CAMPBELLTON, New Brunswick – The Edmundston Blizzard extended their lead atop the Eastlink North Division of the MHL by beating the Campbellton Tigers 6-3 on Sunday afternoon in the Restigouche city.
The Blizzard (22-11-0-1) now leads the Tigers (18-9-4-1) by four points and the Summerside Western Capitals (19-9-1-0) by six points. These two teams, however, have a few more games to play.
The Tigers were the most threatening in the first 20 minutes of play. But Campbellton tasted the medicine of the Blizzard’s powerful diversified offense which then scored five unanswered goals to take a 5-1 lead until the third minute. of the third period.
Olivier Coulombe (23rd and 24th) and Alex Arsenault (17th and 18th) took matters into their own hands for the Blizzard. Jérémy Fortin (6th) and Peter Amanatidis (9th) also found the back of the net for the team in blue and white. Noah Matulu, who played an exceptional game, had three assists. He was the reason behind Fortin’s goal, after a colossal effort.
Jake Kyle, Émile Tremblay and Justin David replied for the Tigers who often sinned by indiscipline and played a bit too individually.
Thomas Boucher was back in front of the Blizzard net. Confident, he repeatedly frustrated the opposing assaults, especially during a penalty shot toward the end of the third period.
The Blizzard fired 36 shots on newly acquired goaltender Jacob Carrier. Boucher faced 35 pucks.
The Blizzard is on a new streak of four straight wins and has won 17 of its last 18 games. Boucher won a 13th game in 14 starts. And Coulombe extended his series of games with at least one point to 19.
Blizzard players will benefit from a few days off and resume training before the next two games in Nova Scotia, Friday, January 20 in Berwick (7 p.m.) against the Valley Wildcats, and the next day in Truro (7 p.m.) versus the Bearcats.
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Olivier Coulombe scored his seventh game-winning goal of the season on Sunday, a season-high in the MHL. It also equals the team record set in the inaugural season by Alexandre Jacob. (Photo archives Percy Picard)
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Contact: Hugues Chiasson, vice-president communications – The Edmundston Blizzard; (506) 740-0623 – cell phone