Rafuse leads Titan to victory over Sea Dogs once again
BATHURST – The Acadie-Bathurst Titan continued a lengthy home stand Friday night as they looked to pick up their first win on home ice this season with the Saint John Sea Dogs in town. Early on it looked as though it would be a much different outcome than the last time these two teams met when the Titan thumped the Sea Dogs 10-1. However, it turned out to be very similar.
The opening period of play saw little action as it remained scoreless through one period. In the second period the scoreboard remained blank until Yohan Plamondon opened the scoring for Saint John at 14:16 with his first of the season. The Sea Dogs would take a 1-0 lead into the second intermission.
In the third period things started to look all too familiar for Saint John when Cole Rafuse gave the Titan some life. The 19-year-old forward had a four goal, two assist outburst against the Sea Dogs last Saturday and he tied the game 1-1 in this game with his fifth goal of the campaign at 7:01. Assists went to Logan Chisholm and Michal Ivan. Rafuse scored the eventual game-winner 1:20 later and made it 2-1 Titan with Marc-Andre LeCouffe and Chisholm grabbing the helpers.
Just under a minute after the Titan took the lead Noah Dobson extended their advantage to 3-1 on the man advantage at 9:10. Rafuse picked up the lone assist. 2018 second round pick Alexandre David potted his first QMJHL goal at 12:08 assisted by Domenic Malatesta before Dobson made it 5-1 with his second of the night. LeCouffe and Ivan got the assists on that one.
In the final minute Charles-Andre Cypihot, who had been called up for this game due to the injuries to Liam Murphy and Liam Leonard, scored his first career goal at 19:23 pushing the score to 6-1. Yan-Cedric Gaudreault and Felix-Antoine Drolet picked up the assists. Rounding out the scoring was another rookie Brandon Cianflone with his first QMJHL goal with five seconds to play sealing a 7-1 triumph for the Titan and their first home win of the season. William Champagne and Alexis Sansfacon got on the scoresheets with assists on the final goal of the night.