Bathurst, NB, Friday, September 23rd, 2016 – The Acadie-Bathurst Titan kicked off their 2016-17 season by facing off against the Screaming Eagles in Cape Breton. Fans were treated to a riveting dual, which the Titan ultimately won by the score of three to two.
Nova Scotian hockey fans (as well as Bathurstonians watching live from the Cast & Crew Restaurant) were treated to a back and forth game, as neither team was able to score two goals in a row. Indeed, one after the other, Christophe Boivin (BAT) was succeeded by Tyler Hylland (CAP), Félix Boivin (BAT) by Peyton Hoyt (CAP), followed by Luc Deschênes (BAT) whom sealed the win for his team in the third frame.
A special mention goes out to both goaltenders, as the two masked men went save for save all game. For Cape Breton, Kyle Jessiman gave his team a number of key saves in 26 save performance, while Reilly Pickard was equally sensational by turning away 23 shots.
The Boivin brothers come out flying
It would be hard for any observer to identify which of the Boivin brothers was the better one on this night. Indeed, Christophe, the eldest, scored a goal and added an assist, all the while firing four shots on net and dishing out two body checks. Meanwhile, Félix, the youngest, scored one goal, shot four pucks on net and applied one hit. And if the decision was not hard enough as it is, it must be noted that Christophe’s assist came on the goal scored by… Félix.
Renowned for the strength of his slap shot, Félix Boivin not only used his main weapon to light the lamp, but called upon it on numerous occasions throughout the game, particularly on the power play. Already skilled at passing the puck, there is little doubt that the Titan’s number 71 will be frightening quite a few netminders this season.
Playing in his first major junior hockey game, defenseman Noah Dobson of the Titan wasted little time getting his name on the score sheet, picking up an assist on the game’s first goal. Dobson had a quality first outing, adding two shots on net and a plus two differential.
Our congratulations go out to Noah, knowing full well there’s plenty more of those to come!
Two games, two wins?
The Titan will be back on the ice tomorrow night for the back-end of their double header against the Screaming Eagles.
Opening Night – Friday, September 30th
On Friday September 30th, the Titan’s Opening Night festivities will begin at 5pm, as the Jamboree welcomes the region’s youngest hockey fans with inflatable games, a BBQ and on-location music from CKLE, the Titan’s official radio station!
The game against the Charlottetown Islanders will begin at 7pm, but not before fans are treated to a special players’ presentation. Indeed, seven musicians from the Tutta Musica and Bathurst Music Chamber Festival will be on location to give our Defenders of the Bay a very special welcome.
Mark your calendars and don’t a second of the action! Tickets are available at the K.C. Irving Regional Centre Box Office, by phone at 549-3200 or 1-877-549-3200 or online at admission.com at the following link: http://ow.ly/ylKr304in9f