20-year-old forward Christophe Boivin scored twice and added an assist as the Acadie-Bathurst Titan downed the Halifax Mooseheads for the sixth time this season on Friday night by a three-to-two score at the Scotiabank Centre.
After a scoreless first period that saw spectacular saves at both ends of the ice, Boivin would open the scoring just past the mid-way point of the second period with his 39th, firing home a one-timer from younger brother Félix on a draw won by Antoine Morand while on the power play. Christophe would then make it a 2-0 game for the Titan 55 seconds later with his team-leading 40th of the season on a pass from defenceman Adam Holwell.
Vladimir Kuznetsov would triple the Titan’s advance eight minutes into the third period with his 26th on the campaign with Morand and Boivin assisting on the eventual game-winning goal. Benoit-Olivier Groulx would finally get the Mooseheads on the board past the mid-way point of the final period of play on the power play, and Jocktan Chainey would make it a one-goal game while the Mooseheads were short-handed with under a minute to play. With their net empty for an extra attacker, the Mooseheads threw all they could at the Titan but were the victim of an expiring game clock, giving the Titan the 3-2 victory.
Reilly Pickard picked up his 17th win of the season in net for the Titan, stopping 28 of 30 shots while Alexis Gravel saw his record fall to 16-21, allowing three goals on 29 shots.
Christophe Boivin became the first Titan player in five seasons to reach the 40-goal plateau. Zach O’Brien was the last to do so during the 2012-2013 season when he scored 47 goals.
Vladimir Kuznetsov became the third Titan player this season to reach 60 points. The Russian striker set new personal bests, having scored 26 goals while adding 34 assists. He had 25 goals and 33 assists a season ago.
Normally known for his playmaking skills, Antoine Morand led all players in hits for the first time in his QMJHL career, recording four solid checks on the night.
The Titan were once again without captain Jeffrey Viel (suspended), defenceman Luc Deschênes (day-to-day) and forward Dawson Theede (day-to-day). Viel is eligible to return Sunday.
The Titan returns home Sunday for the first of a three-game home stand where the Titan will celebrate their mascot Maximus’ third birthday as they host the Sherbrooke Phoenix. Children will be admitted to the game at no cost so long as they are accompanied by an adult, and there will be a limited quantity of birthday cake served. Following the game, the entire team will present themselves for an autograph session. The Chase the Ace jackpot is estimated to be $36,000. Tickets are on sale at the K.C. Irving Regional Centre box office, by phone at 549-3200 (local) or 1-877-549-3200 (toll free) and online at admission.com.