For the sixth time this season, the Acadie-Bathurst Titan and the Charlottetown Islanders met, and while the outcome was the same, the Titan were able to come away with a point in a thrilling three-to-two shootout loss Tuesday night at the K.C. Irving Regional Centre.
The Islanders opened the scoring with just under six-and-a-half minutes to play in the first period as former Titan Jake Barter found the back of the net to make it a 1-0 game. The Titan would answer quickly on the power play as Dawson Theede would bang home a rebound for his 17th goal of the season. Assists went to Vladimir Kuznetsov and Luc Deschênes sending the game tied 1-1 into the intermission.
Kameron Kielly would put the Islanders back out in front mid-way through the second period, pushing the puck under the pad of Titan starter Anthony Dumont-Bouchard and over the goal line. The lead would hold until there was 1:27 remaining in the period when Antoine Morand would beat Islanders starter Matthew Welsh on the stick side for his 15th of the year with assists going to Christophe Boivin and Kuznetsov.
With teams tied at two goals apiece heading into the third period, neither side would find the back of the net for the final 20 minutes of regulation play, nor the five-minute overtime period.
In the shootout, Kielly and Keith Getson would score for the Islanders while only Antoine Morand would beat Welsh as the Islanders would take the shootout two-to-one in five rounds.
Welsh stopped 48 of 50 shots faced in 65 minutes of play and sees his record improve to 14-9 on the season while Dumont-Bouchard allowed two goals on 35 shots in 65 minutes, dropping his record to 9-5 on the year.
In addition to his goal, Theede proved to be a punishing force on the ice, landing a game-high seven hits. In the midst of a breakout season, Theede now has 17 goals to go with 15 assists and a plus-six rating in 36 games this season.
Christophe Boivin recorded his 175th career point in the QMJHL, assisting on Morand’s second period marker. Boivin now sits one point from tying Mathieu Carle and Jordan Clendenning for ninth all-time in points by a Titan.
THE CHASE OF THE ACE CONTINUES
With $12,899 on the line, Bob Comeau of Bathurst, NB drew the 10 of diamonds, ensuring the jackpot will grow beyond the $13,000 mark (and quite possibly into the $14,000 range) at the next Titan home game this Saturday night. The Moncton Wildcats will be in town for a 7:00pm showdown at the K.C. Irving Regional Centre. Tickets for the game are on sale at the arena box office, by phone at 549-3200 (local) or 1-877-549-3200 (toll free) and online at admission.com