SAINT JOHN, N.B. – The Acadie-Bathurst Titan were on the road Wednesday night to tangle with the Saint John Sea Dogs in a battle of the bottom two teams in the QMJHL standings. Despite being without key players in Logan Chisholm, Liam Murphy, Kristian Kovacik, and Michal Ivan, the Titan were able to down the Sea Dogs 4-1.
A little over half way through the opening period the Titan drew first blood. Charles-Andre Cypihot forced a turnover at the Saint John blueline and went in alone on Alex D’Orio going five-hole to open the scoring. The goal was unassisted at 11:22 as the Titan lead 1-0 after one.
Another rookie doubled the lead in the second period. Liam Leonard got a stick on Keenan MacIsaac’s point shot at 10:45 for his first career goal. William Champagne also got an assist on the eventual game-winner. Nicholas Deakin-Poot got Saint John on the board 18 seconds later to cut their deficit to 2-1. Noah Dobson restored a two-goal cushion for the visitors with 2:30 remaining in the period to give the Titan a 3-1 lead through 40 minutes of play. Benjamin Roode and Leonard had the helpers on Dobson’s eighth of the year.
At 8:51 of the third period Marc-Andre LeCouffe rounded out the scoring with his fifth of the season beating D’Orio with a laser over the shoulder. Ethan Crossman and MacIsaac picked up the assists. Mark Grametbauer made 41 saves in the win to earn first star honors.