Titans Give Royal Welcome to Reading
Even in the midst of a disappointing season for the Trenton Titans, there has been one consistent bright spot on the calendar- the Reading Royals (15-15-3-3-36). The Titans (13-16-3-3-32) have won three consecutive games against their division rival and looked to make it four last night in Trenton.
In a season plagued by slow starts, the Titans once again found themselves down 1-0 early as John Scrymgeour pounced on a loose puck in the slot and planted a slap shot over the shoulder of Titans goalie Brad Phillips.
Unlike the majority of these slow starts however, the Titans would turn things around quickly as their sixth-ranked power play unit struck late in the period. With Royals defenseman Louis Liotti in the box for slashing, Rob Bordson scored his 10th goal of the season off the rush on a wrist shot from the top of the circle.
Coach Vince Williams praised the quick turnaround and noted the team had a great effort in the defensive zone.
“We outworked them, we kept the puck out of the middle of the ice” Williams said. “We backchecked, we tracked the puck and supported down low.”
The second period would start off the same as the first. Just 50 seconds in, Everett Sheen scored on a 2-on-1 odd man rush beating Phillips short side. The lead was short-lived. Just under a minute later, Bordson tied the game again.
Trenton’s Ryan Hayes carried the puck across the offensive zone and drove to the net. Royals goalie Paul Dainton was overly aggressive in his challenge of Hayes and dropped into his butterfly position. Hayes wrapped around the net and hit Bordson in front for a tap in to the wide open goal.
Three minutes later, Matt Germain scored the winning goal on a feed from Dustin Cameron. In describing his goal, Germain would praise Cameron for the pass.
“Just a good dump in, got around the goalie, (Steve) Silva made a good read, fired it on net,” he said. “Cam saw me, made a good pass over to me and I had the easy part of putting in net”
Dainton would settle down in net for the Royals, not allowing a goal over the last period and a half. Trenton would test him frequently as they outshot Reading, 56-25 on the night.
The dominance in the shot total told the biggest story of the game. Coach Williams was high in his praise of the team.
“You look at puck possession time, time in the offensive zone, it was our best game all year,” he said “We almost got 60 shots on net, it’s outstanding.”
When asked for an explanation as to why Trenton always plays Reading so well, Germain was stumped.
“I don’t really have a definitive answer for that,” Germain said. “We just seem to match up really well with them.”
With that, Trenton hopes to take this momentum on the road to Elmira as they play the Jackals at 4 p.m. Sunday. The Jackals have won three consecutive against in Trenton. Each game has been decided by shootout.
How can Trenton beat their rivals from Elmira? Germain had a the easy answer.
“Try to win it before the shootout.”
Notes and Observations
Due to injuries, and trades, the Titans played their second straight game down a man.
Matt Germain (LW) has heated up, with goals in four of his last seven games.
Injured Defenseman Tyler Hostetter (concussion) is hopeful to return in about a week.
The 56 shots on goal were a season-high for Trenton.