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Third period explosion leads Titan to victory over Val-d’Or

The Acadie-Bathurst Titan were looking to bounce back after Wednesday’s loss with the Val-d’Or Foreurs in town for the only time this season. After being deadlocked at two goals apiece after two periods of play, the offense was able to explode for three third period goals en-route to a five-to-three victory Friday night.

Jeffrey Viel opened the scoring with his 18th of the season just over seven minutes into the first period off a pass from Rodrigo Abols that beat Foreurs’ goaltender Dereck Baribeau on the blocker side. Viel would have a chance to score his second of the game late in the period but the score remained 1-0 for the home side after one period of play.

A late penalty by the Foreurs would give the Titan a brief power play to start the second, which turned into a brief five-on-three power play, however the Titan were unable to manage anything with the double-man advantage. The Foreurs would take the lead on a pair of goals by Maxim Mizyurin, the second of which came in the dying seconds of a power play before Christophe Boivin, off an amazing pass from Vladimir Kuznetsov, would make it a 2-2 game with his 19th of the season. In the final seconds of the period, Dawson Theede came close to giving the Titan back their lead but hit the post, sending the teams tied 2-2 into the intermission.

The Titan came out on fire in the third period, peppering Baribeau for 15 shots, two of which found the back of the net. Abols found the back of the net low blocker side for his sixth of the season to give the Titan a 3-2 lead with just over eight minutes to play in the third. Luc Deschènes and Daniil Miromanov picked up the assists on the play. Miromanov would beat Baribeau on a pass from Viel for his seventh of the season with 2:30 to play to make it a 4-2 game. With their net empty, the Foreurs would draw within one thanks to Mathieu Nadeau, but Miromanov would seal the game for the Titan with an empty net goal with 1.4 seconds remaining in the game for his eighth of the season from Viel and Dawson Theede.

Simon Boudreault-Belzile got the start in net for the Titan, stopping 23 of 26 shots to improve his record to 3-2 on the season while Baribeau allowed four goals on 38 shots, seeing his record fall to 7-8.

QUICK HITS

The Titan dominated the face-off circle, winning 51 of 81 draws for the puck. Rodrigo Abols led the way with 22 victories while Dawson Theede was not far behind with 14.

Miromanov’s three-point game gives him 25 points on the season and makes him the fifth player on the year to reach the mark.

The Titan combined for 19 “dangerous shots” on the evening, nearly halving the total number of shots they recorded during the game. Dangerous Shots are considered shots fired from inside the hash marks in front of the opposing team’s net.

CHASE THE ACE

Jocelyn Baribeau from Quebec City, QC became the first winner of the brand-new Chase the Ace game, taking home $649 from the overall total in the evening’s sales. He had the chance to win an extra $973.50 on top of the $5,000 starting jackpot, however in drawing the 10 of Clubs made sure that the jackpot will start at $5,973.50 on Sunday.

FAN APPRECIATION NIGHT

Saturday, December 3, 2016 marks the fourth annual Acadie-Bathurst Titan Season Ticket Fan Appreciation Night where the Titan organization gives back to its season ticket fan base with the opportunity to get up close and personal with the players and staff of the team. In addition to a number of door prizes, a select number of fans will get the chance to not only team up with members of the Titan, but face-off against their local heroes in a series of exciting challenges. Season ticket holders can find their entry ticket in their season ticket packages.

TEDDY BEAR TOSS

The Titan returns to the ice on Sunday, December 4, 2016 with a 3:00pm game against the Moncton Wildcats. Fans are encouraged to bring plenty of teddy bears to throw onto the ice in celebration of the team’s first goal of the game. The Titan will also be continuing their food drive started Friday night. Fans are welcomed to drop off a non-perishable food item that will be donated to the local food bank. Tickets for Sunday’s game can be purchased at the K.C. Irving Regional Centre box office, by phone at 549-3200 (local) or 1-877-549-3200 (toll free) and online at admission.com

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