EDMUNDSTON, N.B. – The Edmundston Blizzard got sole position of second place of the Eastlink North division of the Maritime Junior A Hockey League (MHL) by beating the Weeks Crushers 4-2 on Saturday night at the Jean-Daigle Centre.
It was the long-awaited return to Edmundston for Emery Olauson’s proteges. They dominated their opponent from start to finish. Only former Blizzard goaltender Ewan MacDonald gave them a hard time stopping 41 pucks.
Mitchell McLeod (11th), Tristan Therrien (11th), Tristan Fortin (20th, winning goal) and Peter Amanatidis (6th) scored in order for the Blizzard, which now has a record of 16-7-1-1.
Reid Russett (13th) and Bryson Boudreau (15th) beat Blizzard goaltender Simon Couroux, who played his first MHL game. Less busy than his opponent MacDonald, Couroux repelled 25 shots. A successful entry for the 19-year-old Gatineau goalkeeper.
It took until the 35th minute of the game to see the Crushers score the first goal (Russett at 15:50). With 33 seconds left in the middle frame, the Blizzard tied the score 1-1 (McLeod at 19:27).
Tristan Therrien (1g, 1a), Blake Richardson (2a) and Ewan MacDonald earned 1st, 2nd and 3rd stars respectively.
With 34 points, Edmundston leads the Fredericton Red Wings (15-7-2-0) by two points. Needless to say, Blizzard-Wings game tomorrow in Fredericton (2 p.m.) will be of great interest.
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First star of the game, Tristan Therrien (17), protects the puck well in front of his opponent, Neil MacLean. Photo Percy Picard
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Contact: Hugues Chiasson, vice-president communications – The Edmundston Blizzard; (506) 740-0623 – cell phone