June 2008

One Hockey’s 5th annual tournament brings plenty of high quality action to the Philadelphia area.  Starting on Wednesday, the Titan 96 team and the Titan 97 team have been in action against teams of all-stars representing states and countries.  This AAA tournament was expected to be a huge challenge for many of the 96’s and 97’s, some of whom have never played at this level.  The tournament is unique in that many of the all-star teams assembled for the tournament are coached by NHL players and former players.  Others are nationally known club teams, like the LA Selects.  As the action moves to next week, the Bantam and Midget players will see the Eisbareren Jr.s from Berlin Germany as well as a Ukraine team, Alberta Canada and 2 Ontario clubs.  These games will be attended by NHL, Junior and College scouts.

The 97s got off to a good start, jumping out to a 3-2 first period lead in their opener vs. the Maryland All Stars at Iceworks.  Cody Ligouri from Jessica Haviland broke the ice at 12:41 of the first.  Maryland answered with 2 goals midway through the first stanza, but with 3:29 left Max Webber from Jared Perskin knocked one in, and again at 1:11, Max again, this time from Anthony Minerva who would be named 2nd star of the game.

The second period played even, with Cody scoring his second goal from Max and Minerva.  Maryland pressed hard in the 3rd, and scored 3 unanswered goals to take a 2 goal edge 7-5.  The Titans did not quit.  With 41 seconds left and an empty net, Cody and Max hooked up again to bring the Titans within 1.  Still skating with 6 on 5, the Titans could not get another home and Maryland closed it out with an empty netter as time ran out. 

Their second game was not so evenly matched as they fell to Team PA (07s champs) 11-3  Max Webber was noted as 2nd star of the game and scored 2 of the Titan goals.  Anthony Minerva assisted on the first goal.  Jared Perskin added a goal in the 3rd from Lenny Coviello.  Next up is a mixed Canadian US all-star team.  Good Luck Titans.

The ’96 team also had a good start to the tourney.  In their first match against one of the NHL coached squads representing the USA saw the Titans drop an 8-6 opener Wednesday.  Our team comprised of mostly AA players fought hard.  Austin Treubert and Chris McDermott assisted Owen Herrington for their first goal.  Austin Treubert and Owen combined on a Powerplay goal a few minutes later to knot the score at 2.  In a wild 3rd defense went out the door.  The Titans scored 4 goals but could not catch theses all-stars.  Ryan Price added an unassisted goal, followed by a Tyler Harlow from Austin Treubert score 2 minutes later.  Then Chris McDermott, and finally Austin Treubert from Chris McDermott to finish out the scoring.  Zach Burkhardt took the 2nd star for his 17 saves.

The next game was all Titans.  Against Team Maryland it was a Shutout for Mike Cosentino who took the first start of the game for his 27 saves.  Tyler Harlow was the 3rd star for his 2 goals and great defensive play.  Billy Antonides also got on the board twice with the Titan second period goals, one from Tim Gelatt who had 2 assists and one from Owen Herrington and Chris McDermott.

The Thursday PM game was a tough outing where team PA (Little Flyers AAA), pounded the Titans with 39 shots.  The Titans did mount some offense, posting 23 shots on net, but goalie Timmy Brown stopped them all.  The action continues today, follow it all on www.onehockey.com, or check back here for updates









The following Jr Titans Teams will do battle in the Mass Outlaws Classic Tournament. Sqiurt Minor (99 aaa) Squirt Major (98 aaa) Peewee Minor (97aaa) Peewee Major (96 aa) Bantam Minor (95 aaa) over August 22, 23, 24 in Marlbough Mass. @ the New England Sports Center.  The Titan Club has many championship notched in their belt at this pre-season tournament and this year should be no different!!

The next weekend the Bantam Majors (94) u16 93/92 National will battle in the Mass Selects Tournaments. The u18 team and u16 American team have been placed on their waiting list.

We have completed the uniform order and placed it already.  Any one who did not get their order in should contact Joanne ASAP at joanne@wallsportsarena.com. Don’t panic if you did not get your order in I can get your order added. The uniforms will arrive on July 25 and then will go out to get the patches and numbering done. We are expecting completed uniforms by August 15.  The cost for the complete uniform package is $340. Make payment to the Jr. Titans. We order new socks for every one whether you order them or not.

Here is a little update for our Titan families:

Titan summer practices begin:

Well hockey season as begun in Titan land. If you are a Jr. Titan youth player our program has begun. We are 2 weeks into the summer on-ice practices and the staff and I have been very impressed with the turn out and the hard work being done by all players. Here is the message I sent to all coaches

“Coaches, the New Jersey Jr. Titans will start their youth practices this week. All staff is expected to attend as many of the on ice practice sessions they can. Packages were handed out at the last meeting including summer practice schedule, camp schedule, rosters.  We also discussed the fall practice/game schedule; remember all managers have to be approved by me.

