CHARLOTTETOWN, PEI – The Battle of the Gulf concluded Saturday night as the Acadie-Bathurst Titan visited the Eastlink Centre to take on the Charlottetown Islanders in the second half of the home-and-home series. After suffering a 4-3 loss last night on home ice, the Titan were looking to split the weekend rivalry week matchup.
Unfortunately, the Titan didn’t get off to the start they wanted and the Islanders took advantage scoring first. Sam King scored his first of the year midway through the opening period to give the home team a 1-0 advantage. The 19-year-old New Brunswick native found the back of the net again 4:05 into the second period giving the Islanders a 2-0 lead.
Bathurst got a powerplay in the middle of the second period and their special teams unit went to work. Liam Murphy beat Matthew Welsh at 10:39 to cut their deficit in half. Six minutes later the captain Jeffrey Viel potted the equalizer, another powerplay goal, to even things up 2-2. Antoine Morand gave the Titan their first lead of the game just over a minute later with his fifth of the season. Rookie blueliner Olivier Desroches picked up his first point in the QMJHL within an assist on the go-ahead goal.
Adam Marsh’s fourth of the campaign tied the game half way through the third frame and the game would remain tied at the end of regulation. In overtime, both sides had their chances including a breakaway for Viel but Tmej and Welsh shut the door. Keith Getson scored the lone goal in the shootout giving Charlottetown a 4-3 win.
1st Star – Matthew Welsh
2nd Star – Antoine Morand
3rd Star – Sam King
The Titan begin a three-game Quebec road trip in Gatineau as they take on the Olympiques. Puck drop is set for 8:30pm atlantic time at the Centre Robert Guertin.