Undersized Cepis Making Big Impact With Titans

Jacob Cepis has posted eight points in ten games for the Titans since being traded from Idaho

Jacob Cepis has posted eight points in ten games for the Titans since being traded from Idaho

At the time, the acquisition of forward Jacob Cepis seemed to be a bit overlooked.  Then again, such a reaction is pretty typical upon first glance of Cepis himself.

Listed at 5-foot-8 and 175 pounds, the Parma, Ohio native wouldn’t be the first member of the Titans to standout from a physical standpoint were you to line them all up.  But, in just ten games with his new squad following a trade from the Idaho Steelheads, Cepis has been the best player on the ice at times.

After a 45-point season in his rookie year, Cepis returned to Idaho for a second season and was on nearly a point-per-game pace in his first 15 games with the club.  But things weren’t as peachy as the stat sheet would indicate, apparently.

“I think it was kind of a mutual thing between me and the coach there,” Cepis said.  “Things just weren’t working out for me there, I didn’t think I was being used the right way.  So, we just went a different path and I ended up here.”

The 25-year-old was acquired from the Steelheads for future considerations earlier this month, and there was certainly some surprise from a now-former teammate that he’d been sent packing.

“He’s a good player, and he had a really good year last year,” said Steelheads forward Austin Smith, who was a Hobey Baker finalist with Colgate before turning pro.

“I didn’t really know him until I got here, but he’s a great guy to be around.  I was actually really surprised that he left here, he’s a skilled player.  I think we just have so many skilled guys on this team, I think he was looking for more of a dominant role maybe.  But he’ll do well where he is.”

Cepis, who admitted he was “terrible” in his first few games, has seemed to find his groove after making the difficult transition from coming out west.

“It was an adjustment for me, because the systems and everything were different,” he said.  “As for the hockey, it’s pretty similar.  Maybe in the West, there might be a little bit more fighting.  But there might be a tad more skill in this division, so that’s pretty good for me.”

And so too, says Titans head coach Vince Williams, has Cepis been good for the Titans as well.

“He’s been good, he’s really been buying in to what we’re trying to do,” he said.

“He’s a good personality to have, and he can finish and make plays.  He can skate, he gets in on the forecheck.  For a guy who’s not the biggest kid, he plays hard.”

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

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