SAINT JOHN, NB – The Acadie-Bathurst Titan visited Harbour Station for the first time this season as they took on the defending champion Saint John Sea Dogs Wednesday night. Saint John was coming off their first win of the season Sunday in Cape Breton while the Titan suffered a 4-3 loss Saturday night in Halifax.
Early in the opening period import forward Ostap Safin opened the scoring for the home team. Safin took a long feed from Tyler Smith, stepped into the zone and fired a wrist shot over Dominik Tmej 1:47 into the game. Alexis Girard doubled the lead on an odd-man rush, also from a Tyler Smith pass, making it 2-0 at 10:59.
Just past the 15 minute mark the Sea Dogs struck again. Daniel Hardie found Cole Reginato in tight for a tap-in giving Saint John a three-goal advantage. Marcus Tesink had the other helper. It stayed 3-0 for the duration of the opening period.
Seven minutes into the second period defencemen Adam Holwell stole the puck at the line, walked in and beat Alex D’Orio to get the Titan on the board, trailling 3-1. The unassisted goal would be the only one for the visitors as Saint John secured the 3-1 victory.
D’Orio was a big part of the Sea Dogs win with 34 saves, while Tmej and Reilly Pickard combined for 23 stops in the Bathurst goal.
1st Star – Alex D’Orio
2nd Star – Ostap Safin
3rd Star – Tyler Smith
The Titan head back home to welcome the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada back to the K.-C.-Irving Regional Centre for the first time since last year’s playoffs. Puck drops at 7pm.