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.

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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

Schultz Signs PTO With Binghamton

March 8, 2013

schultz

Finally.

Word came out after last night’s game that Trenton Titans forward Stephen Schultz (pictured) had received a much-deserved and long-awaited call-up to the American Hockey League, signing a PTO with the Binghamton Senators.  But the most interesting tidbit to come out of our conversation with an excited Schultz afterwards is that he knew before last night’s game against Elmira that he was getting the call.  And he still played anyway.  He admitted it was a little nervewracking knowing that one false move could wipe out a season’s worth of work towards getting back to the AHL.

“You just kind of push it aside and play the game,” said Schultz, who has posted 26 goals and 25 assists in 47 games with Trenton.

“I just came and played the game, and I’ll head up there.  I’ll see what they want to do with me up there and go play.”

The 26-year-old had arguably been the hottest player in the ECHL over the past several weeks, potting ten goals in his last seven games, including two hat tricks.  Finally, someone noticed.  Initially, Schultz said that he had just gone about business as usual and was happy that things had paid off in the long run for him, but eventually admitted that it was hard to not get frustrated over being passed over time and time again.

“It wears on you at times, but you’ve got to have thick skin about it,” he said.  “Just keep working hard, and hopefully things will pay off in the long run.”

Schultz, who could play for Binghamton tonight, said he hadn’t had a chance to look at the B-Sens roster as of last night, but Titans head coach Vince Williams was understandably thrilled to be able to get him on any AHL roster at all.

“It’s been something that’s long overdue, and he’s excited about it and he deserves a chance to get a good look,” Williams said.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

Titans Attendance Up

March 8, 2013

(PR) TRENTON, N.J. – A report published in Street and Smith’s Sports Business Daily reported that the ECHL league-wide attendance numbers are on the rise this year with the Trenton Titans boasting a 9.6% increase over the last year for the same time period. The Trenton Titans returned last season after a five year hiatus and boasted a 26.1% increase in attendance over the previous year, when the franchise was the Trenton Devils. That increase was the largest of any team in the 20-team ECHL last season.

Continuing to build a team rooted in the community is paying off, as the league-wide numbers report. In addition to the attendance numbers, the Titans have shown an increase in all areas including ticket sales, partnership sales, and community relations so far this year.

Going into the final stretch of the season, the Trenton Titans still have tickets available for the month of March (8th, 10th, 15th, 17th, 22nd, and 23rd) with lots of promotions and giveaways. Games can be heard on the flagship station 107.7 FM The Bronc, or online at 1077thebronc.com. To purchase tickets call the Titans offices at 609-341-1100.

Game 61: Real, Live Actual Post-Game Notes

March 8, 2013

— Hey, remember when I actually used to do real post-game notes?  It was fun to actually have the time to do that instead of posting a video from the team.  Well, the game went along pretty quickly, the guys came into the interview room pretty fast and I got home at a halfway decent time.  So, here they are…actual post-game notes.

— First off and very much so foremost, the Titans will have a big transaction unfold before tomorrow’s game.  I hate to hide information, but I want to hold off so as to not to jeopardize the move until it’s official.  But I did speak to the player involved and will have a full story on here as soon as it can go live.  Apologies for how vague that is and it being a tease.

— I’ll have plenty of good stuff in my game story in The Trentonian, which you can read here.  But there was also a lot of other info to come out of tonight…

Vince Williams on his team’s big third period: “We got better as the game went on, and that’s going to roll into tomorrow.  We’ll be better tomorrow.”

Williams on his team’s best stretch since mid-December: “We finally have some continuity, but that takes time.  I look at the changes and getting guys to play the right way and being able to have some chemistry…some guys have really stood out to us.  I thought our power play is doing great…our 5-on-5 play and generating offense, we have to reel in the fact that with Ullrich and Bohmbach and Harper back, our skill does goes up.  We just don’t want to abandon what got us to that point.”

Williams on being 11 points out with 11 games left: “We just have to take it one game at a time.  Guys are in a good mood, we’ve had a good mood for a while.  Guys are competing hard and battling.  We’re worrying about Wheeling tomorrow, and we’ll keep going.”

