Titans Late Comeback Falls Short, K-Wings Defeat Titans 4-3
Coming home after spitting a weekend road trip to the Midwest, the Trenton Titans looked to get back to winning ways as they faced off against the Kalamazoo Wings.
The Titans started off cold again as just 2:32 into the game; Brandon Svendsen of the K-Wings opened the scoring on a wrap-around shot. Titans Defensemen Andy Thomas blew a tire behind the net leaving Svendsen all alone to bury the puck.
Less than six minutes later, Patrick Asselin would tally after the Titans defense would break down leading to an odd man rush.
Defenseman Jordan Southorn noted the pattern of slow starts,
“Down 2-0 in our building after one,” he said. “It seems like it’s happening a lot.”
Coach Vince Williams had no solution to the pattern of slow starts.
“it always seems like our first period back after a road trip is slow,” he said “We can’t win games playing 40 minutes after taking 20 minutes to get going.”
The defensive breakdowns could partly be placed on the void left by Titans top defenseman Tyler Hostetter, who was placed on Injured Reserve prior to the game with a shoulder injury. The Titans defense without Hostetter lacked some of the depth it had earlier in the season.
The teams would trade power play goals in the second, as the K-Wings continued to pound away at the Titans- outshooting them 25-13 at the end of two periods. The only thing keeping the score at 3-1 was the solid play of goaltender Dave Caruso.
Caruso’s improvement on his control of rebounds showed in the contest.
Five minutes into the third, the Titans had tied the game on Southorn’s second goal of the night and also evened the shot totals. With momentum on their side, the Titans played like a different team than they had all night and fought hard to come back.
Peter Lenes and Southorn led the charge; the two players just seemed to generate scoring chance after scoring chance. Unfortunately for Trenton, their comeback fell just short when Svendsen scored on an empty net in the final minute.
Much like they had fought all night, the Titans didn’t quit. With 15 seconds remaining in the game, Ryan Hayes scored to make the final, 4-3.
Roster Moves, Notes and Observations
-Trenton activated F Rob Bordson (lower body) and D Mike Banwell (hand) from IR before the game.
-Trenton placed D Tyler Hostetter (shoulder) on IR before the game; there is no timetable for his return.
-Trenton also agreed to loan LW Tim Spencer to the AHL Springfield Falcons.
-Eric Baier led the team in blocked shots again, with an unofficial count of four blocks, Peter Lenes and Randy Rowe each had three and team had 16 total blocked shots by unofficial count.