Trenton Titans Sweep Road Trip
The Trenton Titans swept a road trip in Indiana this weekend defeating the Evansville IceMen 6-3 and the Fort Wayne Komets 5-2. The wins improved the Titans record to 13-11-2-2 giving the Titans sole possession of second place in the Atlantic Division at the Christmas break.
The Titans trail division leading Reading by 13 points and will pick up with 3 straight against the Royals after the holiday break. The Titans dropped 5 straight to the Royals earlier this season.
The Titans are led by the solid two way play of newly crowned Captain Andy Bohmbach who leads the team in goals with 13 and points with 28.
(Titans Captain Andy Bohmbach during warmups of a recent home game, photo by Matt Bernot)
The Titans other big offensive threat is Flyers prospect Marcel Noebels (4th round, 2011) who leads the team in assists with 16 and has 26 points on the season. Noebels recently had his first professional hat trick and also has been picking up his physical play as of late.
(Noebels warms up before a recent home game, photo by Matt Bernot)
Noebels may be one of the biggest beneficiaries of the NHL lockout as his development is being augmented by the fact that he can play 18+ minutes a night in the ECHL instead of 6-8 minutes on an AHL fourth line.
The Titans also get point per game play from Stephen Schultz (9-13-22, 22GP) who made his return after missing a couple games with a mouth injury after taking a high stick last week.
In net, Niko Hovinen and Scott Wedgewood have been lights out at times, especially Wedgewood who's looking more and more like someone with a bright NHL future. While the save percentage for both guys is not quite where they want it to be at the moment, both goalies have turned things around in December.
On the blueline, the Titans have made some positive changes, Mitch Versteeg was traded to Kalamazoo for forward Justin Taylor, Taylor's agitation skills have made him a weapon of mass distraction for the Titans. The Titans also released former Captain Ray DiLauro early in December.
Replacing them have been Tyler Hostetter and Marcel Alvarez who have performed adequately. Alvarez scored his first pro point, an assist, and first pro goal last weekend.
In short, the Titans have a talented, hardworking squad. Now, they just need to move from streaky to consistently good.