Blizzard dominates but loses

SUMMERSIDE, Prince Edward Island – The old hockey cliché “The puck wasn’t rolling for us” applies very well to explaining the Edmundston Blizzard’s 3-2 loss to the Summerside Western Capitals on Saturday night on Prince Edward Island soil.

The Blizzard saw their winning streak snapped at 12, despite outrageously dictating the pace of the game. The shots on goal statistics (49-21) show the dominance of the Edmundston team (18-11-0-1 – 37 pts) which slips to second place in the Eastlink North division behind the Western Capitals (19- 8-1-0 – 39 pts).

Trentyn Crane led the Capitals offense with a goal and an assist. William Irvine and DonHeaven Veilleux (winning goal) also beat goaltender Thomas Boucher, who lost his first game this season after 11 consecutive victories.

Patrick LeBlanc and Tristan Fortin replied for the Blizzard. By collecting an assist on LeBlanc’s goal, Olivier Coulombe extended his streak to 15 games with at least one point. He joins the team’s record holder, Brock McLeod, who achieved the feat during the 2019-2020 campaign.

Capitals goaltender Chad Arsenault earned the first star of the night, with the others going to Crane (2nd) and Blizzard forward Jérémy Duguay (3rd), who had two assists.

The Blizzard will return to the rink on Sunday, January 8 at 2 p.m. when they face the Fredericton Red Wings in New Brunswick’s capital.

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Jérémy Duguay (14) had a two-assist game on Saturday. (Photo archives Percy Picard)

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