Armada double up Titan in first meeting of the season
BATHURST – Wednesday night the Acadie-Bathurst Titan began a four-game road trip with a rematch of the 2018 President Cup final against the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada. In the first of two meetings between these two teams this season, it was the visiting Titan who would draw first blood thanks to former Blainville-Boisbriand draft pick however the Armada would have the last laugh in front of their home fans.
Yan-Cedric Gaudreault opened the scoring against the team that drafted him in the fifth round of the 2016 QMJHL Draft with his fifth of the season at 6:29. The powerplay tally was assisted by Anderson MacDonald and Cole Rafuse. The Titan would hold onto the 1-0 lead at the end of the first period while also outshooting the Armada 16-11. In the second period the tables were turned and the Armada quickly took control. Miguel Tourigny tied things up 1-1 at 4:18 and Alexander Katarinakis would put the Armada ahead just 1:09 later making it 2-1 for the home team. Antoine Rochon rounded out the second period scoring at 10:47 to give Blainville-Boisbriand a 3-1 edge through 40 minutes of play.
Just under three minutes into the third period Mathieu Desgagnes brought the Titan back to within one with his eighth of the campaign at 2:55. Evan MacKinnon and Liam Leonard notched the helpers. A powerplay marker from Thomas Lacombe put the Armada back up by a pair at 5:22 and Simon Pinard later added to the lead at 8:27 making it 5-2. Leonard found the back of the net just before the midway mark to give the Titan some hope as they only trailed by two. Assists on the goal went to Ian Smallwood and Mathieu Desgagnes. However it was not to be as Katarinakis would score an empty net goal at 18:31 to secure a 6-3 victory for the Armada.