Trenton, N.J. – The IceMen scored the first two goals of Friday night’s matchup in Trenton, but it was the Titans who came away their second victory against Evansville in as many meetings.
Trenton Forward Andy Bohmback completed the Titans’ comeback, scoring the game-winning goal 6:55 into the third period. Trenton’s third unanswered goal was scored shorthanded as Bohmbach forced an IceMen turnover and beat Evansville Goaltender Rob Madore in a one-on-one situation. The unassisted game-winner was enough to give Bohmbach the game’s first star honor.
Scoring early for the IceMen was Center Patrick Kennedy 1:15 into the opening period. Kennedy’s fifth marker of the season was assisted by IceMen Right Wingers Jason Dale and Trent Vogelhuber. Kennedy is now third on the team with 11 points (5G, 6A).
Vogelhuber scored the third shorthanded goal of the season for the IceMen 8:06 into the first period, giving Evansville a 2-0 lead that held the remainder of the frame. IceMen Left Winger and acting alternate captain Josh Beaulieu assisted on Vogelhuber’s fourth goal of the season. Vogelhuber racked up two points on the night (1G, 1A) and lead the team with a +2 rating.
Vogelhuber left the game late in the third period due to an undisclosed injury after he was checked into the boards behind the Trenton net.
Evansville’s offense was quiet following Vogelhuber’s goal, allowing the Titans to claim their first victory of the season while trailing after the first period. The IceMen are now 6(3-3-0) when leading after the initial frame.
Trenton Center Andrew Johnston put the Titans on the board at the 4:02 mark of the second period. Johnston’s first goal of the season came via the power play and was assisted by Trenton Forwards Stephen Schultz and Andrew Conboy. Johnston was voted the game’s third star.
Evening the score with Evansville was Trenton Forward Bryan Haczyk 15:32 into the second period. Conboy was credited with his second assist of the game on Haczyk’s fourth goal of the season, earning him the second star of the game consideration. Trenton Defenseman Matt Konan also assisted on the tally, making it a 2-2 tie that carried into the third period and set up Bohmbach’s shorthanded triumph. The IceMen have now allowed six shorthanded goals on the season, the most in the ECHL.
The winning goaltender was Trenton’s Scott Wedgewood, who saved 25 of 27 shots faced and accumulated a .926 save percentage. Madore took the loss for the IceMen, mustering a .912 save percentage after stopping 34 of 37 shots.
Evansville was outshot by Trenton, 16-5, in the second period. The sustained pressure applied by the Titans in the second period occurred despite the fact that Evansville received two of its three power play opportunities during the same interval. The IceMen were outshot for the game, 37-27.
The IceMen power play unit went 0-for-3 against the Titans, and have yet to light the lamp on the man advantage without injured Center Todd Robinson. Evansville’s penalty killing unit stymied four of five Titans power play opportunities, equaling an 80 percent efficiency rating.
The IceMen fall to 11(5-6-0) in November and 18(5-12-1)11 on the season. Currently on their three-game losing streak, Evansville has been outscored in the third period by opponents, 8-0.
The IceMen return to action tomorrow night, Nov. 24 as they travel to Reading to try to end the Royals’ league-leading 11-game winning streak. The game is scheduled to begin at 6:05 p.m. CST and can be heard on Magic 98.5 FM or 1400 AM WEOA.