The final clash of season between the Elmira Jackals and Trenton Titans ended by a familiar score, 2-1. The Titans earned a point by virtue of an overtime loss.
The Trenton Titans were bolstered by the return of defenseman Mitch Versteeg to the lineup after he was out for several weeks with a shoulder injury. Versteeg’s return settled down a blue line that has been very weak since January.
It was a new day and a new goalie in Trenton. Adam Dekker and Peter Dudonovich were the goalies the Titans dressed for the contest as the Elmira Jackals came to town. They were the sixth and seventh goalies respectively to dress for a Titans game in the last two weeks alone.
An announced crowd of 3464 witnessed a solid first period by the hometown team. Titans Captain Randy Rowe, helped the team gain the lead when he tapped home a rebound off a point shot from Tyler Hostetter at the 16:23 mark.
Dekker made nine saves during the period and looked comfortable in net. He admitted to being unsure of what the ECHL was going to bring.
“I didn’t know what to expect,” he said. “It was kind of a deep breath, just go up and see what happens.”
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.
Coming off a close win in Reading last night, Trenton looked to continue their winning ways at home against division rival Elmira.
Helping the Titans in this effort was the return of defenseman Andy Thomas from the Phantoms. The Titans have been weak on defense recently with several defenders either injured or up in the AHL for better part of December. Thomas and the rest of the Titans defense would be put to the test early as Trenton spent six minutes in the first period on the penalty kill.