The Titans fell to the Northeast Generals last night 3 – 2 in a heartbreaking overtime loss. Despite getting swept by the reigning two-time East Division champions this weekend, the Titans were able to secure a point, their point against Northeast since February 24 when they defeated the Generals 4 – 2.
The Titans opened the scoring just forty-six seconds into the game. Ryan Talorico picked up the loose puck in the Generals near side corner and sent it back to Joey Anastasio at the point. Anastasio took as shot that was blocked out front and Nick Trabb picked up the rebound and shuttle passed it to Antonio Vidal who redirected the puck past Northeast goaltender Ian Kangas and into the net to give the Titans their first goal and lead of the young season.
At 9:32 into the second period, Northeast’s Micaiah Bascombe was called for head contact to give the Titans the man advantage. However, a minute later Braeden Kennedy scored a shorthanded goal to tie the game at one. It was Kennedy’s fourth goal of the season.
The Generals took a 2 – 1 lead at 4:49 into the third period when Matthew Nuzzolilo beat Titans netminder Antonio Vaccaro for Nuzzolilo’s second goal of the season.
George Hinds would tie that game at two with 7:20 remaining in regulation. With play inside the Northeast zone at the far side half wall, Payton Fobes was able to knock a Northeast player off puck and the loose biscuit was picked up by Hinds. As Hinds cut towards his left, he took a wrist shot from the top of the slot that beat Kangas short side for Hinds’ first NA3HL goal.
After regulation finished tied at two, the game went into overtime and Nuzzolilo beat Vaccaro with a nice wrist shot from the slot forty-six seconds into the extra period to win the game.
Despite the loss, Vaccaro was exceptional between the pipes stopping 57 of 60 shots while Kangas turned aside 36 of 38. Click here for the box score.
The Titans next game will be on September 21 at 12:30PM when they host the Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks.