Weekend Preview: December 17 & 18 – Titans travel to Maine for last series before holiday break

Weekend Preview: December 17 & 18 – Titans travel to Maine for last series before holiday break

The Titans will travel to Maine today to begin a two-game series against the Nordiques at The Colisee beginning tomorrow starting at 7:00PM. Saturday’s puck drop is scheduled for the same time.

This will be the last series the Titans will play before the holiday break. It is also the second of three consecutive road series the Red Buckets will be playing (last weekend the Titans were in Johnstown, and they will play Maryland for a series beginning January 7 & 8 in Piney Orchard Arena).

Nordiques vs. Titans Overview
This two-game series will be the fifth and sixth meetings between the teams. The Titans have won all four previous games by a combined score of 31 – 11. The last time they played was November 26 and 27 at the Middletown Sports Complex. This weekend will be the first time the teams will play at The Colisee this season.

Tyler Gaulin leads Maine with five total points (3 goals and 2 assists) against the Titans. The Nordiques are 3 for 11 (27%) on the powerplay, and their goaltenders have a combined 7.74 goals against average and .844 save percentage.

Brendan Dumas leads the Titans with nine total points (4 goals and 5 assists) and goals (four) against the Nordiques. The Titans are 4 for 18 (22%) on the powerplay, and Andrew Takacs (who has played in all four games between the pipes) has a 2.75 goals against average and .921 save percentage.

Nordiques Overview
Maine is currently in sixth place in the East Division with a 9-12-1-2 record for 21 points. The Nordiques are coming off of a 4 – 3 home win against the Jamestown Rebels (the team’s split last weekend’s series), and they have won four of their last ten games, including two losses against the Titans. The Nordiques have scored 71 goals on the season (24th in the league) while they have allowed 99 (24th in the league). Maine is 24 for 94 (25.5%) on the powerplay (third in the league), and they are tied with Shreveport for allowing a league high six goals while on the man advantage. The Nordiques are 78.6% efficient on the penalty kill (21st in the league), and they have scored one shorthanded goal.

Gaulin leads the Nordiques with 20 total points (6 goals and 14 assists). Zion Green, Jonny Meiers and Gaulin each have team high six goals. Eight different players have scored a game winning goal. Dom Marcinkevics has a team high +5 while Caden Pattison has the most penalty minutes on the team with 59.

Maine’s goaltenders have a combined 3.92 goals against average and .899 save percentage with one shutout (Gus Holt).

Titans Overview
The Titans currently lead the East Division with a 20-9-1-0 record for 41 points. They are coming off a 6 – 5 road win against the Tomahawks (the Titans swept last weekend’s series in Johnstown), and they have won 7 out of their last 10 games. New Jersey has scored 115 goals on the season (2nd in the league) while they have allowed 90 (21st in the league). The Titans have converted on 15.9% (18 for 113) of their chances on the powerplay (19th in the league), and they have allowed four goals while on the man advantage. The Red Buckets are 82.8% efficient on the penalty kill (14th in the league). The Titans have scored four shorthand goals (one against Maine).

Tommy Bannister leads the team with 36 total points (13 goals and 23 assists) while Anthony Calafiore and Bannister each have a team high 13 goals. Calafiore also has a team high five game winning goals as well as a team (and league) best +26. Coleman Nee has a team high 95 penalty minutes (fourth most in the league).

The Titans goaltenders have a combined 2.95 goals against average and .902 save percentage with no shutouts.