Weekend Preview: 11/6 – 11/7

Nov 5, 2015

For the fifth straight time the Titans will faceoff against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights at Revolution Ice Centre.

The Titans will return home to Middletown Ice World on Saturday, Nov. 6 for a 7:30 p.m. puck drop against the Johnstown Tomahawks. The Tomahawks were the last opponent that the Titans played other than the Knights.

Last four games vs. Wilkes-Barre Scranton:

The two teams have split the first four games with both teams taking a win at home and on the road.

During the current in-season five-game series the Titans have outscored the Knights 14-10, however the Knights have outshot the New Jersey 142-130. The Titans are 4-2-0 vs. the Knights so far this season, collecting eight of 12 possible points.

Last time vs. Johnstown:

The Titans spoiled the Tomahawks first home weekend, sweeping them with a 6-5 overtime victory on Oct. 16 and a 3-0 shutout by Berry the following night. on Oct. 17.

In the first game the Titans saw the Tomahawks come back from multiple goal deficits twice. The Titans jumped out to a three-goal lead only to have three unanswered goals in the second period. Then New Jersey was able to retake the lead and add an insurance goal scored but it still wasn’t enough.

All five of Johnstown’s goals came on the power play.

Bruno Birzitis scored the overtime winner to secure the win Friday night, while the Titans didn’t allow a goal the following night winning the game 3-0.

Penalty Minutes: NAHL East Division vs. everyone else:

The NAHL’s four most penalized teams are all in the east division.

  1. Johnstown Tomahawks                                471 PIM
  2. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights                  375 PIM
  3. Aston Rebels:                                                 355 PIM
  4. New Jersey Titans:                                        342 PIM
  5. Austin Bruins:                                                308 PIM

Berry Picking:

Goaltender Jack Berry came into last Friday’s contest vying for his third straight shutout. With the Titans with a four-goal lead last Friday, Jacob Hamacher got one past Berry at 13:52 of the third period. The goal ended a span of 181:53 in which Berry didn’t allow a goal.

Couscous Cusanelli:

The Middletown native and Christian Brothers Academy alumnus had a three-point night with a two goals and an assist last Friday night against the Knights. He now leads the team in goals with nine and points with 17.

How Swede it is:

The Titans acquired Stockholm native Victor Ostling from the Aberdeen Wings in exchange for Christopher Murphy. Ostling impressed in his debut with the Titans, scoring the first goal of the weekend and another the following night at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

Ostling now has four points on the season having recorded two assists with Aberdeen.