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Jackals Devour Titans


Five new defensemen and three players making their pro-hockey debuts gave Elmira’s veterans an easy night picking apart the Trenton Titans.

Coach Vince Williams summed up the situation rather easily.

“We’ve been pretty depleted,” he said following Friday night’s upsetting 7-3 loss. “We’re giving (some guys) some looks.”

The game started as many Titans games have this season; with the other team scoring first.

Friday’s first goal came as former Titan Jordan Pietrus poked and dug for a puck that Dave Caruso had covered up. The referee never blew the whistle despite the fact that the puck had been buried under Caruso for about five seconds.

Caruso vigorously protested the goal, but to no avail as the officials turned deaf ears to his pleas.

The lack of composure on Caruso’s part led to Jean Bourbeau putting another puck in the net 38 seconds later.

Luckily, the makeshift Titans defense prevented any major scoring chances for the remainder of the period.

Steve Silva would tap a rebound in past Timo Pielmeier to send the Titans to the dressing room only down by one goal.

The second period was where things went off the rails for Trenton.

Craig Rivet opened the onslaught when he blasted a slap shot past Caruso at 9:14.

At 10:20, Louie Caporusso jumped on a healthy rebound to make it 4-1.

When Caporusso added another goal two minutes later it marked the end of Carusso’s night.

Late in the period, Adam Presizniuk helped pull the Titans within three but the glimmer of hope that the goal gave was quickly doused by Mike Radja who scored with just over 90 seconds left in the period to restore the Jackals lead of four.

The third period was a case of Trenton sinking even further.  Radja notched his second goal of the night beating Phillips short side.

With 4:02 left in the game, Randy Rowe backhanded home a goal to make it 7-3.

Ultimately, the Titans had plenty against them considering the amount of injuries they needed to deal with.

Despite a strong effort, it was the team's mental mistakes that allowed the game to spiral out of control.

“We worked hard, but not always smart,” Williams lamented after the game. “It’s pro hockey […] it’s not easy. This is adversity.”

Notes and Observations:

Titans signed:  Derrick Pallis (D) Jeff Bunivow (D) Drew Akins (F) and Mark Armstrong (F) to SPCs

Tyler Hostetter (D) was called up to the AHL Phantoms, Andy Thomas was loaned on PTO to Syracuse of the AHL.

Titans released Kelly Miller (F) and Vinnie Geonetti (D) from their SPCs.