Rebels. They have scored 140 goals (most in the league) and have allowed 88 (ninth in the league). The Titans are second in the league on the power play having converted on 30.7% of their chances while they have prevented the opposition from scoring on the penalty kill 84.4% of the time (eighth best in the league).
Machlitt leads the team in total points with thirty-nine (18 goals and 21 assists) and goals (18). Michael Outzen has a team best five game winning goals. Cade Penney has a team’s best and +/- with +22 while Brody Medeiros has the most penalty minutes on the team with fifty-eight.
The goaltending tandem of Pugliese (2.61 GAA and .918 SV%) and Sergeev (3.22 GAA and .899 SV%) have a combined 2.84 goals against average and .911 save percentage with one shutout (Pugliese).