The Titan Bantam A Black team hoped to extend their winning streak against the Blackhawks from Toms River at the new Winding River rink. The Titans knew this was not going to be a easy task considering we would be playing a short bench with five players out.

The Titans accomplished what they wanted in the first period by jumping all over the Hawks and scoring three unanswered goals. Charlie Morton started the scoring with a blast from the right circle and followed that up with a power play goal moments later for a quick 2-0 lead. Dan Maguire responded later and shoveled in a rebound shot in front of the net for a three goal cushion.  Thomas Wiedmann starting in the crease with a makeshift defense looked steady and turned away the Blackhawks efforts on net to end the first 3-0.

The second period saw the Hawks steal the momentum away from the Titans and run with it.  Blackhawk effort, penalties. tired legs, losing Charlie Morton for twelve minutes due to a unsportsmenlike penalty all came into play when a chippy Blackhawk team rallied to score four unanswered goals against a Titan am playing on their heels. The sloppy penalty filled second period ended with the Hawks leading 4-3.

With the Titans looking for any kind of spark to regain their focus, Joe Millers’ slap shot from the point that found its mark early in the third to tie the game 4-4 was it! The boys got another big lift when Morton was finally released from the penalty box.  That seemed to get them a second wind! The Titan defense and a re-charged Reilly who had a eventful second period after coming in to split time with “Weeds”, clamped down and shut the door on the Hawks for a scoreless third. Time ran out however and a comeback win would have to wait for another day. I know the boys weren’t satisfied with the outcome, but considering playing five players down and people playing out of their normal positions I say great effort!

Nice job boys…..

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