Christophe Boivin reached yet another career milestone this season, surpassing the 200 point mark in the QMJHL by netting his first career QMJHL hat trick as the Titan powered their way to a fifth-straight victory, downing their provincial rivals the Moncton Wildcats by a seven-to-two score Saturday night at the K.C. Irving Regional Centre.
Boivin opened the scoring just 30 seconds into the contest, recording his 34th goal and 200th career point with Vladimir Kuznetsov and Adam Holwell picking up the assists. William Lemay-Champagne doubled the Titan’s advance with his first career QMJHL goal less than two minutes later with Aaron Brisebois and Cole Rafuse assisting. Vladimir Kuznetsov made it a 3-0 game for the Titan, scoring his sixth goal of the week and 23rd of the season from Antoine Morand and Boivin at the 6:09 mark of the period.
The Wildcats would get on the board two minutes later with Derek Dicaire finding the back of the net, followed by Axel Simic scoring off a won face-off draw mid-way through the period to bring the Wildcats within one. Dawson Theede would quickly reply for the Titan, restoring a two-goal lead to close out the first 20 minutes of the period with his 23rd of the season with Rodrigo Abols and Jordan Maher being credited with the assists.
Christophe Boivin would net his second of the night and 35th of the season on the power play to start the second period with Morand and Noah Dobson picking up the assists to make it 5-2 for the home side. Daniil Miromanov would become the sixth Titan player to reach the 20-goal mark with both Christophe and Félix Boivin assisting to give the Titan a 6-2 lead after two periods of play.
The lone goal of the third period would see Christophe Boivin complete the hat trick for his 36th goal on the year from Miromanov and Matthew Ferrari, securing the Titan’s 7-2 victory.
Making his first start in nearly two weeks, Reilly Pickard returned to the win column stopping 25 of 27 shots to improve his record to 16-11 on the season. Matthew Waite got the start for the Wildcats and allowed seven goals on 47 shots, seeing his record fall to 5-17 in his first season in the QMJHL.
With a five-point performance on Saturday, Christophe Boivin moved into sole possession of fifth all-time in goals by an Acadie-Bathurst Titan player (95) and fifth all-time in points (204).
Vladimir Kuznetsov continued his goal scoring streak, picking up his sixth goal in just a four-day span. Celebrating his 19th birthday on Saturday, the Russian-born import player is two goals from matching the 25 he had last season.
Celebrating his 18th birthday, Antoine Morand recorded a pair of assists and was near-perfection in the face-off circle, winning 12-of-15 draws. He becomes the second Titan player this season to reach the 60-point plateau with 21 goals and 39 saves in 56 games played this season.
A RETURN TO THE ROAD
The Acadie-Bathurst Titan hits the road for their next two games with stops in Saint John on Wednesday to battle the league-leading Sea Dogs and Halifax on Friday for their final visit to Scotiabank Centre during the regular season to tangle with the Mooseheads. Both games are set for 7:00pm start times and can be seen live on the big screen at the Cast & Crew Gastropub where you’re invited to enjoy some great food while cheering on the team.