Titans rebound with big win over Walleye

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TRENTON, N.J. – Just 24 hours before, the Trenton Titans were deflated after a 6-2 loss to the Kalamazoo Wings. Goaltender Dave Caruso let in five goals on 29 shots in just two periods of play before he was yanked. To finish out the three games on the weekend, the Titans faced against the Toledo Walleye, the team sitting one spot above them in 11th place in the East.

For Caurso, he had only way one to move past the disappointing loss the night before.

“What game?” he said.

And that’s the way Caruso rebounded and led the team to a 6-1 victory over the visiting Walleye.

“After watching last night, those are games that you literally have to throw the disks in the garbage,” head coach Vince Williams said. “You can’t learn anything from it. What we want to see as a coaching staff [is] put the onus on the players and see how they respond.”

The Titans responded the way the needed to with a full 60-minute effort.

“We got slapped in the face yesterday,” forward Dustin Cameron said. “It’s huge. We regroup, come back here and we blow Toledo out.”

Titans captain Randy Rowe got the Titans on the board first with his goal through the five-hole off a rebound 4:39 into the opening period.

“Just get a rebound [and] stand in front,” Rowe said. “That’s what I’ve done my whole career is just park  myself in front of the net and hope for tips and hope for rebounds and it worked out tonight.”

It was a short-lived lead as the Walleye struck back 19 seconds later. Ryan Blair took a shot as he drifted back towards the net and beat Caruso for a tie.

A goal that quick could have been deflating to the struggling Titans, but instead they kept pushing against a team who was on their backend of a three-game trip.

Cameron scored his 10th of the season with a rocket from one knee off a feed from Adam Prezisniuk at 8:49 for a 2-1 Titans lead.

“It was a huge goal,” Cameron said. “[Steve Silva] and [Presizniuk] made a nice pass to me out in front and we got the second one. I don’t think we looked back after that.”

The power play, which has been one of the brighter spots for the team, built up the lead before the end of the period.

With time winding down on both the period and the power play, Tyler Hostetter’s shot rang off the post and somehow found its way past the goal line before ricocheting back out with 29.8 seconds left in the first.

For the Titans, heading out of the first period with a lead almost guaranteed at least a point as they were 7-1-3 up to that point. Sunday night was no different as they continued where they left off in the first.

Andy Bohmbach sent a pass up the middle to spring Rob Bordson. He skated through two defenders and in on a breakaway where he buried it on goaltender Dustin Carlson for a 4-1 lead 6:12 into the second.

The Titans struck again 49 seconds later with a backhander from Presizniuk. Walleye coach Nick Vitucci pulled Carlson after the goal in favor of Rob Nolan after Carlson allowed five goals on 18 shots.

Another Titans goal was added for good measure at 15:31 of the second with another power-play goal. Ray DiLauro launched a shot from the left point that Rowe re-directed in for his second of the night and a 6-1 Titans lead that they would hold on to throughout the third period for their 14th win of the season.

“We just hit the halfway mark last week,” Rowe said. “There are lots of games left and lots of time left. We definitely don’t see ourselves out of the playoffs. We’ve got a good bunch of guys here and we’re just going to keep on pushing forward.”


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