Titan out-shoots Remparts but fall in overtime
The Acadie-Bathurst Titan were looking to finish their latest home stand with a third win in a row, but fell four-to-three in overtime to the Québec Remparts despite heavily out-shooting their visiting opponents 51-24 to take five out of eight points in the four-game stretch.
Despite heavily outshooting the Remparts by a 18-2 margin, it would be the visitors who managed to get on the board first with Olivier Garneau batting home a bouncing puck to make it 1-0. With many chances in the final minute of the period, the Titan were unable to find an equalizer before the end of the first period.
The Titan continued to press their attack in the second period and were finally rewarded as Dawson Theede found the back of the net for his 16th of the season with Cole Rafuse picking up an assist. The Remparts made a push of their own late in the period forcing Titan starter Tanner Somers to make a couple of difficult saves, however the score would remain tied 1-1 after two periods of play.
The third period started on a bad note for the Titan as Quebec retook the lead less than five minutes into the third with Matthew Boucher beating Somers to make it 2-1. Derek Gentile would make it 3-1 for the Remparts on the power play just before the mid-way point of the period. Christophe Boivin answered quickly on the Titan’s own power play, notching his 21st of the year from Jeffrey Viel and Félix Boivin. With less than two minutes to play, Noah Dobson would notch his first career QMJHL goal with a seeing-eye shot that beat Remparts starter Callum Booth. Daniil Miromanov and Rodrigo Abols were credited with assists as the teams ended regulation tied 3-3.
The overtime period would see the Titan continue to control the majority of play, however Boucher would find Philipp Kurashev streaking to the net and beat Somers to give the Remparts the extra point.
Callum Booth stopped 48 of 51 shots to see his record improve to 12-7 on the year while Tanner Somers allowed four goals on 24 shots to see his record fall to 0-3.
Noah Dobson recorded his first goal in the QMJHL. The sixth overall pick in the 2016 QMJHL Entry Draft has strong ties to the Bathurst area even though he was born in Summerside, P.E.I., as his family originates from the area.
Dawson Theede recorded his 30th point of the season, making him the second Titan player to reach that mark.
Christophe Boivin scored in his third straight game, giving him 21 goals on the season and 80 in his QMJHL career. He is three goals behind Tomy Joly for the eighth spot on the all-time goal scorers list.
CHASE THE ACE
The Ace of Spades once again avoided capture, as Andy Doucet drew instead the Ace of Diamonds. While he takes home $699.00, the jackpot for next Friday’s game against the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles has increased to $8,009! As we draw close to the $10,000 mark, anticipation continues to grow as we search for our grand prize winner.
After finishing up their latest home stand, the Titan hit the road west to Rimouski on Sunday for their first meeting against the Océanic this season. After sweeping the season series against Rimouski last year, the Titan are looking to continue their winning ways against their closest Quebec-based neighbours. Scheduled for a 4:00pm start time, the game can be seen live on the big screen at the Cast & Crew Pub, and followed on Twitter for text-based play-by-play at twitter.com/ABTitan.