The Titans and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights will be playing a home and home series this weekend with the first game being played at the Revolution Ice Center on Friday, November 1 while the second game will be played at the Middletown Sports Complex on Saturday, November 2. Both games begin at 7:00 PM. This weekend’s games will complete a three-game mini-series between the two teams.
Titans and Knights Overview
Wednesday of this week was the first meeting between the teams this season with the Titans winning 7 – 3 game at the Revolution Ice Center. Five Titans players (Tyler Nasca, Kyler Jeffers, Shane Haviland, Mitch Machlitt and Gavin Gulash) each had two points with Machlitt scoring two goals. Three Knights players (Tyrone Bronte, Lincoln Hatten, Spencer Kring) had two points apiece against the Titans.
Patrick Pugliese stopped 35 of 38 shots while WBS netminders Zach Stejskal and Alex Contey combined to stop 33 of 40 shots for a .825 save percentage.
The Knights are currently in third place in the East Division with a 9-8-1 record for 19 points (7 points behind the division leading Titans). WBS is 5 – 5 in their last ten games, and they are coming off a 7 – 3 home loss to the Titans. The Knights have scored 57 goals (third best in the league) while they have allowed 65 (second most in the league). WBS is fourth in the league on the power play having converted on 36.1% of their chances on the power play while they are last on the penalty kill by preventing the opposition from converting on 55.3% on their chances.
WBS is led by Lincoln Hatten’s 26 points (13 goals and 13 assists). Hatten also has scored the most goals (13) while having scored the most game winning goals (four). Tryone Bronte, Johnny Kalijian and Hatten each have a team high +/- with a +15. Beck Moore leads the team with thirty-one penalty minutes.
The Knights goaltenders have a combine 3.42 goals against average and .893 save percentage with zero shutouts.
The Titans are in first place in the East Division with a 13-2-0 record for 26 points (tied for most in the league). New Jersey is 9 – 1 in their last ten games and are currently on an eight-game winning streak. They are coming off a 7 – 3 road win against the Knights. The Titans have scored 73 goals (best in the league) while they have allowed 39 (tenth best in the league). The Titans lead the league on the power play converting on 40% of their changes while they are fifth in the league shorthanded killing off 91.2% of their chances.
The Titans are led by Mitch Machlett’s twenty-two points (9 goals and 13 assists). Machlitt also has scored the most goals with nine. Machlitt, Kyle Jeffers and Michael Outzen each have two game winning goals. Machlett leads the team with a +/- +14. Brody Medeiros leads the team in penalty minutes with twenty-three.
Arseni Sergeev and Patrick Pugliese have a combined 2.51 goals against average and .919 save percentage with one shutout (Pugliese).