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Titans Have Royal Failure Against Reading


No, it’s not quite playoff time yet. Friday night began the first of a five game set between Trenton Titans and Reading Royals. It started off slowly for Trenton as the Titans lost 4-2.

Hurricane Sandy could not stop the game from going off and an announced crowd of 2352 fans showed up to see the Titans play.

While not directly blaming the storm, Titans Captain Ray DiLauro hinted the team wasn’t completely prepared for the game.

“Everyone has their off nights, I do, we do, we obviously had an off night tonight.” He said.

Things were off early for the Titans as Adam Comrie blasted a one time shot on a feed from Yannick Tifu past Niko Hovinen to give Reading an early 1-0 lead midway through the first period.

Hovinen made his first start since recovering from an injury suffered on October 17. When asked about the injury Hovinen was candid.



“I was leaning around a screen, and the puck hit me in the throat.” Hovinen said, before quickly clearing up the final diagnosis, “I had a concussion.”

Midway through the second period, the Titans would tie the game on a powerplay goal from Bryan Haczyk as he scored on a rebound from a Marcel Noebels point shot.

The tie game was short lived as Denny Urban and Alex Berry would score before the close of the second period to send the Titans down 3-1 to the second intermission.

Captain DiLauro bluntly summed up what happened.

“We got outworked, that’s it,” DiLauro said.

The third period had the Titans frustrations boil over, as two fights occurred.

First Alex Carrier of Trenton would drop Berry for a decisive win, and Ian Slater of Trenton would tangle to a draw with David Marshall.

The fights gave no momentum to Trenton as Urban would score another goal on a scrum in front of the net.

Haczyk hinted Hurricane Sandy may have played a role in the listlessness of the team.

“We didn’t have practice Monday or Tuesday, it definitely showed out there,” Haczyk said.

Coach Vince Williams thought the errors were more mental.

“We had two hard practices [Wednesday and Thursday], it’s between the ears after that.” The coach said.

Stephen Schultz of the Titans would make it 4-2 with a late goal while on a two-man advantage.

Williams elaborated on the situation.

“We were fully prepared. I honestly thought and I don’t think I’m crazy for saying this, some guys were really good tonight, I really did. On the flip side, there were some guys who were really bad tonight. Bohmbach-Akeson-Schultz had 15 of our 30 shots.” he then added, “I thought some guys played really well.”

DiLauro had a lengthy conversation with the officials on the ice just after the final horn. When he was asked what it was about, he was direct.

“I just feel like he (referee Don Jablonski) wasn’t his best and some of the calls were a little lopsided turning into goals for their team.” DiLauro said.

The Titans play Reading in Reading on Saturday night.