Archive for March, 2013

Wedgewood Sets Records In Titans Loss

March 30, 2013

(PR) ELMIRA, NY – The Trenton Titans, proud ECHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers, fell in their season finale with Atlantic Division foe Elmira, 4-1, before a crowd of 3,746 at First Arena.

The loss ended the Titans (31-32-4-4=70 points) four game win streak, as they head for their final game of the season in Wheeling, WV, tomorrow.

Elmira (39-25-3-4=85) jumped on top midway into the first, then added a power play goal early in the second for a 2-0 lead.

Despite spending more time in its defensive zone than it would have liked, Trenton stayed in the game and didn’t allow many quality chances on Scott Wedgewood (L, 47 saves, 20-22-3-2).

However two of those quality chances found the back of the net in the third, as a worm-burner from Rob Bellamy (20) and a 2-on-1 conversion by Andrew Rowe (28) put the game out of reach.

Jacob Cepis (24) ended the shutout bid of Maxime Clermont (W, 28 saves, 20-13-3-2) with 4:28 left to play. In doing so he extended his point streak to five games, while an assist by Shane Harper extended his to six games.

Even though he took the loss, Wedgewood set several marks on the night. Personally, the rookie draft pick of the New Jersey Devils had a career high in shots (51) and saves (47). He also set Trenton organization Season records for shots (1,476), saves (1,329) and minutes played (2,741), while tying the record for appearances with 48.

Trenton plays its final game of the year at Wheeling on Saturday at 7:05 pm. Game reports can be followed on Twitter (@TTitansPBP) and heard live at 107.7 FM (Trenton area), or online at 1077theBronc.com and at AmericaOne.com. The Voice of the Titans, “The Bronc” Daryle Dobos, will once again call all the action.

AFTER THE WHISTLE

Wedgewood’s rookie campaign broke or matched the following team marks: Minutes – Andrew Allen (2,722, 2004-05), Shots and Saves – Dave Caruso (1,462 and 1,327 in 2009-10) and tied Scott Stirling with his 48th appearance. Caruso currently works with Wedgewood as the Albany (AHL) Devils goaltending coach.

Titans, Man.

March 29, 2013

(PR) READING, PA – After spotting the Reading Royals in the first 15 seconds of Thursday’s final meeting of the year, one would be curious how the Titans would respond against the top team in the Eastern Conference.

What they answered with was a vengeance.

The proud ECHL affiliate of the Flyers countered with two goals in each of the first two periods, then hanging on down a frantic stretch for an entertaining 6-4 before 4,241 fans at the Sovereign Center.

Kirk McDonald scored his 16th for Reading (46-19-3-3=98 points) before the echoes of the National Anthem had faded. But if the Titans were rattled it didn’t show.

Against a lineup getting bulked up for the post season, Trenton (31-31-4-4=70) countered at 7:52 with the 16th goal of the year for Mike Ullrich, on assist from Shane Harper and Brendan Rempel. For Rempel it was his first point as a pro, while for Harper it was a continuation of a hot run for the Co-Player of the Week, which would only get hotter.

Before Harper would light things up, Kory Nagy wanted a chance first and seven minutes later he got it. With a penalty kill unit that stopped 51 straight chances against the Royals coming in, Nagy was the tip of the spear that finished off a short-handed rush for the Titans 10th SHG (8th on the road) and a 2-1 lead after one.

Harper got into the goal column at 4:15 of the second, just as a Reading penalty expired, running the lead to 3-1. It ballooned by another eight minutes later on Nagy’s (9) second of the night.

Reading appeared to have scored in the waning seconds of the period on a wraparound stopped by the left post by Scott Wedgewood (25 saves, 20-21-3-2). Several Royals celebrated, but the goal light never went on as the referee and goal judge couldn’t tell if the puck crossed the line, much to the dismay of Reading and its fans. It would prove to be a huge no-call.

