Express hold off the Titans

The Trenton Titans finish November with a 6-4-1-0 record. (Candice Monhollan)

The Trenton Titans finish November with a 6-4-1-0 record. (Candice Monhollan)

TRENTON, N.J. – The Trenton Titans have been on a roll as of late, securing at least a point out of their last four games, but the streak was broken Sunday night as the Chicago Express took the second game with a 4-3 win.

“We didn’t quit,” head coach Vince Williams said. “We battled hard against a physical team. They came out hard. They did what they had to do.”

If there was one thing the Titans needed to do, it was to prevent the Express from getting the first goal. When scoring first, the Express were an impressive 7-0 on the season. The perfect streak wasn’t going to end Sunday, though the Titans battled hard to the end and kept the Express to only 11 shots.

“It’s one of those things where [Dave Caruso] would rather be busy than not busy,” Williams said. “When you’re involved, you’re mentally there – you’re sharp. I’m not saying he wasn’t sharp. It’s tough.”

On the Titans’ second power play opportunity of the game, the Express gained the upper hand. Pierre-Luc Faubert raced in shorthanded and beat Caruso for a 1-0 lead 14:09 into the opening period.

The Express added to the lead late into the first on the power play when Darcy Campbell’s shot from the right circle was redirected in from Bobby Robins with 1:13 left.

Rob Bordson was able to get the Titans on the board in the second period off a pass from J.S. Berube, who’s assist was his first point of the season. His shot went above goaltender Rob Nolan’s shoulder 3:11 in to cut the lead to 2-1.

Despite being held to only two shots in the period, the Express regained a two-goal lead almost four minutes later. Scott Wietecha’s shot from the blue line redirected at least once before it beat Caruso.

The Titans clawed back to within one 2:18 later while on the power play. Andy Bohmbach scored his 11th of the season to make it 3-2.

Robins sucked the life back out of the Titans as he scored 59 seconds into the final period to take a 4-2 lead.

With Caruso pulled for an extra attacker and on the power play, Bordson tallied his second of the night from the blue line with 14.7 seconds remaining in the game, but it was too late to mount a comeback.

The loss wrapped up a weekend where the Titans played three games in three days. Caruso started all three games while Brad Phillips remains out with an injury.

“It’s very tough,” Williams said about Caruso playing in the games. “He battled hard and he’s got us to this point and has been a big reason for our turnaround.”

The Titans finished the weekend with a 2-1 record and finish November with a winning record after a slow start to the season.

“It was a long, hard weekend,” defenseman Mitch Versteeg said. “We battled well all three games and the last couple of weeks. We’re making good strides, but definitely want to win those ones – you hold them to 11 shots. We’re playing good as a group.”

Dustin Cameron took a puck to the face in the first period off a shot from teammate Jordon Southorn. He returned to play in the third wearing a full cage despite one eye swollen shut.

Chris Berenguer was knocked into the boards in the first period and didn’t return to the game.

Phillips is expected to return in time for the next game.


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