First period meltdown costs Titan in loss to Victoriaville

VICTORIAVILLE – The Acadie-Bathurst Titan began a two-game road trip Thursday night as they visited a team they’re chasing in the QMJHL standings, the Victoriaville Tigres.

It was good start for Mario Durocher’s group as they tested Tigres goaltender Fabio Iacobo early. Olivier Coulombe banged in a rebound on the powerplay at 4:47 of the opening frame to put the Titan on the board first. Harijs Brants and Logan Chisholm got the assists on Coulombe’s sixth of the year. Things went downhill from there with the Tigres scoring four straight goals, three of which came on the man advantage. Jerome Gravel tied the game at 11:51 before Alexander Peresunko, Felix Pare, and Sean Larochelle scored back-to-back-to-back giving the home team a 4-1 lead. Mikhail Abramov had assists on three of those tallies while Brooklyn Kalmimov picked up a pair.

The score remained 4-1 in favor of the Tigres until the first minute of the third period. Mathieu Desgagnes received a pass from Coulombe and fired it past Iacobo to cut the Titan deficit to two just 57 seconds into the period. The goal was the 5000th scored in the teams history in Bathurst. The Titan held Victoriaville to just three shots in the third period but they were not able to find the back of the net and ultimately fell by a score of 4-2.

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