Reading attacked with back-to-back goals in the first four minutes of the third, cutting the lead to 4-3. It stayed that way until 11:27 when Harper netted his second of the night (13th of the year) past a prone Riley Gill (14 saves, 10-3) to bump the lead back to two.

Things looked like they would stay that way until with Gill pulled, another Reading power play goal with 27 seconds to play gave the Royals and the remaining fans some hope.

Those prayers were nearly after a giveaway in the Titans zone with 16.8 left to play gave MacDonald a point-blank blast from the slot. Wedgewood came up with biggest play of the night, flat-out robbing MacDonald with a lightning quick glove save to preserve the lead and eventual win, which was capped off by an empty net goal by Jesse Todd.

The Titans’ Travelling Stick Show rolls on for two more road games to complete the season, as they head to Elmira Friday and Wheeling Saturday. Both games start at 7:05 pm (pregame at 6:45 pm) and can be heard at AmericaOne.com (PPV), 107.7 FM (Trenton area) and online at 1077theBronc.com. As always The Voice of the Titans, “The Bronc” Daryle Dobos, will bring you all the action.

AFTER THE WHISTLE

Jacob Cepis picked up an assist to run the Co-Player of the Week’s point streak to four (5G/10A), joining Ullrich (10 points, 5G/5A).

Harper has increased his streak to five after a two goal, one assist night. His total in that stretch jumps to 16 points (9G, 7A)

Trenton has now won 8-of-11.

The Titans have taken the season series with Reading. Trenton finished 8-6-0-1 after winning six of the last 8 against the Reading. The Royals end with a 7-5-3 mark against Trenton.

Cepis, Harper Named Co-Players Of The Week

March 26, 2013

(PR) TRENTON, NJ – The Trenton Titans, proud ECHL affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Philadelphia Flyers, are proud to announce that Jacob Cepis and Shane Harper have been named co-winners of the Sher-Wood Hockey ECHL Player of the Week award for March 18-24.

The two combined for 27 points with Cepis scoring five goals and adding nine assists and Harper tallying seven goals and six assists in four games last week.

The week opened with Harper recording an assist in a 7-1 loss at Elmira on Wednesday. Harper recorded a hat trick, including a power-play and shorthanded goal, while Cepis had three points (1g-2a) in a 5-2 win against Wheeling on Friday. In an 8-2 victory over the Nailers on Saturday, Cepis set an ECHL season-high with six points (2g-4a) while Harper notched his second straight hat trick and added a pair of assists. On Sunday, Cepis recorded five points (2g-3a) and Harper tallied four points (1g-3a) in an 8-2 win at Elmira.

Cepis leads the Titans, and is fourth in the ECHL, with 72 points (23g-49a) in 63 games. The 25-year-old has 117 points (43g-74a) in 120 career ECHL games with Trenton and Idaho.

Harper has 22 points (11g-11a) in 12 games with the Titans and has added eight points (4g-4a) in 42 games with Adirondack of the American Hockey League. The 24-year-old has 67 points (33g-34a) in 60 career ECHL games with Trenton and Greenville and 39 points (19g-20a) in 137 career games with Adirondack.

The two become the first players in the ECHL since the 2007-08 season to be named co-players of the week.

On behalf of Jacob Cepis and Shane Harper, a case of pucks will be donated to a Trenton youth hockey organization by Sher-Wood Hockey, the exclusive puck supplier of the ECHL. Since beginning its sponsorship of the award in 2000-01, Sher-Wood Hockey has donated more than 27,000 pucks to youth hockey organizations in ECHL cities.

With this award Cepis and Harper become the fourth and fifth Titans to be honored by the league. Phil DeSimone (now at Albany-AHL) on December 17-23, 2012 and Stephen Schultz (Feb 18-24) each were named Player of the Week. Marcel Noebels (now with Adirondack-AHL) was the Rookie of the Month for December

The Trenton Titans returned in the 2011-12 hockey season after a five year hiatus and boasted a 26.1% increase in attendance over the previous year, the largest of any team in the (then) 20-team ECHL. For information on team events, or to inquire about 2013-14 Season Ticket packages, call the Titans’ offices at 609-341-1100, or go to TrentonTitansHockey.com.

