Titans Put Solar Bears into Early Hibernation
On a dreary, rainy, Sunday afternoon, 3348 fans came to Sun National Bank Center in Trenton to see the Titans dismantle the Orlando Solar Bears by a score of 5-1.
Less than 24 hours after dropping a heartbreaking game against Elmira, the Titans came out strong and absolutely dominated the Orlando Solar Bears. Niko Hovinen made his first start in over a week for the Titans.
Marcel Noebels spoke of Hovinen post game.
“I told him (Niko) before the game, I think you got a good game tonight, you need your confidence buddy.”Noebels said.
Noebels’s thoughts were right as Hovinen stole the show, stopping 23 of 24 shots.
Titans Players in Warmup from left to right: Stephen Schultz (14), Blake Kessel (20) Eric Baier (7) Andy Bohmbach (11) Marcel Alvarez (32) Jacob Drewiske (13), photo taken by Matt Bernot
Titans coach Vince Williams spoke about how the team reacted to last night’s loss.
“It’s growth, sometimes you have to go through these things to learn,” the coach said.
Marcel Alvarez opened the scoring early with his first professional goal. It was an emotional moment for him.
“It feels great, I can’t really describe it. It was special, I won’t forget that,” Alvarez said.
The Titans kept pouring on the pressure during the period and Jacob Cepis would beat Curry five-hole to make it 2-0.
The Titans dominance reflected in the shot count, which was 20-7 in favor of the Titans at the end of the first period.
Some penalty trouble in the early part of the second put the Titans in a 5 on 3 situation and C.J. Severyn would tally a goal beating Hovinen on a puck that deflected off a Titans defender.
That was the lone blemish on an otherwise perfect afternoon.
Four minutes after the Severyn goal, Marcel Noebels and new Titans Captain Andy Bohmbach would take a two on one and with some crisp passing, would embarrass Orlando goalie John Curry as Noebels scored his eighth goal of the season.
Noebels humbly spoke about the goal and gave the credit to his Captain.
“Nice play by Bomber (Bohmbach), just a give-and-go,” Noebels said.
With a two goal lead, the third period began. Unlike the previous game, the Titans buckled down and dominated some more.
Blake Kessel ended a long scoring drought with a goal early on in the third period and Ian Slater would tack on the final nail in the Solar Bears coffin. Slater humbly spoke of the goal.
“Credit both my linemates for getting me the puck” Slater
Coach Williams elaborated on the change of the Titans in the third period, compared.
“Putting teams away, that’s part of success” Vince Williams said of the third period.
Hovinen’s long rest paid off as he got more dominant in the third period while the Titans killed off several penalties.
“We know he’s (Niko) a great goaltender.” Defenseman Blake Kessel said.
Noebels also stuck up for Hovinen.
“Niko played a good game tonight, he played really good,” said Noebels.
Kessel also spoke about how important it to have a 2-0-1 weekend.
“It was a good effort by our team, that’s the most important thing, getting five out of six points this weekend,” Kessel said.
Now, the Titans need to sustain this, they play again at home on Wednesday against Elmira.