Titans defeat Royals in overtime

Ryan Hayes scored his sixth of the season to give the Titans an overtime win. (ECHL)

Ryan Hayes scored his sixth of the season to give the Titans an overtime win. (ECHL)

READING. Pa. – Two teams heading in two opposite directions met for the third time this season as the Trenton Titans skated into the Sovereign Center to face divisional rival Reading Royals. The Titans got themselves back in the win column with a 3-2 overtime victory to keep them in third place in the Atlantic Division.

The Titans were able to keep the Royals to just three shots in the opening stanza, but it was the opposition who struck first on their second shot. Eric Baier tried to keep a speeding Dale Mitchell to the outside, but Mitchell fired the puck from the right circle that beat Brad Phillips above his right shoulder at 12:54.

The second period found the Titans on the heels for the first half. They caught a break when a power-play goal from Olivier Labelle was waived off for a high stick early on.

Despite an opportunity to tie the game on a four-minute power play, the Titans offense couldn’t crack goaltender Mark Owuya. As time was winding down, they were finally able to get on the board. Chase Langeraap’s shot from the right side was stopped by Owuya, but the rebound sped out to the other side where Matt Germain got to it and put it past the goaltender with 41 seconds left in the second.

Andy Bohmbach broke the tie early in the third. He took a pass behind the Royals net and his wrap-around snuck in behind Owuya 2:15 into the period for his 13th of the season.

It only lasted for the next 3:58 before the Royals tied it up at 2. Phillips made an initial save on Matt Schepke, but the puck landed in the crease in front of him where Dennis McCauley came crashing in and roofed it.

The Titans went past regulation for the third time in five games. They were given two golden chances in overtime to win the game, but failed to do so. The first came when Reading defenseman Ray Macias flipped the puck into the crowd and gave the Titans a power play. The second came on the power play when one of the Royals lost their stick, creating a 4-on-2 advantage.

Though the kill could have been huge for the opposition, it was the Titans who scored the winning goal.

Adam Presizniuk backhanded the puck at Owuya who made the pad save, but kicked the rebound out to Ryan Hayes who netted the winner with 19.6 seconds remaining in overtime.

Rob Bordson was loaned to the Rochester Americans earlier in the day.


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