For the week ending October 28
The Trenton Titans split a home pair against North Division foe Toledo over the weekend, winning Friday by a 4-1 count, then losing on the back-end Saturday, 5-1. The outcome was eerily similar to last year in December when the Walleye came to Trenton for a pair. Trenton took the opener, then lost the second game by an identical 5-1 score.
In Game One both teams played even over the first 40 minutes. Luke Pither opened the scoring with his second of the year at 9:47 of the first. Former Titans captain Randy Rowe tied the score with a hard fought goal in front of goalie Scott Wedgewood, 3:47 into the second.
Three unanswered goals in the third took care of business for Trenton. Chris McKelvey – just sent to the Titans by Albany (AHL) - scored his first of the season just 20 seconds into the frame. Ryan Grimshaw (1) scored eight minutes later and Jason Akeson (2) five minutes after that to put the game away. Wedgewood seemed to do nothing but make one spectacular save after another, stopping 25 shots to get his fourth win already this year.
Wedgewood wasn’t as fortunate in the second meeting in as many nights with the Walleye, giving up four goals in 35 shots – including Willie Coetzee’s first of the year on a penalty shot less than six minutes into the contest. He was hooked by Ray DiLauro on a shorthanded breakaway and made the most of his chance.
Toledo got its first power play goal in 16 chances this year with a second period goal by Joey Ryan that made it 2-0, at the game’s midway point. The Walleye poured it on in the third with goals by Max Campbell (3) and Luke Glendenning (1), making it 4-1 seven minutes in.
DiLauro (2) finally got Trenton on the board with a power play tally at 11:33. Andrej Nestrasil ended the scoring with an empty-net goal in the final seconds.
Petr Mrazek was brilliant in goal, stopping 33 shots for his second win of the year.
The Titans get one more crack at the Walleye, looking to take the rubber game of the three game set, when they travel to the state-of-the-art Huntington Center in Toledo, OH. The matchup will have to wait a bit though, as the teams won't meet until March 3, 2013. The game will mark the end of a five-game road trip for the Titans, with the last four being played in a five-day span.
The (Re)View From Atop Mount Olympus
You Know I Met A Girl Named Sandy: Sorry for the Grease reference, but after a hurricane of any strength runs over you, you get a bit loopy! Hurricane Sandy has definitely created havoc in the Northeast Corridor. Philadelphia is back on track but the NJ/DE area is hurting, especially along the Jersey Shoreline, which has been devastated in spots. The Trenton Titans hope for the safety and speedy recovery of its home state and for all the others which have been affected.
While the scheduled game with Reading is still on for Friday November 2 in the Sun National Bank Center at 7:05 pm, the Titans will not be practicing there, or at nearby Lawrenceville Prep. They will practice the rest of the week – including pregame skate – at the Flyers’ Skate Zone in Voorhees, NJ.
The Trenton Titans’ Coaches Show on the Titans’ flagship station 107.7 FM “The Bronc”, was also cancelled due to power and safety issues. They will return to their regular slot – Tuesday nights at 8 pm – next week if repair and recovery efforts in the area go well.
Power Outage Not Sandy’s Fault: After going 2-for-2 on the PP to start the season, Trenton is now on a 4-for-36 slide (11%). In spite of that the titans have only failed to score on the PP twice in their seven games (at REA 10/13 and vs. TOL 10/26).
Northern Exposure: Out of seven games the Titans have played, four have been against the North Division. Trenton has gone 2-2 (def EVN, lost to CIN, split with TOL) in those games.
60-Minute Men: Trenton is the only team in the Eastern Conference not to have played on overtime game.
Hello, Again and Again and Again…: Not only have the Titans faced Division-rival Reading twice already, they will play the Royals the next five games.
I’m Sorry, And You Are?: Trenton hasn’t yet seen its other divisional foes – Wheeling and Elmira. The Titans will see the Nailers for a single in Wheeling November 28th, then host the Jackals for two on December 1st and 2nd.
Better Catch Them First: Trenton is 5-0 when scoring first and has never trailed in those games (tied 3 times). It is 0-2 when the opposition scores first and has never led in either game.
They Shoot – They Score: The Titans are near the bottom in shots per game, but is among the leaders in goals per game. They are second in the Eastern Conference with 25 goals (as of 10/28). Last year they were near the bottom in goals per game. Jacob Drewiskie leads the team and the league in Shooting Percentage at 75% (3 goals, 4 shots).
Six-Shooter Emptied: Andy Bohmbach’s six-game scoring streak ended in the 5-1 loss to Toledo on Saturday. But….
Seventh Heaven: With a PP Assist on the only goal Saturday, Marcel Noebels ran his scoring streak to seven straight games. He also leads ECHL Rookies in assists (6).
Saving Grace: Rookie goalie Scott Wedgewood is second in the league in wins (4) and saves (156) as of Sunday.
Second Fiddle: Mitch Versteeg is second among defensemen in plus/minus (+6), while Andrew Conboy is second in penalties (42).
Friday November 2 vs. Reading Royals (7:05 pm)
Sunday November 3 at Reading Royals (7:05 pm)
The Trenton Titans returned in the 2011-12 hockey season after a five year hiatus and boasted a 26.1% increase in attendance over the previous year, the largest of any team in the (then) 20-team ECHL. For information on promotions, team events or to purchase tickets for the 2012-13 season, call the Titans’ offices at 609-341-1100, or go to TrentonTitansHockey.com.