TITANS FALL TO KALAMAZOO IN OT
February 10th, 2013 | Comments (0)
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The teams skated a scoreless opening period, but the Wings (23-20-4-1, 51 pts) drew first blood just :31 into the second period when Brett Lysak deflected a puck past Scott Wedgewood (14-16-3-1, 25 saves) to put the visitors ahead.
Trenton (19-23-4-3, 45 pts) tied things up later in the second when Jacob Cepis grabbed a loose puck just outside the crease and pulled a quick forehand-backhand move on Joel Martin (21-17-4-1, 45 saves) and put the puck in the top left corner to tie the game with 5:09 remaining. Corey Tamblyn and Chad Langlais earned helpers on Cepis’ 14th goal of the season.
The Titans had a chance to win early in overtime when Andy Bombach was awarded a penalty shot after being hauled down on a breakaway, but failed to convert. Shortly after, Langlais was sent off for hooking on a similar play, and Kalamazoo’s Sam Ftorek scored on the ensuing power play to steal the game for the visitors.
The goal was the first power play goal allowed by the Titans in five games, dating back to Jan 30th against Florida. The shutout streak spanned 16 successful kills, including the first six tonight against the Wings. That stretch helped the Titans climb to the top of the league’s penalty kill rankings, now operating at 86.4% on the season. The Titans were held scoreless in six PP chances in the game, including a 5-on-3 midway through the second.
Trenton will look to exact some revenge as they head to Kalamazoo for a Valentine’s Day rematch with the Wings on Thursday at 7 pm. The team will continue on to Cincinnati for games against the Cyclones Friday and Saturday (both 7:35 starts) before returning home to host Elmira in a President’s Day showdown on February 18th. Please note the special start time for that contest is 1 pm. As always, those games can be heard on the flagship station 107.7 FM The Bronc, or online at 1077thebronc.com with the voice of the Titans, “The Bronc” Daryle Dobos
After the whistle
Mike Ullrich saw his nine-game point streak come to an end against Kalamazoo. He recorded 16 points (9G, 7A) in that span. Tonight marked only his second game as a Titan without registering a point.
This is the first Titans OT loss in their last five contests. They are now 5-4 in games decided in OT on the season (additional 1-3 in shoot outs).
The Titans recorded a season-high 46 shots on goal in the contest.
Martin started between the pipes for the 33rd consecutive game.
This is the first time the Titans have played back-to-back OT games since Feb. 6th and 7th of 2009 (split with Reading). They have played back-to-back OT/SO games twice this season and have a 1-3 record in those contests.
Photo by Shelley Szwast.