The Temiscaming Titans January home stand hit a snag on Friday night as the 30-0 Bradford Rattlers came to town and handed the Titans only their second home loss of the season by a score of 6-4.
In front of the largest crowd to attend a Titans game this season, announced at 675, the Titans faithful went home unhappy with the loss but it was quite an exciting game. With only four minor penalties, with Bradford taking all of them, both teams seamed to be well aware of the importance of the outcome of this game.
Bradford goals came from Illes Gallo with a pair and one an empty netter, singles went to Kyle Suggs, Conor Smith, Marcus Bergman and Andreas Norrby.
Titans replied with goals by Tyler Miller, Ashton Haley, Justin Norris and Marc-Alain Begin.
John Loparco took the win facing 35 shots while Aaron Boyce suffered the loss with 36 shots.
The 3 stars were Gallo, Ashton Haley and Tyler Miller.
Action continued Saturday evening at the Centre as the Toronto Attack came in for their one and only visit of the season.
The Attack was the only team that the Titans had yet to play.
Titans came out flying and outshot the Attack 24-9 in the first period but managed only a 1-0 lead courtesy of a Francis Beauregard goal near the end of the first frame. The Titans made it 2-0 about three minutes into the middle period with Beauregard's second of the game.
The second finished with that same score with the shots favouring the homeside 14-6.
Contrary to Friday evening, the penalty box doors were getting well used as both teams combined for 18 minors with the Titans taking ten.
The third period contained a lot of action and all in the last 12 minutes of the game. Ashton Haley got things going to make it 3-0, then Marc-Alain Begin made it 4-0 about 3 minutes later.
But then Jonathan Goulet's bid for a shutout was extinguished with a goal by Shayne Winner.
But two quick goals only 22 seconds apart by the Titans all but sealed the victory, Ashton Haley with his second and Tyler Miller made it 6-1. With only 16 seconds left the Attack scored their second goal, this one by Andrew Green. Final score was 6-2
Jonathan Goulet got the win while Caydon Edwards took the loss. Shots were 50-34 Titans.
3 stars were Ashton Haley, Francis Beauregard and Jonathan Goulet.
An early morning bus ride Sunday with Mattawa as their destination, the Titans were going to complete in their third game in less than 72 hours facing off against the Voyageurs at 1:30.
The game was never close as the visiting Titans demolished Mattawa 10-2.
Francis Beauregard had a hat trick and one assist, while recentle acquired Ashton Haley continues to contribute with a pair of markers and one assist.
Justin Norris regained the scoring lead with a 3 point effort, 2 goals and a helper. Marc-Alain Begin had a goal and 3 assists.
Singles went to Elliot Willetts and Kyle Weatherall.
The Titans next home game is Thursday, January 24th when they will host the Sturgeon Falls Lumberjacks.