Harper, Cepis share ECHL Player of the Week nods

Even though the Trenton Titans will not have any more games to play after the end of this week, it doesn’t mean their players have thrown in the towel.

Coming off an impressive resurgent week of almost nothing but victories, forwards Shane Harper and Jacob Cepis shared the ECHL’s Player of the Week honors.

Two-thirds of Vince Williams’ top offensive line combined to strafe enemy goaltenders for 12 goals and 27 points. Cepis scored five goals with nine assists and Harper tallied seven goals and six assists in four games last week.

The week opened with Harper recording an assist in a 7-1 loss at Elmira on Wednesday.

But things began to heat up over the weekend. Harper recorded a hat trick, including a power-play, short-handed and empty-net goal, while Cepis had three points in a 5-2 win against Wheeling on Friday. Then, on Saturday, in an 8-2 victory over the Nailers in the back half of two in a row against Wheeling, Cepis set an ECHL season high with six points (2G-4A) while Harper notched his second straight hat trick and added a pair of assists.

On Sunday, Cepis continued his hot stretch with two goals and three helpers, while Harper added a score and three assists as the Titans gained a measure of revenge courtesy of an 8-2 win at Elmira.

Cepis leads the Titans, and is fourth in the ECHL, with 72 points (23G-49A) in 63 games. The 25-year-old native of suburban Cleveland has 117 points in 120 career ECHL games with Trenton and Idaho.

Harper, who had struggled with Adirondack in the AHL, now has racked up 22 points (11G, 11A) in 12 games with the Titans. The 24-year-old has 67 points in 60 career ECHL appearances with Trenton and Greenville.

The two become the first players in the ECHL since the 2007-08 season to be named co-players of the week.