BATHURST – It was an important game on Sunday when the Acadie-Bathurst Titan played host to the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies. Not only because the Huskies were the QMJHL’s top team, but because it was the return to Bathurst of former Titan coach Mario Pouliot who now coaches the Huskies. Before the game, General Manager Sylvain Couturier presented Pouliot with his championship ring. It was also Teddy Bear Toss night at the K.C. Irving Regional Centre.
After the pre-game presentation, the two sides went to work. At 6:37 of the opening frame Ethan Crossman netted his first goal of the season on the man advantage and sent the stuffed animals flying. Noah Dobson and Michal Ivan picked up the helpers as the Titan took a 1-0 lead. Alex Beaucage tied the game for Rouyn-Noranda at 12:43 with his 14th of the year.
Bathurst regained the lead 6:36 into the middle period when Daniil Vertiy scored his third of the season assisted by Evan MacKinnon and Marc-Andre LeCouffe. 18 seconds later Peter Abbandonato evened the score 2-2 with his 15th of the campaign. It remained 2-2 going into the final 20 minutes of play.
Vincent Marleau gave the Huskies their first lead of the game 4:07 into the third and that would stick as the game-winner to lift the Huskies to a 3-2 victory over the Titan. Tyriq Outen stood tall despite the loss for the home side as he finished with 41 saves and earned first star honours.