Titans Gameday – Jan. 25, 2013

January 25th, 2013 | Comments (0)

 Trenton Titans vs Las Vegas Wranglers
7:05 PM – Friday, January 25, 2013
Sun National Bank Center – Trenton, NJ

Last Meeting

2003-04 Season – In the inaugural ECHL season for LV, Trenton beat the Wranglers on home ice, 2-1. Later that season the Wranglers got even, winning 3-2 in a Shootout at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. These are the only two games played between the two in their histories.

Hello And Goodbye

This is the only regular season meeting between the two teams. LV does travel to Reading for a pair to complete their Easter trip.

Streaks (Last 10)

Las Vegas: 1-0 (5-5); Trenton: 0-1-0-1 (2-6-1-1)

Record (Road/Home)

Las Vegas: 9-6-1-2 Road (6-3-1 over last 10 on road, including 2 SO and 1 OT wins); Trenton: 10-9-1-1 Home (6-6-1-1 last 14 at Home, including 2 OT and 1 SO wins).

Both Ends Of The Spectrum

Las Vegas finds itself last in the ECHL in both scoring (105 goals) and Overall PP (13.2, 25G-190 Opps). However the Wranglers are the best in the league in Goals Allowed (111) and Overall PK (85.4 – tied with Trenton – 23G-158 PK Opps)

DID YOU KNOW?

Trenton has two more games (Wheeling-Jan 26; at Elmira Jan 27), before leaving for its Florida swing. The Titans have two in Estero against the defending ECHL champion Everblades (Jan 30, Feb 1), then a single in Orlando February 2. Trenton went 0-1-1 last year in the Sunshine State (both against FLA). This will be the first appearance for Trenton in the state-of-the-art Amway Center (home to the NBA’s Orlando Magic), in Orlando.

Shuffle Up And Deal

Titans not standing pat as they look to get into the Eastern Conference playoff mix

If anyone thinks the Titans are content with their status, they haven’t been checking the Transaction Wire, because it has burned up over the last couple days.

First, returning from the AHL are Eric Baier (PROV) and Brian Haczyk (ALB). Baier brings defensive stability and Haczyk scored in his last return to Trenton.

Next comes rookie goalie Cal Heeter, send down from AHL affiliate Adirondack. An Ohio State grad, he had a very solid 7-11-1 record with a 2.97 GA and .906 Sv% in 20 games. Heeter defeated Reading in a preseason game on October 6 (6-2).

Jesse Todd comes over from SF. The forward saw time in Hamilton (AHL) last year and REA/SF this season.

Defenseman Chad Langlais comes to Trenton from Arizona (CHL), where he also played for Dayton and Evansville last year. Finally, sparkplug forward Justin Taylor was sent to Idaho to complete the Jacob Cepis trade.

So cut the cards – there’s a new deck and it’s time to play!

Fear and Loathing in Trenton

The Las Vegas Wranglers will make a weekend trip east to take on the Trenton Titans on Friday, January 25th and Reading the 26th and 27th before heading home.  The Wranglers will bring a short, but storied history to the Sun National Bank Center when they ride east from the Pacific Division sporting their red, white, and black sweaters.

The team was founded in 2003 as a franchise in the West Coast Hockey League, but quickly became part of the East Coast Hockey League when the WCHL was assimilated into the ECHL.  At the start of the 2003-04 season, the Wranglers made their home in the Orleans Arena which happens to be part of The Orleans Hotel and Casino.

Las Vegas currently holds the ECHL record for most consecutive seasons with over 100 points (3), and the 5th highest winning percentage in ECHL history.  They hold the longest winning streak in league history including playoffs, with 18 games won from 3/10/07 – 4/22/07, and hold the record for least road losses in one season with 5 in 2006-07.

As a former affiliate of the Calgary Flames and temporarily the Phoenix Coyotes, the Wranglers have iced their fair share of players who eventually reached the National Hockey League.  Adam Pardy, Dany Sabourin, Tyson Strachan, Deryk Engelland and Tyler Sloan are among 12 players and coaches to grace the NHL after some time with Las Vegas.

 While never winning a Kelly Cup, Las Vegas has taken home two conference championships, including last season, and well as two division titles and a regular season title.  Former coach Glen Gulutzan was named league’s best coach in 2008, and is currently coaching the Dallas Stars of the NHL.

The Wranglers are not void of things shared with the Delaware Valley, as they currently staff former Flyers captain Keith Primeau as the Special Assistant to the General Manager and the Director of Player Development, on top of Primeau’s duties as Assistant Hockey Coach of Bishop Eustace in Pennsauken, NJ and franchise owner of a Philadelphia deli.

Las Vegas currently sits in third place in the five team Pacific Division, with a record of 18-17-4, comfortably holding the 6th playoff position in the Western Conference.  Much like the Titans, the Wranglers have taken their fair share of personnel losses, with their leading scorer getting picked up by Norfolk of the AHL, as well as seven other players gone from their roster.  Currently, Scott Pitt, a recent acquisition from Greenville, leads the team with 29 total points, 14 coming while with Las Vegas.  Chris Francis and Andrew Sarauer follow up Pitt with 26 and 25 points respectively.

Trenton is 1-0-1 all-time against the Wranglers.  The Titans welcomed Las Vegas to Trenton back during their inaugural season in 2003-04, besting the Wranglers 2-1.  Later that season, the Titans travelled out to Las Vegas and lost in a shootout to the Wranglers by a score of 3-2.  

 

 

 

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Click HERE for tonight’s Trenton-Las Vegas Game Notes

 

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