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Where Are They Now? Zenon Konopka Edition

When you ask someone 'who is your favorite player?' you may get responses of such Sidney Crosby, Marian Gaborik, Evgeni Malkin, or even John Tavares on the Islanders front. If you ask my lovely wife the same question....

Zenon Konopka.

It truly boggles my mind how someone that has a great mind for the game and knows her hockey would find such a admiration for a 4th line player that doesn’t exactly do things that chicks dig.. like hit home-runs or score 40 goals.

For reasons unknown, she has a true affinity towards him, so much in fact that she made up a shirt that stated simply 'Bring Konopka Back!' and subsequently wore the shirt on Monday to his first game back on the Island as an Ottawa Senator.

Labelle's Royal Night Sinks Titans

Having gone 3-1-1 in their last five games with slim playoff hopes alive, the Trenton Titans hosted the Reading Royals Wednesday night at the Sun Center. Titans Coach Vince Williams decided to ride the hot hand by starting Brad Phillips again in goal. Phillips had allowed one goal in each of his last two starts, both wins.

In what has become Trenton-typical this season, the Titans allowed the first goal at 11:18 as Olivier Labelle set a screen in front of Phillips and a Yannick Tifu shot bounced off Labelle. The deflection went past Phillips to give the Royals the lead at 1-0.

Late in the period, Ryan Hayes answered right back for Trenton as he stole the puck in the offensive zone from a Royals defensemen and fired a quick shot on net. The shot beat goalie Karel St. Laurent to tie the game with just over a minute left.

Hostetter Nails Down Wheeling

After dismantling the Elmira Jackals 8-1 Saturday night in Elmira, the Trenton Titans looked to keep up the strong play as the Wheeling Nailers came to town.

Brad Phillips made his third straight start in net. He was excited to have the chance to play since Dave Caruso had played the majority of games before he signed with AHL Charlotte last week.

“Playing more brings more confidence to the table,” Phillips said. “Brings more experience too, I’m still learning .”

The strong play carried over as Trenton staked itself to an early 3-0 lead.

Rynnas Stops 48 to Beat Trenton

Just two days removed from an offense-filled 6-5 shootout loss at Sun Center, the Reading Royals and Trenton Titans hooked up again Friday night in Trenton.

Like many times this season, the Titans started the game in early penalty trouble as Myles Stoesz was sent off for tripping at the 3:02 mark and Steve Silva followed at 4:15 for high-sticking. Luckily for the Titans, Reading’s power play would never really show anything in terms of a cohesive attack and the Titans killed off both the penalties.

Unfortunately, Trenton’s defense would cough up the puck leading to a breakaway. This time, Ray DiLauro had a shot blocked, allowing Kenny Ryan to spring Dennis McCauley on a breakaway. Brad Phillips stopped the initial shot before John Scrymgeour smacked home the rebound to give the Royals an early 1-0 lead.

"The Boys Are Buzzin"

With all the good things that I, John Madonia and others have written about the Bridgeport Sound Tigers you might think that post season play is a given. Nothing could be further from the truth. While Bridgeport’s outlook might be better than our parent club the Islanders it is only marginally better.

A goalie of the month award to Kevin Poulin, a player of the month award to Casey Cizikas and a 13-1-1 record since I replaced Miss December with Miss January and still no guarantees. While writing this post, Edwin Starr’s rock classic ‘WAR’ starts playing and I start singing ‘One-Month . . . What is it good for? Absolutely Nothing.’

Cameron Carries Trenton past Elmira

Coming back home after going 0-1-1 on the road, Trenton looked to end a six-game losing streak against division rival Elmira. Trenton hoped the return of Brad Phillips from the Adirondack Phantoms would help halt the slide.

Like they have all season, the Titans lost the opening face-off, ended up in their own end, and took a penalty as Ray DiLauro was sent off for hooking 1:10 after puck drop.

Trenton killed the penalty, but the defense appeared to be shaky as they did. Luckily for Trenton, Phillips was up to the task stopping the lone shot he faced on the penalty kill.

Blue Line Pipe Line

The recent rash of injuries (an annual occurrence of late) and an unexpected ‘defection’ to Russia has diminished but not drained the pool of talented blue liners available in Bridgeport. The return of Mark Katic (perhaps within 2 weeks) and Calvin DeHaan shortly thereafter bring the Bridgeport Sound Tigers to full strength for our playoff run.

The Islanders with 40 points needed in their remaining 29 games to reach 92 points are in a playoff run as well. The Isles might well be looking for some help on D before the Feb. 27 deadline, but given the talent already in the pipeline I thin that would prove money ill spent. Secondary scoring has been missing, not defensive.

The recent rash of injuries (an annual occurrence of late) and an unexpected ‘defection’ to Russia has diminished but not drained the pool of talented blue liners available in Bridgeport. The return of Mark Katic (perhaps within 2 weeks) and Calvin DeHaan shortly thereafter bring the Bridgeport Sound Tigers to full strength for our playoff run.

The Islanders with 40 points needed in their remaining 29 games to reach 92 points are in a playoff run as well. The Isles might well be looking for some help on D before the Feb. 27 deadline, but given the talent already in the pipeline I thin that would prove money ill spent. Secondary scoring has been missing, not defense.

Prospect Report 2/8/12: 2010 Late Round Edition

On this edition of the prospect report I will look at two late round picks from the 2010 NHL entry draft. Jason Clark and Tony DeHart were two quiet picks from Garth Snow during the draft that bought us Nino Niederreiter and Brock Nelson.

Jason Clark was taken in the 3rd round, 82nd overall in the draft. He is currently in his sophomore season at Wisconsin, where currently this season he has been seeing limited time on the ice and having limited success. He is still looking to make the score sheet this season while playing in just 15 games so far. Last season as a freshman he saw limited time playing in only 14 games and having only 1 assist. He did have a hip problem that required surgery this past season which could be slowing him down.

Former Titan Lenes Nails Post to Beat Trenton

Heading into the game having lost four straight, the Trenton Titans looked to avoid a season long losing streak of five games. They would have to make this effort without assistant coach Todd Fedoruk who served his one game suspension for an incident in the previous game versus Chicago.

The opponents on a chilly Saturday night in Trenton were the Wheeling Nailers. A crowd of 4430 came to Sun National Bank Center to cheer on the Titans as division rival Wheeling rolled into town.

DiDiomete Beats Trenton

For the second time in as many nights, the Chicago Express and Trenton Titans met at the Sun National Bank Center. One night after losing 5-4 with a consistent desire to play hard (save the early part of the second period), the Titans turned in what may have been their worst performance of the season.

The game started on a positive note with Rob Bordson winning the opening faceoff and the Titans almost immediately taking the puck into the offensive zone and starting the cycle. However, things would begin to unravel as Bordson took high-sticking penalty just 25 seconds into the game.