CAMPBELLTON, New Brunswick – In its third game in as many nights, the Blizzard fought hard against the Campbellton Tigers who finally prevailed in the shootout, 2-1, on Friday night at the Memorial Civic Centre in Campbellton in front of a handful of spectators in the oval that has transformed into an announced crowd of 1,003 spectators, hundreds of whom have certainly preferred to stay at home in the most frigid weather.
Both team’s efforts were solid, and the goalkeepers stood up. Antoine Lyonnais (Blizzard) and Isaak Pelletier (Tigres) stole the show. Lyonnais rebounded with a solid performance of 32 saves, while Pelletier stopped 37 pucks.
William Basque ended the game by scoring the only goal in the shootout. Alex Arsenault, Brock McLeod and Chrystoper Collin were back to back frustrated by Pelletier.
The two goals scored in regulation time came in the first period. Coleton Perry (11th) opened the scoring at 11:19 for the Tigers (18-10-3-2), followed by Mitchell McLeod (10th) at 17:51.
Brock McLeod’s streak of consecutive games with at least a point ended at 15.
The Blizzard (23-8-1-5) has 52 points, 9 less than the league leaders, the Summerside Western Capitals, who have already qualified for a playoff spot, even if they still have 14 regular season games to play. The magic number for the Blizzard to reach the playoffs is 5.
The Blizzard returns home where it will play its next 5 games, the longest stretch at the Jean-Daigle Centre this season. The Blizzard will host the Miramichi Timberwolves on Friday, January 24 (7:30 pm).
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Mitch McLeod scored the only goal for the Blizzard on Friday night. Photo archives Digiphoto Sports
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Contact: Hugues Chiasson, vice-president communications – The Edmundston Blizzard; (506) 740-0623 – cell phone