Titans Thaw Out Evansville Icemen
On Black Friday, the Trenton Titans welcomed the Evansville Icemen to Sun National Bank Center in Trenton. Backstopped by a strong effort from goalie Scott Wedgewood and impressive ECHL debuts of Matt Konan and Andrew Johnston who were sent down from the Phantoms, the Titans defeated the Icemen 3-2.
Patrick Kennedy started the scoring just 1:15 into the game when he scored on a breakaway after a defensive miscue by the Titans allowed him to skate in on Wedgewood.
The goalie admitted the early goal ruffled his confidence.
“Your first shot is a breakaway, it kind of got in my head a little bit,” the rookie goalie said.
The Titans would fall behind 2-0 after a miscue by the powerplay unit saw former Flyers prospect Josh Beaulieu spring Trent Vogelhuber on a breakaway and beat Wedgewood again.
Coach Vince Williams was not happy with the start.
“We weren’t very good in the first period,” he said.
Alternate Captain Andy Bohmbach discussed how the team regrouped during the first intermission.
“We talked in the locker room and said we needed to get more shots on net.” Bohmbach said, before adding, “We started shooting the puck, and finally a couple went in.”
However, the first intermission was just what the Titans needed. They came out in the second refreshed, outshooting the Icemen 16-5 in the second frame.
Johnston got the Titans on the scoreboard when he scored a powerplay goal off a drop pass from Steve Schultz moments after a great save by Wedgewood on the other end.
Bryan Haczyk would tie the game with his fourth goal of the season after Konnan kept a play alive at the blue line and hit a wide open Haczyk on the far post for an easy tap in goal. The assist was Konnan’s first professional point.
Konnan was humble talking about his assist.
“I just threw it there and he (Haczyk) made a nice play and put it in the back of the net,” Konnan said.
The third period would continue the tone of the second, and Bohmbach would score the game winning goal on a solo effort on a shorthanded breakaway.
Bohmbach was straight to the point when asked about the goal.
“It was good…any breakaway goal is fun to do,” he said.
There was a near disaster in the final two minutes of the game as Kennedy would drive Johnston off the boards violently in the corner. Johnston needed nine stitches to close a cut that bled profusely on the ice and Kennedy was assessed a major penalty and game misconduct.
Johnston was in good spirits after the game.
“The guys did a good job stitching me up,” he said.
When asked if he would play, he quickly answered.
“I hope to, I’ll see how I am in the morning,” Johnston replied.
Coach Williams was happy with how the game ended.
“How we played in the second and third, is how we have to play for 60 minutes,” the coach said.
With the game ending on a Titans powerplay, they would hold the lead to win 3-2.