CAMPBELLTON, New Brunswick – We all know that goalie Antoine Lyonnais has a sense for the spectacular. Sunday night in front of 513 spectators in Campbellton, Lyonnais put the bar higher by multiplying the astonishing saves as he led the Edmundston Blizzard to a 4-3 victory over the Campbellton Tigers.
While the score was 2-2 in the 3rd period, Lyonnais made three tremendous saves in a row on the same sequence in the 9th minute of play. The Blizzard goalkeeper, who earned the first star of the game, blocked 32 pucks to allow the Edmundston squad to get a 5th win in 6 games.
Zachary Cadorette (2nd star, 4th), Jérémy Duguay (1st), Isaac Chapman (6th), and Félix Laniel (5th) scored for the Blizzard. Laniel got his second game-winning goal of the young season following a 2-on-1 rush. Laniel completed a fine play prepared by Kevin Desjardins. The team’s leading scorer, Joshua Nadeau, was credited with two assists. He should have been awarded another assist on the 4th goal after he swept the puck out of Blizzard’s territory which ended up on Desjardins’s stick.
Daryk Dubé-Plouffe, Nevin Otis and Hunter Benoit scored for the Tigers (2-4-0-0). Campbellton trailed 4-2 late in the third period. After pulling their goalie, they managed to close the lead to one goal with 24 seconds left. But it was already too late. Tigers goalkeeper Tristan Gray also repelled 32 shots and was selected the game’s third star.
The Blizzard (5-1-0-0) increased its lead atop Easlink North Mini-Division 1. With 10 points, Blizzard is three points ahead of the Grand Falls Rapids (2-2-0-3) and the Fredericton Red Wings (3-4-1-0).
The Edmundston squad returns to the Northwest and will play its next two home games next weekend, against the Miramichi Timberwolves (5-2-0-0) on Friday and the Campbellton Tigers on Saturday. The two matchups will be played at the Jean-Daigle Centre starting at 7:30 p.m.
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Antoine Lyonnais put on a show in Campbellton on Sunday night. Photo archives Percy Picard
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Contact: Hugues Chiasson, Edmundston Blizzard vice-president communications; (506) 740-0623 – cell phone