March 2008


Hey Titans,  this week is it if you want to save on tryout fees (we heard that many of you were away last week).  Next Monday the price goes up by $20 (extended by one week)

http://www.jrtitans.com/payments.htm

Tryout Fees:

Returning Titan = $120.00
New Player = $145.00

Sign Up Before April 8th and save $20.00

Advertisements
A minor change to the tryout schedule, please take note:
4/19–Bantam Minor (95) 3:00-4:00 pm
Bantam Major (94) 4:15-5:15 pm
Did not see the schedule? click here:
https://jrtitans.wordpress.com/tryoutsched/
more info:
https://jrtitans.wordpress.com/titan-2008-2009-info/
This is a summary of the Titan Midget program from our 10th anniversary brochure. Read about other levels and more by visiting https://jrtitans.wordpress.com/titan-2008-2009-info/ andhttps://jrtitans.files.wordpress.com/2008/03/titansbook0809322.pdfMany clubs force a tough decision on their players as they leave Bantams and enter Midgets: play club travel hockey or High School hockey, but not both. This ends the club careers of many players.

Remember, the Titans are different and want you to be with us through H.S., and help to place you into a great college program. A number of Titan coaches also coach H.S. teams, and we understand the desire many have to wear their school colors on the ice. The quality of H.S. hockey continues to improve in the area and we are supportive of our local schools.

For this reason, we offer two choices for our Midget players: Short Season or Full Season. The Short Season teams, available at T1 and T2 play a front-loaded schedule, giving teams a busy fall with enough games to qualify for playoffs, but ending the regular season by December 1, before the major commitments of the H.S. season. Players are free to commit 100% of their effort to their school team, and are in prime physical condition.

The Full Season Midget program is just that; a full league schedule, September to February, including multiple tournaments, showcases and exhibitions with top New England Prep Schools. The time commitment here is significant, but the level of competition at T1 Midget is unsurpassed by all but a few hockey oriented prep schools. It truly is your choice as to which option you select. Players in both categories are tracked by our junior coaches, as our Midgets are our prime source of Junior players.

The Tier 1 AAA U18 full season team is a “slow down team” which means we will still front load league games. After High School starts the team will reduce their commitment to 1 practice a week and maybe 1 game a weekend.
The Tier 1 AAA U16 National team will follow the same pattern as the u18

The Tier 1 AAA U16 American team is a full blown short season that means they will shut down /stop on Dec. 1.

T2 is all short season. The choice is yours. We only ask that you make this choice before tryouts, so that we can evaluate you with other players in the same category.

The Jr. Titan Mites completed their season this week at the March Madness Tournament held at Iceland.  As with last week, the Titans opened against an inferior foe and easily dominated the Mercer Chiefs en route to a 6-0 win.  Danny Kerber, Trevor Cear, Connor Tuzeneu, and James Waiter each had two points in the Thursday night contest.

The Titans returned to Iceland early Saturday morning to play the Lawrence Flames.  The Titans had a very rough start and found themselves trailing 4-0 early in the second period before mounting a comeback.  The Titans roared back, closing the gap to 5-4 early in the third period, before falling 7-4.  In the end it was penalties and lack of team play that doomed the comeback effort.  Alex Phipps led the team with two goals.

Immediately following the Flames game, the Titans entered the skills competition where the team of Kurt Yamen, Ian Huggan, Tuzeneu, and Cear came back from third place after three legs to win the relay race at the line.  The team of Phipps, Sean Mylod, Jonathan Delaglio, and Ryan Damelio finished second in the stickhandling relay race.  Michael Florentine finished second in shootout goaltending.  A great job and a fun time were had by all.

The Titans returned to Iceland Saturday afternoon needing a win against the Princeton Tigers to advance to Sunday’s final against the Flames.  The Titans started slowly again and were trailing 2-1 after one period of play.  They refused to give up stormed into the lead with four second period goals to take a 5-3 lead and added two in the third to provide the final 7-3 margin.  Each of the team’s four leading scorers, James Waiter, Cear, Phipps, and Will Lemonie, scored in the game with Cear dominating with four goals.  Danny Kerber chipped in with the first playmaker (three assists) of his career.

Sunday’s final featured an intense rematch of the Saturday morning game of the Titans vs. the Flames.  Both teams played very well throughout, but the Flames opened up the scoring in the first period.  Cear evened the score in the second, but the Titans again gave up the go-ahead goal on a power play before the end of the second.  In between the second and third periods, Coach Kerber reminded the players of that they had come back from the same deficit at the same point in the game to win the championship at Wall Sports Arena the week before.  It didn’t take long for Cear to strike again to even the score and make it a 10-minute game.  The winning goal was scored by Lemonie, who crashed the net and got to Waiter’s rebound before the Flames defense, with approximately four and a half minutes to go.  Florentine was very good in between the pipes for the Titans in only giving up a breakaway and a power play goal in the contest.

  Thank you to all the players and parents, to my assistants John Huggan and Tom Heiser, and especially to our team manager, Kristine Huggan, for a thoroughly enjoyable season.  Each and every one of you players has shown tremendous improvement since this summer.  I look forward to seeing you all at our end-of-season party and then again in a few weeks at tryouts.

-Coach

The Jr. Titan mites began this weekend’s tournament against a truly overmatched Nassau club.  The Titans scored their fifth goal of the game (Danny Kerber’s first of the season!) only four minutes into the game.  The Titans worked on their puck control and passing for the rest of the game and Kerber finished the scoring with less than two seconds remaining in the 10-0 win.  Every skater in the lineup got at least one point in the game.