To prepare for the season each youth Titan player has the benefit of ice time for them starting with 7hrs of skill sessions, plus their days of camp in July and august (6-8hrs)  then the twice a week  practices starting week of August 11. (Their camps are 3 days this year because we will also have a Titan only Robby Glanz camp in October which is included in the tuition.) Our players will have a total 22-25 hrs of ice while most clubs have few or no summer hrs.   We have plenty of ice time to improve them.  All coaches need to push all players to work their hardest. All coaches need to get involved with each and every player when they’re making mistakes. There should be a lot of coaching going on as the player/ coach ratios should be great. That enables all coaches to be involved.  Our Titan players should be conditioned and skilled enough for every team to start to implement the system by end of summer.  We will be ready to discuss the offensive and defensive systems at our next meeting; it is going to be focused on coaching.

All coaches should be encouraging their players to get involved with Maximum Performance dry land training  program run by John Sabo. It is a great program and John does great job with the players!!!  They have all received John’s program letter.

Summer sessions  on ice agenda  –we will only work on skills, skills, skills, 3 groups  3 zone breakdown.

One end blue line in– 2 nets   shots— slap, snap, backhands, one timers,   be creative add passing, goalies move 2-0,  tip ins, deflections,  one timers,   backhands

middle zone puck control zone– small area protection ,move skating with puck –passing all types

other end zone blue line in— skating—power skating— quick starts,  inside/outside edge control,  turns, stops  strides forward backwards etc.

Coaches    every group will get 15/17 minutes  then rotate groups
coaches each week you should rotate ends as well   weekly you have 10/12 minute warm up /power skating skating/ strength development.”

George Haviland
Director of Hockey Operations
New Jersey Jr. Titans

The Junior Titans sent 6 teams to different tournaments over the Memorial Day weekend.  Three went to the Philly shoot out in Ice-line for the AAA Division and 3 went to Aston AA tournament. Our 95 Titans went to finalist the Philly shoot out only to lose to the Conn. Yankees 5-4.  Our bantam AA team went to the semis at Aston and lost to AC sharks and our Titan squirts went to finals at Aston and lost to team Philadelphia. This was a great weekend of hockey saw great competition all weekend at all levels. I was there had a chance to coach all our guys they play spirited hockey for this time of the year. Our next tournament is “OneHockey” starting at the end of June. We will be fielding teams at 99, 97, 96, 95, 94, 92 levels.

95 Titans play in finals at Philly shoot out

The 95s started the Philly shoot out looking to win the whole tourney. Coach Clifton had the guys ready and fully understanding the goal was to win the tournament. The boys started with a 3-2 win over Valley Forge selects with Matt Marabeti leading the charge with a goal and asst.  Goaltending was good from both George Blinick and Thomas Weidman.  In the second game we lost to the Conn. Yankees 5-4.  Great game had lead blew a 2 goal lead in middle of second and could not recover. The 3rd game saw us rebound strongly and beat the Long Island selects 14-0.   Marabeti had a 3 point game as well Conner Clifton had a pair of goals. So we were set for Monday’s cross over. Coach Clifton and coach Havilland met to discuss the plan on how to beat the rival Jr. Flyers and the plan worked. We won 2-1. Conner Clifton scored a huge unassisted goal to tie the game in third period and the winning goal was scored by Anthony Deangelo.  So the stage was set for the Titans to get even with their lost against the Conn. Yankees in the finals. It was a great game with a lot of hard hitting and great goaltending by both goalies in the end Titans lost 5-4 to Yankees.  The Titans where lead on Monday by Zach Diamontoni having a 3 point after noon. George Blinick was outstanding in goal. Both coach Haviland and coach Clifton were disappointed with the outcome but pleased with the effort the Titans showed. We will re-focus the players for the next challenge One Hockey.  The schedule there is unbelievable Germany, California, Ohio, yes I said Germany oh boy!


Great showing as Titan Squirts play in finals in Aston

There is a saying in hockey “less is more” oh boy this so true for the group of Titan Squirt players. We played all weekend with 9 skaters and 2 goalies. We won the first game 6-2 newcomer Cody Ligori posted 2 goals in this game while Steven Saporito was outstanding getting 3 points in the game as well as Corey Clifton and James Marabeti played well against the Reston raiders.  Our second game was won 7-4.  Colin Hurley and Zach Turcotee had huge games.  “I was most impressed with the play of those 2 guys all weekend”, Coach Haviland was heard saying in the third.  The 3rd game was an 8-5 win. Trevor Cear and Alex Phillipps lead the way providing a lot of offense and great defense vs. the Staten Island Rangers.  In the semis we played the Ashburn express from Virginia new comer Noah Maikisch was awesome in goal and we prevailed to win a nail biter. The finals saw Spencer Rue give us a chance to come back as he made a number of saves to keep the score close. We where down 5-2.  With 9 minutes to go in the 3rd period Coach Haviland called a time out and told the boys “You have 2 choices.  You can pack it in and go home now and be happy with the weekend or we can fight back like Titans and go for it.”  We went for it and scored 2 goals in 4 minutes to pull it within one goal.  With our net empty we had a number of chances but could not get the tying goal. Coach Haviland was very happy with the great effort showed by the boys this weekend.