Post game update courtesy of Bell Aliant – Twitter: @Bell_Aliant #FibreOP
By: Jeremy Fraser
A three goal third period by Acadie-Bathurst proved to be the difference as the Titan defeated the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 4-1 on Wednesday night in front of 1,321 fans at the K.C. Irving Regional Centre in Bathurst, NB.
With the win, Acadie-Bathurst hands the Screaming Eagles their first regulation loss of the season.
Zach O’Brien had a pair of goals for the Titan while Carl Marois and Brandon Hynes each scored single markers for Acadie-Bathurst, who improve to 2-0-1-0 on the season. Alexandre Lavoie had the lone goal for the Screaming Eagles, who fall to 0-1-1-1 on the year.
Acadie-Bathurst opened the scoring in the game as Carl Marois netted his first goal of the season beating Screaming Eagle goaltender Philippe Trudeau high on the glove side at 11:39 of the first period, Adam Zboril was given the lone assist on the goal.
The Screaming Eagles would tie the game at one as Alexandre Lavoie scored his second goal of the season at 16:59 of the opening frame, Jonathan Oligny and William Carrier picked up the helpers.
The Titan took a 2-1 lead at 6:21 of the third period as captain Brandon Hynes notched his third goal of the season, Zach O’Brien and Patrik Zdrahal found the score sheet with the assists.
Zach O’Brien gave Acadie-Bathurst a 3-1 lead as he fired home his first goal of the season at 8:41 of the final frame, Patrik Zdrahal and Brandon Hynes were awarded with the helpers.
The Titan would secure the win as Zach O’Brien scored his second goal of the game (second of the season) into an empty net at 19:03 of the third period, Brandon Hynes and Sean Girard recorded the assists on the goal.
Jacob Brennan made 32 saves in the win for Acadie-Bathurst, his record improves to 2-0-1-0 while Philippe Trudeau turned aside 33 of 36 shots in the loss for Cape Breton, his record falls to 0-1-1-1.
The Screaming Eagles next game is Friday (September 28th) as they take on the Moncton Wildcats at the Moncton Coliseum. Game time is 7pm. You can listen to the game live on 103.5 The Eagle with Kyle Moore starting with the pre-game show at 6:30pm. You can also watch the game live online with Telus (**Charges Apply**).
Wednesday Night Game Notes:
Not in the lineup for Cape Breton: Zach Beaton, Charles Guevremont, Gareth Nicholson and David Honzik (Shoulder).
Not in the lineup for Bathurst: Forwards, Christophe Lalancette, Matthew Bissonnette and Alex Gallant along with defenseman Bryan Groleau.
First Career ‘Q’ Regular Season Game: Cape Breton Screaming Eagle center Zachary Moody made his Quebec Major Junior Hockey League regular season debut on Wednesday night in Bathurst. Moody had no points in the game and was 2/6 in the face-off circle.
Meredith Makes Titan Debut: Acadie-Bathurst center Andrew Meredith made his Titan debut on Wednesday night against the Screaming Eagles. Meredith was among the final players cut from Acadie-Bathurst training camp on August 28th. Before the recall, the 18-year-old from New Richmond, Que, was playing with the Maritime Junior Hockey League’s Campbellton Tigers.
Game Misconducts: Cape Breton’s Simon Darveau and Acadie-Bathurst’s Samuel Robert were both given game misconducts for fighting in the final five minutes of regulation time.
Fights: There were two fights in the contest. Robert Davis (Acadie-Bathurst) Vs. Blake Millman (Cape Breton) and Samuel Robert (Acadie-Bathurst) Vs. Simon Darveau (Cape Breton).
Final shots on goal: 37-33 in favor of Acadie-Bathurst.
Cape Breton went 0/4 on the power play while Acadie-Bathurst did not get a power play opportunity.
1st – (BAT) – Jacob Brennan (32 saves)
2nd – (BAT) – Patrik Zdrahal (2a, 2pts)
3rd – (CAP) – William Carrier (1a, 1pt)
Attendance on Wednesday night at the K.C. Irving Regional Centre – 1,321