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By: Jeremy Fraser
The Acadie-Bathurst Titan handed the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles their fifth straight loss on Friday night as they defeated Cape Breton 5-1 in front of 1,372 fans on hand at the K.C. Irving Regional Centre in Bathurst, NB.
Zach O'Brien led the way for the Titan with two goals and two assists, while Patrik Zdrahal, Samuel Robert and Christophe Lalancette also found the back of the net for Acadie-Bathurst, who improve to 6-4-3-0 on the season.
Kyle Farrell had the lone goal for the Screaming Eagles, who fall to 2-7-2-2 on the year.
Acadie-Bathurst opened the scoring in the contest at 3:43 of the first period as Patrik Zdrahal scored his second goal of the season beating Screaming Eagle goaltender Philippe Trudeau, Zach O'Brien and Matthew Bissonnette were given the assists.
The Titan would take a 2-0 lead at 6:58 of the opening frame as Zach O'Brien fired home his 10th goal of the season, Matthew Bissonnette and Samuel Robert picked up the helpers on the goal.
Acadie-Bathurst was given a three goal lead at 10:10 of the first frame as Samuel Robert netted his first career Quebec Major Junior Hockey League goal beating Trudeau, Adam Zboril was awarded with the lone assist.
Cape Breton would cut the Titan lead to two as Kyle Farrell buried his seventh goal of the season past Titan goaltender Jacob Brennan on the power play at 16:59 of the first period, Michael Clarke and Alexandre Lavoie found the score sheet with the helpers.
The Titan restored the three goal lead as Zach O'Brien notched his second goal of the game (11th of the season) at 2:53 of the third period, Matthew Bissonnette and Samuel Robert were given credit for the assists.
San Jose Sharks prospect Christophe Lalancette added to the Acadie-Bathurst lead on the power play at 7:51 of the final stanza as he found the back of the net for his first goal of the season, Sean Girard and Zach O'Brien recorded the helpers on the goal.
Jacob Brennan made 22 saves in the win for Acadie-Bathurst, his record improves to 5-4-2-2 while Philippe Trudeau turned aside 49 of 54 shots in the loss for Cape Breton, his record falls to 1-5-1-2.
The Screaming Eagles next game is Sunday (October 21st) as they head to Rimouski, Que, to face the Océanic. Game time is 5pm (AST) from the Colisée de Rimouski. You can listen to the game live on 103.5 The Eagle starting with the pre-game show with Kyle Moore at 4:30pm.
Friday Night Game Notes:
Not in the lineup for Cape Breton: John-Michael Walsh, Kyle Campbell (suspended), Simon Darveau (shoulder) and David Honzik (shoulder)
Not in the lineup for Bathurst: Forward, Brandon Hynes along with defensemen Bryan Groleau, Jeremy Doucet and Alexandre Gosselin.
Titan Host "Be A Fan" Campaign: The Acadie-Bathurst Titan on Friday night hosted their "Be A Fan" Campaign, which is a national awareness and fundraising initiative in support of Special Olympics. The main focus of the event was to raise awareness and support the great cause by spreading the word and having participants wear "red laces" in their shoes, which were on sale during the game for $5.00. The Titan players also had red laces in their skates during the contest against the Screaming Eagles.
First Career QMJHL Goal: Acadie-Bathurst Titan defenseman Samuel Robert scored his first career Quebec Major Junior Hockey League goal on Friday night. Robert gave the Titan a 3-0 lead at 10:10 of the first period. The native of St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que, needed a total of 61 games before being able to score his first career Major Junior goal.
Point Streak Comes To End: Acadie-Bathurst Titan left winger Raphaël Lafontaine's point streak came to an end on Friday night. Lafontaine entering Friday's game against Cape Breton recorded at least one point in his previous nine games.
Game Misconduct: Acadie-Bathurst Titan defenseman Alexandre Gauthier received a game misconduct for being an Aggressor.
Hits: Cape Breton Screaming Eagle defenseman Justin Haché recorded five hits during the game on Friday night. The Screaming Eagles finished with a total of 15 hits while the Titan posted 13 hits.
Final shots on goal: 54-23 in favor of Acadie-Bathurst.
Cape Breton went 1/2 on the power play while Acadie-Bathurst went 1/4
1st - (BAT) - Samuel Robert (1g, 2a, 3pts)
2nd - (BAT) - Zach O'Brien (2g, 2a, 4pts)
3rd - (BAT) - Olivier Houle (+4 rating)
Attendance on Friday night at the K.C. Irving Regional Centre - 1,372