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Viel’s hat trick lifts Titan to victory against Armada

Emmanuelle Parent

Jeffrey Viel had his best offensive game of the playoffs Saturday night in Boisbriand, QC as the Acadie-Bathurst Titan held on to a four-to-three victory against the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada to even their best-of-seven quarter-final series at one game apiece.

Alex Barré-Boulet opened the scoring for the Armada less than two minutes into the first period giving the home team a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes of play in a frame largely dominated by the Armada for the first three-quarters.

The Titan stormed out of the gate in the second period scoring three unanswered goals, the first coming from Titan captain Viel – his fifth of the post-season. The power play marker came 8:45 into the period and saw Christophe Boivin and Antoine Morand pick up the assists. Aaron Brisebois would pick up his first career post-season goal with 6:22 to play in the middle frame to give the Titan a 2-1 lead with assists going to Félix Boivin and Luc Deschênes. With 1:46 left in the period, Viel would notch his second of the period and sixth of the playoffs off a rebound from Rodrigo Abols’ inital shot on a play set up by Noah Dobson giving the Titan a 3-1 lead after two periods.

The Armada would retake control in the first-half of the third period, scoring a second goal less than two minutes in off the stick of Connor Bramwell. However, with 1:49 left in the game, Viel would complete the hat trick, recording his seventh goal of the playoffs tipping home a shot by Jordan Maher on a play initiated by defenceman Zachary Malatesta. The Armada would add a late goal from Barré-Boulet before the final buzzer, but it was too little, too late as the Titan held on for the victory to send the series to Bathurst tied 1-1.

Reilly Pickard (W, 1-1) got the start for the Titan and made 28 saves on 31 shots faced while Samuel Montembeault (L, 5-1) allowed four goals on 37 shots, suffering his first defeat of the 2017 post-season.

THREE IN BATHURST

The best-of-seven quarter-final series between the Titan and the Armada now shifts to the K.C. Irving Regional Centre in Bathurst, NB for the next three games of the series. Game 3 goes Tuesday night with a 7:00pm ADT puck drop. The Titan Foundation Chase the Ace returns with an estimated jackpot of $80,000. Tickets for Game 3 are on sale at the arena box office, by phone at 1-877-549-3200 and online at admission.com.

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