Trenton Hits Wall-eye
The Trenton Titans hosted the Toledo Walleye in the second of a two game set in Trenton Sunday afternoon. The Titans took game one of the series Saturday, 5-3. Sunday’s wouldn’t be as kind to the Titans as they fell, 3-1.
The game started at a slow pace with Trenton getting little done on an early chance on the man advantage after Kyle Rogers of Toledo was sent to the box for tripping just 1:47 into the game.
After the kill, the play would continue being even until the 8:13 mark. Aaron Lewicki of Toledo snuck a shot past Brad Phillips to give the Walleye a 1-0 lead.
The period would continue with both teams looking flat and having trouble creating quality chances. The Walleye took a 2-0 lead when Nick Oslund pounced on a fluky bounce in front and put the puck past Phillips. It was a harmless chance as the puck hit a stanchion on a rim around and ended up in front, but Phillips wasn’t able to handle the chance.
Coach Vince Williams wasn't pleased with his team’s overall effort, but was even more disappointed with their mental errors.
“I think at times we worked hard,” Williams sad. “But, we didn’t work smart.”
The Titans started the second period started in a place where they’ve been many times this season- down by multiple goals. The second stanza featured more shots, as the Titans out shot Toledo 16-9 in the second frame. Trenton failed to capitalize despite the extra shots and two power play chances in the period.
Late in the second frame, Brad Phillips coughed up a huge rebound on a harmless shot and Brian Matte put it past Phillips to give the Walleye a 3-0 lead heading into the third period.
“We weren’t playing the way we needed to play,” Williams said. “Everyone’s frustrated…we were forcing plays, D was jumping up going one-on-four. There was no support.”
Defenseman Eric Baier elaborated on the team's errors.
“You gotta come out and play every night,” Baier said. “We came out a little slow.”
Strong third period play has been a strong suit for the Titans this season. Sunday, it was a total implosion. The only highlight for Trenton in this game was a short-handed goal from Baier.
Baier took the puck on a fanned shot from a Walleye player; he then went one on four on a solo rush all the way through the Walleye zone. His shot beat Thomas McCollum up high for the Titans only goal.
“I just kinda saw a lane, I only saw the defenseman in front of me,” Baier said. “I had a good opportunity…I took the defenseman wide, put a little move on him, put one on net.
“I knew I was going nearside high somewhere.”
Notes and Observations:
There was no new information regarding injured Defensemen Chris Berenguer and Tyler Hostetter.
The team is looking forward to a Christmas holiday trip to Florida to face the Everblades later this week.