Offensive Outburst Continues

March 24, 2013

(PR) ELMIRA, NY – The Trenton Titans continued to light up the scoreboard on Sunday afternoon, as the proud ECHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers built a snowman on the First Arena scoreboard with an 8-2 win over the Jackals (38-24-3-4=83 points).

Including a sweep (5-2 and 7-1) of Wheeling this weekend, the Titans have posted 20 goals in the last three games. The win also was a bit of revenge for the team and winning goalie Brooks Ostergard (34 saves, 4-1), after a 7-1 defeat for both last Wednesday in Elmira.

Trenton (30-31-4-4=68 points) controlled most of the play in the first, taking a 1-0 into the break when Jacob Cepis finished off a wraparound to beat Maxime Clermont (28 saves, 19-13-3-2) midway through the period.

The lead quickly went to two after Mike Ullrich ripped a drop pass from Cepis into the net 46 seconds into the second period. Matt Tassone (2) finished a 2-on-1 to cut the lead in half at 8:06.

However that was as close as Elmira got all night, as Jesse Todd scored 20 seconds after Tassone, bumping the lead back to 3-1. Trenton added two more as Shane Harper (11) and the second of the night for Ullrich (15) made it 5-1, all but finishing the competitive portion of the game.

Elmira’s Chaz Johnson (12) finished off a carry-over power play 12 seconds into the third to give some hope to the Jackals’ fans. However the only drama would be with Harper.

The third year pro from Valencia, CA, had a chance at ECHL history if he could get a hat trick for a third straight game. Despite a couple great early chances, he would fall short. Still, he ended the game with that one goal and three assists. Over the last four games this week he totaled seven goals and six assists.

Cepis would be right with Harper all weekend as well. His goal (23) after Johnson’s finished his night’s scoring with two goals and three assists. For the last three games he notched 14 points of his own (5G, 9 A).

Todd would score his second of the game at 13:53. Then, on a play predicted to Alexandre Carrier by teammate Derrick Palis, Carrier fought in the crease after a Kory Nagy offensive draw led to a Pallis one-timer from the point. The ensuing scrum in front ended with the first professional goal for Carrier (in his 44th game) in the final minute to complete the scoring.

The Titans will get a couple days off before the Travelling Stick Show finishes the season with a three-game road trip through the Atlantic Division. Trenton goes to Reading (March 28), Elmira (March 29) and Wheeling (March 30) for 7:05 pm starts. The Voice of the Titans, “The Bronc” Daryle Dobos, will call all the action, starting with the pregame at 6:45 pm, on AmericaOne.com, 107.7 FM (Trenton) and 1077theBronc.com.

AFTER THE WHISTLE

Carrier’s first professional point also came in Elmira, as he grabbed an assist in an 8-5 win on January 18.

Ostergard’s four wins with Trenton have come on Sundays.

Overshadowed in the Harper/Cepis onslaught is the scoring of Ullrich, who had four goals and four assists over the last three games, running mainly on the same line as Cepis and Harper.

Trenton has won seven of its last 10, including a 2-2 mark against Elmira

Game 69: Pre-Game Notes

March 22, 2013

6:50 PM — Johnston is “nicked up” for Trenton, Nagy on bereavement leave.

6:10 PM — Lines are as follows…

TRENTON

Cepis-Ullrich-Harper
Schultz-Todd-Haczyk
Drewiske-Hartley-Carrier
Tamblyn

Kessel-Goggin
Pallis-Degon
Cianfrini-Rempel

Wedgewood
Ostergard

WHEELING

Barton-Crowder-Torquato
Trottier-Fergus-Veilleux
Germain-Fletcher-Lenes
Pilmore

Zollars-McNeill
Ross-Corcoran
Orlando-Hansen

Darling
Delmas

5:00 PM — In the interest of transparency, I wanted to make my entire ballot for ECHL Postseason Awards public.  Agree?  Disagree?  Tell me here.

