Cyclones Smoke Titans in Shootout
On a fluky day where the start of the game was delayed for almost an hour due to a strobe light malfunction that sent the Trenton Fire Department to the Sun National Bank Center, the Trenton Titans pulled out a point in a 4-3 shootout loss against the Cincinnati Cyclones.
Scott Wedgewood played for the third night in a row as Niko Hovinen continued to recover from a virus.
The game started on a low note for the Titans as just 58 seconds into the game, the Cyclones scored a goal as Josh McFadden beat Wedgewood on a net mouth scramble.
Later in the first period, an injury scare silenced the announced crowd of 4137 as former Titan and current Cyclone Andrew Conboy and Jake Drewiske collided while chasing an errant puck and both players fell and bounced head first off the boards.
Both players were down for a few minutes and both were helped off the ice by the trainers but did skate off under their own power. Both passed all medical evaluations and returned in the second period.
Conboy was assessed a minor penalty for boarding and in the second period, Drewiske would get his revenge as he scored a goal.
Drewiske summed up his mentality after the game.
“When you get hurt, you gotta leave the bench, leave the guys team,” he said, “but when you realize you’re alright, you want to respond in a big way.”
His response fueled the momentum in favor of the Titans for the second period. This would finally lead to a Steve Schultz goal on a one timer off a perfect feed from Tyler Hostetter.
However, in the third the Titans gave the lead back as Mike Embach and Garrett Wilson would tally for the Cyclones.
Later in the period, with the goalie pulled for an extra attacker and MacDonald in the box for tripping, Derrick Pallis would tie the game on the powerplay for Trenton forcing overtime.
The Titans would drop the shootout 2-0 sending them out with just a single point.
Coach Vince Williams was happy to see the team head to some time off.
“Four games in five nights, it’s a grind,” he said.
The Titans play again on Friday at home against Las Vegas.