December 2007


“Hats off!”, to Billy Regan and Titans Bantam A Black. Billy Reagan recorded the first hat trick of our season in our dominating victory over The NJ Renegades. Not only did the offense impress, but back from a scary neck injury last week, Cody Reilly started between the pipes and his always awesome defense held the Renegades scoreless for the 4-0 shutout! This was the same team we beat early in the season in tournament play. That was an evenly played close up and down game that we eventually won in a 3-1 nail biter. This just reminds us what a great job our coaching staff is doing when we see the difference between these two completely played games against this opponent. It shows a definite sign of development of our team and players.
Billy Regan started the scoring at 12:01 in the first period off a perfect deflection off Brian Walsh’s slap shot from the point for the 1-0 lead. The defense keep The Renegades at bay and only surrendered five shots at Reilly to end the first with the lead. The second period saw the Titans hold the puck and cycle in the Renegades end for most of period with Reilly and the defense keeping the puck out of our zone. The Titans received a power play at 5:41 and Sean Mulkeen jumped on the chance and scored from an assist from Conrad Quinn to up the score to 2-0. Regan scored his second goal at 3:12 on a breakaway pass from Conte to end the second 3-0. The third period was much like the second with the Titans dominating both the offense and defensive zones giving up only one scoring chance to the Renegades all period. Regan scored his third goal of the game to complete his hat trick on the power play at 5:02 from Morton to end the scoring at 4-0 for the Titan victory. The annual Christmas party was held immediately after the game and once again proved to be memorable. Thanks again to our accommodating hosts the Conte’s for their hospitality. The only thing not memorable was coach Gibbys’ knack for learning team parents’ names. Once again referring to his cheat sheet only to still flub most names. It was nice to see Kevin Behan’s “serious” side for a change when he decided to “officiate” the party!
The Titans continued their winning ways on Sunday afternoon with a blue collar effort against the Junior Flyers Youth Bantam B team. Nothing fancy, just hard work, timely scoring, and great defense won this match. The Titans seemed to carry the momentum from Saturday night and roll it into this game. Dax Conrad was rewarded for his great defensive play over the last month when he scored in the first period on an assist from Mulkeen for the 1-0 lead. The second period started 1-0 and ended 1-0 thanks to awesome defense, penalty killing, and a great save on a point blank shot by starting goalie Thomas Wiedmann. With the game turning into close race to the wire, Timmy Behan dashed the Flyers hope when he rifled a shot into the corner of the net off a great feed from Sabs for the 2-0 lead at 13:59 of the third. Sensing blood the Titans scored 35 seconds later on a power play goal by Billy Regan, his forth in two days, from Conte and Morton to make it 3-0. The Titans defense did everything they could to help get Wiedmann the shutout, but a deflection off a faceoff at 5:55 ended the teams bid for consecutive shutouts. With the score 3-1 and time running down, the Flyers pulled their goalie on a late power play for a 6 on 4 advantage. Once again the defense and Wiedmann held tight and came away with a well earned victory. This weekend was a great finish before the holiday break. We’ll pick up where we left off on 12/30 at Toms River. Is there a new hat in Gibbys’ future with Christmas coming up? Stay tuned.

Cathy Weidmann  Reports on Coach Gibby’s Bantams:

After coming away with a win against the NJ Kings Dec. 1st, the Jr. Titan Bantam A Black team was hungry for some more wins. They faced the Penguins last Saturday night at WSA.  In their last matchup in Dunellen, the Titans suffered an unfortunate loss of Devin Corso to an leg injury.  The Titans came out strong and proved that nothing would slow them down with a goal by Charlie Morton on a nice pass from Billy Regan at 10:45 of the 1st.  With Thomas Wiedmann in net, the Penguins answered back quickly with a goal to even things up at 1-1.  At 7:04, the Penguins needed to make a goalie switch due to a possible shoulder injury to the netminder who started.  Timmy Behan took a holding penalty which gave the Penguins an advantage of a power play and score with 3:08 left and end the 1st at 2-1.

