Trenton Dominates Toledo in 6-1 Win
The Trenton Titans fired on all cylinders Sunday afternoon at the Sun National Bank Center in a 6-1 win over the Toledo Walleye. Trenton closed out the weekend on a positive note after losing on Friday and Saturday night.
After a tough 6-2 loss against Kalamazoo Saturday night, Coach Vince Williams counted on his veteran players to bounce back.
“We wanted a full 60 minutes tonight,” Williams said. “As a coach you put it on the players and see how they respond. It starts with the older guys – [Dustin] Cameron, [Randy] Rowe, [Andy] Bombach, [Rob] Bordson – they know what we needed to do.”
Cameron and Rowe led an offense that was quick to the puck and able to capitalize on scoring opportunities. Rowe tallied the first goal 4:39 into the game. Rowe put in a Bordson rebound in the final second of a power play.
Ryan Blair scored the only goal for Toledo 19 seconds later.
Titans’ goalie Dave Caruso explained how the defense played.
“We did a great job blocking shots,” Caruso said. “We were intense and aggressive and the guys did a great job infront of me.”
Again it was Cameron who had the play of the night when he ripped a slap shot into the top right corner as he fell to the ice. The goal gave the Titans (14-19-6-34) the lead for good with 11:11 remaining in the first period.
Tyler Hostetter scored the final goal of the period with 28 seconds left. Hostetter was able to slip a wrist shot from the top of the box past the screened Walleye goalie. The Titans finished the period two-of-two on power plays against a Toledo unit boasting an 85 percent kill rate.
Trenton picked up in the second period where they left off in the first. Bordson received a breakout pass from Bombach causing a breakaway. Bordson put a wrist shot into the top right corner.
Adam Presiznuik scored 49 seconds later to increase the Titans’ lead to 5-1. Cameron, the game’s second star, recorded the assist. The goal ended Walleye goalie Dustin Carlson’s night (13 saves on 18 shots).
The game’s final goal was registered with 4:29 left in the second period by Rowe on a power play. Rowe’s second goal of the game (11th of the season) gave him first star honors. Rowe deflected a Ray DiLauro slapshot on the goal.
“Ray had a good shot and I was able to deflect it,” Rowe explained. “That’s what I’ve done my whole career: Park myself in front of the net and hope for tips and rebounds. It worked out tonight.”
Toledo Walleye (16-20-3-35) backup goalie Rob Nolan recorded 17 saves on 18 shots.
The Titans defense reciprocated their offense with success on power plays. Trenton killed five Toledo extra man opportunities. Trenton was able to overcome a six minute stretch in the first period of Walleye power plays when the game was still close at 2-1. Dave Caruso, the game's second star, finished with 28 saves on 29 shots.
Cameron explained the strategy.
“We wanted to tighten the box up and force shots from the outside. We’ve been putting in a lot of work on the defensive end and it showed,” Cameron said.
While Trenton currently is on the outside looking in for a playoff bid, Rowe is confident that the team can gain momentum and cover ground.
“Februrary is coming up. It’s crunch time, it’s the playoff push,” he said.
The Titans continue the push with a road trip next weekend playing back-to-back games against South Carolina and finish Sunday against the Gwinnett Gladiators.