Sunday, October 21, 2012

Trenton Update 10/21

Today is a travel day for the Adirondack Phantoms -- they've got a 1,200 mile trek to make back from Newfoundland -- so I figured this is as good a time to provide some updates on the Trenton Titans.

Adirondack's ECHL affiliate had a lengthy road trip of their own this past weekend, a 14-hour bus ride to Indiana to face the Evansville Ice Men Friday night. They won, 4-3, on a late goal by Luke Pither, and then headed to Cincinnati where the Cyclones handed them their first loss of the season.

The Titans finished the weekend at 4-1. Their eight points are tied for the most in the ECHL.

Touted Flyers' goalie prospect Niko Hovinen, pictured at right, who lost a training camp battle to Cal Heeter for one of Adirondack's two goalie spots, didn't dress in either of the weekend's games.

Our Journal Register Company brethren in Trenton, N.J., The Trentonian, reported the 6-foot-7 Finnish goalie left Wednesday's Titans win after fighting off a slap shot with what appeared to be his left collarbone.

Hovinen had been off to a good start for the Titans, stopping 42 of the first 44 shots he saw.

Andy Bohmbach, who appeared in 10 games for Adirondack last season, leads Trenton and is tied for second in the ECHL with nine points in five games. No ECHL player has more assists through this point in the season than Bohmbach's eight.

He and German rookie Marcel Noebels (six points), who attended training camp with the Phantoms, have registered at least point in each of Trenton's five games this season. 

Other Titans averaging at least a point a game include winger Jason Akeson and defenseman Blake Kessel, who would both likely be in Adirondack now if not for the NHL's lockout, and defenseman  Mitch Versteeg, a Phantoms' training camp invitee.

Those three have five points in five games. Titans forward Jacob Drewiske, brother of Los Angeles Kings defenseman Davis Drewiske, has four points in four games.

Adirondack is back on the ice tomorrow afternoon at the Civic Center. Expect another update then.

Until next time,


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