Another Slow Start Sinks Titans
Back to back games have been a consistent problem for the Titans this season and Sunday afternoon was no different as the Trenton Titans (8-10-0-1) dropped a 6-2 decision to the Elmira Jackals (10-8-1-1).
The Titans dug themselves into a 3-0 hole at the end of one period due to penalty trouble.
Jack Downing and Jean Bourbeau each had powerplay goals for Elmira as Jacob Drewiske served a double minor for high sticking and Justin Taylor sat for tripping.
When asked if tonight was not his night, Titans goalie Scott Wedgewood agreed with the assessment,
“I guess that’s the easiest way to put it,” he said.
Unlike the previous night, a three goal first did not lead Coach Vince Williams to making a switch between the pipes. Coach Williams expressed confidence in the rookie goalie.
“I’m not worried about Wedgewood; trust me, that’s the least of the worries.” The coach said.
The Titans showed a flicker of life in the second period as Marcel Noebels would notch another goal on an odd man rush with a snap shot high on Jackals goalie Marc Cheverie. On the play, Wedgewood would get his first professional point with an assist.
A minute later however, Downing would score another goal to douse the hopes of a comeback with his second goal to give the Jackals a 4-1 lead. Ian Slater pushed a slap shot past Cheverie late in the period, but the Titans would not carry any momentum into the third.
Coach Williams continued to fault the skaters over the goalie.
“We got to be better in front of him (Wedgewood),” the coach said.
He spoke of the inconsistency as well.
“The execution is lacking in some areas,” he said.
The third period was all Elmira as Andrew Rowe and Bourbeau would each tally a goal to finish the game with a 6-2 win.
The Titans head down south for two games with South Carolina and one game in Gwinnet before returning home on December 14.