All-ECHL Team

Goalie

1st: Ryan Zapolski
2nd: Gerald Coleman

Defense

1st: Sacha Guimond
1st: Daniel Tetrault

2nd: Adam Comrie
2nd: Rob Kwiet

Forward

1st: Colton Yellow Horn
1st: Mathieu Roy
1st: Casey Pierro-Zabotel

2nd: Michael Forney
2nd: Brandon Marino
2nd: Yannick Tifu

ECHL All-Rookie Team

Goalie: Ryan Zapolski
Defense: Sacha Guimond
Defense: Collin Bowman
Forward: Mario Lamoureux
Forward: David Vallorani
Forward: Austin Smith

ECHL MVP

1st: Ryan Zapolski
2nd: Colton Yellow Horn
3rd: Mathieu Roy

ECHL Rookie of the Year

1st: Austin Smith
2nd: Mario Lamoureux
3rd: Ryan Zapolski

ECHL Coach of the Year

1st: Larry Courville
2nd: Rob Murray
3rd: John Wroblewski

ECHL Sportsmanship Award

1st: Colton Yellow Horn
2nd: Sacha Guimond
3rd: Casey Pierro-Zabotel

3:35 PM — Well, it’s that time…the Titans have brought in a college forward and a college defenseman for the remainder of the season.

D Brendan Rempel and F Mike Hartley have been signed out of Harvard and RIT, respectively.  Both are active and could play tonight against Wheeling.  Rempel has been assigned #4, Hartley #29.

Rempel, who is 6-foot-3, 220 pounds, posted just one goal in 81 collegiate contests for the Crimson.  He racked up ten assists and 69 penalty minutes along the way as well.  Hartley is a 6-foot-2, 181 pounder out of West Vancouver, BC who potted 33 goals and added 38 assists in 150 games for RIT.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

Heeter Up, Wedgewood Down; Bye-Bye Baier

March 21, 2013

(PR) TRENTON, NJ – The Trenton Titans, proud ECHL affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Philadelphia Flyers, have announced that rookie goalie Scott Wedgewood has been assigned to Trenton from Albany (AHL) by New Jersey (NHL). In separate transactions, the Flyers have assigned goalie Cal Heeter to AHL affiliate Adirondack, while defenseman Eric Baier has been sent on loan to Charlotte (AHL).

Wedgewood (Brampton, Ontario) has been a rock between the pipes for the Titans in his rookie season. In 44 appearances, he is 17-21-3-2, with a 3.24 goals against (GA) and .898 save percentage. His first professional shutout (6-0, 29 saves versus Reading on February 23) was the first Trenton shutout in two years. His games, minutes (2,501), shots faced (1,329) and saves (1,194) were all on pace to break Trenton team records before his call-up.

After being called up to Albany on March 5, Wedgewood went 2-1 with a 3.27 goals against and an .889 save percentage. One of his wins came in his first AHL shootout, where just like his first with Trenton, he had a perfect save percentage.

Heeter, 24, is a rookie out of Ohio State. He has gone 8-13-2, with a 2.96 GA and a .906 save percentage at Adirondack. The St. Louis native made one preseason appearance this year with Trenton, stopping 30 in a 6-2, preseason win at Reading on October 6. In eight regular season games over two stints with the Titans, he had a 3-3 record with a 3.18 GA.

Baier (Summit, NJ) is making his third trip to the AHL this season, playing in Providence and Portland earlier in the year. Though 56 games with the Titans he had 13 points (3G, 10A), 18 PIM and a +2 rating.

