Toledo Walleye roll past Titans

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TRENTON, N.J. – It wasn’t the game the Trenton Titans were looking for as their last home game before Christmas. They played the Toledo Walleye for the second night in a row, but this time around they lacked effort and energy and were dominated for a final of 5-1.

“We didn’t play the way we needed to play,” said head coach Vince Williams. “What happens is everyone’s frustrated, everyone’s trying to push and then you start forcing plays. It just doesn’t work like that.”

The Titans came out and from the drop of the puck, the Walleye took control of the game and never let up. The Titans also blundered on the power play, going 0-for-5 in the game.

“I think we had some chances,” Williams said. “We moved it around a lot better tonight. We just didn’t score.”

The Walleye took the 1-0 lead 8:13 into the first period. Titans goaltender Brad Phillips was caught at the left post, expecting a shot from Andrej Nestrasil, who instead sent a pass to a Aaron Lewicki standing at the top of the crease for an easy redirect in.

It became 2-0 with 2:28 left in the first when a shot from Nick Oslund made it through a Phillips who stayed standing in net.

The Titans came out slightly better in the second, but not enough to muster any goals to help turn the tide of the game.

Brian Matte’s shot was stopped by Phillips, but he led the rebound sit in front of him where Matte was able to scoop it up and flip it in for a 3-0 lead at the 15:15 mark.

The lone goal of the night for the Titans came 7:21 into the third. Corey Syvret was in the box on a double minor for high-sticking, but it didn’t stop Eric Baier from getting his second of the season. He came in on a breakaway and shot the puck in from a tough angle that beat the otherwise impenetrable Thomas McCollum.

“It was just a good opportunity to jump on,” Baier said. “I got kind of lucky that it bounced in there. I knew I was going near side high somewhere. I’m just happy it found its way through. Sometimes you can only wish.”

Any momentum that may have been gained from the goal was lost 79 seconds later when the Walleye regained their three-goal lead with Joey Martin’s seventh of the season on what was remaining of Syvret’s double minor.

The Walleye added one more goal from Oslund, his second of the night, to make it 5-1 at 10:22 of the third.

It was a rough loss for the Titans and the team could not regain third place in the Atlantic Division.

“We have to find ways to win those games,” Williams said. “I thought we had an opportunity to do more in that game. We just move on, skate tomorrow, then go down to Florida. The change of scenery will help us.”

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