The Titans will be hosting the Maryland Black Bears for a two-game series beginning tomorrow night at the Middletown Sports Complex. Friday night’s game will begin at 7:35PM while Saturday’s puck drop is slated for 7:05 PM. This will be games three and four of a six game consecutive home stand for the Titans.
Black Bears and Titans Overview
This will be the second series between these teams this season with Maryland winning both games at the Middletown Sports Complex by a combined score of 9 – 6. The last time they met was back on October 17 with the Black Bears winning on a Grady Friedman goal in a shootout.
Maryland’s Daniel Colabufo, Luke Mountain and Garrett Szydlowski each have three points against the Titans while Colabufo has the most goals (two). The Black Bears are 0 – 2 on the power play. Maryland’s goalies have a combined 2.88 goals against average and .904 save percentage.
Defenseman Matt Doyle has three points (1 goal and 2 assists) against the Black Bears while Joe Schubert has scored the most goals against Maryland (two). The Titans are 0 for 5 on the power play. Goaltenders Berk Berkeliev and Louden Hogg have a combined 4.00 goals against average and .891 save percentage.
Black Bears Overview
Maryland is currently in fifth place in the East Division with a 3-2-1-0 record for seven points, seven points behind the division leading Maine Nordiques. This will be the Black Bears first series in two weeks after being swept by the Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks at home back on October 23 and 24 by a combined score of 7 – 4. The Black Bears have scored 23 goals (sixth in the league) while they have allowed 23 (19th in the league). They have converted on 11.1% of their chances on the power play (13th in the league) and they have prevented the opposition from scoring on the penalty kill 83.8% (ninth in the league).
Reid Leibold (4 goals and 3 assists) and Szydlowski (1 goal and 6) each have seven points to lead the team while Leibold has the most goals (four). Mountain has the most penalty minutes on the team (27) while Leibold also has a team best +5.
Maryland’s goaltenders Michael Morelli and Isaiah DiLaura have a combined 3.55 goals against average and .896 save percentage with no shutouts.
New Jersey is currently in fourth place in the East Division with a 2-3-1-3 record for eight points, six behind the Nordiques. Last weekend the Titans split a pair of games against the Northeast Generals having won the second game 5 – 2. The Titans have scored 26 goals (fourth in the league) while they have allowed 34 (22nd in the league). They have converted on 9.4% of their chances on the power play (15th in the league) and they have prevented the opposition from scoring on the penalty kill 84.6% (eighth in the league).
Tyler Nasca leads the team in total points with seven (1 goal and six assists) while Evan Werner has the most goals (five). Matthew Iasenza has the most penalty minutes with twenty while Doyle has a team best +5.
Berkeliev and Hogg have a combined 3.34 goals against average and .900 save percentage with no shutouts.