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Harper scores his second hat trick, as Titans beat Nailers

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Trenton, NJ – It has been months since Hurricane Sandy devastated much of New Jersey with her wrath that affected families from South Jersey all the way into New York. And the Trenton Titans wanted to do their part in helping the families out by raising money in their final home game of the season at the Sun National Bank Center.

The Titans wore special jerseys that were auctioned off after the game. The Titans defeated the Wheeling Nailers, 7-2, last night at the Sun National Bank Center.

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It was the second straight game that the Titans beat the Nailers by three or more goals. These two teams played in back-to-back nights.

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Last night, the Titans won with the assist from Shane Harper scoring his first career professional hat trick, winning 5-2.

These two teams will face each other one last time in the season. That will take place March 30th in Wheeling, West Virginia in the regular season finale for both teams.

The Nailers are 4-7 in their last 11 road contests, but have two wins in Trenton on the season. Wheeling is just 9-21-2-3 on the road this season.

The Titans are 6-5 in their last 11 games at home. And they are 18-14-2-2 at home on the season.

The Nailers are 6-4 overall on the season against the Titans.

Jacob Cepis became the first player this season in the ECHL to have six points in a game. He had two goals and assisted on four others.

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Harper scored his third goal of the game in the third period with his second power play goal to make it 6-1. It was also his second professional hat trick in back-to-back games.

Zack Torquato scored the final goal of the game for the Nailers on the power play. His score made the game 7-2.

The second period was an explosion for the Titans. Yet, it wasn’t until after Peter Lenes scored to make it 1-1, before the Titans would go on their offensive output.

The Titans would score five goals in the period. Harper would score the first Titans goal of the period just 5:28 into the period to make it 2-1.

Five minutes later, Cepis scored to make it 3-1, then scored again less than two minutes later to make it 4-1. Brian Haczyk scored the fourth Titans goal in the period at 13:48 into the period.

Harper capped off the Titans scoring in the second period with a power play goal at 15:15 into the period.

Titans took an early 1-0 lead with a goal by Mike Ullrich. It was his second goal in as many nights against the Nailers, as he also had a goal last night.

Scott Wedgewood picked up his second straight win over the Nailers. Wedgewood made 33 saves on 35 shots.

Peter Delmas picked up the loss and only played in 32 minutes. In that time, he made 29 saves on 33 shots.

Then, skated off the ice with the Nailers athletic trainer. Scott Darling replaced Delmas in the Nailers net.

He made 12 saves on 15 shots in nearly 28 minutes of action.

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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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