December 21, 2012 - ECHL (ECHL) - Trenton Titans
Evansville, IN - There may have been some tense moments midway through the third period, but the Trenton Titans, proud ECHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers, outplayed the host IceMen throughout last night's contest in taking a convincing 6-3 win in front of 4,076 onlookers at the Ford Center.
With the win, the Titans (12-11-2-228 points) end a five-game road losing streak that dated back to November 12 in Elmira. They also continued their scoring ways by picking up points in five consecutive games (4-0-1) - the first time since winning five straight from March 24-April 2, 2010.
Trenton set the scoring tone with a Ryan Hayes (3) power play goal at 13:11 of the first. One minute later Connor Goggin slipped in his second of the year with a wrister from the top of the right circle that snuck in short-side right past IceMen goalie Paul Dainton (22 saves, 0-2-0-1) for a 2-0 lead that carried into the second.
Josh Beaulieu got Evansville on the board midway into the period, but five minutes later the lead jumped back to 3-1. Phil DiSimone - in his second game since being sent on loan to Trenton from Albany (AHL) - notched his third point of the year (and second goal) with a power play tally.
Evansville cut the deficit back to one with two minutes left, then tied things at 3-3 on Dylan Clarke's eighth of the year with 8:44 left in regulation.
Unfazed, the Titans responded the same way they have during this run - by fighting back and quickly. Ian Slater and Jacob Cepis hustled to set up Kory Nagy for his second at 12:58. Three minutes later Cepis got his chance on the power play, ripping his seventh (second since a trade from Idaho and second on the PP) past Dainton for the 5-3 advantage.
Evansville (10-17-0-323) got one last chance on the man-advantage with 2:25 to play. However after pulling Dainton to go 6-on-4, a Blake Kessel steal and Justin Taylor feed gave Andy Bohmbach a short-handed, empty netter to close out the win.
For "The Big Easy", it was his 13th goal of the year, his third short-handed and second straight SHG in as many meetings with Evansville.
Niko Hovinen improved to 4-4-0-2 on the season, stopping 26 shots to win his second consecutive start.
The Titans now move on to Fort Wayne in an attempt to sweep Indiana in a 7:30 battle with the Komets Saturday night. It is the first ever meeting with the former member of the CHL, and the only meeting with the Komets this year. With the Komets sitting at eighth in the Eastern Conference and two points ahead of the Titans, this solo meeting could become important when the season gets shorter. The Titans Pregame Show begins at 7:10, as "The Bronc" Daryle Dobos calls the action on AmericaOne.com, 107.7 FM (Trenton) and 1077theBronc.com.