The Acadie-Bathurst continued their roll Friday night as they returned home for the first of their final two games before the Holiday break, relying on a three-goal first period to propel them to a four-to-one victory over the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles.
Vladimir Kuznetsov opened the scoring just 80 seconds into the contest, netting his sixth of the season off a pass from Rodrigo Abols. Luc Deschênes was also credit with an assist on the play. Abols would make it a 2-0 game just over a minute later with his tenth of the year from Jordan Maher and Olivier Desjardins after Abols broke past a Screaming Eagles defender. To finish out the first period attack, Cole Rafuse would beat Screaming Eagles starter Kevin Mandolese on the blocker side for his second of the year with assists going to Daniil Miromanov and Nicolas Dumulong, sending the Titan into the first intermission up three goals to none.
The Screaming Eagles got on the board in the second period, taking over control of the game as Olivier Bourret received credit for the visitors’ goal after it was tapped in from under Titan goaltender Reilly Pickard’s pad. Despite putting 23 shots up on the board in the middle frame, the Eagles would not manage more than the single goal in the period, leaving the Titan with a 3-1 lead after 40 minutes of play.
After a largely even third period, the Titan would ice their victory with a fourth goal of the game, coming off the diving stick work of Jordan Maher who slid his tenth goal of the season into an empty net. Dawson Theede was credited with an assist while Abols picked up his third point of the game, also assisting on the play.
Reilly Pickard picked up his third win in-a-row, stopping 46 of 47 shots faced, improving his record to 11-8 on the season while Kevin Mandolese allowed three goals on the 40 shots he faced, seeing his record drop to 6-4.
In addition to picking up an assist, Titan defenceman Nicolas Dumulong registered a plus-two on the score sheet and punished the Screaming Eagles, landing a game-high six hits.
With Rodrigo Abols and Jordan Maher reaching the ten-goal plateau, the Titan now have six players who have reached the mark this season. Daniil Miromanov looks to be the next to hit the plateau, currently sitting with nine goals and a team-high 22 assists.
Speaking of Miromanov, he has been enjoying the month of December, having registered a point in each of the six games played by the Titan this month. He has three goals and six assists in that stretch.
Screaming Eagles starter Kevin Mandolese, while being on the losing end of the decision, was rewarded for his efforts in net by being named the game’s third star. Titan starter Reilly Pickard was named the second star of the game while Titan forward Rodrigo Abols earned the first star nominations.
SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER
The Titan are back at it again Saturday night for the second-half of the weekend double-header against the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles at the K.C. Irving Regional Centre. The game is set to get underway at 7:00pm and will feature a total 1970’s audio and visual playlist for your enjoyment. It will also be your last chance to see the Titan before the Christmas Break. Tickets are on sale at the arena box office, by phone at 549-3200 (local) or 1-877-549-3200 (toll free) and online at admission.com