Titan completes first season-series sweep of top-ranked Huskies in six seasons
After a heartbreaking overtime loss Friday night in Val-d’Or, the Acadie-Bathurst Titan were back in action Saturday night at the Iamgold Arena in Rouyn-Noranda, QC where they once again surprised the reigning QMJHL Champion Huskies, defeating the top-ranked team five-to-two.
Daniil Miromanov opened the scoring at the 5:45 mark of the first period, tipping home a point shot fired by defenceman Luc Deschênes for his 12th goal of the season. Titan captain Jeffrey Viel also picked up an assist on the play. Viel would make it a 2-0 game on the power play with just 12 seconds remaining in the opening period after deflecting another point shot by Deschênes for his 29th of the year, sending the Titan into the first intermission up by two goals.
The Titan would increase their lead to three thanks to another power play goal coming off the stick of Félix Boivin, blasting his tenth of the season past Huskies’ starter Olivier Tremblay. Assists on the play went to Miromanov and Rodrigo Abols. The goal would chase Tremblay from the game and see Samuel Harvey take his place in net. The Huskies would finally get on the board late in the second period thanks to a power play of their own – their fifth of the game – scored by Alexandre Fortin to make it a 3-1 game after two periods of play.
The third period would see the Titan regain their three-goal lead at the 6:26 mark of the final frame as Miromanov fired home his second of the game and 13th of the season from Adam Holwell. A little past the mid-way point of the period would see the Huskies again close within two goals of the Titan’s lead with Bruno-Carl Denis jumping in on the Huskies’ attack to beat Titan starter Reilly Pickard. With the Huskies’ net empty for an extra attacker, a clearing attempt by Abols would find its way down the ice and past the goal line giving the Vancouver Canucks prospect his 12th goal of the season and the Titan a 5-2 lead. Olivier Desjardins was awarded an assist on the goal, giving the Titan their second victory against the Huskies this season.
Pickard made 23 saves on 25 shots to pick up his third-straight victory in net and improve his record to 14-10 on the year. Olivier Tremblay started for the Huskies but allowed three goals on 19 shots in 26:21 of play before being relieved by Samuel Harvey who allowed a goal on 19 shots in relief. The loss, attributed to Tremblay, drops his record to 9-9 this season.
Special teams saw the Titan score twice on four power plays while the Huskies were successful once on their six man advantages.
Antoine Morand missed Saturday’s game as he was traveling to Quebec City to take part in the 2017 Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game that will take place on Monday, January 30th.
Daniil Miromanov finished off a four-point trip to the north-western region of Quebec with a three goal, one assist performance against Val-d’Or (1G) and Rouyn-Noranda (2G, 1A). He now sits at 40 points on the year, the fifth Titan player to reach the mark.
Celebrating his 20th birthday, Jeffrey Viel ended a three-game drought without finding the back of the net. The Titan captain now has 29 goals and 19 assists on the year for 48 points, tied with Antoine Morand for second in team scoring.
Deschênes was named the second star of the game while Miromanov was also named the first star. Huskies’ forward Fortin was named the third star.
THE ROAD TRIP CONTINUES THURSDAY
After a long trip home from Rouyn-Noranda, the Titan will spend the first-half of the week recovering from the road and preparing for the second-half of their longest road trip of the season on Thursday, February 2nd. The first stop on this leg will see the Titan visit the Scotiabank Centre to tangle with the Halifax Mooseheads. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00pm and can be seen on the big screen at the Cast & Crew Gastropub and followed on the team’s Twitter account for live text-based play-by-play updates.