TITAN SCORE FIVE IN SECOND, DEFEAT SEA DOGS
SAINT JOHN – The Acadie-Bathurst Titan scored five times in the second period on their way to a 7-3 victory over the Saint John Sea Dogs, Friday at Harbour Station.
Jeffrey Viel had two goals and added two assists for Acadie-Bathurst (24-13-6-2) while Noah Dobson and Jordan Maher added a goal and two assists each. Olivier Galipeau, Samuel Asselin and Antoine Morand also scored.
Ben Reid, Alexis Girard and Yohan Plamondon scored for Saint John (11-25-6-2), which lost its seventh straight game.
A scoring summary is available HERE.
There was no scoring in the opening period, but combined for seven goals in the second.
Galipeau opened the scoring four minutes into the second with a wrister from the right side of the slot that beat goalie Alex D’Orio over his blocker.
The Sea Dogs countered more than five minutes later with a power play goal.
Anthony Boucher took a shot from the right circle that was stopped by goalie Joseph Murdaca. The rebound bounced high in the air and then dropped in the crease where Reid batted home his second goal in his last four games.
But the visitors regained the lead 28 seconds after that when Viel drove the net on the left side of the slot during a 2-on-1 and redirected a pass from Asselin past D’Orio’s glove.
The Titan earned a four-minute power play with about six minutes left in the period and scored two goals 41 seconds apart.
First, Dobson snapped a low wrist shot from the top of the left circle that snuck through the legs of D’Orio.
Then Asselin fed a pass from the right circle to Adam Holwell at the left point. The blueliner handed the puck right back to Asselin who fired it inside the left post.
It became a 5-1 game in the final minute of the period when Viel stole the puck in the right corner and fed Maher in front of the crease. The native of Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador, deked to his right and lifted the puck past D’Orio’s blocker.
Girard responded with 7.8 seconds left in the period.
The 18-year-old blueliner cruised into the high slot, took a pass from Boucher, and rifled a heavy wrister past Murdaca’s blocker.
The Titan continued to attack two minutes into the third period.
After Viel missed a deflection from the front of the crease, Morand snared a loose puck in the right corner. The Anaheim Ducks prospect charged to the side of the goal and stuffed it past a sprawling D’Orio.
Plamondon netted his first Sea Dog goal less than a minute later.
Defenceman Felix-Antoine Drolet tried to leave the puck behind his own net but ended up banking it off the back boards to the right side of the goal. Plamondon, acquired from Val-d’Or during the holiday trade period, slid a shot along the ice that went underneath Murdaca to make it 6-3.
Viel wrapped up the scoring with nine minutes left, deflecting a Dobson shot from the right circle past D’Orio’s glove.
Murdaca earned the win with 12 saves. D’Orio took the loss despite 51 stops.
Viel’s two goals and two assists warranted a first-star selection while Galipeau secured second star with a goal and an assist. Boucher picked up third star with two assists in front of 3,844 fans in attendance.
The Sea Dogs’ next game is Saturday, January 20th, at 7 p.m. against the Quebec Remparts at Harbour Station. It’s Faith and Family Night! Tickets are available at the Harbour Station Box Office and online.