At the start of the 2nd, Conrad Quinn took a penalty and again, the Penguins took advantage of another power play to sneak one in at the right side post for a 3-1 lead.  In what soon became a very physical game, Wiedmann certainly didn’t get rattled and fought off 11 incredible shots at him to end their scoring chances in the 2nd.  Nice work again by Regan and Morton at 5:01 gave the Titans another goal credited to Regan.  With the Titans not giving up physically, a penalty to Pat Bruno for cross-checking had Jonathan Weinstein working hard on defense to help clear the pucks up ice.  With 20 seconds left in the period, the Penguins grabbed a loose puck and with a breakaway coming down to the net, Wiedmann came out and stopped the shot.  Nice save!

The Titans welcomed the 3rd period with a power play and Billy Regan took the opportunity again to score and even things up at 3-3.  The Penguins continued to get at the net and keep Wiedmann busy. Pat Bruno made a nice pass to Will Conte to score and get the Titans ahead early on in the 3rd to 4-3. Titans weren’t finished and Sabatini gave them one more insurance goal at 3:03.  The relentless Penguins worked hard to get one more at 48.6 but found that that wasn’t enough and the Titans win 5-4!  Shots on net for the Titans was 23 with Penguins at 28. 

The Titans had another home game the next morning against the Hatfield Ice Dogs and showed that a little rest is all they needed.  The Ice Dogs came out quick and the shots began early on Cody Reilly.  Pat Bruno working hard around the net didn’t loose sight of the puck and on a nice pass from Billy Regan put the Titans on the board 1-0 at 9:20.  Soon after, Chris Baker found a nice spot from the point and scored to give the Titans a 2-0 lead.  The Ice Dogs seemed to like to crowd the net a bit and with Reilly on one side, Brian Walsh wanted to help out cover the puck in the crease, but that move cost the Titans a penalty shot.  The Ice Dogs welcomed the shot and scored to give them their 1st goal of the game.  Penalty boxes were busy all period long on both sides but the Titans had a 2-man advantage towards the end of the 2nd.  With 17.6 left, Charlie Mills found the net to give the Titans a 3-1 lead. 

The 2nd period opened up with Pat Bruno rushing down with the puck only to have it hit the bottom of the post and sit there.  That ping was music to the Ice Dog goalie’s ears.  No goal.  With hard hitting throughout the game, Dan Maguire worked hard at the net to put it past for a 4-1 lead.  Maguire continued to work hard at the net again soon after.  What was thought to be another goal for the Titans ended up being called off.  The puck was deflected off of Billy Regan’s skate and the ref ruled it “no goal”.  At 3:53, Timmy Behan took an interference penalty and Dax Conrad proved that he could work hard on that penalty kill.  Back on even strength, the Ice Dogs came back with another goal to end the 2nd at 4-2.

The 3rd period opened up with Behan taking another penalty, but hard work by Conrad Quinn showed the Ice Dogs that the Titans could also score those short-handed goals too!  Between the 9 minute mark, the Titans scored 2 more goals by Billy Regan and Sean Mulkeen.  With 7 minutes left, Bruno takes a 4:00 penalty that puts the Ice Dogs on a power play.  With the action solely at the net, Cody Reilly was unfortunately at the bottom of a pile-up.  In noticeable pain and recognizing that he may have a possible neck injury, he was smart and strongly requested that he not be moved.  While waiting for the EMS to arrive, the game was called at 5:27 with a 7-2 score.  We’re happy to report that Reilly suffered only a neck sprain and is doing well.   That’s our “Codeman”…one tough guy!

The Titans Study Room which is located in Arena 2 (Blue Rink) is open to all Titan players and family members for students to do their studying or homework.  All you need to do is have someone at the admissions desk unlock it for you. We ask that you clean up after yourself and shut the lights and door when you leave. This is a great place for those who need to keep up their studies .

The Jr. Titans would like to thank Don Nelson for donating and installing the carpet in the Titans study room. Also donated by Don were a TV and Chair.

Looking at the results across the club’s top level teams this weekend indicated a fair number of split decisions.  All but one team earned points in the standings over the busy schedule.

The Jr. Bs took their opener 7-4 over the Valley Forge Minutemen, to take their 20th league win.  Mark-John Lotito scored 3 times, and assisted on a fourth for the first place Titans.  The team dropped the next one 3-2, on a 3rd period power play goal.  George Lotito scored the only 2 Titan goals. 

