TITAN DEFEAT SEA DOGS FOR FOURTH STRAIGHT WIN
BATHURST – Antoine Morand, German Rubtsov and Mitchell Balmas registered a goal and an assist each to lead the Acadie-Bathurst Titan to a 5-1 victory over the Saint John Sea Dogs, Friday at the KC Irving Regional Centre.
Olivier Galipeau and Marc-Andre LeCouffe also scored for Acadie-Bathurst (26-13-6-2) which won its fourth straight game.
Cedric Pare replied for Saint John (12-26-6-2).
A scoring summary is available HERE.
The Titan scored the only goal of an evenly-played first period.
It came six-and-a-half minutes in when Balmas took a pass near the left side of the blueline, strode in and blasted a slap shot past the blocker of Alex D’Orio in the Sea Dogs’ goal.
Pare, who celebrated his 19th birthday two days ago, tied the game more than ten minutes into the second.
Rookie forward Aiden MacIntosh won a battle for a loose puck behind the Acadie-Bathurst goal and kicked it to Yohan Plamondon in the left corner. Plamondon feathered a pass to Pare in the left circle where the Boston Bruins’ prospect snapped a shot past the glove of Titan goalie Evan Fitzpatrick.
But the home side regained the lead with a shorthanded goal nearly three minutes later.
Morand carried the puck down the left wing on a 2-on-1 and ripped a wrist shot under D’Orio’s blocker.
The Saint John goalie made sure it stayed a one-goal game late in the period.
The Titan earned a two-goal lead nearly four minutes into the third period when Galipeau, the QMJHL’s leading scorer among defencemen, took a pass in the slot from the left corner and whistled a low snap shot inside the left post.
It became a 4-1 game nine minutes into the frame when Morand carried the puck into the left circle and laid a pass into the slot for Rubtsov. The Russian winger one-timed a snap shot past D’Orio’s left leg.
LeCouffe finished off the scoring with 26.4 seconds left on a wrister from the left circle that went off D’Orio’s left shoulder and up in the air. It then bounced off his body and dribbled across the goal line.
Fitzpatrick earned the win with 16 saves. D’Orio turned aside 35 shots in a losing cause.
Morand and Rubtsov were named first and second star, respectively, with two points each. Acadie-Bathurst centre Samuel L’Italien took third star with an assist in front of 1,931 fans in attendance.
The Sea Dogs’ next home game is Friday, February 2nd, at 7 p.m. against the Charlottetown Islanders at Harbour Station. Tickets are available at the Harbour Station Box Office and online.