Morand and the Titan outlasts Hischier’s Mooseheads in overtime
The Acadie-Bathurst Titan continued their longest road trip of the season Thursday night with a stop in Halifax, N.S. and despite giving up a two-goal lead late in the third period, found victory over the Mooseheads in overtime by a four-to-three score.
Daniil Miromanov opened the scoring with just over nine minutes to play in the first period on a play set up behind the Titan’s own net by Félix Boivin who passed the puck up to Rodrigo Abols who then dished it off to Miromanov who split the Halifax defence and beat goaltender Blade Mann-Dixon for his 14th of the season. The power play marker was the lone goal in the opening 20 minutes of play.
Defenceman Noah Dobson would double the Titan’s lead just two minutes into the second period, firing home his fourth of the season on a one-timer set up by Vladimir Kuznetsov. Adam Holwell also picked up an assist on the play. The Mooseheads would finally get on the board with just over six minutes to play in the period as Connor Moynihan beat Reilly Pickard making it a 2-1 game in the Titan’s favour after two periods.
First-year forward Kynan Berger would restore the Titan’s two-goal lead just under eight minutes into the third period chipping his fourth of the year into a partially open net after Mann-Dixon made the initial save off a hard wrist-shot from Miromanov. The Mooseheads would storm back with two goals of their own in the final five minutes and nine seconds of play with Nico Hischier making it a 3-2 game and Frédéric Aubé tying the game with the Mooseheads’ net empty for an extra attacker, sending the game into overtime after 60 minutes of regulation play having elapsed.
In the extra frame, Antoine Morand would extend his point-streak to 11 games, firing home a one-timer off a pass by Zachary Malatesta for his 18th of the year to give the Titan the 4-3 victory. Christophe Boivin would pick up an assist on the game-winning drive.
Pickard made 34 saves on 37 shots faced to earn his fourth straight victory in net for the Titan, improving his record to 15-10 on the year. Mann-Dixon allowed four goals on 29 shots to see his record drop to 13-10 this season.
Special Teams saw both teams find success once in each of their six power plays.
With two points, Daniil Miromanov equalied his point total from last season. In 49 games played this season, Miromanov has 14 goals and 28 assists for 42 points. He scored 22 goals to go with 20 assists in 64 games last season.
Christophe Boivin recorded an assist, giving him 101 in his QMJHL career and tying him with Jonathan Lessard for tenth all-time in Acadie-Bathurst Titan history. His 190th point has him one behind Jonathan Ferland for sixth all-time in points.
Antoine Morand’s game-winning goal extends his point streak to 11 games that stretches back to December 31, 2016. During that span, Morand has scored five goals while adding 13 assists.
NEXT STOP: CAPE BRETON
The fourth stop on the five-game road trip sees the Titan make their first visit to Sydney, Nova Scotia since September when they swept the season-opening weekend series against the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles. Leading the season series four games to two, the Titan will look to clinch the season series Friday night at Centre 200. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00pm and the game can be seen live on the big screen at the Cast & Crew Gastropub where you’re invited to enjoy some great food while cheering on the team.