The Acadie-Bathurst Titan faced adversity for only the second time in their best-of-seven series against the Quebec Remparts on Tuesday, but unleashed an unrelenting attack scoring five goals in the final 11:08 of play to take a 3-0 series lead in a seven-to-three victory.
Russian forward Vladimir Kuznetsov opened the scoring just four minutes into the opening frame, firing home his team-leading fourth goal of the post-season with assists going to Christophe Boivin and starting goaltender Anthony Dumont-Bouchard. Jordan Maher would follow things up in the final seconds of the period, beating Remparts starter Evgeni Kiselev on the short side with little room between his glove and the post before the buzzer sounded for his first of the playoffs to send the Titan into the break up two goals to none. Jeffrey Viel and Adam Holwell were credited with the assists.
The Remparts made a change in goal to start the second period with Derek Baribeau replacing Kiselev for his first taste of QMJHL playoff action, and the move sparked the Remparts who scored quickly with Matthew Boucher and Derek Gentile beating Dumont-Bouchard within the first five minutes of the middle period to end the game tied 2-2 after 40 minutes of play. Andrew Coxhead would make it a 3-2 Remparts game just under seven minutes into the third period, but a post-goal taunt to the Titan bench sparked a comeback for the age.
Viel, the 19-year-old Titan captain scored the first of his two goals in the period – and second of the playoffs – at the 8:51 mark from Morand and Boivin, followed by Boivin notching his second of the playoffs from Morand and Holwell. Morand would pick up his third-straight assist setting up a Noah Dobson point shot that was tipped in by Kuznetsov for his second of the game and fifth of the post-season with four minutes to play in the third, making it 5-3 for the visiting Titan.
A shot from Maher would deflect past Baribeau off the body of Viel for his second of the night and third of the playoffs on a play set up by Rodrigo Abols 53 seconds later, making it 6-3 Titan. Dawson Theede, off a clearing pass from goaltender Dumont-Bouchard, would find the empty net for his second of the playoffs, sealing the Titan’s seven-to-three victory, giving them a commanding 3-0 series lead heading into Game 4 Wednesday night at the Vidéotron Centre.
Dumont-Bouchard picked up his third-straight victory in net stopping 19-of-22 shots while Kiselev started the night for the Remparts, allowing two goals on seven shots in 20 minutes of play while Baribeau was the goaltender of record, allowing four goals on 31 shots – including 21 shots faced in the third period. The 22nd shot of the third period was launched onto an empty Remparts net for the seventh goal against.
Titan goaltender Anthony Dumont-Bouchard set a new team record by recording two assists in a playoff game. Previously, Roberto Luongo (twice), Brant Miller (twice, Maxime Joyal and Olivier Roy recorded a single assist in a playoff game.
Titan forward Vladimir Kuznetsov took a share of the QMJHL post-season goal scoring lead with Charlottetown’s Alex Dostie, recording his fourth and fifth goals of the post-season. Kuznetsov also leads the team in points with six.
TITAN LOOKS FOR THEIR FIRST PLAYOFF SERIES WIN IN NINE YEARS WEDNESDAY
The Acadie-Bathurst Titan will look to close out their series against Quebec on Wednesday night and take their first series win in nine years Wednesday night at the Vidéotron Centre. The Titan’s last series win came in a six-game series against the St. John’s Fog Devils on March 31, 2008 at the K.C. Irving Regional Centre when the Titan defeated the Fog Devils 4-3. Puck drop is scheduled for 8:00pm ADT and the game will be shown live on the big screen at the Cast & Crew Gastropub where Titan fans are invited to enjoy some great food and drinks while cheering on the team.