Bathurst, NB, Sunday, August 28th, 2016 – Victorious the previous night, the Acadie-Bathurst Titan were back in action today as the faced-off against the Sea Dogs in Saint-John. Hockey fans were treated to an offensive showdown, which ultimately saw the Sea Dogs skate away with a seven to three win.
Invited as a free agent to Saint John’s training camp, Zach Grzeiewski stole the show with a two goal and one assist performance. Indeed, the Thunder Bay, Ontario native scored his team’s first marker and assisted on the game winning goal. Joe Veleno, Matthew Highmore, Samuel Dove-McFalls, Oliver Felixson and John Warren were the other Saint John goal scorers, while Daniil Miromanov (twice) and Vladimir Kuznetsov replied for the Titan.
Between the pipes, Matthew Williams and Alex Bishop shared duties in a winning cause, respectively making eight and 16 saves. Meanwhile, at the other end of the ice, Tanner Somers had a bit more difficult outing for the Titan, turning away 27 shots. However, it must be noted that three of the goals he conceded were against the powerful Saint John power play.
Deep Blue is on fire
After having picked up a pair of assists the previous night, Daniil Miromanov completed his weekend with a two goal and one assist tour de force versus the Sea Dogs. Ever so quietly, the Titan’s grand master chess player has made his mark on games, even though he was playing at the centre position as opposed to his usual right wing.
The boards were shaking
For the first time of the pre-season, Dawson Theede was left off the scoresheet, he whom had registered five points in his first two exhibition games. However, Theede still found a way to make his presence felt, dishing out no less than six bodychecks. It was a game high amongst skaters from either team, equaled only by, who else, the Titan’s new captain, Jeffrey Viel.
A rest before a double-header
The Titan will take advantage of some down time during the long weekend before playing a home-at-home series against the Rimouski Oceanic. Indeed, Mario Pouliot’s squad will travel to Rimouski on Friday, September 9th before playing host to the Oceanic the very next night.
However, the game on Saturday, September 10th will be a special one, as the game will be played in Campbellton.
Opening night will be on Friday, September 30th at 7pm, as the Titan take on the Charlottetown Islanders at the K.C. Irving Regional Centre.
Tickets are available at the K.C. Irving Regional Centre Box Office, by phone at 549-3200 or 1-877-549-3200 or online at admission.com