Weekend Preview: 4/23 – 4/23; Titans close out home games against Danbury

Weekend Preview: 4/23 – 4/23; Titans close out home games against Danbury

The Titans will be hosting the Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks this weekend at the Middletown Sports Complex. This two-game series will close out New Jersey’s regular season home schedule for the 2020-21 campaign. After this weekend, the Titans will have five remaining games – all on the road, including a game against the Jr. Hat Tricks on May 4. Friday and Saturday night games both start at 7:30 PM.

Jr. Hat Tricks vs. Titans Overview
This will be games six and seven of the eight games series between the teams. The Titans have won three of the previous five games by a combined score of 21 to 16. Both Danbury wins have been in overtime. In fact, the last time these teams played was back on March 10 when the Hat Tricks’ Levi Stauber scored thirty-eight seconds into overtime to give Danbury a 5 – 4 win.

Alex Krause leads Danbury with six total points (2 goals and 4 assists) against the Titans while Shane Murphy and Stauber each have three goals against the Red Buckets. The Tricks are 6 for 22 (27%) on the powerplay against the Titans. Danbury’s goaltenders have a combined 4.00 goals against average with .876 save percentage with no shutouts.

Nick Seitz leads the Titans with eight total points (6 goals and 2 assists) and goals (6) against Danbury. The Red Buckets also are 6 for 22 (27%) on the powerplay against the Jr. Hat Tricks while the Titans netminders have a 3.18 goals against average and .916 save percentage with no shutouts.

Jr. Hat Tricks Overview
The Hat Tricks are currently last in the East Division with a 16-20-3 record for 35 points with sixteen games remaining in four weeks. Danbury has won two of its last 10 games, and they are coming of a 4 – 1 road loss to the Maine Nordiques (Maine took a three-game series against the Tricks last weekend). The Hat Tricks have scored 110 goals on the season (19th in the league) while they have allowed 132 (12th in the league). Danbury is 29 for 169 (17.2%) on the powerplay (15th in the league), and they have allowed six shorthanded goals. The Hat Tricks are 83.8% efficient on the penalty kill (10th in the league).

Krause (15 goals and 14 assists) leads Danbury in total points with 29 and goals (15). Three different Hat Tricks have two game winning goals. Luke Wheeler has a team best +10. Porter Schachle leads the team (and league) with 232 penalty minutes.

Danbury’s goaltenders have a combined 3.30 goals against average and .900 save percentage with two shutouts (Edvard Nordlund and Andrew Pichora).

Titans Overview
The Titans are currently in third place in the East Division with a 22-18-2-5 record for 51 points. They are coming off a 4 – 3 road loss to the Johnstown Tomahawks (the Titans were swept by the Tomahawks last weekend), while they have won three of their last ten games. New Jersey has scored 164 goals on the season (fourth in the league) while they have allowed 158 (17th in the league). The Titans have converted on 19.4% (36 for 186) of their chances on the powerplay (9th in the league). They have allowed seven goals while on the man advantage.  The Red Buckets are 83.8% efficient on the penalty kill (ninth in the league). The Titans have scored the most shorthanded goals in the league with 12.

Seitz leads the team with 37 total points (17 goals and 20 assists) while Evan Werner leads the team in goals (18). Jake LaRusso and Seitz each have three game winning goals. Anthony Mollica has a team best +16. Brad Zona has a team high 119 penalty minutes.

The Titans goaltenders have a combined 3.15 goals against average and .913 save percentage with two shutouts (Christian Stoever and Loudon Hogg).