BATHURST – The Acadie-Bathurst Titan continued their homestand as they played host to the Charlottetown Islanders in the first half of the Battle of the Gulf home-and-home series as part of the QMJHL’s rivalry week. It was the first meeting of the season for these two teams and featured plenty of offence.
Charlottetown opened the scoring near the midway mark of the first period as Samuel Meisenheimer scored his second of the season. Adam Marsh and Pierre-Olivier Joseph picked up the assists on the first goal of the game.
In the second period, the Titan got their offence rolling. With a five-on-three man advantage Adam Holwell got the puck off a rebound in the slot and scored in the open net to tie the game. Jeffrey Viel and Noah Dobson got the helpers at 2:23. Just over a minute later Justin Ducharme continued his strong rookie season with his sixth of the campaign giving the home side the lead 2-1. Assists went to Domenic Malatesta and Keenan MacIsaac on the go-ahead goal.
The third period was jam packed with offence as both sides scored for a total of four tallies in the period. Sullivan Sparkes scored seven minutes in to tie the game back up, 2-2. With another powerplay opportunity, Viel regained the Titan lead with a goal at 10:01. However the Islanders would go on to score twice more, first tying the game at 12:13 thanks to Matthew Grouchy and then Meisenheimer’s second of the evening to give them a 4-3 edge.
Despite being peppered with 49 shots, Dakota Lund-Cornish stopped 46 of them in his first career win. Reilly Pickard made 20 saves for the Titan.
1st Star – Adam Holwell
2nd Star – Pierre-Olivier Joseph
3rd Star – Justin Ducharme
Tomorrow night the Titan travel to Charlottetown to wrap-up the home-and-home series with the Islanders. Puck drops at 7pm at the Eastlink Centre.