Trenton Hits Wall and Fall to Walleye
Saturday night in Trenton proved to be the opposite of Friday as the Titans hosted the Toledo Walleye in a rematch from 24 hours earlier. The Titans played the entire game listlessly and fell by a final score of 5-1.
Coach Vince Williams was not very pleased with the team’s effort as a whole.
“Our compete level wasn’t high at all. We got outmuscled and out battled.” Williams said.
Things started out poorly for the Titans as Marcel Noebels perfect stick lift on Willie Coetzee was deemed a hook and Coetzee was awarded a penalty shot which he converted to give Toledo a 1-0 lead.
The deficit would increase to 2-0 midway through the second when Joey Ryan would blast a slapshot past Wedgewood through a screen on a powerplay as Blake Kessel sat in the box for tripping.
Unlike the previous night, the Titans would not find a new gear in the third period as Wedgewood would allow two more goals. First on a giveaway to Walleye forward Luke Glendening behind the net allowing an easy tap in and second on a two on one as Byron Froese fed Max Campbell for the goal.
Captain Ray DiLauro mixed no words when asked about how the team played.
“We have to be better, there’s no excuse for it.” He said.
Wedgewood took responsibility for his play.
“I made some unfortunate mental errors.” The rookie goalie said, “You sum it up, four plays and it’s all over.”
Coach Williams gave the young goalie a vote of confidence.
“Wedgewood did what he had to do and we left him in on an island,” the coach said.
With the Titans down 4-0, DiLauro would score a goal with the man advantage to break the shutout.
Andrej Nestrasil would score an empty net goal to make it a 5-1 final.
DiLauro hoped the game would be a lesson for the team.
“We just got to move forward. We didn’t play well tonight, nobody did. And that can’t happen.” He said.
Wedgewood also seemed unwilling to dwell on the loss.
“You just got to learn from tonight and move forward.” The goalie said.
The Titans will move forward, they host Reading on Friday in the first of five straight against the Royals at alternating venues.