Blizzard loses in overtime

Liam Leonard scored two goals for the Blizzard on Friday night. Photo archives Digiphoto

MIRAMICHI, New Brunswick – The Edmundston Blizzard played catch-up hockey for much of their game against the Miramichi Timberwolves tonight and eventually paid the price.

Playing before their fans, the Timberwolves took only 25 seconds in overtime to edge the Blizzard 4-3. Yan Plourde beat goalkeeper Francis Asselin who nearly stopped the puck slipping slowly behind him.

Blanked from the scoresheet in his first four games, Plourde completed the night with a goal and two assists. Teammate Matthew Kreis, who played his second game of the season, collected one goal and three assists. Riley Scott and Mitchell Kreis (Matthew’s brother) got the other goals for Miramichi which now owns a record of 6 wins, 7 losses, 2 defeats in overtime and 1 shootout loss. With 15 points, Miramichi is now tied for 3rd place with Summerside and St. Stephen in the EastLink North Division.

The Blizzard nevertheless gained a precious point in the loss. The team’s record is now 13 wins, 3 losses and 1 overtime loss. Edmundston has an 11-point lead over the Campbellton Tigers at the top of the northern division.

Trailing 2-0 after 20 minutes of play, Logan Johnston (7th of the season at 4:44) and Liam Leonard (11th at 7:48) tied the score to 2-2. But Mitchell Kreis restored the lead to the Timberwolves at 12:54.

Only one goal was scored in the third period. At 4:30, Liam Leonard put the teams dead even at 3-3.

Francis Asselin faced 38 shots and his opponent Tanner Somers 41.

This concludes a short series of three games on the road for the Blizzard. Edmundston will play 11 of its next 13 games before Christmas at the Jean-Daigle Centre. The next meeting will be on Friday, November 17th at 7:30 pm when the Blizzard hosts the St. Stephen Aces.

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