The Moncton Wildcats win their opening game of the 2018-2019 season against the defending Memorial Cup Champions, the Acadie-Bathurst Titan 3-1!
The game started off with a scoreless first frame, as both teams took the opening twenty minutes to get their legs going. It was not until the midway through the second that the first goal was registered by Keenan MacIsaac of the Titan to give the home team the 1-0 lead.
With lots of chances on both sides the Wildcats came alive late in the game and scored three unanswered goals in the final eight minutes. First on the board was Seitz at 12:46 with the assist to Capannelli to get the momentum going for the team. Then, at 14:41 Tristan DeJong found the back of the net for what would be the game winning goal on a perfect pass from Mika coming down the left side. DeJong’s goal was his first registered in the QMJHL. With time winding down Bathurst pulled goaltender Andrew MacLeod with 1:42 to go, hoping to get the equalizer, but Mika Cyr sealed the win with the empty goal to make the final 3-1.
Moncton outshot the Titan tonight 39-34. Wildcats goaltender Francis Leclerc put on a very solid performance in nets making some key saves to keep it a one goal game before the Cats added to the scoreboard.
The Wildcats are back on the road Sunday as they travel to Saint John to take on the Sea Dogs for game two of the season, with puck drop at 2:00 p.m.