Williams on evaluating trade deadline moves: “Part of it was trying to honor a deal with South Carolina with Ullrich…I don’t foresee Ryan coming back any time soon, and who knows with next year.  Trading for Duddy allows us a little protection.  He might not join us this year, it might be an opportunity for him if he wants to play next year.  But also, it allows us some flexibility and it shelters us when it comes to our final eight in our protected list.  It might look like it’s kind of a paper transactioon, but it does serve a purpose with us down the line…Baker, it’s an opportunity for him to get a chance to play.  It’s been a tough year, he’s been around a lot of places.  He didn’t really get the right opportunity with the right makeup here for the skill set and the type of player that he is.”

Williams on possibly adding college players starting Monday: “There’s going to be guys, but right now we have the ability to bring in one guy right now.”

Blake Kessel on getting a quick start in the second period: “It was really big.  We had a tough first period there, we weren’t bearing down on pucks and we were kind of overskating and missing some hits and some plays.”

Kessel on his development as a defenseman, including becoming more responsible defensively and jumping into the play more offensively: “That’s kind of been my game for a while now, it’s just trying to fine-tune it. I’ve been lucky enough to have some good coaches along the way in the last six to eight years here, and they’ve helped develop that a little bit.  You see it throughout the year, you see it watching some of the older guys too.  If the coaches notice something, they say something.  It’s more fine-tuning than anything else.”

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

Game 61: Pre-Game Notes

March 7, 2013

5:40 PM — And there go the other two.  Kevin Baker has been traded to the Ontario Reign for future considerations, and the Titans have acquired defenseman Sean Duddy from the Gwinnett Gladiators through the Cincinnati Cyclones, completing the deal for Marcel Alvarez.  Duddy, however, has been retired since November 14.

4:25 PM — The first of the dominoes has fallen.  The South Carolina Stingrays announced that they’ve acquired the rights to defenseman Ryan Grimshaw.  Grimshaw is currently with the AHL’s Toronto Marlies, and hasn’t played with Trenton since January 6.

3:25 PM — The ECHL trade deadline was today, but at least officially for now…the only move the Titans have made is getting captain Andy Bohmbach returned from AHL Abbotsford.  I’d suspect they didn’t just sit back and watch the day unfold, however…might be worth checking back here in two hours or so when everything is officially released by the league.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

Heeter, Harper Back; Wedgewood Gone

March 5, 2013

The Albany Devils have called up Scott Wedgewood from ECHL Trenton.  Wedgewood takes the spot of Elmira’s Maxime Clermont, who has been filling in for Keith Kinkaid, who is in my current location of the Prudential Center, where he’ll be backing up Johan Hedberg tonight.

This season, Wedgewood’s first as a pro, has been a mixed bag.  He’s posted a 17-21-3-2 record with a 3.24 goals against average and .898 save percentage, as well as one shutout over the course of 44 games.

(Adirondack PR) The Adirondack Phantoms have announced that Cal Heeter (G) and Shane Harper (F) have been reassigned to the Trenton Titans of the ECHL, according to Philadelphia Flyers’ general manager Paul Holmgren.

For both players, it is their second assignment with Trenton.

Cal Heeter, 24, is a rookie goalie out of Ohio State and his move to Trenton now results in the Phantoms going back to two goalies on the roster; Scott Munroe and Michael Leighton.

Heeter had previously been with Trenton from January 24 through February 10 going 1-1-0 in 3 games with a 3.21 goals against average and .909 saves percentage. This year with Adirondack he is 8-13-2, 2.96, .906.

He signed with the Flyers organization last March after the 6’4″ native of St. Louis had a solid senior season with the Buckeyes going 13-11-5, 2.45, .918.

Shane Harper (24) is a third-year pro from Valencia, Cal. who has scored 4-3-7 in 41 games this season with the Phantoms. He played in 3 games with Trenton from January 2-10 scoring 2-2-4.

Last year with the Phantoms, he had 27 points including 13 goals, the most famous of which was on January 6, 2012 in the Outdoor Classic when he notched the overtime winner in front of 45,653 fans.

Harper spent much of his rookie season in the ECHL playing in Greenville, S.C. which was Adirondack’s affiliate at the time. He scored 22 goals in 48 games with the Greenville Road Warriors that year while also playing in 20 games with the Phantoms scoring 1 goal.

Both will be eligible to play in Trenton’s next game on Thursday night hosting the Elmira Jackals.