Titans Draw Team Record Crowds For Finals

By Len Bardsley
Staff Writer
The Times of Trenton

TRENTON – The Titans were getting booed off the ice.

It was their final home game of the season and to say the Memorial Day crowd of 4,939 at Sovereign Bank Arena was getting a little antsy was an understatement.

The Titans drew record-setting crowds over their three home games during the Kelly Cup Finals, but all they had to show for it through two periods yesterday was frustration and disappointment.

There would be no Kelly Cup presented at Sovereign Bank Arena, and for two periods it looked like Game 6 would be an afterthought for the Florida Everblades, an easy-clinching game against a tired and beaten team.

It took the final period of the fifth Kelly Cup game at SBA, but the Titans fans finally gave their fans their Kelly Cup moment yesterday.

The Titans’ first Kelly Cup win at Sovereign Bank Arena was worth the wait.

The Titans came into the game with a 0-4 mark at home in the Kelly Cup after dropping the first two games of the 2001 Finals against the South Carolina Stingrays and losing two games in frustrating fashion to the Everblades in this series.

The thought of leaving their fans empty was a big motivation for the Titans in the third period.

A total of 18,415 fans had shown up for the three home games, but until the third period, the Titans didn’t really give the crowd a chance to really, really rock.

They certainly pumped up the volume in the third, however.

“That crowd was unbelievable,” said Titans captain Rick Kowalsky. “They got louder with each goal and with each play. I am happy we could finish in this building like that.”

Titans veteran forward Scott Bertoli (pictured) felt the crowd deserved better after two periods.

“It was awesome,” said Bertoli. “The fans have been unbelievable these three home games here. The support has been tremendous. I am sure a lot people thought about not coming back after our effort for the first two nights. For them to come back and show their support means a heck a lot to everybody in that locker room.”