The Trenton Titans returned in the 2011-12 hockey season after a five year hiatus and boasted a 26.1% increase in attendance over the previous year, the largest of any team in the (then) 20-team ECHL. To learn about team events, promotions, tickets for the 2012-13 season or season ticket packages for 2013-14, call the Titans’ offices at 609-341-1100, or go to TrentonTitansHockey.com.

Embarrassed In Elmira

March 21, 2013

(PR) ELMIRA, NY – Elmira attacked Trenton early and often on its home ice, posting a five-spot in the first on the Titans en route to an 7-1 win Wednesday night before 2,203 fans at First Arena.

It was the third straight offensive explosion in the Empire State between these two teams. Trenton won, 8-5, on January 18, while Elmira took an 8-1 decision nine days later.

Jesse Todd (4) provided the only offense for the Titans (27-31-4-4=62 points), redirecting a pass from Blake Kessel at 17:11 of the third. The goal spoiled a shot at the first shutout of the season for Ian Keserich (29 saves, 6-2-0-1).

Despite outshooting the Jackals (36-23-3-4=79) by a 13-8 mark in the first, it was Elmira that ripped the back of the net five times. Brooks Ostergard (3 saves, 3-1) took the loss, getting pulled from the game after allowing four goals in the first 17 minutes. It was his first loss in four starts with the Titans.

Cal Heeter replaced him and was quickly greeted with Rob Bellamy’s 18th goal of the year with 32 seconds left in the period. Heeter would stop 22 on the night for Trenton.

For Elmira, five players would register a plus/minus rating, with all being +5 or greater. Jordan Pietrus (4 points) notched what was reported as Elmira’s first hat trick of the year, after the seventh and final Elmira goal was scored late in the second. Bellamy added two goals and three assists.

Trenton, proud ECHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers, now takes its Travelling Stick Show back home for the final two home games of the season at the Sun National Bank Center. Wheeling will be in town Friday the 22nd and Saturday the 23rd (Fan Appreciation Night), both at 7:05 pm. The Titans then immediately head back to Elmira to battle the Jackals on Sunday the 24th (4:05 pm). All the action can be heard on 107.7 FM (Trenton area) and online at either 1077theBronc.com (audio only) or AmericaOne.com (PPV). “The Bronc” Daryle Dobos, will once again call all the action.

Game 65: Pre-Game Notes

March 17, 2013

2:00 PM — Lines for both teams are as follows…

TRENTON

Harper-Bohmbach-Haczyk
Cepis-Ullrich-Schultz
Nagy-Johnston-Todd
Carrier

Kessel-Goggin
Pallis-Baier
Cianfrini-Degon

Heeter
Ostergard

ELMIRA

Tassone-Blandina-Johnson
Carter-Rowe-Bourbeau
Harvey-Pietrus-Bellamy
Daniels

Quaile-Palmer
Dieude-Fauvel-Kaunisto
Southorn-Cooper

Clermont
Keserich

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

Schultz Released From PTO

March 12, 2013

(B-Sens PR) BINGHAMTON, N.Y. – The Binghamton Senators announced today that they have released forward Stephen Schultz from his professional try-out contract.

Schultz, 25, appeared in three games with the B-Sens, recording no points.

The 5-11, 190-pound forward will rejoin the Trenton Titans of the ECHL. In 47 games with the Titans this season Schultz recorded 51 points (26 goals, 25 assists) and added 26 penalty minutes.

Game 62: Pre-Game Notes

March 8, 2013

6:05 PM — Lines are…

TRENTON

Nagy-Bohmbach-Harper
Johnston-Ullrich-Haczyk
Drewiske-Tamblyn-Todd
Carrier

Kessel-Goggin
Cianfrini-Baier
Pallis-Degon

Heeter

WHEELING

Barton-Crowder-MacKay
Germain-Torquato-Veilleux
Zurevinski-Fergus-Lenes
Higgins

McNeill-Merth
Ross-Corcoran
Orlando-Hansen

Delmas
Darling

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com