EDMUNDSTON, New Brunswick – In a game that will not go down in history, in terms of execution and synchronism, the Edmundston Blizzard hardly won 3-2 at the Jean-Daigle Centre against the South Shore Lumberjacks, the team with the worst record in the Maritime Junior Hockey League.
Forward Austin Paul broke the tie 2-2 with a sharp wrist shot that beat goaltender Robert Forbes on the glove side at 13:28 of the final period. For the Saint-Lazare, Que. native, it was a ninth goal this season.
The two teams took turns to score each time. Tristan Therrien (7th) scored the first goal of the game at 16:43 in the first period. With only 3 seconds to go in the initial frame, the Lumberjacks responded thanks to Sam Brunton (4th).
In the second period, Alex Savoie (4th) took the score to 2 to 1 in favor of the Blizzard at 16:13. The Dieppe forward was able to sneak between the two face-off circles to outsmart Forbes with a sharp shot on the blocker’s side.
South Shore again tied the game at 5:10 of the third period with Eli Reimer (9th) before Paul scored the winning goal with 6:32 remaining. The Lumberjacks (4-12-0-1) tried to tie things up again by removing their goalie with more than two minutes to go but their efforts were unsuccessful.
With two assists, Blizzard captain Brendan Sibley was awarded the first star. The second went to goalkeeper Raphaël Audet who delivered another solid performance with 26 saves in front of the locals’ cage. The third star was awarded to Eli Reimer.
The Blizzard barely outshot the Lumberjacks (29-28).
Edmundston (10-3-1-1 = 22pts) retains second place in the Eastlink North division, nine points behind the powerful Summerside Western Capitals (15-1-0-1 = 31pts). The Blizzard will play its next game in Miramichi on Saturday, November 20th, against the Timberwolves (3-10-2-1).
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Brendan Sibley is presented to the crowd after being selected the first star of the game. Photo Percy Picard
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Contact: Hugues Chiasson, vice-president communications – The Edmundston Blizzard; (506) 740-0623 – cell phone