© 2005 The Times of Trenton
ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The Titans are on their way to the Kelly Cup finals.
The Titans capped off an amazing seven-game National Conference Finals with a clutch effort, shutting out the Alaska Aces 2-0 at a sold-out Sullivan Arena.
The Titans advance to the Kelly Cup finals and will face the Florida Everblades, starting on Saturday in Estero (Fort Myers area).
Andrew Allen earned his second shutout in the final three games of the series, making 28 saves.
The Titans return to the finals for the first time since 2000-2001 and become only the second team in ECHL history to win a Game 7 on the road.
The Titans took a two-goal lead in the first 10 minutes and frustrated the Aces the rest of the evening, playing flawless team defense and quieting the usually boisterous crowd.
The Titans got a quick 1-0 lead 2:54 into the game when Rick Kowalsky knocked a Les Haggett rebound past Peter Aubry.
B.J. Abel burned the Aces for a short-handed goal with 10:15 left in the first period when he sent a high shot over the shoulder of Aubry after taking a pass from Scott Bertoli with the Titans killing a too many men on the ice penalty.
The Titans did a great job containing the Aces in the first period, limiting the Aces to eight shots on goal, while killing off two penalties. Andrew Allen’s toughest stop was a kick save on Ryan Gaucher in the final minute of the first period.
The Aces had four power play chances during the second period, allowing the home team to outshoot the Titans 12-6. Allen was sharp, however, making two saves on Mike Scott during an Aces man-advantage and later stopping Ryan Moren.
The Titans got some excellent chances on their first power play after killing off four straight Aces man-advantage opportunities. Aubry made a glove save on Kowalsky give minutes into the third period and later stopped Stephen Wood on the same power play chance.