By Len Bardsley
© 2005 The Times of Trenton
ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The Titans clearly learned their lesson after Game 1 of the National Conference Finals, atoning for all their mistakes in the opening game with an impressive performance in Game 2 last night at Anchorage’s Sullivan Arena, defeating the Anchorage Aces 7-1.
The series is now even at 1-1, with the next three games taking place at Sovereign Bank Arena, starting with Game 3 at 7 p.m. on Saturday.
The Titans blew a close game open during the second period, scoring three goals to claim a 5-1 advantage.
Nick Deschenes (pictured) completed his hat trick in the second, after opening the scoring for the Titans in the first period.
It was a far cry from Game 1 on Tuesday night, when the Titans were shut out 6-0.
Brent Robinson got things started in the second period with a power-play goal 54 seconds into the stanza, giving the Titans a 2-1 advantage. Rick Kowalsky increased the lead to 3-1, then Deschenes closed out the period with two goals in a span of two minutes to give the Titans a four-goal cushion heading into the third period.
The Titans’ offensive outburst chased Aces goalie Peter Aubry from the game. Aubry had stopped all 27 Titans shot he faced on Tuesday night, but he was replaced by Matt Underhill to start the third period.
The Titans held the Aces to three shots on goal during the second period.
The Titans continued to push the offense in the third, with Robinson scoring his second goal of the game to extend the Titans lead to 6-1.
Paul Brown, making his Titans playoff debut, got into the scoring act, pushing the advantage to 7-1 off a Jarrett Thompson assist late in the third period.