Wedgewood's Wall Stops Walleye
The Trenton Titans improved to 5-1-0-0 on the season Friday night as they downed the Toledo Walleye 4-1 in Trenton.
As has been the recent story for the Titans, timely goaltending and strong starts paced the win.
Titans Captain Ray DiLauro praised the forwards for the strong starts.
“Our forwards are really good, we just want to chip the puck in” he said.
Things started out strong for the Titans as 9:47 into the first period, Luke Pither caught Walleye goalie Kent Simpson cheating on the near post and snuck a quick shot past him.
Early in the second period former Titan’s Captain Randy Rowe would beat Scott Wedgewood on a rebound in front to force a 1-1 tie heading to the third period.
However, aside from this, Wedgewood was spectacular and his play routinely choked out any chance of momentum shifting to Toledo.
DiLauro summed him up in three words.
“He is awesome” DiLauro stated before adding, “Playing the puck, saving the puck, talking, it makes my job (as a defenseman) so much easier. You know the guy (Wedgewood) is back there to bail you out.”
DiLauro also said that Wedgewood’s youth is not a factor.
“He’s young. He wants to play. He wants to make it to the NHL and he has that chance.” DiLauro said.
The Captain also praised Wedgewood’s worth ethic.
“Every single day in practice, in games, he (Wedgewood) is always ready to go.” DiLauro said before adding, “He wants to play, he has fun with it.”
Coach Vince Williams agreed.
“He had some big saves.” The coach said.
The Titans would score what would prove to be the winning goal on a deflection by forward Jim McKelvie when he knocked a shot from DiLauro down to the ice to beat a jumping Simpson just 20 seconds into the final frame.
DiLauro brushed off the fluky goals he’s been involved in since joining the Titans last season.
“I just try and play as simple as I can and get the puck to the net.” he said.
DiLauro also brushed off the fact that he wasn’t credited with the goal.
“I’ll take the assist, just as long as we score.” he said.
Ryan Grimshaw would tally his first pro goal to make it 3-1 later on.
"I got the puck right here in my pocket, I'm gonna flip it to my mom so it doesn't get lost." he said.
Jason Akeson would score the final goal on a rebound in front of the net. Coach Williams was proud of his effort and said it was an example of what the team as a whole is trying to do.
"Our net presence is a lot stronger (compared to last year, for example) on the broken play with Akeson, he turns around and puts it under the bar." The Coach said.
The Titans host the Walleye again on Saturday.
Ryan Hayes (F) is out for another 2-3 weeks with a wrist injury.
Niko Hovinen (G) is probably a week away from starting again, but is healthy enough to play in relief if needed after returning from a bruised collarbone.