The Acadie-Bathurst Titan continued their momentum swing Sunday afternoon, earning their second-straight victory by clipping the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles’ seven-game winning streak by a score of four-to-three.
The Titan opened the scoring fifteen seconds into the game on their very first shot as Vladimir Kuznetsov notched his 13th of the season from Antoine Morand and Christophe Boivin. Zach Malatesta would double the Titan’s lead just over two minutes later with a seeing-eye shot from the blueline that beat everyone for his fifth of the season. Rodrigo Abols and Jeffrey Viel picked up the assists. The Screaming Eagles would get on the board with Giovanni Fiore bringing the visitors with one. The Titan would restore their two-goal lead with just over three minutes to play in the period thanks to Viel bunting home his 26th of the year from Adam Holwell and Noah Dobson giving the Titan a 3-1 lead after 20 minutes of play.
The Screaming Eagles would once again claw themselves within a goal of the Titan with Drake Batherson scoring the lone goal of the second period making it a 3-2 game in the Titan’s favour after two periods of play.
The third period saw Noah Dobson score his third goal of the season on a cross-ice pass from Boivin for the eventual game-winning goal after Declan Smith beat Titan goaltender Anthony Dumont-Bouchard after previously being stopped twice on breakaways earlier in the game. With Screaming Eagles’ goaltender Kyle Jessiman pulled for an extra attacker, Cape Breton were unable to find the equalizer as time ran out, securing the Titan’s four-to-three victory.
Dumont-Bouchard stopped 36 of 39 shots to pick up his tenth victory of the season while Jessiman dropped his record to 12-15 on the year stopping 30 of 34 shots.
Christophe Boivin’s two assists moves him into sole possession of eighth overall in points by an Acadie-Bathurst Titan with 182. He now sits five points behind former Titan captain Éric Faille for seventh.
Zach Malatesta led all players on the ice in hits with four, while recording his second goal in a Titan uniform and finishing with a plus-three rating.
While scoring the game-winning goal, Noah Dobson increased his team-leading plus-minus rating to a plus-19 after finishing a plus-three on Sunday. Dobson is now tied for 14th in the league overall, and first overall among rookies in this category.
THE BATTLE OF NEW BRUNSWICK RESUMES WEDNESDAY
The Titan now hit the road for a game at the Coliseum in Moncton, N.B. on Wednesday, January 11 for a mid-week battle against their long-time provincial rival, the Wildcats. The Titan will look to take a four-to-two lead in the season series and extend their winning run to three games. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00pm and the game can be seen live on the big screen at the Cast & Crew Gastropub.
FRIDAY’S CHASE THE ACE JACKPOT ESTIMATED AT $16,500
When the Titan return home to the K.C. Irving Regional Centre this Friday night, January 13 to host the Victoriaville Tigres, the Titan Foundation Chase the Ace jackpot will present an estimated $16,500 prize should the Ace of Spades be drawn. Alain Godin was the latest contestant and took home a guaranteed $941.00, but drew the Five of Spades ensuring that the $15,956.00 jackpot would roll on to Friday’s game. Tickets are available at the arena box office, by phone at 549-3200 (local) or 1-877-549-3200 (toll free) and online at admission.com.
Written by Bryan Willett