No playoff spot for Acadie-Bathurst Titan

The Acadie-Bathurst Titan have been eliminated from the QMJHL playoffs following a pair of losses over the weekend.

On Friday, the visiting Rimouski Oceanic downed the Titan 5 - 1.

Rimouski outshot the Titan 41 - 23.

Mathieu Desganes broke the Oceanic's shut-out on a power in the second period, netting him the Second Star of the Game designation.

Saturday didn't go any better with the Titan recording its 23rd consecutive loss in a 4 - 1 matchup against the Victoriaville Tigers.

Victoriaville outshot the Titan 30 - 13.

Cole Rafuse stole the shutout from the Tigers with a power play goal in the third period.

Anderson MacDonald was named Third Star of the Game.

With just one of sixteen playoff spots remaining, the Titan are mathematically eliminated, sitting last in the league, ten points behind the Saint John Sea Dogs.

Head coach Mario DuRocher tells the Northern Light that his players will spend the remainder of the season earning a spot in next season's lineup.  

DuRocher says it's evaluation time and the Titan doesn't want to be remembered as the worst team in the CHL. 

He says the remaining few weeks will be used prepare the team for a strong start next season.

With just a half-dozen games left in the regular season, the Titan are inching towards breaking the QMJHL record for most consecutive losses in a season held by the 1975-76 Shawinigan Dynamos whose loosing skid reached 27 games.

The Titan will try to snap its loosing streak on Thursday when it visits the 17th-place Saint John Sea Dogs.

The Titan's final two home games will take place on March 15th and 16th against the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles.

(with files from the Northern Light)