The Trenton Titans started the season strong, as they won their first four games and four of their first five. Unfortunately, they have lost their last three games and have dropped in the standings. In a home-and-home with the Reading Royals this week, the Washington Capitals’ affiliate, Trenton failed to gain a single point in the standings while being outscored 6-3.
The first loss came on Friday night, when the Titans lost 4-2 at the Sun National Bank Center. Alex Berry had the decisive goal for Reading, as his second goal of the season came with 51 seconds left in the second stanza to give the Royals a 3-2 advantage. Bryan Haczyk potted his second goal of the season in the middle period and Stephen Schultz scored in the third period for his team-leading fourth tally of the year, as both skaters connected on Trenton power plays. Ten Titans finished the game with a minus rating, six of which were minus-2 or worse. Two players, Ray DiLauro and Kory Nagy, finished the tilt minus-4. Niko Hovinen stopped 28 of the 32 shots he saw in the loss, as Trenton was outshot 32-20.
The following day the clubs traveled to the Sovereign Center, as the Titans lost 2-1. Although Andy Bohmbach tied the game at one 2:58 into the third period, Berry yet again deposited the game-winning goal less than seven minutes later. Schultz and Jason Akeson were the only other Titans with points in the win, as they assisted Bohmbach on his tally. Scott Wedgewood was in net for Trenton and stopped 24 of the 26 shots he faced, but Philipp Grubauer denied 17 of the Titans’ 18 shots. The loss was Trenton’s first loss in a one-goal game this year, as their only other one-goal game was a 4-3 win over the Evansville IceMen, the affiliate for the Columbus Blue Jackets and the St. Louis Blues, on October 19th.
The Titans made one transaction this week, as defenseman Mike Banwell returned from the Worcester Sharks of the AHL. He participated in both of Trenton’s games this week posting six shots along with a minus-1 rating. In his three games with the Sharks Banwell had an assist and seven PIMs while posting a plus-2 rating.
Trenton looks to snap their three-game losing streak against the same team that essentially handed them their rough stretch of contests, as the Titans play the Royals on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The clubs meet up at the Sun National Bank Center on Friday before playing a pair of games at the Sovereign Center on Saturday and Sunday.