Trenton, NJ - The Trenton Titans came into the game knowing that they likely had to win each game for the rest of the season to make the playoff.
Now, their playoff chances have been diminished with their loss last night at the Sun National Bank Center. If they want to still have the hopes of being in the chase, they have to receive points in the remaining games this month.
Last night, the Titans lost to the Wheeling Nailers, 5-2, in an Eastern Conference match-up.
The Nailers came into the game with one of the worst road record in the ECHL. Yet, it did not look like they had the road woes in this game.
Wheeling is just 8-17-2-3 on the road this season. The following closest team in the Eastern Conference, who also struggles on the road, is the Evansville IceMen, who are just 8-15-2-3.
While Wheeling and Evansville are bad on the road, they are not the worst team on the road this season in the entire ECHL. The Bakersfield Condors are the worst.
The Condors are just 8-22-2-1 on the road.
The Titans battled back with a two goal deficit to eventually tie the game at 2-2. But minutes after the Titans scored with the equalizer, the Nailers ended the Titans hopes for a win with goals over the rest of the period.
With less than two minutes left in the game, Nailers forward Peter Lenes scored an empty net goal to make it 5-2.
Seven minutes earlier, the Nailers took the lead with two goals within 30 seconds. Zach Hansen scored the second of the two goals after Zack Torquato scored on a break away goal.
In the first five minutes of the very active third period, the Titans scored their lone two goals to make it 2-2. Shane Harper was able to tie the game with a power play goal.
About a minute and a half in, Titans captain Andy Bohmbach scored to make it 2-1.
In the first two periods, the Nailers had the advantage, as they had a two-goal advantage after the second intermission. Keven Veilleux scored in the second period, a goal that was originally credited to Scott Zurevinski.
In addition, Todd Orlando scored the lone goal in the first period to give the Nailers a 1-0 advantage.
Nailers goalie Peter Delmas made 20 saves on 22 shots. His counterpart, Titans goalie Cal Heeter made 19 saves on 23 shots.