Blizzard: defensemen led the charge to overturn the Timberwolves

Alexandre Bernier was chosen first star of the game in Miramichi Saturday. With two goals and one assist, the defenseman now ranks fourth overall on the Blizzard scoring list. He has 36 points (7-29) in 45 games. Photo archives Digiphoto

MIRAMICHI, New Brunswick – Blizzard defensemen went into attack mode on Saturday night lifting Edmundston to a 7-4 win over the Miramichi Timberwolves in a game played at the Miramichi Civic Centre.

The rearguards collected seven points. Alexandre Bernier (first star of the game) scored two goals, including the third-period game winner, and he added an assist. Nolan Alward had three assists and Alex Lavoie one.

Logan Johnston (2 goals and 1 assist, 2nd star), Liam Leonard (1 goal and 1 assist), Gabriel Vanier (1 goal and 1 assist), Maxime Grandmaison (1 goal), Alexandre Jacob (2 assists) and Dany Coulombe (2 assists) also contributed offensively for the Blizzard (33-9-3-0 = 69 pts) which only needs one point to be declared champions of the North EastLink division. With five games remaining by the end of the regular season, Blizzard leads the Summerside Western Capitals (29-15-1-0) by ten points.

Mitchell Kreis, Campbell Walker, Colby Tower and Riley Scott beat goalkeeper Francis Asselin who received 33 shots. His vis-à-vis Tanner Somers faced 39 Blizzard shots.

The Timberwolves thought they were flying away with victory. They led 3 to 1 until the 15th minute of the second period. The Blizzard made a come back with four unanswered goals in 5 minutes and 19 seconds to take a 5-3 lead at the start of the third period.

The spirits warmed up with 21 seconds to go in the game. A total of 66 penalty minutes were awarded by the referee in a single stoppage of play.

The Blizzard returned home after the game. The team will play its next two games in Nova Scotia against the Valley Wildcats on Friday and the Amherst Ramblers on Saturday.

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Contact: Hugues Chiasson, vice-president communications – The Edmundston Blizzard; (506) 740-0623 – cell phone