Jr. Cs split as well beating Tri-state selects 5-4, after Tri-state went on top 2-0.  With some settling down from the bench the Titans regrouped and stepped up their play to come out winners in the end.  Sunday the Metro Moose was the opponent and they have given us trouble this season.  They started out taking a 1-0 lead, which was much more lopsided but goalie Tubillea kept them in the game.  3 straight Moose goals to start the second opened up what would be an insurmountable lead.  After a timeout the Titans shut the Moose for the rest of the way, and added two goals, one by Brett Whelan and one by Ben Yuro from Mike Garbrandt, but it was not enough to catch the Moose.

The Midget 16 National squad also…split their weekend.  Coach Lotito’s team beat the Junior Flyers 3-1, with 2 goals by Andrew Canitano and 3 assists by Tim Kinsley.  Michael Hansen stopped 19-20 shots in the win.  Sunday they dropped one to Team Comcast 5-1 with Nick Lotito picking up the lone score.

The Midget 16 American  only played one game… fittingly they tied the Devils 3-3.  Anthony LoBianco’s second period tally was the equalizer.  DJ Grogan and David Ramos added a goal and an assist each.  Pete Stamberger made 43 saves and shut out the Devs after 12:04 of the second period.

Coach Haviland’s Bantams lost their first of the weekend at home to the Little Flyers 5-1 with Chris Deatrich scoring the only Titan tally, but they too split their weekend by topping the Devils Youth in a hard hitting game at South Mountain 3-0.  Anthony Stolarz stopped 30 shots in a shutout effort.  Adam Peterson ended the scoreless game with the ultimate game winner @3:34 of the second period.  Tyler Martin and Tyler Person added gravy to the dish.

 Coach Haviland’s PeeWee Majors went on the road for both game and also…split.  They lost to the league leading Rockets 6-1, with Tom Panico scoring the first but only goal of the game for the Titans, but they also won their other game this weekend, beating Valley Forge 5-2 with 11 Titans picking up goals or assists.  Randy Gorda stopped 20-22 shots.

Yes the Squirts lost both of their games, spoiling the complete split.  But Matt Swann and Robbie Feathers picked up a goal a piece for the weekend, when they played two of the toughest teams in their league.

It is with great pride that the Junior Titans staff would like to congratulate the following Junior C Major players for being selected to participate in the Continental Hockey Association All-Star Jamboree 2008: 

Ben Yuro, Mike Garbandt,  & Joe Torrisi

The All Star Jamboree will take place in Binghamton NY Jan 18-20.  We know these players will represent the Titan organization well!

From The CHA press release: 

The Continental Hockey Assoc. is pleased to announce its 1st Annual All Star Jamboree Weekend.  This great event will be held January 19-21, 2008 and will be hosted by the Binghamton Senators at the Chenango Ice Rink.

The CHA will field six All Star Teams covering all three levels of competition presently offered in the league.  The Southeast Junior Hockey League will also be sending their All Star team to the event.  The Hampton Roads Independent team along with the Binghamton Senators “A” and “B” teams will also be participating.

College scouts from the NCAA and ACHA have been invited to attend the All Star Weekend.  All Tier III A teams along with the USHL, NAHL, OPJHL, QMJHL and Golden Horseshoe Leagues have also been invited to attend.

There will be a different look to this All Star event than in the past.  The C Minor Teams (Development League) will compete against each other.  However the C Major Teams and the Junior B teams will select their All Star players who will be put into a general pool of players.  We will then select the players based on age to participate in either the U17 or U19 age group.  Each age group will field two teams.  The U17 teams will play each other as well as the SEJHL All Star Team and the U19 teams will play each other as well as the Hampton Roads Independent Team.

Guts & Glory Hockey Camp by Sean Skinner will be coming to WSA 8/18-8/22.  www.skinnerhockey.com for more info. Cost for Titans players still to come.

The Squirt Minor team lost 6-3 at home this weekend.  The Avs turned out to be too much for our kids today.   The game had its share of penalties, including a fair amount of roughing and an Av player removed for misconduct.  T1 hockey can be intense, even at this age.  But the Titans never gave up and put up a few points of their own.  The first was a Jessica Haviland score in the first period.  Matt Swann assisted.  Way to go Jess!  Swan then scored his goal in the second off of a Ryan Walker assist.  Then late in the 3rd James Mirabeti added the Titans 3rd goal and Swann was there again to assist.  Keep battling Squirts!

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