NAPHL Playoffs 2015
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New Jersey Jr. Titans 18U outlasts Omaha AAA 18U, 4-3
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New Jersey Jr. Titans 18U gutted out a close 4-3 win against Omaha AAA 18U.
Neither team gained more than a two-goal lead, and Zach Berzolla's goal in the second period proved to be the difference maker.
Greg Malafronte had a great game for New Jersey Jr. Titans 18U, netting two goals. Malafronte scored on the power play at 7:53 into the first period to make the score 1-0 New Jersey Jr. Titans 18U and again while 16:07 into the first to make the score 2-2.
New Jersey Jr. Titans 18U pulled out the victory even though it was hit with 30 penalty minutes.
New Jersey Jr. Titans 18U forced Omaha AAA 18U's goaltenders to work all game long, racking up 35 shots and forcing 31 saves. Darion Hanson made 18 stops and Lucas Van Dyke made 13. New Jersey Jr. Titans 18U put up an impenetrable defensive front on the penalty kill, and did not allow Omaha AAA 18U to score on any of its nine power plays.
Omaha AAA 18U's defense let in more goals than it usually has this year. Omaha AAA 18U is averaging 1.4 goal against for the season. Omaha AAA 18U could not stay out of the penalty box, as the team accrued 24 minutes in penalties during the game.
Omaha AAA 18U was helped by Zach Kramer, who had one goal and one assist. Kramer scored 12:51 into the second period to make the score 4-3 New Jersey Jr. Titans 18U. Jarett Mari picked up the assist. Omaha AAA 18U additionally got points from Mari, who also racked up one goal and one assist. Omaha AAA 18U also got a goal from Cole Wild as well. In addition, Omaha AAA 18U received assists from Jake Levin, Matt Christian, and Tristan Ashbrook, who contributed one each.
Cam Newman recorded 25 saves for New Jersey Jr. Titans 18U. New Jersey Jr. Titans 18U registered two goals on four power play opportunities.