Wheeling Nails Trenton With A Loss in Titans Home Finale
The final home game of a disappointing 2011-12 season for the Trenton Titans saw the Titans lose by a score of 4-1 in front 4,213 fans at Sun National Bank Center in Trenton.
Trenton gave up the first goal yet again in the first period as Matt Schepke beat Dave Caruso on a wrist shot in the slot late in the first period. Just over a minute later, Paul Crowder made it 2-0 on a power play with Steve Silva in the box for tripping.
When asked about the struggles, Captain Randy Rowe was at a loss for words,
“I don’t know, that’s a hard question,” he said. “We had a lot of bounces that didn’t go our way this year. It wasn’t a lack of hard work. We had a lot of guys called up (to the AHL) and a lot of guys hurt.”
The second period would feature more of the same as there was very little in terms of offensive action for either team for the majority of the period. Late in the period, Christian Minella beat Caruso. Andy Bohmbach would get one back for Trenton late in the period with a shorthanded tally with 10 seconds left in the second period.
Rowe spoke to the character of the team.
“It’s something new for a lot of us in our career, but all you can do is try to stay positive and help (the new guys) out” he said. “....once you’re out of the playoffs, it shows a lot of heart and character. I think a lot of the guys did a good job working hard in the last few games here when we were out of the playoffs. We got to give them credit for that.”
Trenton looked listless in the third period generating just six shots on goal even though they had a chance to come back. Meanwhile, Schepke added empty net goal in the final minute to send the Nailers to the playoffs with a 4-1 win.
Notes and Observations
The Titans averaged 3,018 in attendance this season, the highest total for Trenton hockey since 2007-08.
The Titans play the regular season finale tomorrow at 7 p.m. against the Reading Royals in Reading.
Ray DiLauro (D) was voted Team MVP, he had eight goals and 19 assists in 46 games with Trenton.