Titans Fall In Overtime
Saturday night in Trenton, the Titans looked to win back to back to games for the first time since the beginning of the season. Instead they came away with one point as they fell in overtime to the Elmira Jackals.
Less than two minutes into the game, the Titans fell behind as Artem Demkov beat Scott Wedgewood with assists being given to Dustin Gazley and Justin DaCosta.
At 4:23, the Titans tied the game on a fluky goal. With Kevin Harvey of Elmira in the box for Holding the Stick, Marcel Noebels fired a slapshot that dropped Jackals Defenseman Kyle Bushee when it stuck his foot.
The puck shot straight into the air and fell over the shoulder of Max Clermont and into the net.
Former Phantom Andrew Rowe would score on a rebound to give the Jackals the lead back.
The Titans kept fighting back, Ryan Hayes scored a goal after Stephen Schultz stripped Clermont who had ventured 20 feet out of the net to play a puck. Schultz fed Hayes in front for an easy tap into the empty net.
Then, Justin Taylor would pick up his trolling ways, the Titans super-pest drew former Phantom Rob Bellamy into a coincidental minor set, then 10 seconds after they exited the box, drew Bellamy into a five minute major for spearing, Belllamy also received a game misconduct.
Rob Bellamy (27) of Elmira and Chaz Johnson (98) have a chat during warmups.
Andy Bohmbach scored to give the Titans a lead on the powerplay and Blake Kessel ended a point drought dating back to mid November with an assist on the goal and the Titans took a 3-2 lead to the 2nd intermission.
Schultz got himself a goal midway through the third when he one timed a Bohmbach pass past Clermont.
Then, the rails fell off for the Titans.
Schultz explained what Elmira did.
“They just came out and through the kitchen sink at us,” he said.
Titans coach Vince Williams talked about where his team went wrong.
“They kept coming and coming and coming, and we started watching and started not engaging,” Vince said.
And, Wedgewood would cough up two rebounds, allowing the goals to tie the game.
Then in overtime, Demkov would win the game on a broken play in front.
Kessel summed up what the TItans need to do tomorrow.
“We gotta come out and just play a full 60 minutes.” said Kessel
The Titans host the Orlando Solar Bears on Sunday at 3pm.