By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher T
Trenton – The Trenton Titans are in the same position they were in last weekend. Last weekend, the Titans won their first game of the two-game set at home.
The Titans were able to win the first game of back-to-back home games last night. The Titans were able to defeat the Elmira Jackals, 7-6, at the Sun National Bank Center.
The Titans won the game in a shootout. The Titans struggled in the past two years in shootouts.
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Last night was their first win after seven shootout losses.
The Titans improved to 8-9-0-1 with 17 points. The Jackals dropped to 9-8-1-1 with 20 points.
Today, these two teams play at the Sun National Bank Center at 3:05 pm. It is the second game of an 8-game series that they’ll play in Trenton.
In their first two meetings in Elmira, the Jackals held the Titans to just three goals. Yet, each team had three goals apiece in the first period of this game.
Both teams skated to a scoreless overtime, before heading into the shootout. This was their second shootout appearance of the season – the first at home after making a shootout appearance in Reading on November 11th.
In the shootout, both the Titans and the Jackals players were stopped in the first two rounds of the five-round shootout. Then, Titans’ Stephen Schultz came in with the puck from center ice.
Schultz would approach with the puck, before beating Jackals goalie Maxime Clermont in the first shot of the third round. The Titans went up 7-6 with this goal.
After Schultz’s goal, neither team would be able to score. Titans goalie Scott Wedgewood made five glove saves in the shootout.
In the first five minutes of the third period, there were three goals that were scored. Four minutes and thirty seconds in, Artem Demkov scored past Wedgewood to tie the game at 6-6.
About thirteen seconds earlier, the Titans scored when Justin Taylor beat Clermont. About 45 seconds into the period, the Jackals tied the game at 5-5 when Jean Bourbeau scored.
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In the final 5 minutes of the second period, the Titans took a 5-4 lead after Andy Bohmbach scored on a power play goal. A few minutes earlier, the Titans tied the game at 4-4 when Marcel Noebels scored.
This was his third goal of the game for a hat trick. He is the first Titans player with a hat trick this month, and the second overall on the season.
Bohmbach scored a hat trick on November 11th at Reading.
Louie Caporusso added a goal in the second period for the Jackals to make it 4-3.
As the two teams came out in the second period, the Titans made a goalie change. Niko Hovinen started the game and was pulled in the intermission after giving up three goals in the first 20 minutes.
Wedgewood came in at the start of the second period and was in the net for the rest of the game.
Jackals’ Andrew Rowe tallied the final goal of the first period to make it 3-3. The official scorers had this goal credited to Rowe, then changed it a short time later to Chaz Johnson.
During the intermission when the Titans made the goalie change, the goal was changed back to Rowe.
Noebels scored his second goal on the power play to make it 3-2 Titans. Bourbeau had just tied the game at 2-2 a short time earlier for the Jackals.
About 20 seconds prior to Bourbeau’s game-tying goal, Noebels scored again to make it 2-1 Titans. A minute earlier, fellow Titans teammate Schultz tied the game at 1-1.
Johnson scored nearly 4 minutes into the game to make it 1-0 Jackals.
Clermont made 24 saves for the Jackals. Hovinen made 6 saves in the first period before Wedgewood came in to make 15 saves for the Titans.
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