By Anthony Caruso III
The Capital Sports Report
Owner/Managing Editor/Sr. Writer
Photos by Anthony Caruso III
The Trenton Titans players were normally on the ice at this time of the day.
The Titans usually have a morning practice. However, this time around, the team was playing their first morning game of the season.
It is also their only morning game of the season. And the team was able to beat the Reading Royals, 4-3, in overtime at the Sun National Bank Center.
On the season, the Titans (14-17-3-2, 34 points) are 4-6 against the Royals (26-9-1-3, 56 points). They have won two of the four games in overtime at home, but they also lost an overtime game, which ended in a shootout loss, in Reading.
These two teams will play in Trenton again on February 8th. The puck drops at 7:05 pm in this game.
The Royals took an early lead, but they were not able to pull off the win. It is the third straight game that the Royals took an early lead, but they were not able to finish with 2 points. They ended up with 1 point in the overtime loss.
The Titans scored with 26.1 seconds left in overtime. The goal came on their second power play opportunity of the extra period.
Titans captain Andy Bohmbach skated to the right side of the Royals net, then he wrapped the puck around netminder Sergey Kostenko. Once going past Kostenko, he was able to put the puck past him in the left side of the net for the game-winning goal.
This was Bohmbach’s eighteenth goal of the season with the Titans. Just a few days ago, he returned to the team after playing in one game with the Worcester Sharks in the American Hockey League.
With nearly 10 minutes left in the game, the Royals were able to tie the game at 3-3. The Royals used a sixth attacker to score after Kostenko went to the bench for a short time.
Royals forward Ian O’Connor was able to speed through the neutral zone. Then, he fired a shot past Titans goalie Scott Wedgewood to tie the game once again.
Nearly 4 minutes prior, the Titans took a one goal lead. The Royals nearly killed a penalty of Yannick Tifu, and then another player, Brett Flemming, a defenseman, received a cross-checking minor penalty.
On the second penalty, with Flemming and Tifu in the penalty box, the Titans had a five-on-three man advantage. Bohmbach got the puck after a rebound and put it in the back of the net to make it 3-2.
Early in the third period, the game was tied at 2-2. Royals forward David Marshall took a shot on Wedgewood. The Titans netminder then blocked the puck, before it slid near Royals forward Nikita Kashirsky.
As he was battling for position, Kashirsky was able to take a shot on net. The shot made it past Wedgewood to make it 2-2.
Late in the second period, the Titans took a 2-1 lead. The team used a Royals turnover to get the puck in the defensive zone.
Jean-Sebastien Berube, a Titans newcomer, was able to get the puck and charge towards the right side of the ice. He would then move the puck past a Royals defender.
Once getting past the defender, he would then take a shot on the Royals net. The puck would then hit Kostenko and bounce into the net.
The Titans tied the game at 1-1 nearly five minutes into the second period. Titans forward Stephen Schultz took the initial shot on Kostenko.
The Royals goalie made the pad save on Schultz’s shot, before the puck rebounded towards the Titans. Jacob Cepis would eventually get the puck and score past Kostenko to make it 1-1.
The Royals took the early lead for the fifth straight game. Flemming fired a pass to O’Connor, who then shot the puck past Wedgewood to make it 1-0.
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