The Acadie-Bathurst Titan showed just how improved their defensive play has been since the start of the second-half of the season, outlasting the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada in a highly defensive battle by a two-to-one score Sunday afternoon at the K.C. Irving Regional Centre.
The Titan held the Armada to six shots in each of the first and second periods despite giving up the first goal of the game to Blainville-Boisbriand’s Guillaume Beaudin near the seven-minute mark of the first period. Vladimir Kuznetsov would create the equalizing goal with 8:50 left to play in the opening frame, buring a wrap-around attempt off the left skate of Armada starter Samuel Montembeault (24-10), sending the game tied 1-1 into the intermission. Kuznetsov’s 28th of the season saw defenceman Zachary Malatesta pick up the lone assist.
Jordan Maher showed off superb hand-eye coordination with just over four minutes remaining in the second period, batting home his 18th of the season on a shot by Christophe Boivin that initially missed the net high. Antoine Morand also picked up an assist on the power play marker that sent the Titan into the dressing room with a 2-1 lead.
The Armada had a busy third period, but were unable to find the equalizer despite playing over two minutes with an empty net as Titan starter Anthony Dumont-Bouchard (19-8) stopped all 13 shots he faced in the final 20 minutes of play.
Montembeault allowed two goals on 27 shots faced in defeat while Dumont-Bouchard picked up the victory stopping 24 of 25.
Titan goaltender Anthony Dumont-Bouchard won his seventh-straight decision and has posted a 12-5 record since joining the Titan in December with two shutouts.
Antoine Morand extended his point streak to seven games, recording five goals and nine assists during the span. He has 25 goals and 44 assists in 61 games played this season.
The Titan improved to 30-0-1-1 when leading after two periods with their victory on Sunday. Only Charlottetown (32-1-1-0), Rouyn-Noranda (36-1-0-2) and Saint John (32-0-2-0) have more victories when leading after two periods.
A QUICK TRIP SOUTH
The Titan hits the road for a rare Tuesday game when they visit the Saint John Sea Dogs at Harbour Station. The Titan have already secured the season series having won five of the eight prior meetings against the division-leading Sea Dogs, and will look to pick up two big points as they head into the final stretch of the regular season. The game can be seen live on the big screen at the Cast & Crew Gastropub where you’re invited to enjoy some good food while cheering on the Red & Gold.
FINAL REDEMPTION NIGHT THIS FRIDAY
The Titan returns to the K.C. Irving Regional Centre this Friday for the first of their final two home games of the 2016-2017 regular season. The Halifax Mooseheads will pay the Titan a visit where season ticket holders will have one final chance to redeem unused season tickets before the playoffs begin. With the seven of clubs being drawn Sunday afternoon, 32 cards remain in the deck and the jackpot is estimated at being over $51,000. Unused season tickets can be redeemed at the arena box office in addition to regular game tickets. They can also be purchased by phone at 549-3200 (local) or 1-877-549-3200 (toll free) and online at admission.com.