For the first time in 11 games, the Acadie-Bathurst Titan suffered a regulation loss. Marred by indiscipline in the later stages of the second period, the Titan fell to the Saint John Sea Dogs Tuesday night at Harbour Station.
Spencer Smallman, Samuel Dove-McFalls and Simon Bourque each scored for the Sea Dogs while Vladimir Kuznetsov recorded the lone goal for the Titan.
Smallman opened the scoring mid-way through the first period after creating a turnover behind the Titan net and finishing the play with a close shot on Titan goaltender Anthony Dumont-Bouchard.
Kuznetsov would get the TItan on the board 2:17 into the second period tipping home his 29th goal of the season on a centering pass from Christophe Boivin on a play set up by Félix Boivin to make it a 1-1 game. Samuel Dove-McFalls would give the Sea Dogs the lead back driving to the net and unleashing a shot that was initially stopped, but kicked in by a sliding Luc Deschènes who put the puck over his own goal line at the same time as crashing into Dumont-Bouchard.
From there, penalty trouble would cost the Titan as the Sea Dogs would capitalize on their fifth power play of the game with Bourque beating Dumont-Bouchard to make it a 3-1 game with less than a minute remaining in the second period.
Despite some good chances in the third period, penalties would again negate any hope of the Titan closing the gap in a scoreless final 20 minutes of play.
Dumont-Bouchard allowed three goals on 41 shots dropping his record to 19-9, while Booth stopped 24 of 25 shots improving his record to 29-15.
Titan forward Dawson Theede returned to the Titan line-up from the injured reserve registering five shots on goal and landing five hits. Theede missed over two weeks of action with an upper-body injury
Titan forward Christophe Boivin suited up for his 250th game in an Acadie-Bathurst Titan uniform making him just the fifth player in team history to do so. Barring injury or suspension, he will finish his QMJHL career having played 255 regular season games placing him fifth all-time and one game behind Thomas Beauregard for fourth on the list.
Boivin also tied former Titan captain Éric Faille for seventh all-time in assists by an Acadie-Bathurst Titan player, recording his 114th career assist on Vladimir Kuznetsov’s second period goal.
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.