Titans blast the Royals

Wednesday night's game featured Flyer alumni Bob Kelly. (Candice Monhollan)

Wednesday night’s game featured Flyer alumni Bob Kelly. (Candice Monhollan)

TRENTON, N.J. – The Trenton Titans were ready for revenge on a tough loss to the Reading Royals Oct. 28 – and they got it. The Titans played arguably their most complete game and rolled over the divisional foe, 5-2.

The Titans stood tall in front of goaltender Dave Caruso, who made 30 saves in the game.

“It definitely helps having a good supporting cast out there,” Eric Baier said. “It starts from the net out with Dave Caruso having probably his best game that I’ve seen. It was just a good overall team effort.”

The Titans started the game pressuring the Royals and rarely let up the rest of the game.

“You got to learn to win,” head coach Vince Williams said. “Sometimes these games are tough. You get up a few goals and it’s 4-0 going into the third period. You have to keep that focus for a young group to duplicate that for another 20 and learn to win.”

The Titans stuck first on the power play at 13:07 of the first period. Ryan Hayes scored off a pass from Chris Berenguer. It’s his second goal in his three games back with the team.

The Titans padded their lead late in the first with two goals in the span of 48 seconds. Randy Rowe blocked a shot from Reading’s Rob Kwiet and pushed the puck past the defenseman and skated in on a breakaway and put one past goaltender Karel St-Laurent.

Dustin Cameron added the third goal with 32 seconds left in the first on a 2-on-1 rush and gave the Titans a 3-0 lead heading into the locker room.

The Titans continued to pour it on the Royals as Denny Kearney passed the puck across the crease to Blair Yaworski at the right side of the net. He easily put the puck behind a sliding St-Laurent for a commanding 4-0 lead.

Dave Caruso, who had made 27 saves through two periods, lost his chance for a shutout 4:45 into the third period. With the Royals on a power play, Denny Urban’s pass towards the net bounced off Olivier Labelle’s skate and in behind Caruso.

The Titans came back roughly 10 minutes later with a fifth goal to snuff out any hopes of a Reading comeback. Rowe scored his second of the night with a one-timer past St-Laurent to make it 5-1.

The Royals wouldn’t go quietly as Labelle notched his second of the night with 3:18 left in the game, but it was too little, too late as the Titans were skated away with the 5-2 victory.

“I played for [the Royals] last year, so it meant a little more,” Baier said. “Always playing our division, we want to step it. We want to get some wins against them and show them what we’re about.”

Andy Bohmbach returned to the line-up after being sent back from the Adirondack Phantoms. He assisted on Rowe’s second goal.


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