7:00 PM, November 28, 2012
WesBanco Arena, Wheeling, WV
Wheeling, WV – One inch to the right, and it would have been a whole different story.
But in the end the Trenton Titans, proud ECHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers, didn’t get the bounce they were hoping for. And the last-second pressure they applied on the Wheeling Nailers wasn’t quite enough as the Titans fell, 3-2, in front of 1,876 at WesBanco Arena in Wheeling.
The loss is the second straight for the Titans, who fall to 7-9-0-1=15 (3-5-0-1 on the road), while the Atlantic Division rival Nailers improved to 5-8-2-1=13 points (5-2-1 at home).
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Jacob Drewiske – in his first game back from injury since October 20 against Cincinnati – took a great feed in the lower-left circle after a deep rush from Ryan Grimshaw with five seconds to play. His one-timer beat Wheeling goalie Scott Darling (2-3, 19 saves) but ripped off the left post and into the corner to end the game.
Former Titans provided most of the Nailers’ scoring punch, as Luke Pither (G, GW assist), Matt Germain (A) and Peter Lenes (GWG) combined for four points.
Pither started the scoring at 14:06 of the first, when his deflection bounced off Titans goalie Scott Wedgewood (5-4, 28 saves), flipped over his shoulder and just crossed the goal line for a 1-0 Nailers lead.
Conner Goggin got the offense going for the Titans early in the second. His first professional goal was a beauty, as Ryan Hayes pulled up at the right point and let Stephen Schultz fly down the right wing. With the defense shifted, Hayes drifted into the right circle as Goggin flew into the zone through the slot. His one-timer beat Darling top-left corner to tie the game at 1-1 less than three minutes in.
Trenton then took a 2-1 lead at 16:42 of the period thanks to its scoring leader, Andy Bohmbach. The Big Easy sniped one top shelf from in tight as Schultz and Hayes added the helpers.
Any momentum was short-lived as Wheeling scored just 13 seconds later on a blast from the point by Carl Sneep to tie the game 2-2 through two.
Pither then set up the winner at 2:25 of the third with some forechecking work on the left wing. He worked the puck loose long enough to find Lenes – alone and racing in towards the right post to redirect it past Wedgewood for the eventual game winner.
Trenton rang three shots of the post in retaliation – including two in the final minute – but couldn’t quite break through in the end.
The Titans now head back home to face the Elmira Jackals in a two-game set this weekend, Saturday December 1 (7:05) and Sunday December 2 (3:05). Tickets are available for both games by calling (609) 341-1100, or online at TrentonTitansHockey.com.
AFTER THE WHISTLE
With the assist, Stephen Schultz now has a point in five straight games (G, 4A)
The teams combined to go 0-for-7 on the PP (TRE 0-4)
Trenton finished the month of November 2-7-0-1 (1-4-0-1 on the road)
The Titans are now 3-3-0-1 in one-goal games and are 1-8 when they don’t score first