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Trenton Falls to Elmira in Sunday Matinee

The Elmira Jackals visited the Trenton Titans on Sunday for the second time in as many days.

With the return of the team’s regular starting goaltender, Dave Caruso from AHL Charlotte, the Titans looked to build off of their impressive 4-3 win over the Jackals the day before.

Unfortunately, that proved not to be the case.

The first period started in a similar fashion as many before it, as the Titans fell behind early when Artem Demkov beat Caruso with a wrist shot.

“He missed it,” Caruso explained. “I thought he was just gonna fire it and he flubbed it.”

With the Titans in familiar territory down by a goal in the second, they settled down and got to work.

Tyler Hostetter pounced on a failed clearing attempt and ripped a slapshot passed Jackals goalie Timo Pielmeier to tie the game 7:52 into the second period.

The tie game was short lived however as Demkov struck again, beating Caruso on a rebound.

With the team trailing, it was Hostetter who once again stepped up to try and give the Titans a spark.

Hostetter continued his physical play later in the period dropping the gloves with former Titan Jordan Pietrus, although neither player landed a punch and ultimately tumbled to the ice.

Each received a roughing minor, which was the second almost fight in as many nights for Hostetter as he had dropped the gloves for a double minor the night before.

Unfortunately, this wouldn’t be enough as Trenton couldn’t muster any offense.

Jean Bourbeau added an empty net goal to make it a 3-1 final.

Coach Vince Williams was pleased that the game featured a solid defensive effort but disappointed in the lack of offense.

“Our D were good, our goaltending was solid,” he said. “I don’t think we did enough from the red line down into their zone.”

Notes and Observations

Caruso was returned from AHL Charlotte; Peter Dundovich (G) was released.

Matt Moffat (F) was signed before the game and Vinny Geonetti (D) was the healthy scratch for Trenton.