Titans Hammer Nailers In Win
Friday night in Trenton, an announced crowd of 3143, saw the home town Titans defeat division rival Wheeling by a score of 4-2.
The Titans dropped three decisions on the road (0-1-1-1) and had gone 4 straight games without a win before this matchup with the Nailers.
Blake Kessel (20) of the Trenton Titans fires a slap shot during pregame warmups. (Photo taken by Matt Bernot)
Just 6:50 into the game, Kelly Zajac started the scoring on a rush into the offensive zone with Marcel Noebels. Zajac took a shot that beat Nailers goalie Scott Darling between his legs to give the Titans an early lead.
Like has been the case often this season, the Titans gave up the tying goal less than a minute later as former Titan Matt Germain would score a goal on a rebound in front of Scott Wedgewood. His goal was assisted by Flyers prospect Luke Pither who is currently on loan to Wheeling.
Zajac would score his second goal of the game in the second period on a tap in off a Steve Schultz deflection of a Marcel Alvarez point shot. The secondary assist for Alvarez was his first professional point.
Justin Taylor stirred the pot in front of Darling and was sent off for roughing, and Paul Crowder would tie the game 12 seconds later.
Connor Goggin would set up the winning goal in the third when he fired a puck into the slot that was tipped home by Taylor.
Taylor humbly explained what happened on the tap in.
Eric Baier would make it 4-2 with late goal on a shot from the high slot.
“I just reacted, it went to the top corner and looked real nice” he said.
Now, the goal for the Titans is keeping the “real nice” flowing through the entire weekend. They play again tomorrow at 7pm at home against Elmira.