Titans Win 4-1; Lose Syl Apps in Final Seconds
Wednesday, February 6, 2002
By David W. Unkle
Circle this date March 27, 2002; in the next to last home game of the regular season, the Titans play the Richmond Renegades on home ice. The Titans and their faithful fans will surely greet Richmond's Krys Barch with a warm Trenton welcome after his performance on Wednesday night. As if skating through the goal crease and upending Titans' goalie Dan Murphy wasn't enough, his hit on Syl Apps with 12.7 seconds solidified his spot as one of the most reviled opponents the Titans have faced all season. As Apps was skating out of his own end, he was greeted by what look like an elbow (replays later showed that it was a shoulder) directly to his face. The thundering hit at center ice left Apps with a broken tooth, swollen nose, and a concussion; it left the 5,009 fans and players with a sickening feeling. Titans' defenseman Steve O'Brien immediately went after Barch and was hit with a two-minute minor for roughing; Barch was not penalized on the play. Today, the East Coast Hockey League Office however, fined both Barch and O'Brien an undisclosed amount for their actions. "There was no purpose for it...he was out there looking for trouble...it shouldn't happen, it was unnecessary" said Titans' Head Coach Peter Horacheck. He went on to say "I want our guys to win and lose professionally...you have to stay disciplined. I don't want our guys going out trying to hurt someone...if you want to be a professional, you have to act professional."
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