January 2008

The Junior Titans Organization is pleased to announce the addition of Chris Kanaly, an elite goaltending instructor to our staff.  Chris will also be an addition to the Eastern Showcase staff as well.  We are excited to announce that Chris will be doing a one day clinic run by the Eastern Showcase on February 18th from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm.  Space is limited to 20 goalies.  You can contact Chris at Kanaly@comcast.net.  You can also learn more about Chris by checking out his web site at www.kanalygoaltendertraining.com.  I will be providing Chris will all of the contact information for each of our Jr. Titan goaltenders so he will have that information stored in his data base.  Chris is also available for private lessons.


Detailed information will follow regarding goalie clinics on the ice for the remainder of this season.  During the month of February, any extra ice that I have available will be committed to goalie training with Chris Kanaly.  These training sessions will be free of charge to all Jr. Titan goaltenders, with all fees covered by the Jr. Titans Organization.  Chris Kanaly will also be at the Jr. Titan tryouts in April to assist in evaluating the goaltenders.

 The future plan for Chris Kanaly and the Junior Titans Organization is an exciting one.  Chris will run goalie specific camps exclusively for Jr. Titan goalies during the summer of 2008.  During the 2008/2009 season, he will be running goalie clinics during the season exclusively for Jr. Titan goalies at Wall Sports Arena.  Chris will also be available for any additional private lessons during practice nights if you are interested in extra training.    

 As always, the Jr. Titans are committed to providing the coaching that is necessary to continue the development of our players and program.


George Haviland

Director of Hockey Operations

Junior Titans Organization


Coach Haviland is excited to announce that the entire Titan club has been invited to march in the Belmar St. Patrick’s Day parade on Sunday March 2nd.  This is the largest of its kind in NJ and attracts 5,500 marchers, over 40 marching bands and a crowd of over 200,000.  A Zamboni will lead the club down Main Street.  All players should come, wear their Titan Jerseys and be part of the fun.  Details to follow.



Help celebrate the game we love!

Friday 2/15 Wear your Titans Jersey to school
Sat. 2/16 Bring a friend to the rink and skate for free during our public session!!.
Details to follow.
Sun 2/18 We will be celebrating local hockey heroes–local hero from our area will be announced.
The Hockey Weekend Across America Great Prize Giveaway has begun. Fill out an entry form today

The Tier 1 PW95s traveled to Long Island this Saturday and bested the Royals 3-1.  After a scoreless first, the Titans found themselves trailing when an early second period Royal tally got by just 8 seconds into a power play.  The Royal defenders kept the Titans from generating much in the way of offense.  Finally in the 3rd, Matt Weiss scored to even it up at 1-1, 3 minutes into the period assissted by Matt Diorio and Lucas Habich.   They fought for 6 more minutes until Connor Grogan netted the game winner from Kevin Hoegler.  Weiss added an unassisted tally at the 11 minute mark to seal the victory, as the Royals could not solve George Blinick who stopped 24-25 shots.  This was the 13th league victory for the PW Major squad. 


The Titan A Bantam Black picked-up where they left off before their unsuccessful run at the DC tournament championship by winning both weekend games. Falling one game short of the championship, the Runner-up status did not sit well with these proud boys feeling that banner was theirs. The Titans came back home, refocused their frustration, and played two solid games. Saturday night the NJ Freeze came to Wall Arena and ran into a Titan team determined to settle on nothing less than victory! The Titan defense and goalie Thomas Wiedmann gave away nothing in the first period despite playing a short bench with only ten skaters. 
After the scoreless first, Timmy Behan got the Titans on the board first off a nice feed from Sabs to take the 1-0 lead. “Weeds” and the Titan “D” made the one goal stand up throughout the second, which included numerous power play opportunities for the Freeze and a 5 on 3 for two full minutes ending the second 1-0. Weed’s good fortune and shut-out chance finally ran out at 11:29 of the third when killing a powerplay. A errant pass from behind the net deflected off the back of his leg and into the net for the 1-1 tie. Weeds was snake-bitten once again on the powerplay kill when the Freeze found the open man in front and zipped it past the goalie for the 2-1 score.
This clearly put the fire back into the Titans offence. Noticeably winded by playing a short bench, the boys fought threw it as they shifted into a new gear and went to work. Weeds and the Titan “D” took care of business in their end and would never let the Freeze have another sniff at their goal. At 4:29 Billy Regan took the puck at center ice and bull rushed it up the gut of the Freeze and rifled it past the goalie for the 2-2 tie. At this point the Titans were not going to settle for a tie and let Weeds’ awesome night, with 25 saves on net, go for nothing. Timmy Behan logging tons of ice time found some stored energy with Billy Regan and cashed in the game winner at 35 seconds left for the come from behind 3-2 victory! A game that every parent felt proud to be associated with this group of players. 
The Titans Traveled to Aspen Ice to play the NJ Renegades on Sunday and picked it up a notch. The Renegades were no match for the faster and better skilled Titans. Billy Regan started the scoring at 7:04 in the first and the Titans never looked back.
Titans Jonathan Weinstein and Charlie Morton followed shortly afterwards and the rout was on. Thomas Wiedmann, starting between the pipes, continued to show the good form we saw in Saturdays victory by keeping the Renegades off the board ending the first 3-0.
The second period saw Billy Regan bury his second goal and third in two days for the 4-0 lead. “Weeds” was replaced at 7:19 to share time in nets with the Monkey Boy (Cody). Cody didn’t have much time to settle into the game when the Renegades went onto the powerplay minutes after entering the game. Reilly stopped the first and second shot, but a loose re-bound found its way over a sprawled out goalie for a 4-1 score. Not giving the Renegades any hope of a comeback, Charlie Morton answered right back with his second goal at 3:00 and regained the four goal cushion. The Renegades set up a  nice give and go pass at 1:27 that Codeman never had a chance at to end the second 5-2. Charlie completed his hat-trick at 11:49 of the third and crushed the spirit of the Renegades for good. With the 6-2 lead and victory at hand, the Titans went into defensive mode. Cody and his “D” gave the shell shocked Renegades no hope for another goal and skated off the ice with the 6-2 win. Hats Off! Awesome weekend for all.

Playing in their first season as a group, with many of them with none or limited travel experience, the early season was tough for the T1 Squirt Minor Team.  The AYHL competition is comprised of some teams that have played 2 years of Mite Hockey at the A level.  As such their initial games included a fair number of lopsided defeats.  But progress is the name of their game.  After suffering a 9-1 drubbing at the hands of the Mercer Chiefs earlier this year, the kids showed this weekend just how far they have come since that initial meeting.

They lost the game, but certainly were well in it.  Jessica Haviland scored one and assisted on another.  Ryan Walker also had 2 helpers.  Zach Berzolla, James Marabeti, and Matt Swan picked up the other Titan goals.  Spencer Reu made 18 saves.  There were lead changes, penalty kills, power play goals where they were in it to the finish. The 6-4 final was not as indicitive of just how close this game was.  Congratulations players and coaches.  Remember, the other teams are getting better throughout the season as well, so the progress is more impressive.


Pee Wee Champs

Coach Gibby’s PeeWees and Bantams both medal-ed in Virginia at the Congressional Midwinter Classic.  This 5 game format brought out the best in the boys.  Read about the Pee Wee winners on their own blog :    http://titanpeeweea.wordpress.com/2008/01/21/pee-wees-win-tournament/

Bantam summary to follow soon.

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