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Harper scores in first pro hat trick, as Titans beat Nailers

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Trenton, NJ – The Trenton Titans are out of the playoff picture. Yet, they still have the pride to play out the final games of the regular season.

And that’s exactly what happened last night at home for the Titans. The Titans were able to defeat the Wheeling Nailers, 5-2, last night at the Sun National Bank Center.

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It is the Titans’ first home win in a week. Yet, it was their first win at home against the Nailers since March 1st when they won 3-2.

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In addition, the Titans have an above .500 record at the Sun National Bank Center. According to the team website, the team moved to 17-14-2-2 at home this season, which is their first above .500 record at home since the 2009-10 season.

In that 2009-10 season, the then Trenton Devils franchise had a 19-10-2-5 home record.

With the win, the Titans improved to 28-31-4-4 for 64 points. The Nailers dropped to 29-27-3-8 for 69 points.

The two teams will play for one final time in Trenton in tonight’s regular season home finale for Trenton. They also play one more time in Wheeling, West Virginia on March 30th in the regular season finale.

It was looking like Titans goalie Scott Wedgewood would receive the spotlight for having a shutout for nearly all of the game, except for the final five minutes. Wedgewood returned to the team from the Albany Devils, an American Hockey League, on Thursday night to get the start in the net.

Yet, Wedgewood would give up two late goals, and the spotlight would change over to Shane Harper. He would pick up his first career professional hat trick in the game.

Harper scored an empty net goal at 54.5 for his third goal in the game making it 5-2. He also scored the first two goals of the game in the first period to make it 2-0.

In the first six minutes, he scored a power play goal at 4:13 into the first period, then 5:50 into the first period on a short-handed goal.

Besides Harper’s performance, Titans’ Mike Ullrich scored in the second period, which made the score 3-0. His teammate, Jacob Cepis, scored nearly a minute into the third period to give the Titans a 4-0 lead.

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Nailers forward Matt Germain broke up Wedgewood’s shutout attempt with less than 4 minutes left in the game. Wedgewood was looking to get his second career shutout with the Titans.

On February 23, 2013, Wedgewood picked up his first professional shutout against the Reading Royals. The Titans won 6-0 in that game at the Sun National Bank Center.

Germain’s goal came on the power play to make the score 4-1. Less than a minute later, Wedgewood was beaten again when Nailers forward Chris Barton scored to make it 4-2.

Wedgewood made his first start for the Titans in nearly two weeks. He was promoted to the Devils prior to the Titans’ March 7th game against the Elmira Jackals.

Titans had Cal Heeter as their starting netminder in that March 7th game.

Wedgewood picked up the win after making 30 saves on 32 shots. Nailers goalie Scott Darling picked up the loss, even after making 30 saves on 34 shots.

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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