Blizzard gets past the Ramblers in Amherst

Liam Leonard played a strong game in Amherst earning the first star of the game. He scored once and added an assist. Photo archives Digiphoto

AMHERST, Nova Scotia – The Edmundston Blizzard players picked up where they left off the day before. This time, they were facing a much tougher opponent, the Amherst Ramblers who had only lost 9 games in regulation before Saturday’s game. Led by Kyle Ward’s two goals, the Blizzard prevailed 4-3.

The Blizzard maintains its four-point lead on top of the MHL overall standings over the Yarmouth Mariners who also won Saturday night.

Edmundston (35-9-3-0 = 73 points) is ahead of Yarmouth (34-12-1-0 = 69 points) while both teams have only three games to play before closing the regular schedule next week. The magic number for the Blizzard is 3 to win the league’s regular season championship. This would give the Edmundston squad ice advantage throughout all playoffs.

Saturday night at Amherst Stadium, Ward broke a 2-2 tie in the second period by scoring twice in a row to give the Blizzard a 4-2 lead. In the first period, Gabriel Vanier and Liam Leonard allowed Edmundston to take a 2-1 lead.

If the Blizzard got away with two more points in the standings, the team owes a lot to its goalkeeper Francis Asselin who made several miraculous saves. The Ramblers led 38-33 in shots. Ramblers’ goalie Joël Goguen was also solid facing quality shots from the Blizzard.

In addition to Ward, three other Blizzard players completed the night with two points, Liam Leonard (1-1), Logan Johnston (0-2) and Dany Coulombe (0-2). Leonard earned the game’s first stard, Will Bower (Ramblers) second and Johnston third.

The Blizzard returns home for a game against the Miramichi Timberwolves on Wednesday, March 7, at 7:30 pm.

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