Titan Take Battle of NB Rivals: 5-3
A four goal second period was the difference on Saturday night at TD Station as the Acadie-Bathurst Titan (7-0-0-1) defeated the Saint John Sea Dogs (1-3-1-1) 5-3.
Creed Jones made his third start for Saint John this season, Chad Arsenault was in net for Acadie-Bathurst. As an affiliate player, Arsenault is only eligible to play 10 games with the Titan this season.
Saint John were without defencemen Hunter Gartley and Benjamin Roode (health scratches) and forward Cam MacDonald (lower body).
The Titan struck first with a power play goal at 10:38 of the first period but the Sea Dogs were quick to respond. At 13:17 Julian Vander Voet rushed the net and was able to deflect the puck past Arsenault for his first of the season to tie the game. With two minutes left in the first period the Sea Dogs went on the power play and it was Alex Drover batting in a rebound on his backhand to give Saint John a 2-1 lead heading into the second period.
The second period was all Titan though as they scored four straight goals with their first coming just 26 seconds into the frame. Marcotty added a second power play goal for the Titan at 10:14, a shot that deflected in off a skate, and Desgagnés scored just over a minute later to extend the lead to 5-2. Joshua Roy hoped to spark a comeback when he scored a 4-on-4 goal at 17:01. Roy spun out of the corner and wired his fourth of the season past Arsenault to make it 5-3.
Noah Patenaude started the third period in net for the Sea Dogs and was tested early. Saint John bounced back though and had momentum in the third period, outshooting the Titan 15-11 but couldn't claw back. An empty net for the final two minutes produced pressure for Saint John, however the Titan held on, 5-3 the final.
Patenaude finished with 11 saves in relief.
Saint John - 41
Charlottetown - 31
Alpine 3 Stars
1 - Mathieu Desgagnés
2 - Julian Vander Voet
3 - Félix-Antoine Marcotty
Saint John will have five days rest before returning to action at home for back-to-back games with the Cape Breton Eagles on Friday and Saturday. A limited amount of tickets are available for the game and can be purchased at the TD Station Box Office or online.
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