Dekker Decks Jackals With Loss
It was a new day and a new goalie in Trenton. Adam Dekker and Peter Dudonovich were the goalies the Titans dressed for the contest as the Elmira Jackals came to town. They were the sixth and seventh goalies respectively to dress for a Titans game in the last two weeks alone.
An announced crowd of 3464 witnessed a solid first period by the hometown team. Titans Captain Randy Rowe, helped the team gain the lead when he tapped home a rebound off a point shot from Tyler Hostetter at the 16:23 mark.
Dekker made nine saves during the period and looked comfortable in net. He admitted to being unsure of what the ECHL was going to bring.
“I didn’t know what to expect,” he said. “It was kind of a deep breath, just go up and see what happens.”
The Titans continued to control play with their makeshift lineup in the second. Frustration set in for the Jackals as John Kurtz and Hostetter dropped the gloves and wrestled each other to the ice during a post whistle scrum in front of the Titans net. Each player received a double minor for roughing.
Late in the second, Ryan Hayes broke through as he tapped home a rebound off an Andy Thomas point shot.
Sadly for Dekker, his shutout bid came to an end late in the period when Dustin Gazley deked him out of his pads on a 2-on-1 after Titans defenseman DiLauro was caught pinching in the offensive zone.
Tempers exploded at the end of the period as former Titan Jordan Pietrus fought former teammate Ryan Hayes at the conclusion of the second period.
Early in the third, Kurtz tied the game after he caught Dekker leaning. The play evened up as the Jackals became more disciplined and the Titans showed some early signs of fatigue playing their third game in four nights.
With 6:26 to go, Dekker was beaten on a Jackals powerplay by Gazley only to have Trenton bail him out as Rowe scored on a tip in less than 15 seconds later. On the goal, Andy Bohmbach picked up an assist giving him at least one point in 10 straight games.
With 3:56 to go, Ray DiLauro fired a weak point shot that Jackals goalie Timo Pielmeier deflected into his own net giving the Titans a 4-3 lead.
“Any shot’s a good shot if you get it through,” he said. “Hopefully there’s traffic and maybe it goes in through a screen. Never expected it was gonna bounce up and hit him in the back and go in.”
The Titans held on to the lead and got another win keeping their faint playoff hopes alive.
On the topic of the plethora of roster moves, Coach Vince Williams was proud of the result.
“It’s been interesting,” he said. “It’s one of the best games I’ve coached. Sometimes a bit of adversity brings out the best in the guys.”
Defensemen Ray DiLauro spoke about the communication issues that arise with new goalies.
“You just try and communicate as much you can. Just talk,” he said, “It takes a period or two to get used to. You just try and play more simple than normal.”
Coach Williams credited the players.
“I don’t have to say anything,” he said. “It’s the players that decided themselves (to play hard in the face of adversity).”