Christophe Boivin reached the 30-goal plateau for the second straight season pushing the Acadie-Bathurst Titan past the Baie-Comeau Drakkar by a four-to-one score Sunday afternoon at the K.C. Irving Regional Centre.
The visiting Drakkar opened the scoring with just 58 seconds remaining in the opening frame thanks to Noah Corson banging home his own rebound. The lead would be short-lived as the Titan would find the equalizer just 15 seconds later thanks to Christophe Boivin finding an open side of the Drakkar net for his 30th of the year with Antoine Morand picking up an assist to send the game tied 1-1 after 20 minutes of play.
While the second period saw no scoring, the Titan would take the lead at the mid-way point of the third period and not look back. Cole Rafuse batted in the eventual game winner, his third of the season during a scramble in the Drakkar crease to put the Titan ahead 2-1. Noah Dobson and Zachary Malatesta picked up the assists. Antoine Morand would add an insurance goal with 6:55 remaining in the third, scoring his 17th of the season from Adam Holwell and Olivier Desjardins. With the Drakkar net empty for a sixth attacker, Jordan Maher would put the game out of reach for the Drakkar in the final 74 seconds with his 14th on the year sliding into the empty net. Jeffrey Viel and Luc Deschênes assisted on the play to set up the empty net goal.
Reilly Pickard improved his record to 13-10 on the year with a 35 save performance, allowing just a goal against while Antoine Samuel allowed three goals on 43 shots but sees his record drop to 11-24.
Neither team found any success on the power play with the Titan going 0-for-2 and the Drakkar going 0-for-3 with the man advantage, respectively.
Christophe Boivin’s 30th goal of the season moves him past former Titan captain Éric Faille for seventh all-time in points scored in a Titan uniform.
Dawson Theede and Jeffrey Viel led all players in hits, each delivering four hard hits to their opponents. New Titan acquisition Joakim Paradis made an impactful first impression for his new club, landing three solid hits in his Titan debut.
THE JACKPOT KEEPS GROWING
With $22,143 on the line Sunday afternoon in the latest Chase the Ace draw, the King of Hearts denied Ben St. Onge of Bathurst from taking home the grand prize. With the Titan’s next home game only taking place on Wednesday, February 8 against the Saint John Sea Dogs, fans will have to wait in anticipation to see if the ever-growing jackpot will be claimed.
THE LONGEST ROAD TRIP OF THE SEASON BEGINS
After enjoying a considerable amount of time close to home during the month of January, the Titan now embark on their longest road trip of the season in both overall length and distance. The first leg of the road trip will see the Titan make their only visit to the Abitibi region of Quebec when they visit Val-d’Or on Friday, January 27th and Rouyn-Noranda on Saturday, January 28th. The road trip then continues with a swing through the 902 area code with stops in Halifax, Cape Breton and Charlottetown from February 2nd to the 5th. All five games can be seen live on the big screen at the Cast & Crew Gastropub and followed live with text play by play on the Titan Twitter feed.