This afternoon, the Trenton Titans were looking to complete the home and home sweep against the Reading Royals, who are the affiliate of the Washington Capitals. On Saturday night, the Titans crushed the Royals 6-0 at Sun National Bank Center. Just as last night, it was another high scoring affair between these two Atlantic division rivals today.
The Titans got the scoring started in the first period as defenseman Blake Kessel would score his 6th goal of the season to give Trenton a 1-0 lead. Then 11 minutes and 29 seconds into the first period, Titans forward Stephen Schultz scored on the power play to increase the lead to 2-0. That goal would be Schultz’s 21st on the season. As the first period was coming to a close, the Royals would get on the board with a goal from forward Stanislav Galiev to keep Reading in striking distance with the score being 2-1 at the end of 20 minutes.
The game would start to heat up as the Titans came out and scored two goals in a span of 13 seconds. Forward Bryan Haczyk would score on the power play to give Trenton a 3-1 lead, then Jacob Cepis would score as well to give him his 17th goal on the season and extending the Titans lead to 4-1.
As this point the game seemed to be locked up as goaltender Brooks Ostergard was playing solid in net but the Royals aren’t leading the Atlantic division for no reason. They started to make a push late in the second period with right winger Jeff Corey getting his first goal of the season and making the score 4-2 with the Titans still holding the lead.
The Royals continued to up the intensity as the third period started with forward Joel Champagne scoring his 13th goal of the season, four minutes into the period. The score would be 4-3 with the Reading Royals inching closer and closer but to counter the furious goal scoring, Titans forwad J.S. Berube would score a goal and ice the game from that point on with the Titans defeating the Royals 5-3.
With this win, the Titans sweep the home and home series against the Royals and pick up four points in the process. The Titans record is now 22-26-4 and they have 52 points on the season. On Tuesday night at 7:35 pm, the Titans will go on the road and take on the Cincinnati Cyclones who have a record of 33-17-4 and who are second in the Eastern conference standings.
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