BATHURST – Here are five things you need to know ahead of Thursday night’s game against the Halifax Mooseheads at the K.C. Irving Regional Centre.
1. After winning two in a row, the Titan dropped a pair of back-to-back tilts against the Saint John Sea Dogs over the weekend. After a sloppy first period that saw them give up two goals, the Titan were unable to complete a late comeback on Saturday night falling 4-3 at the K.C. Irving Regional Centre despite a 36-save performance from Tristan Berube. Sunday afternoon the Titan came out flat once again and the Sea Dogs put four past Felix-Anthony Ethier on just 15 shots to end his night after one period. Saint John added another goal in the third period to defeat the Titan 5-1.
2. Halifax, meanwhile, is riding a two-game losing skid of their own and have lost three of their last four games including losses to Moncton and Baie-Comeau this past week. Thursday evening the Baie-Comeau Drakkar visited the Scotiabank Centre and while Alexis Gravel turned aside 36 of 37 shots, the Drakkar defeated the Mooseheads 2-1 in a shootout. Halifax played host to the Moncton Wildcats on Saturday night and suffered a 4-2 loss. Cole MacLaren was replaced by Alexis Gravel after allowing two goals on 10 shots.
3. In the three meetings between the Titan and the Mooseheads this season, Halifax has come out on top each time. The first matchup came all the way back on September 28th when the Mooseheads squeeked out a 2-1 win over the Titan at home. Halifax then visited Bathurst on November 1st and came away with a 4-1 victory. Eight days later the two teams met again at the Scotiabank Centre in Halifax with the Titan coming from behind to tie the game with 12 seconds remaining before falling in overtime 4-3.
4. The Titan kick-off a three-game home stand tonight as they’ll play at the K.C. Irving Regional Centre three times over the next four days before heading out on their second Quebec road trip of the season. Following tonight’s game, the Titan will welcome the Val-d’Or Foreurs on Saturday night as they look to avenge the 10-0 loss they suffered in Val-d’Or last month. Then it’ll be the Shawinigan Cataractes in town for a Sunday afternoon battle.
5. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tickets are available at the box office or online.