EDMUNDSTON, New Brunswick – Twenty-four hours after experiencing the exhilaration of two major victories, the Edmundston Blizzard fought like a steamroller and crushed the Amherst Ramblers 7-0 on Saturday night at the Jean- Daigle.
Overconfidence was to be feared among Simon Olivier’s troops after their triumphs against Summerside, but the players quickly understood their head coach’s message to put the pedal to the metal. In the 13th minute of play, the Blizzard was already leading 4-0.
Noah Matulu (1st star; 2g, 1a), Philippe Collette (2nd star; 2g) and Olivier Coulombe (2g) led the Blizzard offense (31-12-0-1). Mitchell McLeod netted the other goal for the locals. Jérémy Duguay, Jesse Chamberlain and Alex Arsenault each had two assists.
Despite only facing 19 shots, Samuel LeBlanc (3rd star) had his first career shutout in the Maritime Junior A Hockey League. His opposite, Mitchell Dudar, had a tough night facing 42 shots.
The Memramcook rookie goaltender LeBlanc continues to see his goals-against average drop. It currently stands at 3.73 and he has won his last eight games and is approaching teammate Thomas Boucher’s 11 consecutive wins.
Edmundston (63 points) maintained its five-point lead over Summerside (58 points) at the top of the Eastlink North division. Both teams have eight games left to complete the regular schedule.
The Blizzard is enjoying a well-deserved rest and will prepare for its next duels, a series of three games in three nights starting Thursday in Miramichi.
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Noah Matulu had his second two-goal game this season. (Photo Percy Picard)
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Contact: Hugues Chiasson, vice-president communications – The Edmundston Blizzard; (506) 740-0623 – cell phone