New Look Titans Fall to Greenville
When a player gets injured in the NHL, teams are forced to call up players from their minor league systems to fill the void. Of course, this process then becomes a vicious circle where each subsequent team calls up players from the team below it.
That was the case on Friday night for the Trenton Titans.
Due to losing Eric Baier, Corey Syvret and Dave Caruso to the AHL, in addition to the loss of Mitch Versteeg to injured reserve, things did not look promising for the depleted ECHL club.
Considering all the roster moves, the team was forced to add replacement players in order to fill out the lineup.
With the Greenville Road Warriors coming to town, the remains of the Titans roster were in for a difficult night.
“You welcome the new guys to the team and you get to know them as best as you possibly can,” Andy Bohmbach said, “I think it’s harder for [the new guys] than it is for [the regulars].”
As if dealing with call-ups wasn’t enough, the team also had to deal with circumstance as well.
Projected starter Brad Phillips was stuck at the airport and missed the start of the game.
With Phillps missing in action, the team was forced to start Dan Meyers, a player just recently added to fill Caruso’s roster spot. Meyers was contacted the day before the game and traveled down from up-state New York near the Canadian boarder to join the Titans in Trenton for the game.
A native of Voorhees, the opportunity awarded the 26-year old net minder a chance to play in front of family and friends.
Unfortunately, it didn’t pan out the way everyone hoped it would.
The Titans quickly fell behind 2-0 in the first six minutes of the first period. After the second goal, Phillps arrived and Meyers was immediately pulled from the game.
The change in goal sparked Trenton as Bohmbach scored late in the first and early in the second to tie the game. He now leads the Titans in goals with 20.
However, shortly after tying the game, things quickly fell apart for the depleted Titans.
Greenville defenseman, Jyri Niemi gave the Road Warriors the lead with a power play goal six minutes after the game was brought even. It ultimately proved to be enough to give Greenville the win as the Titans failed to produce any more offense after Bohmbach’s pair.
That didn’t stop the Road Warriors, though.
Early in the third, Marc-Olivier Vallerand tipped a point shot past Phillips to increase the lead to two and Sean Berkstresser added another goal late to solidify the final score of 5-2.
While the result was not there, Coach Vince Williams was aware that the roster moves played a large part in his team’s struggles.
However, he wasn’t willing to use them as an excuse.
“That’s the culture of this league” he said, “It’s about development.”
It was evident that Williams was proud of his players moving up the system and being called up to the AHL.
“It's rewarding to see guys get called up.” He said with a smile, “I think as an organization, it's certainly a positive.”
Notes and Observations
Roster moves were the story of the day: Eric Baier went to AHL Albany, Corey Syvret to AHL Portland and Dave Caruso to AHL Charlotte.
Mitch Versteeg was placed on the 7-day Injured Reserve with an upper body injury after tweaking a previous injury.
The Titans signed Meyers (G), Gentry Zollars (D) and Bill McCreary (D) to fill the voids.