Blizzard hits a wall in Summerside

Blizzard Alex Lavoie (71) battle for puck possession with Western Capitals star TJ Shea in this action shot taken during the opening game at the Jean-Daigle Centre, on October 28th. Shea collected 4 points Thursday for a season total of 86 points, 27 more than the league’s second best scorer. Photo archives Digiphoto

SUMMERSIDE, PEI – Goalkeeper Dominik Tmej closed the door on many Edmundston Blizzard threats, blocking all 42 shots against him and led the Summerside Western Capitals to a 4-0 shutout, on Thursday night. Credit Union Place had a good turnout with a crowd of 1, 174 spectators for this game featuring the top two teams of the EastLink North division.

Not surprisingly, top gun TJ Shea was again spectacular by contributing to all goals. He opened the score in the first period and that goal was enough for the locals. Shea has 34 goals and 52 assists (86 points) in just 36 games.

The Blizzard was in the game until the 8th minute of play in the second period. Then, the sky fell on Blizzard’s head. Goalie Myles Hektor was beaten at exactly 8 minutes during a power play by the Capitals. He was beaten by Brodie MacArthur who made it 2-0. Twenty-two seconds later, rookie defenseman Jordan Spence scored an important goal that chased Hektor from the game. He gave up three goals in 17 shots.

Spence, again, closed the books at 16:01 of the last period, beating Francis Asselin, during another power play. Asselin faced 16 shots in 32 minutes.

Tmej, a Floridian, leads most of the goaltenders’ stats in the Maritime Hockey League this season. He is first in goals against average (1.94), in shutouts (5) and in saves percentage (94%).

For the first time this season, Edmundston suffered a second loss in a row.

The Western Capitals (22-13-1-0) are closing in on the Blizzard (26-8-3-0). They are trailing the division’s leader by 10 points. The Edmundston players will rest a few days before facing another tough opponent, the Miramichi Timberwolves (18-11-2-2), on Sunday at 3 pm at the Jean-Daigle Centre.

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