The Acadie-Bathurst Titan took to the ice Sunday afternoon against their long-time provincial rival the Moncton Wildcats and thanks to a pair of goals by Dawson Theede, came away with a five-to-four victory, their fourth win in five games.
The Wildcats opened the scoring thanks to Liam Murphy who blocked a shot by returning defenceman Nicolas Dumulong and broke away to put the visitors ahead 1-0. Cameron Askew would make it 2-0 for Moncton after tapping home a semi-lodged puck from under Titan starter Simon Boudreault-Belzile’s pad. The Titan would get on the board just before the mid-way point of the third as Rodrigo Abols wired home his seventh of the season on the power play. Luc Deschênes and Boudreault-Belzile were credited with the assists. Jeffrey Viel would tie the game up less than three minutes later with his 19th of the year off a drop pass from Daniil Miromanov. Abols would collect his second point of the night, also receiving an assist as the teams went tied 2-2 into the dressing room after 20 minutes of play.
The Wildcats would regain the lead seven minutes into the second period after Simon Le Coultre would find daylight between Boudreault-Belzile’s pads through a screen on the power play. The lead would last until Dawson Theede scored his 14th of the season from Matthew Ferrari and Deschênes making it a 3-3 game. After Le Coultre was ejected from the game for charging, Christophe Boivin would notch his 20th of the season from brother Félix Boivin and William Lemay-Champagne to give the Titan a 4-3 lead after two periods.
The Titan would extend their lead with their third power play goal of the game off of Theede’s stick. Theede’s second of the game and 15th of the season came assisted by Abols and Miromanov. Shortly thereafter, Manuel Weiderer would score short-handed to make it a one-goal game, but that would be as close as the Wildcats would get as the Titan would hold on for a five-to-four victory.
Simon Boudreault-Belzile made 34 stops to pick up his fourth win in a row between the pipes for the Titan, improving his record to 4-2 on the year. Dominik Tmej suffered his first career QMJHL defeat, dropping his record to 2-1, making 32 saves on 37 shots.
Matthew Ferrari and Simon Boudreault-Belzile each recorded their first point in the QMJHL. Boudreault-Belzile assisted on Abols’ goal while Ferrari assisted on Theede’s first goal of the game.
Speaking of Boudreault-Belzile, he extends his personal winning streak to four games.
Making his return to the line-up after serving a six-game suspension, defenceman Nicolas Dumulong had two shots and four hits, tying him with Jeffrey Viel and Luc Deschênes for the team’s lead in that category.
CHASE THE ACE CONTINUES
Roger White was the latest winner of the new Chase the Ace draw, taking home $658 and earning the right to win an additional $6,960.50 if he were to draw the Ace of Spades. However, in drawing the Queen of Diamonds, he ensured that the jackpot will start at $6,960.50 this Thursday night.
THURSDAY IS STUDENT NIGHT
The Titan concludes their four-game home stand this Thursday night when they host the Québec Remparts. The game has a special 8:00pm start time, and admission for students is only $2.00! Students looking to take advantage of this offer must purchase their tickets at the box office. Regular admission can be purchased at the box office, by phone at 549-3200 (local) or 1-877-549-3200 (toll free) and online at admission.com