The Wildcats kicked off the 2021-22 season with a 4-2 loss to the Acadie-Bathurst Titan, Friday at KC Irving Regional Centre.
Mathis Cloutier and Yoan Loshing scored for Moncton. Anthony Hamel and Francesco Iasenza had two assists each.
Cloutier scored the game’s opening goal nearly three minutes into the first period, firing a sharp-angled shot from the left side of the goal line that snuck between the right skate of Titan goalie Jan Bednar and the right post.
Loshing made it 2-0 four minutes later.
The Wildcats 2020 first-round pick took a beautiful stretch pass from Hamel at the offensive blueline, raced in alone and ripped a wrister past Bednar’s blocking arm.
Acadie-Bathurst cut its deficit to one with a power play goal near the nine-minute mark and tied the game in the final minute of the first period.
It was 2-2 after 1.
The Titan took a 3-2 lead four minutes into the second period.
They added one more a short time later to create a 4-2 lead.
There was no scoring in the third period.