Blizzard easily beats Wildcats

EDMUNDSTON, New Brunswick – The Edmundston Blizzard won a flavorless game Saturday night at the Jean-Daigle Centre when they defeated the Valley Wildcats 4-1 in front of 2,639 fans.

The Nova Scotia team occupies last place of the Maritime Hockey League with only 10 wins in 41 games. The Wildcats (10-29-2-0) had obviously given everything they had in the tank the day before in Grand Falls when they won 6-5 in shootout.

Saturday, Valley had only 10 shots toward goalkeeper Antoine Lyonnais. This was the lowest number of shots ever against a Blizzard goalkeeper. The old mark in a game was 19.

Chad Wilson (1 g, 1 a, 1st star), Mitchell McLeod, Paul Leroux and Isaac Chapman (3rd star) beat Aaron Brunn who faced 36 shots from the Blizzard. Brunn is the only Wildcats player who made a difference for his team. Had it not been for his outstanding play, the score difference could have been significantly higher in favor of the Blizzard (27-8-1-5). With his 40th assist, Evan White earned the second star of the game.

With an assist on the first goal of the game, Brock McLeod reached the 71-point plateau, a team high he now shares with Logan Johnston who did it last season. Last Wednesday, McLeod broke the old team mark for the most assists in a season that belonged to Alexandre Jacob (45 in 2017-2018). McLeod currently totals 47.

Defenseman Brant King, a former Blizzard draft pick, scored the only goal for the visitors after a brilliant move.

The Blizzard returns to action on Sunday at 3 pm as the Grand Falls Rapids (12-23-2-3) come to play at the Jean-Daigle Centre.

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Chad Wilson (88) tries to beat goalie Aaron Brunn from the slot. Photo Percy Picard

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