Acadie-Bathurst Titan hands Armada first shut-out loss of season to even QMJHL final series

It's always tough to get back to work after a break, and that was no different for the Acadie-Bathurst Titan who began it's final best-of-seven series against the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada after more than a week off.

The series is tied one-all following back-to-back games over the weekend.

In Game One of the series on Friday, the Armada got off to an early start, scoring two goals in the first five minutes of the first period, resulting in a 4 - 1 victory over the Titan.

Rookie Justin Ducharme, assisted by Adam Holwell and Samuel L'Italien, scored a short-handed goal in the third period to rob the Armada of a shut-out.

Netminder Evan Fitzpatrick blocked 31 shots.

Head coach Mario Pouliot says Fitzpatrick would need to decrease rebounds while the rest of the team needs to do a better job freeing up the front of the net.

The Titan turned things around on Saturday, beating the Armada 4 - 0, its first shut-out loss of the 2017-18 season.

Antoine Morand scored twice, once on an empty net, while Noah Dobson and Ethan Crossman each fired one into the back of the Armada's net.

Fitzpatrick blocked 27 shots.

Morand and Fitzpatrick were named First and Second Stars of the Game respectively.

Pouliot says he's pleased with how the Titan adjusted defensively since Game One but adds it aims to do even better going into Game Three at the KC Irving Centre in Bathurst on Tuesday night.

Meanwhile, Saturday's game was a big one for defenseman Olivier Galipeau.

Galipeau shattered a QMJHL record, having played his 79th playoff game.