RECAP: Titan upset Wildcats, fall to Olympiques in road swing
The Titan were edged out of a win on the road Tuesday night against Gatineau. The Olympiques outshot Acadie-Bathurst 39-18 at Centre Slush Puppie and finished the night with a 3-2 win over the visitors.
Acadie-Bathurst is currently on a four-game road swing. Tuesday was the second game of the road trip, and the team will faceoff against Rouyn-Noranda and Val-d’Or before the end of the week.
Meanwhile, with less than two minutes left in the first period Tuesday night, the Titan found the back of the net to take the 1-0 lead over Gatineau. Bathurst held onto the lead until the final two minutes in the second period, when the Olympiques tied the game. By the final frame the home team went on to score a pair of goals within the first six minutes of the period to take the lead over Bathurst. With less than five minutes left in the game, the Titan scored their second and final goal of the night in the 3-2 loss.
Louis-Francois Bélanger scored the pair of goals for Acadie-Bathurst and earned the third star of the game. Matt McRae, Colby Huggan and Samuel Fréchette each picked up a point. Justin Boisselle, Charles Boutin and Jérémie Minville netted the three for Gatineau. Nathan Levesque took home the first star, and Boutin with the second.
The loss is on the heels of a pair of back-to-back wins for Bathurst. The Titan downed the Saint John Sea Dogs 5-3 Friday night in front of an ecstatic home crowd, before going on to upset the Moncton Wildcats 7-5 Saturday night on the road.
When the puck dropped at the Avenir Centre, Bathurst hit the ice strong and quickly pulled away with a three-goal lead in the first. The Wildcats didn’t register their first goal until toward the end of the 20 minutes of QMJHL action.
The Titan netted another pair of goals in the second period to edge the Wildcats 5-1 within 40 minutes of the game. Moncton was able to get another goal in the second to finish the period 5-2.
Saturday night the Wildcats started to close the scoring gap in the final frame with back-to-back goals to bring the game 5-4, but Bathurst responded with their game-winning goal to make it 6-4. The Wildcats netted their fifth and final goal of the night midway through the period, before the Titan went on to score an empty net insurance goal in the final minute to close the game with a 7-5 upset over the home team.
Blake Pilgrim-Edwards and Colby Huggan each had a pair of goals in the win over Moncton, with Louis-François Bélanger, Milo Roelens and Mathieu St-Onge rounding out the goals for Bathurst. Gabe Smith, Connor Trenholm, Olivier Boutin, Caleb Desnoyers and Natan Grenier scored for Moncton.
Overall, Roelens finished the night with four points and Emile Perron with three. Colby Huggan, Blake Pilgrim-Edwards and Noah Laberge each had two points by the buzzer, and Bélanger, Andrews and Lallier had a point.
Roelens’ goal and three assists earned him first star honours and Perron picked-up the third star of the game for his three assists.
The Titan have two more games this week in Quebec when they meet up with the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies on Thursday and then closing the road swing against the Val-d’Or Foreurs Friday night.
Puck drops tomorrow night at 8 p.m. Atlantic Time at Arena Glencore against the Huskies.
GO TITAN GO!