EDMUNDSTON, N.B. – Back home and in front of its “little friendly monsters” on Halloween day, the Edmundston Blizzard found the way to victory by disposing of the Fredericton Red Wings, 6 to 3, Sunday, at the Jean-Daigle Centre.
The Blizzard took a 2-1 lead after the first period and held onto their lead until the end of the game.
Interestingly for Edmundston, three players from different lines each scored two goals, namely Tristan Fortin (1st star), Peter Amanatidis and Tristan Therrien (3rd star). Ethan Johnson and Austin Paul also contributed on the offense with two assists each.
Declan MacEachern, twice, and Slava Melikov beat goaltender Nicholas Sheehan who made exceptional saves throughout the game to register the win in front of the Blizzard goal in addition to earning the second star of the game. The Blue and White goalkeeper faced 33 shots against 31 for his opposite, Mathias Savoie.
On the scoreboard, each period was identical, two goals for the Blizzard and one for the Red Wings.
The Blizzard (6-2-1-0 = 13pts) is now tied with the Red Wings (6-4-1-0 = 13pts) in third place in the EastLink North Division. The Blizzard is one point behind the Campbellton Tigers (6-2-1-1 = 14pts) with a game in hand.
The Blizzard will see action next Saturday (7:30 p.m.) when they host the Yarmouth Mariners (7-3-2-0 = 16pts), leaders of the EastLink South Division.
NOTE – Despite the pandemic, the Jean-Daigle Centre continues to draw crowds. For the fifth time in five games, more than 2,000 paying spectators continue to support the team at the Jean-Daigle Centre. On Sunday, there were 2,147 paying spectators … The popular sharp shooting contest saw a first participant of the season pull off the feat of lodging the puck into the center of the platform attached to the goal. From the red line, Malik Gibbs (the brother of Noah Gibbs, of the Blizzard) succeeded on his first shot! … Several fans disguised as firefighters, police officers, Mario Bros characters, little monsters and even donning jerseys and glasses of the famous Hanson brothers invaded the Jean-Daigle Centre on this Halloween day. More than 50 youngsters aged 12 and under had costumed and some received prizes. A great success for the organization!
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Goalkeeper Nicholas Sheehan catches the puck as Jake Measel (6) is making sure to neutralize Declan MacEachern in front of the Blizzard net. Photo archives Percy Picard
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Source: Hugues Chiasson, vice-president communications – The Edmundston Blizzard; (506) 740-0623 – cell phone