Owuya shuts out Titans, Royals remain in ninth place

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Yannick Riendeau had three points (2G, 1A) in Saturday night's win over the Trenton Titans. (Candice Monhollan)

Yannick Riendeau had three points (2G, 1A) in Saturday night’s win over the Trenton Titans. (Candice Monhollan)

TRENTON, N.J. – Silence.

That’s what the Reading Royals did to the Trenton Titans and their crowd Saturday night as they skated in and snatched up the two points with a decisive 7-0 win.

“Right now we can win games,” captain Yannick Tifu said. “I’ll keep saying it until the end of the year: If we give our best and then we don’t make it, by putting that effort we put tonight and yesterday, at least we can look ourselves in the mirror and say that we tried it. Right now, we’re trying and I think everybody is playing their best and it’s great. The only thing we can do is get our two points.”

The Royals dominated from the drop of the puck and never took the foot off the pedal as they rolled over the league’s worst team.

“It’s pretty good to win two in a row,” forward Yannick Riendeau said. “All the points are very important for us right now. We have a push for the playoffs and I know tomorrow is going to be a big game at home.”

Riendeau was one of four players with multiple points in the game and he was able to break out of his goal-scoring drought.

“I think I haven’t scored a goal in two months, so finally I get something going,” he said. “It’s just confidence. I have to shoot more on the net and good things will happen.”

The Royals knew what lay before them in the playoff picture and came out with a quick punch. Denny Urban scored his ninth of the season after he backhanded in his own rebound to give the Royals a 1-0 lead 61 seconds into the game.

Urban notched his second point of the night when he dished a perfect feed over to Riendeau, who put it past goaltender Dave Caruso at 4:03. It was Riendeau’s first goal with the Royals since Jan. 6.

Mikael Bedard extended the lead to 3-0 after he stripped defenseman Ray DiLauro in front of the Titans’ net and ripped it above Caruso’s blocker at 6:44 of the second.

The Royals continued to pile it on the Titans. Riendeau’s shot bobbled up in the air and landed behind Caruso where Tifu just touched it enough to get it across the goal line at 8:48. Titans coach Vince Williams pulled Caruso after the goal in favor of Brad Phillips.

“It was a little battle in front of the net and I gave a low cross-check to the D in front,” Tifu said. “He kind of fell forward and then Riendeau shot and the puck went over the goalie and I turned around because I didn’t know if it was in and the puck kind of slid slowly in. [I got] just a piece of it, but I’ll take it.”

Just 25 seconds later, the Royals tallied their fifth goal on Olivier Labelle’s re-direct off at the right post from Bedard’s pass across the crease.

The goals kept coming for the Royals in the third period. Urban tallied his second of the night on the power play, using Kyle Neuber as a screen at 6:39.

Riendeau also notched his second at 13:31 on a partial breakaway to give the Royals the 7-0 lead.

Goaltender Mark Owuya received his first shutout as a Royal with his 35-save performance in his 11th consecutive start.

“We just played well as a team,” Tifu said. “It’s great for our confidence, but we can’t just sit there and hope that tomorrow will be the same way. That team is going to bounce back. For us, we just have to take the confidence, but don’t be too high. We’ve got to take it as the two points and turn the page.”

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