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Rynnas Stops 48 to Beat Trenton


Just two days removed from an offense-filled 6-5 shootout loss at Sun Center, the Reading Royals and Trenton Titans hooked up again Friday night in Trenton.

Like many times this season, the Titans started the game in early penalty trouble as Myles Stoesz was sent off for tripping at the 3:02 mark and Steve Silva followed at 4:15 for high-sticking. Luckily for the Titans, Reading’s power play would never really show anything in terms of a cohesive attack and the Titans killed off both the penalties.

Unfortunately, Trenton’s defense would cough up the puck leading to a breakaway. This time, Ray DiLauro had a shot blocked, allowing Kenny Ryan to spring Dennis McCauley on a breakaway. Brad Phillips stopped the initial shot before John Scrymgeour smacked home the rebound to give the Royals an early 1-0 lead.

Titans coach Vince Williams had a short explanation for the breakdown.

“Not enough getting to the dirty areas,” he said.

Trenton came out strong during the second period. They generated more scoring chances and had far more jump in their skates than the first period.

However, Olivier Labelle snuck a shot past Phillips at the 3:22 mark of the second period. Phillips got a piece of the shot with his blocked but the puck rolled off him and into the net.

Again, the Titans rebounded from the goal and continued to play hard. They outshot the Royals 18-10 in the second period. But once again, the Titans power play couldn’t strike even though they had two chances with the man advantage during the second frame.

Late in the period, Mikael Bedard increased Reading’s lead to 3-0. He beat Phillips short-side as defenseman Corey Syvret was caught out of position.

The Titans headed into the third period outshooting the Royals 33-20 but due to the inability to convert the chances, trailed 3-0. They were in need of a miracle.

Five minutes into the third, Trenton finally broke through on Reading goalie Jussi Rynnas as Chris Poli tapped home a rebound from an Eric Baier shot to get Trenton on the board.

With 7:53 left, Ray DiLauro scored on a one-timer from a perfect feed from Andy Bohmbach. This would set the stage for a frantic finish as the Titans attempted to come from behind again for a win.

With about six minutes left, the game was delayed for several minutes as Rynnas took consecutive shots off the mask from Rob Bordson and DiLauro about 25 seconds apart. The second shot broke a part of his mask.

 Rynnas was looked at by the trainer but returned to the net after his mask was repaired.

“I just got a shot on [the throat guard attachment] and it’s quite broken,” Rynnas said. “I tried to scream to the referee that my mask was broken, [before an icing call stopped play]. I’m just glad they fixed it so I can play tomorrow.”

McCauley buried an insurance tally late, and the Titans again fell short to Reading, 4-2.

The Titans finished the game outshooting Reading 50-25, but Coach Williams said it wasn’t indicative of how his team played.

“You look at the shots and think we had a good night, but we didn’t,” he said. “We weren’t hard to play against in any aspect.”

Notes and Observations

Titans signed Anthony Pisano (D) and added Myles Stoesz (F) via loan from AHL Albany before the game.

Titans loaned Dave Caruso (G) to AHL Charlotte, Nick Niedert will serve as the backup to Brad Phillips.

Titans lost Andy Thomas (D) and Tyler Hostetter (D) to AHL Adirondak via call-up.