Blizzard gets 32nd win

EDMUNDSTON, New Brunswick – After an absence of ten days at home, the Edmundston Blizzard found the comfort of the Jean-Daigle Centre to register a 4-1 victory, its 32nd of the campaign, against the Miramichi Timberwolves, Wednesday night, in front of 2,440 spectators.

Unlike last game, the Edmundston players did not have to play catch-up hockey. They scored first in the 8th minute of the first period and maintained their lead until the end of the game.

On a nice rush, defenseman Justin Lush beat goalkeeper Olivier Charbonneau with a shot on the blocker’s side. For the veteran Lush, it was a second goal this season. He had one of his best offensive performances of the campaign.

Affiliate player Dylan Lang scored the nicest goal of the evening after a lightning one-timer shot that beat Wolves goalkeeper in the top shelf. Lang, who scored his 4th goal of the season, had just received a brilliant pass from his linemate Félix Rioux.

The visitors (12-32-3-1) got back on track in the second frame and reduced the gap to one goal (2-1) when Antoine Leblanc got his first MHL’s career goal.

In the third period, the Blizzard rebounded with two goals from Jérémy Duguay (4th) and Tristan Gagnon (21st).

The Blizzard fired 46 shots against Charbonneau. Marc-Antoine Bérubé-Jalbert made some great stops in front of the Blizzard net. He faced 27 shots.

Duguay earned the first star of the game, Lush the second and Charbonneau the third.

The Blizzard (32-9-1-7, 72 points) has only three games left in the regular season. On Saturday, Edmundston will host the Pictou County Weeks Crushers (26-18-2-0) who are engaged in a tight race for a playoff spot in the Eastlink South Division. The Pictou County squad is made up of six former Blizzard players, goalkeeper Ewan MacDonald, defensemen Keenan Gillis and Christian Tsao, as well as forwards Maxime Grandmaison, Samuel LeBlanc and Andrew Burden.

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Named first star of Wednesday’s game, Jérémy Duguay has a goal in three of the Blizzard’s last four game. Photo Percy Picard

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