The second game was a much tougher test against the Bedford Bears A team, but the Titans jumped out to a 4-0 lead to win the first period. The Bears were too good to be beaten that badly and came back in the second to cut the lead to 4-2.  The Titans regained their form in the third and won the period on the way to a 7-3 final score.  Trevor Cear lead the way with a hat trick.

The final game of the round robin was against the Long Island Gulls. The Titan entered the game having already secured a position in the championship game and knowing that gaining 7 of the 8 available points would eliminate the Gulls.  The Titans started well and opened a 5-2 lead in taking both the first and second period.  The Gulls stormed back in the third period and tied the game at 5 with less than three minutes left in the game.  However, the Titans were not to be denied.  Alex Phipps made his presence felt in his first game of the tournament as he scored the game-winning goal late in regulation.  Cear and James Waiter each had three points in the win.

 The championship game was an extremely well played and hard fought contest with both sides showing their skill and teamwork.  The Titans opened up a 1-0 lead in the first on a goal by James Waiter, but the Gulls evened the score before the end of the period and then took a 2-1 lead on a power play goal in the second.  In the third period the Titans moved the hot Cear to center from his normal defenseman spot.  Cear and the Titans connected twice in the third for a 3-2 victory.

Immediately after the championship game the Titan mites went to the Sovereign Bank Arena where they had a five-minute intra-squad “Mites on Ice” scrimmage in between the first and second periods of the Trenton Titans (now Devils) contest against the Johnstown Chiefs.  A good time was had by all in the 0-0 contest.

trevor.jpg

 If Trev keeps scoring, his big brother will be carrying his sticks 
 

To all our Titan Families,

This is a very busy time of year.  Many teams have tournaments or playoffs this month with tryouts following right behind in April. There is a lot happening, so here is a quick update:

Tryouts start in early April for Juniors and Midgets; mid-April for youth teams (Squirt, Bantam, Peewee) and toward the end of the month, along with the Mites we tryout our first ever girls only teams.  Follow the link to see the schedule.  By the way, you can save money by paying your tryout fees during March.
I wanted to give all of our families a sneak preview of our 2008-2009 Jr. Titans 10th Anniversary Program Brochure.  We are excited about the growth and accomplishments of the club, and this book is a way to introduce new people to the Jr. Titans, and to share with all of our members the proud history of their club.  Follow the link at the bottom for tryout dates.
We have made improvements to the program for next year.  Highlights include:
·        22 home game slots (up from 18)
·        T2: 1 solo team practice, 1 combo practice per week    
·        2 dryland sessions per week included
·        More teams at both T1, T2
·        Same coloring for helmets, shells, socks, etc
While the travel season is coming to a close, there is plenty of hockey at the rink.  Our first spring Middle School and High School in-house league is starting up.   We also have a 3 on 3 cross ice mini-tournament on 3/22, which is a full day of hockey for $30.       The next Eastern Showcase clinics start on 3/17, giving you a tune-up for tryouts (details below). Eastern Showcase teams for Spring and Summer tournaments will be selected in April.  This year we are sending teams to the Philadelphia Shootout, the Ronald McDonald in Toronto Canada, the Mini Chowder Cup in Foxboro, Mass, the Pre-Draft in Foxboro MA, the Eastern Showcase in Wall, NJ the Jr. and Senior Chowder Cups in Foxboro, MA and the Monarchs Summer Showdown in Hookset, NH.
Dustin Depalma, our Junior B coach is also coaching Team New Jersey for the Chicago Showcase tournament in April.   Interested HS Junior/Senior varsity players are invited Tuesday, March 18th @8PM.
 
Our Titan House League has been a great success.  Many of these players continue to improve as their season progresses and a good number of these players will be trying out for our travel teams.  The PeeWee 95 and the Junior B teams both have a real shot to make some noise on the national stage.  It’s a long road, but both teams are well prepared for the challenges to come.  Good Luck to them and to all of our teams headed to tournaments this month.
George

https://jrtitans.wordpress.com/titan-2008-2009-information/

Eastern Showcase Skills Clinics 

 ELITE TRAINING—CONSISTS OF HIGH TEMPO DRILLS—ADVANCED CONCEPTS

MONDAY, MARCH 17, 24, 31        SQUIRT-5:30-6:30 PM                BANTAM-8:00-9:00 PM        PEEWEE-6:45-7:45 PM                MIDGET-9:15-10:15 PM       

DEVELOPMENT TRAINING-CONSISTS OF TECHNIQUE DETAIL AND REPETITION

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 19, 26, APRIL 2    GOALIES-6:00-7:00 PM   JUNIORS- 7:30-8:30 PM    MIDGET-8:45-9:45 PM 

DEVELOPMENT TRAINING-CONSISTS OF TECHNIQUE DETAIL AND REPETITION

THURSDAY, MARCH 20, 27, APRIL 3        MITE-     4:15-5:15 PM               BANTAM-7:45-8:45 PM        SQUIRT- 5:30-6:30 PM               JUNIORS-7:15-8:15 PM               PEEWEE- 6:45-7:45 PM               GOALIES-6:00-7:00 PM             

SKILLS TRAINING—CONSISTS OF: POWERSKATING, PASSING, STICKHANDLING

SATURDAY, MARCH 22, 29, APRIL 5MITE-            7:15-8:15 AM               MIDGET-12:15-1:15 PM        SQUIRT- 8:30-9:30 AM               JUNIORS-1:30-2:30 PMPEEWEE- 9:4-10:45 AM              GIRLS-2:45-3:45 PM       BANTAM-11:00AM-12:00 PM 

PRICING- 2 PACKAGES TO CHOOSE FROM:        6 CLINICS-$175.00  (NOT AVAILABLE TO GOALIES)        3 CLINICS-$125.00

**Registration forms available at Admissions desk