The Acadie-Bathurst Titan won for just the second time this season when trailing after two periods, exploding for three third period goals to secure a four-to-three come-from-behind victory over the Moncton Wildcats on Wednesday night.
19-year-old forward Daniil Miromanov led the way with a pair of goals with singles coming from Christophe Boivin and the eventual game-winning goal from Vladimir Kuznetsov. Julien Tessier, Anthony Wojcik and Mika Cyr replied for the Wildcats.
Anthony Dumont-Bouchard won his third-straight decision in net for the Titan stopping 23 of 26 shots faced to improve his record to 15-8 while Matthew Waite allowed four goals on 40 shots seeing his record fall to 5-15.
With no scoring in the first period, Tessier opened the scoring or the Wildcats on the power play at the mid-way point of the period. Miromanov would break free of the Moncton defence off a pass from Félix Boivin for his 18th of the season with 7:35 remaining in the second. The game would remain tied for just over a minute when Wojcik gave the Wildcats their lead back to send the home side into the intermission up 2-1.
The Titan stormed out of the gate in the third period, scoring three goals in the span of a minute and 51 seconds with Boivin scoring his 33rd unassisted to tie the game, followed by Miromanov notching his second of the game and 19th of the season off a diving pass from Dawson Theede on a play created by Samuel L’Italien. Vladimir Kuznetsov would beat out the Moncton defender off a lob pass by Christophe Boivin and beat Waite for his 18th of the season to make it 4-2 for the Titan. Adam Holwell also picked up an assist. Cyr would bring the Wildcats within one just past the mid-way point of the third, but the Titan would play shut-down defence the rest of the way to take home the 4-3 victory.
The Titan’s win gives the team their first 30-win season since 2011-2012 when they won 32 games.
Christophe Boivin’s two-point game gives him his third multi-point game in-a-row, and a new career best 68 points on the year.
Jeffrey Viel had a game-high eight shots on net, seven recorded in the slot area. He also landed three hard hits on the Wildcats.
Adam Holwell enjoyed a successful night against his former team, recording an assist and a plus-two rating with two shots on net. The defenceman has posted an amazing plus-18 rating in 20 games since joining the Titan.
#HOCKEYWEEKEND IS HERE
The Titan returns home for a big two-game weekend set, first hosting the Halifax Mooseheads on Friday night and the Moncton Wildcats on Saturday as part of the 2017 edition of the Titan’s #HockeyWeekend event. Friday night sees the Titan host a Student Night with $2.00 admission for all students while Saturday is Minor Hockey Night. Kids get in free if they are wearing their minor hockey or ringette jersey as long as they are accompanied by a parent. The Chase the Ace jackpot for Friday is estimated at $30,000. Tickets are on-sale at the K.C. Irving Regional Centre box office, by phone at 549-3200 (local) and 1-877-549-3200 (toll free) and online at admission.com.