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NJ Jr. Titans U16 National vs. NJ Devils

 

Saturday Sept. 6, 2008 at WSA 11:45am

 

 

Welcome to the NJ Jr. Titans U16 home opener.  The 2008-2009 season begins with the renewal of our in-state rivalry with the NJ Devils.  Both teams are looking to jump start their season with an important win.  In years past, the Jr. Titans opening home weekend was spent playing non-League teams as we would try to “ease” into the regular season.  Those days are long gone – many teams like us and the Devils front-load their schedules in order to maximize the use of our respective High School hockey players.  Hence, the intense schedule of two League games today (our U16s travel to Hackensack later today at 5:30pm to take on the Avalanche) and  another one on the road tomorrow.

 

Both the Devils and the Jr. Titans are fresh off a 5-game pre-season tournament in Marlboro,MA over the Labor Day Weekend. We expect a spirited game this afternoon as both teams attempt to set the tone for our weekend home-and-home series. The Devils are well coached by Atlantic District veteran John DiNorcia and his experience staff of Tom Van Doren and Greg Wright.  The Devils are led by perennial AYHL all-star Devon Duarte and former Jr. Titan David Mosier, not to mention outstanding players like James Trenkle, Kevin Brennan and Andrew Pascal.  The Devils boast a solid goaltending tandem of Alex Durso and Peter Guerriera.

 

Our Jr. Titans U16s are excited to perform for you this afternoon. Today is a great opportunity for our boys to showcase their talent in front of all the Junior B GMs and coaches in the building for the Junior tournament.  Coach Walker and Coach Berzolla have been impressed with the team’s work ethic and commitment to learning the details of our systems.  The coaching staff has asked this year’s team to conform to a strict set of concepts that have been the cornerstone of the Jr. Titans Midget Program over the past 5 seasons. This U16 group is a talented collection of dedicated players who strive to play at the Junior level next season with an ultimate goal of contributing at the College hockey level.

 

The Jr. Titans U16s came home from Boston with a respectable 2-3 record.  After an inauspicious start due to a 9-1 drubbing at the hands of the LI Gulls, and a hard fought 3-2 loss to the 495 Stars – the U16s rebounded with two strong wins: 6-0 vs. the West Seneca Wings and a convincing 4-1 win over the NH Monarchs.  At 2-2 our tournament goal of playing a meaningful 5th game was met.  We faced off last Sunday night against the NV River Rats and lost an intense 4-2 game to knock us out of the tournament.  Despite leading 2-1 with 11 minutes to play, we couldn’t hang on against the more desperate River rats and we were ultimately done in by some questionable officiating and poor puck decisions. 

 

The boys were back to school and back to the practice rink to make the necessary adjustments for todays game and this weekend’s packed schedule.  Expect to see a motivated, gritty squad this afternoon. 

 

THANKS FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT

 

Number           Player Name           Birthyear    Height/Weight                School

2                      Steven Spinelli       ’92             5’10” 150lbs        SJV

3                      Anthony Lobianco  92             5’11” 150lbs        Brick Memorial

7                      Marc Raziano        ’92             6’0″ 185lbs          West Windsor

11                    David Ramos         ’92             6’1″ 175lbs          Howell H.S.

14                    Patrick Dwyer       ’93              5’6″ 150lbs          Red Bank Catholic

15                    Thomas Lindquist   ’92             5’9″ 150lbs          Brick Memorial

17                    Evan Hughes          ’92             6’1″ 175lbs          Ridge H.S.

19                    Robert Fisher         ’93             5’9″ 150lbs          SJV

21                    Michael Durelli       ’92              5’11” 165lbs        B. Eustace

22                    Mark Powell          ’92              5’7″ 150lbs          Red Bank Catholic

25                    Rick VanBlarcom  ‘92              5’9″ 150lbs          Allentown H.S.

27                    Thomas Carlucci    ’92              5’9″ 150lbs          CBA

29                    Brandon Worrall    ’92              6’2″ 180lbs          West Windsor

30                    Peter Stamberger   ’92              6’1″ 185lbs          Pt. Pleasant Boro

37                    Anthony Carvagno’93               5’9″ 155lbs          Toms River North

39                    Alex Strauss           ’92             5’10” 150lbs        CBA

77                    Vincent Stagliano  ’92               5’11” 160lbs        Wall H.S.

91                    Nick Kamberogiannis ’92         5’9″ 150lbs         CBA

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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Listed below are the team fees for the Jr Titans 2008/09 season.
Juniors: $6,000.00
Tier 1: AAA
Midget Full Season: $3,900.00
Midget Short Season: $2,550.00
Bantam: $3,750.00
Peewee: $3,550
Squirt: $ 3,450.00
Tier 2 AA/A/B
Midget Short Season: $2,300.00
Bantam: $3,050.00
Peewee: $3,025.00
Squirt: $2,900.00
Mite: $1,900.00
We are still taking registrations for our Spring High School and Middle School Leagues: Games will be played on weekday nights–Day has not been determined as yet, but if you have a preference you can let me know and I’ll forward it onto George.
Spring Middle School league: 6, 7 and 8th grades only
Begins week of March 24
12-15 players per team
10 games per team
2 practices per team
All teams will be included in playoffs
Cost: $235.00 per player
Registrations can be by individual or team–sign up as a team and receive a team discount.
Spring High School League:  9, 10 and 11th grades only
Begins week of March 24
12-15 players per team
10 games per team
2 practices per team
All teams included in playoffs
Cost: $250.00 per player
Registrations can be by individual or team–sign up as a team and receive a team discount.
Registration brochures can be picked up at the rink for more information.
If you have any questions, please contact me
Thanks!!
Joanne Torrisi
Wall Sports Arena
Group Events/Jr. Titan Administrator
732-919-7070

