BATHURST – Liam Murphy netted a hat trick to lead the Acadie-Bathurst Titan to a 5-1 victory over the Saint John Sea Dogs, Friday at the KC Irving Regional Centre.
Noah Dobson and Adam Holwell also scored for Acadie-Bathurst (37-15-7-2), which won its third straight game.
Kevin Mason had the lone goal for Saint John (13-36-9-2).
A scoring summary is available HERE.
The Sea Dogs lost forward William Poirier nearly seven minutes into the game to a major penalty for boarding and a game misconduct, following a hit on Holwell.
Another penalty put Saint John down two men, and Acadie-Bathurst struck halfway through the period while on the 5-on-3.
Dobson took a pass in the high slot, moved to the top of the right circle and ripped a low shot along the ice that went off the inside of the left post and past goalie Matthew Williams.
Mason tied the game with five minutes left in the frame.
The Pictou County, Nova Scotia, product fed a pass to Ben Reid on the left wing, who handed it right back to Mason in the slot.
The rookie winger rifled a heavy wrist shot that beat goalie Evan Fitzpatrick on his glove side for Mason’s second goal in his last two games.
Murphy gave the home side the lead more than five minutes into the second with a heavy wrister from the left circle that beat Williams over his blocker.
It became a 3-1 game with under eight minutes left in the period when Holwell took a pass in the slot and whipped a quick wrist shot past Williams’ glove.
Murphy struck again with 27.5 seconds to go in the period, another wrister from the left side that went over the glove of Williams.
He completed the hat trick more than seven minutes into the third period, finishing off a 2-on-1 pass from Antoine Morand with a chip shot from the top of the crease that got past Williams’ blocker.
Fitzpatrick made 21 saves to earn the win. Williams turned aside 38 shots in a losing cause.
Murphy’s hat trick made him first star while Holwell’s goal prompted a second-star selection. Blueliner Olivier Galipeau earned third star with one assist in front of 2,515 fans in attendance.
The Sea Dogs’ next game is Saturday, March 3rd, at 7 p.m. against the Victoriaville Tigres at Harbour Station. Tickets are available at the Harbour Station Box Office and online.
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