Playing their first game after an eight-day layoff, the Acadie-Bathurst jumped out to an early lead but were unable to hold onto it as the Chicoutimi Saguenéens eventually outlasted the Titan by a score of six-to-four in front of a loud crowd of 2,570 on Saturday night.
The Titan opened the scoring on the very first shot of the game as Zachary Malatesta skated through the Saguenéens defence and fired his seventh of the season past goaltender Julio Billia to make it 1-0 for the Titan. Assists on the goal went to Noah Dobson and Rodrigo Abols. The visitors would tie things up as Nicolas Roy would tap home a shot on the power play with 7:36 remaining in the first period. Not long after that, Christophe Boivin would be the recipient of a perfect pass from Vladimir Kuznetsov to score his 29th of the season with Antoine Morand also picking up an assist. Less than 40 seconds later, Samuel Houde would beat Titan goaltender Anthony Dumont-Bouchard to tie things at two goals apiece at the end of 20 minutes of play.
On a power play of their own, the Titan would regain the lead at the 7:35 mark of the second period as Kuznetsov would notch his 15th on the year from Dawson Theede and Daniil Miromanov. Capitalizing on a turnover less than two minutes later, Joey Ratelle would restore the deadlock, making it a 3-3 game. A late power play for the Saguenéens would not last long as German Rubtsov would poke his first career QMJHL goal over the goal line, giving the visitors their first lead of the game after two periods.
The Saguenéens would increase their lead just over three minutes into the third period as Louis-Philippe Simard made it a 5-3 game for the visitors, forcing the Titan to play a bigger game of catch-up. With Dumont-Bouchard pulled for an extra attacker, Dawson Theede would score his 21st goal of the season to put the Titan within one with Abols and Jeffrey Viel picking up the assists. However, with the net once again empty, Chicoutimi would seal their victory thanks to Nicolas Roy’s second of the game with 40 seconds remaining giving them the 6-4 victory.
Dumont-Bouchard allowed five goals on 24 shots faced, seeing his record fall to 11-6 on the year while Billia stopped 26 of 30 shots to even his record out at nine wins and nine losses for the year.
With his team-leading 29th goal of the season, Christophe Boivin continued to create new team milestones, taking sole possession of seventh on the all-time goal scorers list and tying former Titan captain Éric Faille for seventh on the all-time list for points recorded in a Titan uniform.
With his two assists, Rodrigo Abols becomes the eighth Titan player to reach the 30 point mark this season. With 11 goals and 20 assists in 29 games since joining the team back in October, the Vancouver Canucks prospect continues to be a force to be reckoned with on the ice.
The Titan were one-for-three with the man advantage while the Saguenéens were perfect on the power play tonight, scoring twice on their two opportunities.
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