Wednesday night in Trenton, the Titans hosted the back end of a home and home with the Reading Royals. The Titans had taken the first decision in Reading last Saturday by a score of 6-2 and would sweep the home and home with a 3-1 victory and improving to 3-0-0-0 on the season.
Once again, the Titans started the scoring early as Blake Kessel tapped in a rebound on a powerplay just 3:07 into the game when he tapped home a cross-crease pass from forward Andy Bohmbach.
The Capitals announced Monday that the eight-year affiliation between the team and the ECHL’s South Carolina Stingrays was coming to an end. The team’s new ECHL affiliate will be the Reading Royals, located in Reading, Pennsylvania.
The decision appears to be made mainly for geographical reasons, with the Capitals' AHL affiliate Hershey also located in Pennsylvania. Caps GM George McPhee said in a recent press release that “We feel the proximity to both Washington and our AHL affiliate in Hershey will be beneficial to all three clubs.”
The Royals are a team with a rather passionate fan base, and have a history of ...
Being mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, the Trenton Titans have had only two goals; play spoiler to other teams in the playoff race, and try to catch the Bakersfield Condors and not be the worst team in the entire ECHL.
Sadly, they would do neither as the Reading Royals beat Trenton 7-0.
Coach Vince Williams has noted that the team is looking ahead to next season saying.
“You’re seeing what guys are made of,” he said. “You gotta earn what you’re gonna get. That’s how it should be.”
Rick Nash won't be donning an Islanders jersey tomorrow night; the Islanders didn't get a first round pick for Evgeni Nabokov and/or P.A. Parenteau; Al Montoya will still be on the bench to back up the Islanders number one goaltender; and the defensive play of Mark Eaton, Milan Jurcina and Steve Staios will still be seen for the rest of the season.
Staios, despite popular reports from a fake twitter account, was not dealt to the Vancouver Canucks for a 6th round draft pick.
BUT Garth Snow did manage to rid himself of the putrid play of Brian Rolston and the defensive relapses of Mike Mottau. Both were sent packing to the Boston Bruins for a couple of prospects; Yanick Riendeau and Marc Cantin.
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.
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 Trenton Titans must have hit the snooze button Wednesday morning. In an unusual 11 a.m. start, the Titans found themselves in a quick hole.
Goals by Royals defenseman Derrick LaPoint and center Matt Caruana led to a two-goal deficit only seven minutes into the game.
Luckily for Trenton (16-25-8), Dustin Cameron (1st star) was able to carry the load in the first period and not let things get out of hand. Cameron put in a Ray DiLauro pass at the 7:57 mark on a power play to make it a one-goal game.
The Titans play was sloppy, especially against a Reading team that thrives on power plays and pushing the puck. Trenton was unable to maintain the puck, which the Royals took advantage of. Andy Bohmbach explained problems the Titans’ had in the first period.
“We got lulled into their style of play,” Bohmbach said. “They like to go up and down, it’s kind of a free for all. It doesn’t suit our style. We like to get the puck in deep and grind on their defenseman. We got away from that.”
Even in the midst of a disappointing season for the Trenton Titans, there has been one consistent bright spot on the calendar- the Reading Royals (15-15-3-3-36). The Titans (13-16-3-3-32) have won three consecutive games against their division rival and looked to make it four last night in Trenton.
In a season plagued by slow starts, the Titans once again found themselves down 1-0 early as John Scrymgeour pounced on a loose puck in the slot and plant a slap shot over the shoulder of Titans goalie Brad Phillips.