By Stephen Dafoe
Morinville – Halloween seemed to have taken its toll on the Morinville Titans Sunday night. Despite only one defeat in eight outings, the Titans were more than sluggish Oct. 31, tying their game against the visiting SWZ Sentinels late in the third period. The 3-3 tie gave both clubs a point for their efforts and the Titans a 4-1-3 record on the season.
While the Titans’ lacklustre performance Sunday night left fans with more trick than treat, the game was a complete 180 from the Titans’ home game against the Gibbons Broncos Friday night. Despite facing what the Titans’ coaching staff considered to be a hot goalie, the Titans managed to ripple Gibbons’ mesh three times while Titans backstop Jeff Pelletier sent the Broncos back to the corral with no goals to brag about on the ride home.
During the Oct. 29 contest, the Titans picked up one goal in each frame. Matthew Hutchings opened scoring three quarters of the way through the first period, assisted by Jordan Retelback and Martin Hennessy. Former Jet and Titan newcomer Kevin Markle provided the Titans with their second goal midway through the middle frame, assisted by Allen White and Riley Laplante. Yanick Forcade, assisted by Hutchings and Clayton Martin gave the Titans their third with 8:48 left in the game.
Sunday night’s game saw Forcade opening scoring for the Titans midway through the first period, but the team were unable to capitalize on any of their chances until late in the middle frame. By the end of the period, the titans were tied 2-2 with Gibbons. During the final frame, the Broncos picked up their third at 14:35 giving them a one-goal lead, a goal finally answered by the Titans with 2:14 left in the game.
The Titans have two games this week. The club takes on the RCAC Rivermen Nov. 2 in Edmonton and returns to the Ray McDonald Sports Centre Friday night (Nov. 5) for a 7:00 p.m. contest against the NEZ Northstars.