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Coach Gibby’s boys hit Bridgewater this weekend and came away winners, for their second tournament gold in a row.  Full Story:

http://titanpeeweea.wordpress.com/2008/02/20/pee-wee-champs-again/ 

“Mites Squish the Competition”

On the weekend of February 9th and 10th the mites traveled to Rockville,
Maryland for a three-game series against the Montgomery Blue Devils.
The teams split the two games played at Wall Sports Arena in late
October, and each was looking to see an improvement on that result.  The
weekend started poorly for the Titans, as Coach Huggan and Ian couldn’t
make the trip due to illness, and Coach Kerber and Danny had to leave
before the games on Saturday when it became apparent that Danny had
chickenpox.  Coaches Walker and Heiser did well in managing with only
ten skaters on the bench for the weekend as the Mites came away with
three impressive wins: 9-3, 4-1, and 6-2.  The Titans’ dominance was
such that the Montgomery coaches questioned whether this was the same
team they played in October.

On February 16th the mites improved to 9-1 in 2008 and 19-11 overall
with a 7-1 drubbing of the Princeton Tigers at Baker Arena.  The Titans
gave up a number of chances in the first period as they didn’t seem
ready to play, but still managed a 1-0 lead.  The Titans blew open the
game in the second period and cruised in the third to an eventual 7-1
win.

On Sunday the mites ventured to Iceland to play the Mercer Chiefs, but
due to a scheduling mishap many of the Chief players did not arrive in
time for the game.  4 Titans played on the side of the Chiefs and opened
up a 6-2 lead on the strength of a hat trick by Ryan Damelio and two
goals by Trevor Cear against their mates.  The all-Titan team came
storming back on the strength of great passing and scoring by Alex
Phipps and James Waiter.  The exciting and fun game ended Titans 6,
Titans/Chiefs 6.

The Titans Bantam A Black faced another tough opponent from the NJYHL when the NJ Devils came to visit Wall Saturday. The Devils are currently in third place in the Bantam A National Conference with a 12-4-2 record and most likely headed toward the playoffs.
When these two well matched teams met back in September they fought to hard earned 3-3 tie and this game would be no different. After a well played scoreless first period it was easy to see the two teams were not giving anything away in front of the net and goals would not come easy. The Titan bench seemed to get a jolt of energy in the second period when Joe Miller delivered a thunderous bone jarring hit along the boards. The hit noticeably got the boys pumped! Shortly afterward, it was a fluke goal that put the Titans on the board first. The Devil goalie vacated his net thinking a penalty was being called on the Titans, when in fact it was a Devil penalty. With Devil goalie on the bench, speedy winger Conrad Quinn, in his first game back from a broken wrist injury, fired the puck into the open net for the 1-0 lead. Welcome back Quinny!
The Titan defense and Goalie Thomas Wiedmann made the 1-0 lead stand up the rest of the second by putting up a brick wall around the net. With the Devils goalie and “Weeds” clearly on their game, the next goal would be huge. Timmy Behan gave the Titans that huge goal, and a little breathing room, when he found the back of the net off a nice feed from Morton for the 2-0 lead.
Penalties would become a big factor in the third when the Titans found themselves killing numerous penalties including three, 5 on 3’s. Wiedmann and his defensive posse were up to the task and gave away nothing. With less than four minutes remaining, however, the relentless Devils got a generous goal when “Weeds”, recovering from a save, fell awkwardly backwards, allowing an open net goal to the Devils and a 2-1 game.
After closing the gap to one goal, and new life, the Devils applied the pressure on “Weeds”. With the Devil goalie pulled for the extra attacker, the Devils were able to find scoring chances and throw shots on net. “Weeds” and company held off the barrage and skated off with a well earned 2-1 victory.
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Sunday’s game vs. the Sharks in AC was one of those games that left you scratching your head. After playing a great game on Saturday, the Titans seemed to have left their game at Wall. I believe that after playing a long season with hardly any stinkers, the odds of one happening become greater. This was not due to lack of effort by the team which battled until the finale buzzer, but sometimes the hockey gods don’t smile on you on a particular day. The Sharks, a big, speedy, and well positioned team got off to a quick start when they scored just two minutes into the game on the always reliable goalie Reilly. This was a really bad omen and the boys just couldn’t seem to shake it off. They didn’t connect on passes, and missed the net with their scoring opportunities. The Sharks held down our shots on net to a season low of 17. The bright side of this loss, however was the fact that no matter how badly we played we were never out of the game, (3-1) and battled till the end.
Not to be overlooked in the loss was the fine play of defense by Dax Conrad as well as “MonkeyBoy” Reilly. Reilly stopped 24 of the 27 shots faced and kept the team in the hunt until the end. Charlie Morton was our lone scorer of the day to keep us from being shutout which hasn’t occurred this year. With next weeks tournament coming up maybe the loss will help the boys refocus and get back to their winning ways. Go Titans!

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