Brennan leads Titan past Cats
Behind the strong play of 20-year-old goaltender Jacob Brennan, the Acadie-Bathurst Titan handed the Moncton Wildcats their first loss of the pre-season with a 4-3 victory in Amherst, N.S. The Cats outshot the Titan 37-19 and generated many excellent scoring chances that were denied by Brennan. Jason Rioux took the loss in goal for the Wildcats.
The Titan had the only goal of the 1st period and it was a power play marker from Nicolas Dumulong at 15:40. The 18-year-old defenceman’s point shot found its way through traffic and into the back of the net for his second of the pre-season.
Acadie-Bathurst extended their lead at 4:12 of the second period when Nathan Medeiros capitalized on a 2-on-1 break. The 18-year-old free agent forward came down the right wing and beat Rioux with a shot to the far side.
It didn’t take long for the Cats to respond when a great shorthanded individual effort from Will Smith set up Stephen Johnson for a tap in right in front of the Titan net. Mere seconds later Johnson had a chance to tie the game when he was awarded a penalty shot, but he could not beat Brennan.
The Titan responded less than a minute later on a 5-on-3 chance as Andrew Ryan finished off a passing play at the side of the net. The 20-year-old forward was acquired from Halifax in the off-season to provide a boost to the Titan offence.
Moncton would get back to within one at 17:15 with a power play marker of their own as captain Christophe Lalonde banged one home from in front of the net.
Just 1:27 into the third period the Titan got their two goal lead back when Bronson Beaton notched his first goal of the pre-season. The veteran 19-year-old forward was acquired in a trade with Cape Breton at this summer’s draft.
Just over two minutes later the Cats were awarded their second penalty shot of the contest as Conor Garland was hauled down on a breakaway. The third year American forward made no mistake as he beat Brennan and got his team back to within a goal.
The Cats would press in the final stages, including a couple of glorious chances that forward Cameron Askew could not beat Brennan on, but the Titan would hold on for the win.
The Wildcats return to action Sunday afternoon when they take on the Charlottetown Islanders in Cornwall.