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Cameron Carries Trenton past Elmira

Coming back home after going 0-1-1 on the road, Trenton looked to end a six-game losing streak against division rival Elmira. Trenton hoped the return of Brad Phillips from the Adirondack Phantoms would help halt the slide.

Like they have all season, the Titans lost the opening face-off, ended up in their own end, and took a penalty as Ray DiLauro was sent off for hooking 1:10 after puck drop.

Trenton killed the penalty, but the defense appeared to be shaky as they did. Luckily for Trenton, Phillips was up to the task stopping the lone shot he faced on the penalty kill.

At the 4:50 mark of the first period, the Titans would botch a line change end were called for too many men on the ice. Like the previous penalty kill, the Titans looked shaky and this time Elmira would strike for a goal as Matt Campanale buried a one-time feed from Artem Demkov to give the Jackals a 1-0 lead.

Like many other times this season, the Titans headed to the first intermission trailing.

The second period started off good for the Titans. Trenton had more jump in their legs and showed more energy than they did in the first. Early in the period, the Titans drew a penalty and made the power play count.  The Titans cashed in as Dustin Cameron would tip an Andy Bohmbach slap pass behind Brian Stewart to tie the game.

“Tonight it all clicked together,” Cameron said.

Coach Vince Williams spoke addressed the strategy of the team in handling the hectic travel of this weekend.

“I think when you have to keep it simple,” he said. “You have to use each other, that (a strong result in spite of fatigue) is what happens.”

For the rest of the period, both goalies matched each other save for save and the second frame ended with a 1-1 tie. Heading into the third period, the Titans knew they would be best served winning in regulation. Elmira is 8-2 in shootouts this season.

Sadly for Trenton, the third period didn't start kindly as Phillips let in a soft goal on a slap shot that went off his glove and trickled slowly over the line.

Considering the Titans were playing a day game after a night game on the back end of a three in three with travel, the team was surprisingly energetic for the third period.

“Getting in late last night and turning around and playing our best complete effort of the weekend,” Coach Williams said. “It was mind-boggling.”

Luckily, soft goals would be in style as Cameron would pick up his second beating Stewart through his legs.

Later in the period, Steve Silva scored the game-winner on a tap-in from a Cameron pass.

Late in the period, with Mitch Versteeg off for cross-checking, the Jackals played 6-on-4 but Andy Bohmbach  hit the empty net giving the Titans a 4-2 win.

 

Notes and Observations

 

Captain Randy Rowe is having surgery on his nose to correct damage from injuries sustained last week and he will be evaluated again on Wednesday.

The Titans next game is 11am Wednesday against Reading in Trenton.

With Dave Caruso now up in the AHL, Phillips is the starting goalie for Trenton for the time being, while Nick Niedert will back him up.