The good news for New Jersey Titans fans: The Eastern Division Semifinals of the Robertson Cup is headed back to Middletown this upcoming weekend. The bad news: the Titans are down 2-0 in the series. The Jamestown Rebels won both game one and two on home ice. Game one ended with a 5-3 final score and game two finished 4-1. Getting outscored 9-4 in two games is not ideal for any team, so the Titans need some players to step up this upcoming weekend to get them back in the series.
First and foremost, the Titans need more from their goaltendender Brandon Perrone. Matt Ladd was the clear cut number one, but he left during the Christmas break to head up to Canisius to begin his college hockey career. Since then Perrone has been the number one guy for New Jersey. Although only two games, Perrone has been subpar so far in these Robertson Cup Playoffs with a 4.50 goals against average and a save percentage of .855. These clips are both significantly different than his numbers from the regular season with the save percentage 57 points lower and his goals against average over a full goal higher. Assuming Perrone is in between the pipes come Friday night, he will need to be much better than what he showed last weekend to give the Titans a chance to claw back in this series.
From a skater aspect, a player the Titans need to step up this weekend in my opinion is Kyle Jeffers. The American International College commit had 52 points in 60 games during the regular season which is close to a point-per- game average. Just one assist through the first two games of this series, Jeffers, who has played in the first line majority of the year, will need to make things happen this upcoming weekend. Jeffers needs to use his speed to create more troubles in the Rebels’ defensive zone. He has proven it all year, and being a leader and a veteran for this team, he needs to prove it to himself and his teammates this weekend for the Titans to get back in the series.
Perrone, Jeffers, and the rest of the New Jersey Titans will host game three at Middletown Ice World Friday night, April 19th, with a 7:05 puck drop against the Jamestown Rebels.
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