Acadie-Bathurst defeats Charlottetown Islanders 2-1 in QMJHL action

Jason Malloy
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Raphael Lafontaine scored with 2:32 to go in the third period as the Acadie-Bathurst Titan defeated the Charlottetown Islanders 2-1 Sunday in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action.

“That was a buzz kill, but we kept battling hard all the way to the end,” said Islanders winger Robert Pelletier. “It didn’t turn out . . . the way we wanted, but we got to move on and look forward to the next game.”

Scott Oke opened the scoring with 3:30 to play in the first period for the Titan. Defenceman Vladislav Lysenko tied it with his first of the season midway through the third period. Daniel Sprong and Bradley Kennedy had assists on Lysenko’s power-play goal.

The announced attendance was 3,205 on a ticket redemption day.

Jacob Brennan had 39 saves in the win and was named the top star. His former understudy Mason McDonald made 26 stops in the loss and was named the second star.

“That’s was a hell of a battle by those guys,” said Pelletier, who played with the two netminders in Bathurst. “It was a hell of a game, both sides battled hard.”

Pelletier, 19, was acquired from the Titan at the trade deadline for a ninth-round pick in this year’s draft. He said there were some butterflies before the game.

“I was nervous, but I was excited at the same time. I was looking forward to it a lot and I was fortunate it came this early after the trade,” said the five-foot-eight, 167-pound forward, who was named the third star of the game.

Pelletier said a hit on defenceman Lucas Grundy “right off the get-go” got him into the game.

“I was good (friends) with all those boys. Tough loss, but it was a lot of fun.”

The Titan improved to 17-23-2-2 and one point back of the Islanders (17-22-1-4).

The Titan was 0-for-2 on the power play while the Islanders were 1-for-10.

“I think we had a great effort,” Kennedy said. “We just didn’t bury our chances and I think if we bury our chances we win that game.”

Kennedy said the new players are fitting in quickly with their new surroundings.

“I am loving it here so far,” Pelletier said. “It’s a great atmosphere, the guys are great (and) the people here are really nice.”

The Islanders travel to Halifax Wednesday to play the Mooseheads (27-16-0-1) at 7 p.m.

 

 

Organizations: Acadie-Bathurst Titan, Islanders, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Geographic location: Bathurst, Halifax

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