Weekend preview: 1/17 – 1/18/20; Generals visit Titans for first time this season

Jan 16, 2020

The Titans will be hosting the Northeast Generals for two games this weekend at the Middletown Sports Complex. Friday’s game is slated to begin at 7:35 PM while Saturday’s game is set to begin at 7:05 PM. This will be the first time this season that the Titans will be hosting the Generals.

This weekend’s contests against Northeast will be games two and three out of a five straight home games for New Jersey.

Titans and Generals Overview
The teams met back in early October with the Titans winning both games by a combined score of 11 – 5. The last time they met (October 5, 2019) the Titans roared back from a three-goal deficit as Kyle Jeffers scored with twelve seconds remaining in regulation to tie the game. After a scoreless overtime, Josef Glamos and Mitch Machlitt scored in a shootout to give the Titans a 4 – 3 win.

The Generals have three players who have two points respectively against the Titans: Ricky Boysen (2 goals), Gerard Marretta (1 goal and 1 assist) and Dylan Schuett (both assists). Boysen has scored the most goals against New Jersey. Northeast is 0 for 7 on the powerplay, and their goaltenders have a combined 4.80 goals against average and .871 save percentage.

Jeffers has the most points against the General with five (3 goals and 2 assists) and goals (three). The Titans are 2 for 7 (29%) on the powerplay and goaltenders Patrick Pugliese and Arseni Sergeev has a combined 2.50 goals against average and .928 save percentage.

Generals Overview
The Generals currently reside in sixth place in the East Division with a 13-18-1-1 record for twenty-eight points, twenty-five behind division leading New Jersey. They have scored 98 goals (eighteenth in the league) and they have allowed 121 (sixteenth in the league). Northeast has won four of its last ten games, and they are coming off a 4 – 0 home loss to the Fairbanks Ice Dogs (the Generals were swept by Fairbanks last weekend). They have converted on 11.4% of their powerplay chances (twenty-fourth in the league) and have prevented the opposition from scoring on 78.6% (seventeenth in the league) of the time on the penalty kill.

Michael Heneghan leads the Generals with twenty-three total points (2 goals and 21 assists) while Liam McCanney has the most goals (10) and game winning goals (2). Aeden Drossos and Jonathan Young each have a team high +8. Heneghan leads the team in penalty minutes with 107.

Northeast has a combined 3.50 goals against average and a .898 save percentage with no shutouts.

Titans overview
The Titans are in the first place in the East Division with a 26 – 6 – 0 – 1 record for 53 points. They have won seven of its last ten games, and they are coming off a 5 – 4 home win against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights (the Titans have won two in a row). They have scored 154 goals (most in the league) and have allowed 103 (tenth in the league). The Titans are second in the league on the power play having converted on 29.2% of their chances while they have prevented the opposition from scoring on the penalty kill 82.6% of the time (tenth best in the league).

Machlitt leads the team in total points with forty-five (21 goals and 24 assists) and goals (21). Michael Outzen has a team best five game winning goals. Cade Penney and Machlitt have a team high +/- with +25 while Brody Medeiros has the most penalty minutes on the team with sixty.

The goaltending tandem of Pugliese (2.89 GAA and .911 SV%) and Sergeev (3.28 GAA and .898 SV%) have a combined 3.04 goals against average and .906 save percentage with one shutout (Pugliese).