The New Jersey Titans headed to Northwest Arena this weekend looking to end a two game winning streak. Unfortunately, that was not the case as they were swept by the Jamestown Rebels with a pair of one goal losses on Friday and Saturday.
Nick Stuckless and Alex Frye were the goal scorers for the Rebels on Friday night. Stuckless opened the scoring at 14:03 of the first period when he cut across the slot and was able to beat Titans goaltender Brandon Perrone with a quick wrister. Frye doubled the lead at 9:12 of the second period when he used fantastic hand-eye coordination batting the puck in after his original shot doinked off the crossbar. Stuckless’ goal brought his season total to 23, while Frye’s total jumped to nine.
Gavin Gulash was the lone goal scorer for the Titans on friday night as he beat Rebels’ goalie Ryan Keane for his 17th goal of the season. That was all the Titans could come up with on offense, as Keane held the Titans offense at bay for the rest of the game.
Saturday’s game could not have started worse for the Titans, as they found themselves down 3-0 after one period on Rebels’ goals from Hunter Johannes, Jake Felker and Niki Jasko, All three goals came on special teams, with Johannes’ coming on the power play while Felker and Jasko capitalized when down a man.
Mitch Machlitt scored his 11th of the season to cut the lead to 3-1, before Gulash was able to complete the comeback himself as he scored the next two, bringing his total for the season to 19, and the game to a tie at 3-3. Unfortunately for the Titans, there was just too much Rebels’ offense to handle as Curtis Frye was able to finish a two on one as he tapped it past Perrone for his 24th of the season. The two losses bring the Titans record to 22-21-1.
The Titans will return Middletown Ice World looking to snap their four game losing streak with a weekend series against the Northeast Generals. Friday’s game will get underway at 7:45, while Saturday’s game is set for a 7:30 puck drop.
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