Schultz Record Tying Night Downs Reading
On a rainy night in Trenton, the only thing raining the arena were Titans goals as Trenton shutout Reading 6-0. Stephen Schultz had a fantastic effort, tying an ECHL record with four power play goals and Scott Wedgewood posted his first professional shutout with 29 saves in the win.
Things could have started bad for the Titans as Bryan Haczyk took a tripping penalty 10 seconds into the game. However, the Titans killed off the Reading penalty and went to a man advantage of their own.
(Photo: Blake Kessel skates during warmups prior to the game, photo by Matt Bernot)
Wedgewook explained the success on the penalty kill.
“We got guys out there who are gonna grind and they’re going to block shots and they’re gonna work,” he said.
Schultz started the scoring off early as 3:36 into the game. He scored the first of his 4 goals on a power play one timer off a feed from Kelly Zajac. He would score again later in the first period and add two more goals in the second. All Schultz’s goals came on the powerplay.
(Photo: Marvin Degon waits for a puck in the corner, photo by Matt Bernot)
Defenseman Blake Kessel quickly summed up the powerplay.
“I think everyone came out hard today and our powerplay did what it needed to do” he said.
Schultz joked about the game.
“It must have been the ice cream I had for lunch,” he said.
He then explained how he felt in more serious terms.
“It was more getting my hands and feet going and everything moving together and just playing simple,” he said.
Kessel, who had three assists spoke about setting up Schultz’s goals.
“They just kept giving it to him, so we’re going to keep taking it,” he said.
Connor Goggin and Jacob Cepis added goals in the third period to make it 6-0.
Kessel credited the coaching staff with the performance,
“I think our coaches do a good job of preparing us,” he said.
Wedgewood spoke about getting the shutout after the game and admitted he had doubts.
“There was times where I didn’t think I was going to get one but the guys had a little bit of puck luck out there,” Wedgewood said.
He admitted the early lead made it easier as well.
“When we got up early it was nice, it kind of took a little pressure off,” the rookie goalie said, “I was feeling great coming into today. I don’t know what I did differently, but whatever it was, it was really comfortable.”
(Photo: Scott Wedgewood plays a puck during warmups behind the net prior to Friday's game vs Elmira, photo by Matt Bernot)
Coach Vince Williams credited puck possession with the win.
“We did a good job managing the puck,” the coach said.
The Titans take this momentum to Reading tomorrow.