Titans, Fans Celebrate Championship Sunday

By Len Bardsley
Staff Writer
The Times of Trenton

TRENTON, N.J. – The wrapup of a hockey season usually includes somber player and coaches meetings, garbage bags filled with equipment goodbyes and “what ifs.”

A select few get to revel in a great accomplishment.

The 2005 Kelly Cup champion Titans will enjoy one final celebration, at 1 p.m. Sunday at Sovereign Bank Arena, giving the fans a chance to thank the team for their historic season, and vice versa.

The Titans claimed the first pro championship for Trenton since 1949 on Wednesday when they defeated the Florida Everblades to close out the best-of-seven series in six games.

The cavalcade of champions will begin at the Titans’ offices on Broad Street. The team will proceed down Broad Street in convertibles and enter Lot 2 at Sovereign Bank Arena.

The Titans will take a stage in front of Sovereign Bank Arena, where speeches will take place.

Every Titans player will be introduced and the Kelly Cup will be presented.

There will be live music, food and beverages available and Kelly Cup merchandise on sale, as well as season tickets for next season.

Titans fans are encouraged to park in Lots 1, 3, 4 or 5 for free; Lots 2 and 6 will be closed.

The Titans set new standards in winning the first title in franchise history. They became the first team to defeat four teams who finished the regular season with over 90 points (Atlantic City, 92; Reading, 93; Alaska, 98; and Florida, 94). The Mississippi Sea Wolves had defeated three teams with over 90 points in 1999.

Titans coach Mike Haviland felt he started to believe his team could pull off something very special when it scored three unanswered goals in the third period of Game 4 of the North Division Finals against Reading to close out the series.

That rally was the first of four third-period comebacks that the Titans put together, including their final home game at Sovereign Bank Arena, when they nearly blew the roof off the building with a miraculous five-goal third period to claim Game 5 against Florida and control of the series.

The Titans would never trail again after their furious Game 5 comeback.

The club’s confidence to win on the road was put to the test in Game 7 of the National Conference Finals. Once they defeated the Alaska Aces in Game 7 in front of the loudest crowd of the season, the Titans felt they had what it took to take care of business in Florida.

“That (Game 4 vs. Reading), may have been the key to our push in the playoffs,” said Haviland. “We score three unanswered goals and win that game. The other game was Game 7 in (Anchorage) Alaska. We were in a hostile building (Sullivan Arena) for four straight games. It set us up to come down here (Florida).”

The Titans went 4-1 on the road after dropping Game 1 of the National Conference Finals in Alaska, outscoring their opponents 16-4, including three wins by a combined score of 13-2 at Germain Arena against the Everblades.

The 2000 Peoria Rivermen are the only other team that won three games on the road to win the Kelly Cup.

The 2005 Kelly Cup champion Titans will enjoy one final celebration, at 1 p.m. Sunday at Sovereign Bank Arena, giving the fans a chance to thank the team for their historic season, and vice versa.

The Titans claimed the first pro championship for Trenton since 1949 on Wednesday when they defeated the Florida Everblades to close out the best-of-seven series in six games.

The cavalcade of champions will begin at the Titans’ offices on Broad Street. The team will proceed down Broad Street in convertibles and enter Lot 2 at Sovereign Bank Arena.

The Titans will take a stage in front of Sovereign Bank Arena, where speeches will take place.

Every Titans player will be introduced and the Kelly Cup will be presented.

There will be live music, food and beverages available and Kelly Cup merchandise on sale, as well as season tickets for next season.

Titans fans are encouraged to park in Lots 1, 3, 4 or 5 for free; Lots 2 and 6 will be closed.

The Titans set new standards in winning the first title in franchise history. They became the first team to defeat four teams who finished the regular season with over 90 points (Atlantic City, 92; Reading, 93; Alaska, 98; and Florida, 94). The Mississippi Sea Wolves had defeated three teams with over 90 points in 1999.

Titans coach Mike Haviland felt he started to believe his team could pull off something very special when it scored three unanswered goals in the third period of Game 4 of the North Division Finals against Reading to close out the series.

That rally was the first of four third-period comebacks that the Titans put together, including their final home game at Sovereign Bank Arena, when they nearly blew the roof off the building with a miraculous five-goal third period to claim Game 5 against Florida and control of the series.

The Titans would never trail again after their furious Game 5 comeback.

The club’s confidence to win on the road was put to the test in Game 7 of the National Conference Finals. Once they defeated the Alaska Aces in Game 7 in front of the loudest crowd of the season, the Titans felt they had what it took to take care of business in Florida.

“That (Game 4 vs. Reading), may have been the key to our push in the playoffs,” said Haviland. “We score three unanswered goals and win that game. The other game was Game 7 in (Anchorage) Alaska. We were in a hostile building (Sullivan Arena) for four straight games. It set us up to come down here (Florida).”

The Titans went 4-1 on the road after dropping Game 1 of the National Conference Finals in Alaska, outscoring their opponents 16-4, including three wins by a combined score of 13-2 at Germain Arena against the Everblades.

The 2000 Peoria Rivermen are the only other team that won three games on the road to win the Kelly Cup.