EDMUNDSTON, New Brunswick – Inspired by another excellent collective performance, the Edmundston Blizzard extended their winning streak to three by defeating the Fredericton Red Wings, 6 to 3, Friday night at the Jean-Daigle Centre.
Peter Amanatidis, Tristan Fortin (1g, 1a) and Alex Arsenault (1g, 2a) each scored their 5th goal of the season in the Blizzard camp (3-4-0-0). Jérémie Duguay and Mitchell McLeod had a goal and an assist apiece as defenseman Brandon Casey recorded his first MHL goal.
Matthew Mueller, Sasha Charbonneau and Dell Welton replied for Fredericton (2-4-0-0).
The Blizzard took a serious option on the outcome of the game by taking a 3-0 lead after the first period. Both teams found the back of the net once each and the Blizzard kept their three-goal lead (4-1). In the third, the Wings and the Blizzard exchanged four goals back-to-back.
The Blizzard did a great job shutting off Red Wings’ seven power plays. Edmundston was more opportunistic with a goal on three opportunities.
Simon Couroux was once again up to the task in front of the Blizzard cage by repelling 33 of the 36 shots directed against him. His opponent, Mathias Savoie, faced 32 shots. The Blizzard’s 33rd shot was lodged into an empty net by Arsenault.
The three stars of the game were awarded to Arsenault (1st), McLeod (2nd) and Casey (3rd).
The Blizzard climbed to third place in the MHL North Division, two points behind the co-leaders, the Miramichi Timberwolves and the Summerside Western Capitals who claim perfect records of 4-0-0- 0.
The Blizzard will look for a fourth straight game on Sunday (3 p.m.) when they visit the Grand Falls Rapids (1-4-0-0).
NOTES – Among MHL’s 12 top scorers are four Blizzard players, namely Arsenault (5g, 7a, 2nd place), Fortin (5g, 6a, 6th place), Amanatidis (5g, 3a, 9th place) and McLeod (3b, 5a, 11th place).
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The “Rocket of Saint-Charles”, Alex Arsenault, had his second three-point game of the season. On Friday, he recorded one goal and two assists. Photo Percy Picard
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Contact: Hugues Chiasson, vice-president communications – The Edmundston Blizzard; (506) 740-0623 – cell phone