Kurashev spoils Titan’s late comeback in overtime

BATHURST – Hockey Weekend wrapped up Sunday afternoon as Patrick Roy and the Quebec Remparts were in town for their lone visit of the season. Coming into the game on a lengthy losing skid, the Acadie-Bathurst Titan hoped to finally get their eighth win of the season but unfortunately didn’t get the start they were looking for.

Sam Dunn broke the ice 16 minutes into the game to give the visiting Remparts a 1-0 edge. 34 seconds later Edouard St-Laurent doubled the lead with his 15th of the season and Quebec would maintain that lead through one period of play. At the 12:07 mark of the second period the Titan struck back.

On the man advantage Anderson MacDonald netted his fifth of the season to cut the Titan’s deficit in half. Cole Rafuse and Yan-Cedric Gaudreault picked up the assists. Pierrick Dube responded at 15:31 to restore the Remparts two-goal cushion but the Titan had an answer of their own. Mathieu Desgagnes’ 11th of the campaign made it 3-2 at 17:04 with help from Felix-Antoine Drolet and Oliver Turan. Under three minutes later Liam Leonard scored on a powerplay to even the game at three goals apiece with assists going to Jesse Sutton and Marc-Andre LeCouffe.

In the third period Quebec wasted little time retaking the lead as Dube potted his second of the game 35 seconds in. After serving an interference penalty defenceman Oliver Turan received the puck as he exited the box but was tripped on the breakaway to earn a penalty shot. The big Slovak beat Carmine-Anthony Pagliarulo with a beautiful move to bring the game back to even 4-4. Near the midway mark of the frame the Remparts once again regained the lead on a goal from Andrew Coxhead. The Titan weren’t done yet however as Cole Rafuse 18:58 with the goaltender pulled to send it into overtime. MacDonald and Sutton notched the assists on the equalizer. In the extra frame the Remparts were able to capitalize after MacDonald lost an edge in the offensive zone allowing Philipp Kurashev to get a squeaker past Tyriq Outen to end it with a 6-5 final score.

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