“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.