After the Titans dispatched the Sherwood Park Steel on Saturday they met their match on Sunday against the Edmonton Wolves. The Wolves are in first place in the Northern Division and are undefeated this year. From the outset of the game the Wolves demonstrated their speed and skill and why they have enjoyed so much success this year. The Titans appeared to be a bit tentative to start the game and rather than initiate plays seemed to be content to play a defensive style of game and let the Wolves come at them. The Titans were able to hold the Wolves at bay until the Wolves scored a short-handed goal approximately mid way through the first period and there was no further scoring, although, the Wolves also failed to capitalize on several good scoring opportunities. The second period was a much better effort by the Titans and the play was relatively close with a slight edge going to the Wolves and there was no scoring however, the Titans had a very close shot go off the post near the end of the period. The third period saw the Wolves assert themselves again and they scored three goals to win the game 4-0.
I think it fair to say that the score might have been more lopsided had it not been for the brilliant play of the Titan’s goalie, Shen Justason, who made several breathtaking stops throughout the game and was very solid from start to finish and was clearly the Titan’s star on the ice.
All in all, the road trip ended with 1 win and 1 loss, which isn’t too bad considering. Coupled with the Warriors loss, that gave the Titans a 2 point cushion for third place between the two Calgary teams.
One another note worthy point, the team captain and assistants were decided by the players on the way up to Edmonton and congratulations go to Jenna Firkus, elected team captain, and the three assistants Leticia Janzen, Sarah Sparrow and Enid Kozak.
Up next weekend is a trip to Medicine Hat and Lethbridge to play the last and first place teams in the Southern Division.
The Titan’s have been on a bit of a roll lately and last night’s game was no exception. The players put in a strong effort from the drop of the puck in the first period until the end of the game. They were relentless in their fore-check giving up a scant 15 shots on net while peppering the SP goalie with 50. The final score of 4-1 was flattering to the SP team as it could have been far more lopsided with the Titans missing glorious opportunities on several breakaways and open nets, in addition to the three posts that were hit. It would have been hard to pick the game stars on the team except there was one stand-out player on the ice, namely, the SP goaltender who stood on her head making brilliant save after save. As Titan’s coach Don Wilson said after the game, “Their goalie probably shed 20lbs after that performance.” While that may be a bit of an exaggeration the point was not.
There is no time to gloat as the opposition for Sunday’s game is the number one ranked team in the entire league, the Edmonton Wolves, and everyone knows how difficult that game is expected to be.
I have been asked by a few players about overnight road trips and, in particular, what expenses are covered by the team. I would like to clarify that the team pays for the travel expense, i.e. when we take a bus, and the cost of the hotel rooms for the players. Parents, guests and friends can also come along on the bus however, they are expected to pay $40.00 for the bus and they are responsible to arrange their own accommodations although, they can take advantage of our group rates at the hotel. Everyone is responsible for the cost of their own meals.
Players are expected to travel and stay with the team at all times on road trips and only in rare circumstances will exceptions be made to this policy.
Any questions can be directed to Bob, Susan or Craig.
If anybody is interested in car pooling to Penhold for tomorrow’s game, some of us will be meeting at the Max Bell arena ahead of time and leaving at 2:00 sharp. If you would like to car pool but find you’re going to be a little bit late to get to Max Bell, then you need to let us know. Otherwise, we’ll see you at Penhold.
Thrashing the Hounds
After a slow first period start the Calgary Titans came back to defeat the Medicine Hat Hounds with a score of 5-1. Kristi Schaefer scored the Titans first goal at the beginning of the second period giving the game a 1-1 score. Jenna Firkus scored the game-winning goal, with goals followed by Dali Holloway, Alyssa Wright, and Maddie Wilton-Clark. It was a great season opener for the Titans to come away with the win.
–written by Kailynn Snelgrove
We are currently looking for Home Game Volunteers
Time Clock, Score Sheet,:Penalty Box:, Music and Jerseys.
Team Sponsors and Fundraising Ideas.
If you can assist please e-mail Susan and Bob at firstname.lastname@example.org
We will be taking our team photos this Saturday, September 27 at Winsport C. Individual player photos will be taken at 1:00 followed by the team shot. We will be wearing our red jerseys, and black socks.