SAINT JOHN – The Acadie-Bathurst Titan scored five times in the second period to come from behind and defeat the Saint John Sea Dogs, 6-4, Friday at Harbour Station.
Antoine Morand had two goals and two assists for Acadie-Bathurst (40-15-7-2) while Olivier Galipeau added a goal and two assists. Adam Holwell, Jeffrey Viel and Mitchell Balmas also scored.
Cole Reginato countered with a goal and an assist for Saint John (14-39-9-2) while Anthony Boucher, Nathan Larose and William Poirier added a goal each. Alexis Girard chipped in with two assists.
A scoring summary is available HERE.
The Sea Dogs opened the scoring with under four minutes remaining in the first period.
Reginato took a pass in the slot, drove to the net, deked to his backhand and beat goalie Joseph Murdaca with a high shot to his glove side.
Boucher made it a 2-0 game with 39 seconds left in the frame.
With Saint John on a power play, Boucher darted from the right corner toward the crease. He got knocked down, but from his knees managed to beat Murdaca with a backhand shot along the ice that snuck inside the right post.
The Titan opened a five-goal second period with a strike fifty seconds in when Galipeau raced in from the left point, took a pass in the circle and whistled a wrist shot over the blocker of goaltender Matthew Williams.
Saint John restored its two-goal lead three minutes later, following an Acadie-Bathurst turnover near the Sea Dogs’ blueline.
Ben Reid snapped a pass up the middle to a streaking Larose who fired a shot from the left wing and buried his own rebound, giving him three goals in his last four games.
Morand got the Titan back within one nearly halfway through the period with a power play goal, knocking home the rebound of a heavy shot from Galipeau in the slot.
Holwell made it 3-3 three minutes after that, taking a Morand pass on the inside edge of the left circle and rifling a wrister past Williams’ glove.
But the Sea Dogs regained the lead again with four minutes to go in the period.
Radim Salda snapped a low shot from the left circle that Poirier tipped on goal. Murdaca could not grab the loose puck before Poirer chopped it across the goal line.
The Titan countered again only 37 seconds later when Morand netted his second of the night, another rebound goal off a shot by Galipeau.
Viel gave the visitors the lead with 32 seconds remaining in the period when he wrapped the puck around the left side of the goal and swept it inside the right post.
Williams left the game after the second period. Rookie Tommy Da Silva came off the Saint John bench in relief.
The visitors added one more power play goal seven minutes into the third when a scramble around the Saint John goal crease saw the puck bounce to Balmas off the right side. The team’s leading goal scorer rifled a wrist shot into the top of the net, over a sprawling Da Silva.
Murdaca earned the win with 28 stops. Williams was charged with the loss with 28 saves through forty minutes. Da Silva made 15 saves in the third period.
Morand’s four-point night made him first star while Reginato snared second star with his two points. Galipeau took third star with three points in front of 5,321 fans in attendance.
The Sea Dogs’ next game is Saturday, March 10th, at 7 p.m. against the Moncton Wildcats at Harbour Station. It’s Fan Appreciation Night, Saint John’s final home game of the regular season. This game is SOLD OUT!
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