The New Jersey Titans needed to win three games in a row to move on in The Robertson Cup playoffs. That, is exactly what they did. In front of a rocking crowd inside Middletown Ice World Friday night, a 2-0 Titans win over the Jamestown Rebels propelled them to Game 4 Saturday night where the Titans took care of business once again with a 3-2 win over Jamestown. That would set up the all important Game 5 at Northwest Arena Monday night, where the Titans pulled off the upset. Their second straight one goal game, the Titans came out with a 3-2 win in Game 5 and a 3-2 win in the series. The ultimate comeback was complete.
In my previous article I wrote how Kyle Jeffers and Brandon Perrone needed to step up for their team in Game 3 to give them a chance. They did just that. Kyle Jeffers scored the game winning goal Friday night and Brandon Perrone had a 37 save shutout to give the Titans the all important win. Chris Garbe scored short-handed to give the Titans their second goal, and it was on to Game 4.
In the first period of Game 4, the Titans were outshot by the Rebels 16-8, but they lead 2-0. Brandon Perrone was huge again as he stopped 35 shots this game as he was the difference. Kyle Jeffers scored in his second straight game and the Miami of Ohio commit Zachary Nazzarett buried two goals of his own. Sam Anzai and Alex Roy were the two Rebels who were able to get it past Perrone on this Saturday night.
After the weekend sweep, it all came down to Monday night on the Rebels’ home ice. Once again, Brandon Perrone stole the show. 28 saves in the all important Game 5 along with goals from Chris Garbe, Gavin Gulash, and Ryan Naumovski helped give the Titans the final win needed to move on. The Rebels got goals from Antoni Venuto and Colin Schmidt, but it wasn’t enough. Down 2-0 in the series, the Titans clawed all the way back. In the final three games, Brandon Perrone faced 104 shots. He saved 99 of them. In Games 1 and 2, he faced 63 shots while allowing eight to get past him. Puts into perspective how Perrone elevated his game when it was absolutely needed most. He needed to be the Titans’ best player in each of the final three games, and that he was.
While the Rebels’ season comes to an end, the Titans move on in the Robertson Cup playoffs with an opponent and game times still to be determined.
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