Islanders hold off late Titan comeback

BATHURST – Fresh off snapping a lengthy losing streak with a 4-1 win in Saint John on Wednesday night, the Acadie-Bathurst Titan were back at home to battle the Charlottetown Islanders. The visitors scored two first period goals and were able to hold off a late Titan comeback to skate away with a 2-1 victory.

Brett Budgell found the back of the net at 11:15 to give Charlottetown a 1-0 lead. Thomas Casey and Nikita Alexandrov picked up the helper. Alexandrov got a goal of his own at 14:39 to double the Islanders lead with Budgell and Pierre-Olivier Joseph grabbing assists.

No goals were scored in the middle frame but the period wasn’t short of action. Cole Rafuse delivered a booming open-ice hit on Kevin Gursoy and Islanders blueliner Hunter Drew took exception. The two dropped the gloves with Drew getting the upperhand when Rafuse’s jersey slid up over his head. The third period saw the Titan gain some momentum and generate several chances against the visiting Islanders as they looked to climb back into the game.

Marc-Andre LeCouffe continued his hot streak 11:33 into the period as he cut to the net from the right circle and ripped a shot over the shoulder of Dakota Lund-Cornish to cut the deficit to one. LeCouffe’s sixth of the year, a shorthanded tally, was assisted by Liam Leonard and Keenan MacIsaac. Despite a number of chances in the late stages of the game, the Titan were unable to tie the game and thus fell 2-1 to the Islanders.

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