EDMUNDSTON, New Brunswick – The Western Capitals once again proved their supremacy in the Maritime Junior Hockey League by defeating the Edmundston Blizzard 5-3 Sunday afternoon at the Jean-Daigle Centre.
As they had done the day before, the Capitals easily dominated the first period but the Blizzard held on and managed to tie the score after 20 minutes of play.
Marc Richard (10th) opened the scoring at 4:59 for the visitors. The Blizzard responded with Ethan Johnson (5th) at 11:00.
The Blizzard started the second period like lions taking a 3-1 lead following goals from Jérémy Duguay (6th) at 3:42 and Austin Paul (8th) at 5:14. The Western Capitals responded, however, with a shorthanded goal from Josh MacDonald at 7:44 that appeared to shake Blizzard’s confidence. MacDonald found the back of the net again at 18:05.
In the third, MacDonald broke the tie 3 to 3 with his third goal of the game and his 15th of the season. He also got an assist in the game. Thomas Lacombe completed in an empty net, at 19:23.
Paul and Johnson of the Blizzard ended the game with 1 goal and 1 assist each. Dylan Lang (1 assist) earned the second star of the game for the Blizzard.
Goalkeeper Nicholas Sheehan had a strong game in front of the locals’ net. He received 36 shots. The Capitals pulled out their starting goaltender Mavrick Goyer after he conceded a third goal. He made 6 saves on 9 shots. Coming in relief, Jacob LeBlanc was perfect by blocking 12 shots against him.
The Western Capitals (14-1-0-1 = 29 points) increased their lead to 9 points over the Blizzard (9-3-1-1 = 20 points) at the top of the Eastlink North division.
The Blizzard will play their next game on Thursday (7:30 p.m.) at the Jean-Daigle Centre against the South Shore Lumberjacks.
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Forward Dylan Lang had a very good game, especially on the shorthand situations against the powerful power play of the Western Capitals. Lang also got an assist in Sunday’s game. Photo Percy Picard
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Contact: Hugues Chiasson, vice-president communications – The Edmundston Blizzard; (506) 740-0623 – cell phone