On Saturday the Jr. Titan Mites hoped to gain a measure of revenge for 7-1 and 8-3 defeats at the hands of the Jr. Flyers. The game started well for the Titans as they surprised the Flyers with first period goals Trevor Cear and Will Lemonie. The Titans increased their lead to with another goal by Cear in the second period. Despite the 3-0 lead at the end of two, the coaches were concerned with the increased pressure the Flyers were applying to the defense and goalie Mike Florentine. The tired Titan skaters and great play by Florentine couldn’t hold back the determined Flyers in the third and allowed four goals, including the game winner with less than two minutes to play. Alex Phipps also had two assists in the 4-3 loss.

On Sunday the Titans ventured to the Rockland County Mall in New York to play the Clarkstown Capitals. After the unique experience of trudging through Macy’s with hockey equipment and sticks, the Titans had to contend with another tough team that refused to quit as well as some players with less energy than usual due to illness and too much ice time
in the morning’s house league games. Continuing his trend of scoring, games Waiter staked the Titans to 1-0 first period lead.

The lead was short-lived however as the Caps scored two in the second to claim the lead. Facing a determined opponent with an obviously tired Titans team going into the third period, Coach Kerber moved Ryan Damelio and James Waiter to defense and put Trevor Cear and Alex Phipps on offense to try to get something going. The moves worked almost immediately as Damelio scored from the point early in the third on a deflection off a defenseman. A few minutes later Waiter scored his second of the game on a breakaway after stealing the puck from the Caps player in our zone.
The tense third period continued back and forth until Michael Heiser scored his second goal of the season (his “tree house goal”) to give the Titans some breathing room.

Goalie Mike Florentine was spectacular in this game making several difficult, key stops in the third to preserve the lead. Ian Huggan, Cear, Thomas Walker, and Connor Tuzeneu each had an assist in the 4-2 win. Jonathan Delagio was steady as always on D and despite not having any points Danny Kerber had his best game as a Titan staying in position, distributing the puck to the forwards, and battling for the puck.

This weekend really illustrated how far the Jr. Titan Mites have come this season. After two games in which we really weren’t close to the Jr. Flyers, the Titans played them very close. The Capitals game showed how much every player contributes to the team and how the Titans never stop battling.

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