Ryan Kenna scored the eventual game winner with 7:47 left in regulation to give the Titans a 7 – 5 win over the visiting Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks. It was the Red Buckets first win in over a month (December 5 when they blanked the Long Beach Sharks 3 – 0).
Danbury’s Nick Rogers was called for tripping with 4:41 remaining in the opening period. As time was winding down on the powerplay, Ryan Miller scored his fourth goal of the season to give the Titans a 1 – 0 advantage.
The Titans doubled their lead with eight seconds remaining in the first period when Roland Ponechal lit the lamp for the eleventh time this season.
Danbury’s Elijah Devereaux cut the Titans lead in half just ten seconds into the middle stanza. The Jr. Hat Trick’s Nikita Kovalev scored his 18th goal of the season to tie the game at two.
The Titans then scored three unanswered goals in the second period.
Parker King scored his first goal as a Titan at 6:41 to give the Titans a 3 – 2 lead. Less then a minute later Joey Mataviesko scored his fourth goal of the year to make it a 4 – 2 game. Merrick Lincoln scored his first goal of the season on the powerplay with 5:37 left in the middle stanza to give the Titans a 5 – 2 advantage.
Then the Jr. Hat Tricks scored three unanswered of their own. Seth Beagle scored with 4:55 remaining in the second to make it 5 – 3. Kovalev scored his second goal of the game (and 19th of the season) on the powerplay to bring the Tricks within one just 1:51 into the third period. Rogers would score his 14th goal of the season to tie the game at five just 5:39 into the third.
Kenna’s eighth goal of the season was the eventual game with to give the Titans back the lead at 6 – 5. Teito Ishigaki scored an empty net goal with 1:22 remaining in regulation to close out the scoring.
Titans netminder Donovan Alfama stopped 35 of 40 shots in the victory while Danbury’s Brennan Churchill turned aside 34 of 36 in defeat. Click here for the box score.
The Titans next game will be on Sunday at 1:00PM when they travel to Attleboro to take on the Northeast Generals.