The Acadie-Bathurst Titan will have their work cut out for them as they try to snap a two-game losing skid with a pair of games this weekend against the Rimouski Oceanic.
With just one win in three starts last week, a 2-1 victory over the Charlottetown Islanders last Wednesday in the Prince Edward Island capital, the Titan remain 14 points out of a playoff spot with a 7-27-3-4 record. Things won’t get any easier this week either. The Oceanic are led by World Junior Hockey Championship Most Valuable Player Alexis Lafrenière, who is projected to be the number one overall draft pick in June’s National Hockey League entry draft.
Lafrenière, who picked up 10 points in five games while leading Team Canada to a Gold Medal finish at the World Junior Hockey Championships, sits atop the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League point’s race with 73 points, including a league-leading 49 assists, in 34 games. If that’s not enough, Lafrenière’s teammate, Cédric Paré, tops the junior circuit with 33 goals.
Overall the Oceanic have scored 163 goals this season, good for fourth in the QMJHL. The Titan, on the other hand, trail only the Saint John Sea Dogs in goals given up this season with 169 and are last in goals for with 103. On a positive note, the Titan battled the Eastern Conference leading Chicoutimi Saguenéens right down to the wire last Sunday, falling 3-2 at the K. C. Irving Regional Centre.
In addition, veteran forward Rémy Anglehart and newcomer Mark Rumsey have been red hot for Acadie-Bathurst as of late. Anglehart has goals in four of the team’s last five games to give him 21 on the season. Rumsey, who was acquired in a trade with the Moncton Wildcats earlier this month, has two goals and three assists in five games with his new team.
Here are the games on the schedule this week:
FRIDAY, JANUARY 17 – 8:30 PM
Rimouski Oceanic (Away)
It’s the first meeting of the season between the two clubs. Rimouski won both games against Acadie-Bathurst last year.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 18 – 7PM
Rimouski Oceanic (Home)
The two teams face-off for the second time in less than 24 hours, this time at the K. C. Irving Regional Centre, and it is the only time Lafrenière is scheduled to play in Bathurst this season. Click here for tickets!