Quick Hits: NAHL Game 42 Preview

Morning action before nine day break.

Wednesday, February 6th- Middletown Ice World Arena at 11am

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights (14-23-4, 32pts.)
New Jersey Titans (22-19, 44pts.)

Last Weekend
Sacha Guillemain scored in overtime to secure a 4-3 win against the Northeast Generals, but the home team avenged themselves in the second game, taking a 5-2 final over Wilkes-Barre.

New Jersey also split the weekend, winning 4-2 against Maryland before losing 4-3 Saturday night after allowing the Black Bears to tally three goals in the opening period.

Playoff Picture
It will remain a topic of conversation the rest of the way. The Knights enter Tuesday six points back of a playoff spot. The club does benefit from having games in hand on both teams close to them in points, with Maryland having played two more and Northeast one more game. That number will increase on the Black Bears, as they meet Johnstown for a three game series this weekend, while both Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Northeast remain idle.

The Knights will then visit Odenton, MD for a pair of contests Feb 15-16. At which point, The Black Bears will have played four more games than the Knights.

With 44 points, the Titans remain 11 ahead of teams outside playoff positioning in the NAHL’s East Division. One of the four available postseason ¬†spots in the east will belong to the Johnstown Tomahawks, who clinched a berth last week.

Two Teams. Nine Top Prospects
On Friday, the NAHL announced its rosters for the NAHL Top Prospects Tournament, taking place in Attleboro, MA later this month. With Sacha Guillemain, Shay Donovan, Gabe Temple, and Jeffrey Bertrand getting the call for the grey and blue, their Garden State rivals will be sending five names to the tournament.

Defensemen Spencer Stanley and Brody Medeiros will represent Team East, along with forward Gavin Gulash. Joining Bertrand and Temple on the Selects will be the top duo of point producers for New Jersey: Ryan Naumovski and Kyle Jeffers. The tag team has combined for 81 points this season with each playing in all 41 games thus far for the Titans.

For What It’s Worth
This will be the 10th meeting of the year between the two clubs. New Jersey leads the season series, 6-3, including wins in the last three games. Following Wednesday, the Knights will have played both the Titans and Jamestown Rebels 10 times on the year. They will have two games remaining with each.

Knights forward Sacha Guillemain leads the season series in points against New Jersey, having earned eight with two standing as goals. Jacob Badal and Jake Fuss are tied for the team lead in goals against the Titans with four.

Fuss enters Wednesday with the longest active point streak in the NAHL, having scored five goals and a pair of helpers in the last five tilts.

Since the start of 2019, New Jersey has surrendered the first goal in eight of nine contests. They are 10-17 when falling behind first this season and 5-13 when trailing after the first period.