Blizzard gets back on track

Alexandre Jacob collected three or more points for the second time this season when he scored one goal and added two assists on Sunday. Photo Olivier Chiasson

EDMUNDSTON, N. B. – Alexandre Jacob and Liam Leonard showed off their skills by taking part in all goals for their team when the Edmundston Blizzard edged the Miramichi Timberwolves, 3-1, on Sunday, Jan. 28, in front of a record crowd of 2,731 spectators at the Jean-Daigle Centre in Edmundston.

Jacob and Leonard had an assist on the first goal of the game by defenseman Nolan Alward at 17:54 of the first period. Alward was back on the ice after missing eight games due to a surgery. He last played on December 17th. Alward’s goal was his seventh of the season.

Then, Jacob scored what was to be the winning goal at 7:42 of the second period after redirecting sharply the puck past the goalkeeper on a rebound. Leonard and Logan Johnston provided the assists on Jacob’s 12th goal of the campaign.

The Timberwolves scored at 16:00 in the second to make it 2-1 thanks to Justin Guitard who was the only one to beat Francis Asselin.

Kyle Ward scored his 19th goal for the Blizzard in an empty net with just 14 seconds left in the game. Jacob and Leonard collected their third point of the game with an assist each on the play.

The two goalies had a great game. Francis Asselin repelled 31 shots while Tanner Somers made 34 saves. Had it not been for Somers’ brilliant performance, the Blizzard could have scored two or three more goals.

The Blizzard players will play their next game at the Jean-Daigle Centre on Sunday, February 4 at 3 pm, when they host the Campbellton Tigers.

QUICK NOTES – Blizzard’s record is 27 wins, 8 losses and 3 overtime overtime losses. With 57 points, it is four points ahead of the Yarmouth Mariners (26-11-1-0)… Alexandre Jacob (1st), Tanner Somers (2nd) and Liam Leonard (3rd) were choses stars of the game… Jacob (12-35 = 47) joined Logan O’Neil of South Shore (25-22 = 47) and Brock McLeod of Valley (13-34 = 47), fourth overall in the Maritime Junior Hockey League (MHL)… Jacob has accumulated 12 points in his last seven games… Liam Leonard ended a series of seven games without a point.. Donald D’Amours, a well-known radio personality in Edmundston, acted as the public announcer for the game. In the early 1970s, he was the voice of the local games of the Quebec Nordiques, at the time of the World Hockey Association.

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