The Long Beach Sharks and New Jersey Titans will begin a “home and home” series beginning today at 1:30 PM while the second game will be played on Friday, October 23 at 8:15 PM. Both games will be played at the Middletown Sports Complex. Today’s game is technically an away game for the Titans but since the State of New York is prohibiting hockey, the game will be played in Middletown.
Long Beach Overview
Last season the Sharks finished in fourth place in the East Division posting 3-42-2 record for eight points (43 points behind division winner Skyland Kings).
Long Beach is currently third in the East Division posting a 1-1-0-1 record for three points (3 points behind division leading Bay State Bobcats. They are coming off of a 5 – 1 road win over the Bobcats. The Sharks have scored nine goals (26th in the league) in three games while they have allowed eight (ninth in the league). They are 3 for 7 (42.9%) on the power play (fifth in the league), and they are sixth in the league on the penalty kill having prevented the opposition from scoring on 90% of their chances.
Long Beach is led by Sam Brickley’s five points (2 goals and 3 assists). Zan Mojzer, Anderson O’Connor and Brickley each have two goals. Vincent Digiorgio leads the team in penalty minutes with 14 and four players each have a +2.
The Sharks goalie tandem of Greyson Skirpan and Sebastian Couturier have a combined 2.27 goals against average and .937 save percentage with no shutouts.
The Tians are currently in second place in the East Division with a 2 – 0 record for four points, two behind Bay State. They are coming off a 6 – 2 road win against the Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks. They have scored ten goals (22nd in the league) in two goals while they have allowed five (fifth in the league). They are 2 for 11 (18.2%) on the power play (17th in the league), and they are eleventh in the league on the penalty kill having prevent the opposition from scoring 84.6% of their chances.
Brandon Avezov, who was named the East Division’s Star of the Week for week ending October 19, leads the team with six points (2 goals and 4 assists). Four players each have scored two goals. Randall Greene leads the team in penalty minutes with six while Colin Driscoll and Avezov each have a team high +5.
New Jersey’s goalies have a combined 2.50 goals against average and .944 save percentage with no shutouts.