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Royals Dismantle Titans 7-0

Being mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, the Trenton Titans have had only two goals; play spoiler to other teams in the playoff race, and try to catch the Bakersfield Condors and not be the worst team in the entire ECHL.

Sadly, they would do neither as the Reading Royals beat Trenton 7-0.

Coach Vince Williams has noted that the team is looking ahead to next season saying.

“You’re seeing what guys are made of,” he said.  “You gotta earn what you’re gonna get. That’s how it should be.”

The Titans started the game in typical Trenton fashion, going down 2-0 early on goals from Denny Urban and Yannick Riendeau in the first 4:03. After the second goal, once again the Titans buckled down at finished the first period with a shot advantage of 13-8.

Despite holding an edge in shots, the quality of Trenton’s chances weren’t high. Royals goaltender Mark Owuya had a clean look at every shot.

Coach Williams noted the differences between tonight and last week’s road trip where the team got points in three straight games (2-0-1).

“It’s a little bit uncharacteristic,” he said. “There’s some guys that could be better.”

The second period featured another implosion from Trenton. Mikael Bedard, Yannick Tifu and Olivier Labelle all found the net for Reading. After allowing the Tifu goal,  Dave Caruso was pulled for Brad Phillips. Coach Williams summed up the collapse by noting the cause and effect of events.

“When it rains it pours,” he said. “It rained hard.”

Early in the third, Urban scored his second goal of the night on a power play. The man advantage was given after Titans defenseman Scott Fletcher received a major for a sucker punch on Labelle.

A few minutes later, Ray DiLauro and Ian O’Connor dropped the gloves in a fight behind the Titans net. DiLauro clearly won the fight which gave the hometown fans something to cheer for in the midst of the blowout defeat.

Notes and Observations

Tyler Hostetter (D) left the game midway through the third period after sliding awkwardly head-first into the boards. Coach Williams didn’t have a specific update.

“Something that will keep him out of the rest of the year for sure,” Williams said.

Mitch Versteeg (D) should be back sometime this week from a shoulder injury.