WEEK RECAP: Titan fall to Eagles before back-to-back wins over Mooseheads, Shawinigan
The Acadie-Bathurst Titan is 2-1 in the last three games in Quebec Maritimes Junior Hockey League action. Over six days last week Bathurst hosted the Cape Breton Eagles, travelled to Halifax and then finished the week against Shawinigan at home.
The Titan were shy of a win during their first game of the week on Sunday, Jan. 14 against Cape Breton, after losing 3-1 to the Eagles. Igor Mburanumwe scored the lone goal for Bathurst and finished the night with the second star of the game. Cape Breton outshot Acadie-Bathurst 24-22 by the buzzer.
Acadie-Bathurst hit the road to Mooseheads territory Thursday, Jan. 18 to square-off against Halifax. After a scoreless first and second periods, Jan Sprynar found the back of the net in the final frame at 11:56 to give Halifax the edge over Bathurst. Mathieu St-Onge responded with a goal of his own at 18:55 (with assists from Bobby Orr and Colby Huggan) to tie the game and force overtime. With the assist from Emile Perron and Milo Roelens, Orr shot the puck past Jack Milner 29 seconds into OT to win the game 2-1 at Scotiabank Centre. Fleming – who backstopped the win – earned the first star of the night for stopping 26 of Halifax’s 27 shots on goal.
The Titan closed the three-game week with a win at home on Saturday, Jan. 20 while hosting Shawinigan. Bathurst came out strong, netting a pair of goals in the first period to take a 2-0 lead over the Cataractes. Goal scorers in the first period were Colby Huggan (assists from Orr and Perron) and Noah Laberge. Dawson Sharkey (assists Laberge and Ty Peddigrew) and Louis-Francois Belanger (Huggan with the assist) scored the game winning and insurances goals in the second period to widen the scoring gap. Shawinigan’s Éli Baillargeon scored their first goal of the night in the second period, with Alexis Bonefon’s netting their second in the final frame to bring the game 4-2. Blake Pilgrim-Edwards had the fifth and final goal of the night for Bathurst in the third to win the game 5-2 at home.
The Titan swept the stars of game, with Pilgrim-Edwards earning the third star of the night, Huggan with the second and Laberge earning the first star. Bathurst outshot Shawinigan 26-24 by the buzzer, with Fleming picking up the win between the pipes.
Acadie-Bathurst has three home games over the next six days at the K.C. Irving Regional Centre. Bathurst will face-off against the Sherbrooke Phoenix Friday at 7 p.m., before hosting the Charlottetown Islanders Sunday, Jan. 28 at 3 p.m. The Moncton Wildcats are in town on Tuesday, Jan. 30. Puck drop is 7 p.m.
GO TITAN GO!