NEW GLASGOW, Nova Scotia – The Edmundston Blizzard had to use all their resources to beat the Pictou County Weeks Crushers, 4-2, Thursday night in New Glasgow, in a game in honor of Maxime Grandmaison who is recovering from a serious injury sustained last Saturday.
The Blizzard was trailing 2-0 when the team finally shook their misfortune with two minutes to go in the second period thanks to a masterful goal as only Chrystopher Collin (33rd) has accustomed us this season.
And it was Collin who brilliantly prepared the table for the tying goal scored at the 7th minute mark of the 3rd by Tristan Gagnon (18th), well positioned in the crease. The Blizzard were then playing with a man advantage. First star of the game, Gagnon (19th) found the back of the net again at the end of another power play opportunity with only 2:09 left in regulation. Mitchell McLeod (13th) closed the books with an empty netter.
We can say that the number 4 continues to bring success to the Blizzard who has scored four goals in its last six games, registering five wins and a shootout loss.
The Blizzard had three affiliated players for this game, defenseman Jonathan Desrosiers and forwards Tristan Sanchez and Alexis Daniel. Top scorer Brock McLeod will not suit up for the two games in Nova Scotia. He is recovering from an upper body injury and is expected to return to the roster next week.
Goalkeepers Andrew MacLeod (Crushers, 31 stops) and Antoine Lyonnais (Blizzard, 25 stops) were stunning. Thanks to some miraculous stops, Lyonnais earned the third star of the game. Evan Gallant (second star) scored both goals for Pictou County (20-17-2-0).
The Blizzard (28-8-1-6) will travel 45 minutes to face the Truro Bearcats (17-15-3-4) on Friday (7 pm).
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Tristan Gagnon was named the first star of the game for the fifth time, a team high this season. Photo Digiphoto sport
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Contact: Hugues Chiasson, vice-president communications – The Edmundston Blizzard; (506) 740-0623 – cell phone