Despite the fact that the Trenton Titans allowed 12 goals in their pair of games this past weekend against the Elmira Jackals — the Ottawa Senators’ affiliate — the Titans managed to split the series at the Sun National Bank Center. Trenton’s record improved to 2-2-0 against the Jackals this season and 8-10-1 for the 2012-2013 campaign.
The Titans look to move up in the standings with two contests this weekend in Charleston against the South Carolina Stingrays.
The madness began when Trenton edged out the Jackals on Saturday with a 7-6 shootout win. Niko Hovinen was pulled after the first period, as he allowed three goals on nine shots to force the Titans into a 3-3 tie after 20 minutes. Scott Wedgewood stopped 19 of the 22 shots Elmira threw at him in the final 40 minutes of regulation and five minutes of overtime before he denied all five of the Jackals’ shootout attempts. After he provided a power-play goal to even the score a little over 12 minutes into the first period, Stephen Schultz had the lone tally in the shootout, as his third-round attempt beat Maxime Clermont.
Schultz’s goal in the first stanza was his sixth of the year, while Marcel Noebels had two of his three goals in the contest in the opening frame. Noebels third of the game, and fifth of the season, came halfway through the game to even the score at four. The Flyers prospect also had an assist for a four-point game, as he and Tyler Hostetter, who had a three-assist game, were the only Titans to have three-point games or better in the team’s second game of the season where they produced six goals.
The shootout victory was Trenton’s first of the season and improved their record to 1-1 in contests that extended past regulation, as they lost to the Reading Royals in a 4-3 shootout on November 11th. The win is the first time the Titans won a shootout since they beat the Kalamazoo Wings 3-2 on March 25, 2011.
Elmira scored six goals again on Sunday, but this time the Titans couldn’t keep up, as the Jackals handed Trenton a 6-2 loss. Former Adirondack Phantom Jean Bourbeau recorded a two-goal night against Wedgewood, who allowed six goals against in a single game for the second time this season. The loss was his first contest where he had a save percentage below .800, as he had 22 saves on 28 shots. Noebels scored his fourth goal of the weekend to cut the deficit to two early in the second, while Ian Slater ended a 16-game goalless streak with his second of the year in the final minute of the middle frame. The loss marked the fourth straight game where the Titans have allowed at least three goals against, as they have gone 1-3-0 during that span.
When it comes to transactions, the Titans added four players and saw three players leave the roster.
Trenton added Kelly Zajac, Matt Mangene, Marcel Alvarez, and Jacob Cepis to their squad.
Zajac, brother of Travis, has been loaned from the Albany Devils to the Titans. He has yet to play a game this season due to an abdominal issue.
Mangene hasn’t played since he sustained an upper-body injury on October 28th with the Phantoms. He has joined the Titans’ club for rehab.
Trenton has also signed defenseman Alvarez to a Standard Player Contract. Alvarez played in three games last year for the Titans and went pointless with two penalty minutes.
The Titans’ final addition was forward Cepis. Trenton gave the Idaho Steelheads, the Dallas Stars’ affiliate, future considerations in exchange for a skater who has six goals and seven assists in 15 contests this season. Cepis now sits third on the Titans in points, as he sits six points behind Andy Bohmbach and one point behind Noebels despite playing in four less games than both players.
As for departures, Trenton saw Matt Konan, Kelsey Wilson, and in a surprise move, captain Ray DiLauro, leave the team.
Konan had an assist, two PIMs, and a minus-3 rating in five games with the Titans, as he was part of Trenton’s roster due to a preseason injury he suffered with the Phantoms. His time in Trenton marked his first games at the professional level.
Wilson has left the Titans to join the Nottingham Panthers of the Elite Ice Hockey League, or EIHL. The Panthers’ roster currently boasts Anthony Stewart as well as Flyers’ 1998 draft pick and former Philadelphia Phantom Jason Beckett. Wilson had zero points and 38 PIMs, as well as a suspension, in four games with the Titans.
In the most interesting move of the week, DiLauro, a suburban Philadelphia native, packed up and left. He had two goals and five assists in 19 games this year with a rating of minus-4 and 14 PIMs. This was DiLauro’s second season with the Jersey capital club, after recording nine goals and 20 assists in 48 games last year for the Titans.
Forward Alexandre Carrier was placed on injured reserve. He has 11 PIMs and two shots on net in five games for Trenton this season.
The Titans look to climb out of the Eastern Conference cellar with a pair of tilts against the always competitive Stingrays, the Boston Bruins’ affiliate, this weekend. The Stingrays sit seventh in the conference with a record of 10-12-2, as they have a goal differential of minus-3. South Carolina’s roster features the Flyers’ 2009 draft pick Adam Morrison, former Titan Alexandre Beauregard, and Daymond Langkow’s cousin Chris Langkow. The Stingrays enter the weekend on a three-game winning streak