Acadie-Bathurst Titan snaps longest loosing skid in club history with win over Sea Dogs
Liam Leonard scored twice, once an empty net, helping the Acadie-Bathurst Titan beat the Saint John Sea Dogs 3 - 1 and finally snap its 23-game loosing skid while avoiding a more than 40-year-old league record.
The Titan had been inching towards tying the QMJHL's record for the longest loosing streak in a season, held by the 1975-76 Shawinigan Dynamos who recorded 27 consecutive losses.
Cole Rafuse scored the game-winner in the second period, assisted by Jesse Sutton and Anderson MacDonald.
Acadie-Bathurst led in shots-on-goal: 44 - 30.
Mark Grametbauer was between the pipes for the Titan, stopping 29 shots.
Leonard and Grametbauer were named First and Third Stars of the Game respectively.
Meanwhile, both teams paid tribute to former Sea Dogs Head Equipment Manager David 'DK' Kelly, who recently passed away following his battle with cancer at the age of 40.
The Titan have already been eliminated from the playoffs but Thursday's victory makes it a bit tougher for Saint John to nab that final 16th playoff spot.
The Sea Dogs trail the Shawinigan Cataractes by three points and face the Titan again Friday night with five regular-season games remaining to play 'catch-up' and nab that final playoff spot.
The Titan has just five regular-seasons to go.
The club's final two home games will be back-to-back matchups against the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles on March 15th and 16th.