Ryan Talorico’s hat trick help lead the visiting Titans to a 5 – 1 win over the Long Beach Sharks yesterday in game one of this weekend’s two-game series.
Talorico opened the scoring at 6:40 into the first period with an assist from Payton Forbes. Talorico doubled the Red Buckets lead with 4:46 remaining in the middle stanza.
Long Beach’s Gabe Hopkins scored with 1:47 into the third period to cut the Titans lead in half.
As the game was winding down, the Red Buckets scored three goals with less than three minutes remaining in the game. Talorico completed his hat trick with 2:58 left in the game to regain the Titans two-goal lead. Nick Trabb made it 4 – 1 twenty-one seconds later, and then Giuseppe Bianco closed out the scoring with 1:04 remaining in the game and make it 5 – 1.
Jake Agoglia stopped 41 of 42 shots in the win while Long Beach’s Noah McCrary turned aside 32 of 37 in defeat. Click here for the complete box score.
The two teams will meet again at the Long Beach Municipal Ice Center at 2:30PM.