Wildcats spoil Titan’s late comeback with shootout win

BATHURST, NB – The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s rivalry weekend was in full swing Friday night as the Acadie-Bathurst Titan kicked off the New Brunswick Battle at home against the Moncton Wildcats. Coming into this game having lost their last eight, the Titan got off to a good start against the Wildcats who were riding a streak of nine games with at least a point.

Titan captain struck first at 9:08 as his point shot found it’s way through traffic and into the back of the net for a 1-0 Titan lead. Felix-Antoine Drolet got the lone assist at 9:08. Later in the frame Jeremy McKenna evened the score for the Wildcats at 16:36 with assists going to Simon Le Coultre and Jakob Pelletier. It remained tied up at one goal apiece after one period however the Wildcats wasted no time taking the lead in the second.

44 seconds into the middle period Alexander Khovanov gave the visitors a 2-1 lead with help from Elliot Desnoyers. The Wildcats would continue to lead until the final minute of the second when William Champagne scored his first QMJHL goal to even the game 2-2 at 19:18. Dobson and Michal Ivan notched the helpers.

The third period was similar to the first two as both teams scored once. Just like the second period, it was the Wildcats striking first as Pelletier got his seventh of the season at 14:28. With a little under three minutes to play Titan head coach Bryan Lizotte elected to pull the goalie in favour of the extra attacker and it paid off. Liam Murphy brought it back to even with his third of the campaign at 17:37. Evan MacKinnon had the only assist. With the game still tied after regulation overtime was needed but it did not solve anything. Next up was the shootout.

All three Titan shooters were stopped by Charles-Antoine Lavallee setting the stage for Jeremy McKenna to give Moncton the victory 4-3.

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