Blizzard needs one more point to be declared regular season champion

Elected the best player for the month of February prior to the game, defenseman Alexandre Bernier had another brilliant performance on Wednesday night. He collected two assists and earned the first star of the game. Photo Olivier Chiasson

EDMUNDSTON, New Brunswick – With a 5-2 victory Wednesday night at the Jean-Daigle Centre against the Miramichi Timberwolves, the Edmundston Blizzard just needs one point to clinch the regular season’s championship title of the Maritime Junior A Hockey League (MHL).

In the overall standings, the Blizzard (36 wins, 9 losses, 3 overtime defeats) leads the Yarmouth Mariners (35-12-1-0) by four points. The magic number is therefore one.

Wednesday night, in front of another full house, the Blizzard erased a 2-1 deficit after the first period to score four unanswered goals, including three in the second period.

Kyle Ward, Vincent Rioux, Liam Leonard (winning goal), Logan Johnston (power play) and Maxime Grandmaison (shorthanded) scored for Edmundston. Chris Murphy and Simon Henman replied for the Timberwolves (22-20-3-3).

Francis Asselin blocked 26 of the 28 shots fired against him. Timberwolves netminder Tanner Somers faced 33 shots.

Alexandre Bernier, with two assists, earned the first star of the game. The work of Liam leonard (2nd star) and Kyle Ward (3rd star) was also highlighted.

Miramichi battles for the third spot of the North EastLink division. The team is tied with the Campbellton Tigers who also lost (4-2 against Amherst) on Wednesday night. Miramichi and Campbellon total 50 points each. The team that finishes in 4th place will face the Blizzard in the first qualifying round. The third-place team will clash with the Summerside Western Capitals.

The Blizzard still has two games to play by the end of the regular season. Saturday (7 pm), Edmundston will be in St. Stephen to face the Aces and Sunday, the Blizzard returns home to host the Woodstock Slammers. Aces and Slammers are eliminated from the playoffs run.

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