EDMUNDSTON, New Brunswick – Francis Asselin’s performance was breathtaking for a second consecutive game. He led the Edmundston Blizzard to a 6-1 win over the Grand Falls Rapids on Wednesday night in front of 2,830 spectators at the Jean-Daigle Centre in Edmundston.
The veteran goalkeeper raised the building’s roof a few times during the game, especially in the seventh minute of play in the second period where he made a few quick saves. Very demonstrative after having made these key saves, the crowd returned the favor by cheering loudly. Asselin completed the evening with 32 saves.
The line of Jean-Maxime Bond (2g, 1a), Sam King (2g, 1a) and Logan Johnston (3a) gave headaches to Rapids’ defense throughout the evening. Bond earned the game’s first star, Asselin the second and Justin Lush (3a), the third. Lush probably had his best game of the season.
Gabriel Vanier (1g, 1a) and Aaron Brown (1b) also scored for the Blizzard (24-17-6-1, 32pts) who shot 36 times towards Rapids net.
Christian Snyder was the only score of the Rapids (13-29-4-2, 32pts). He lodged the puck behind Asselin following a perfect setup that left no chance for the Blizzard goaltender.
Rapids and Blizzard will meet again on Friday at 7:30 pm, this time at the E. and P. Sénéchal Centre in Grand Falls.
The Blizzard organization announced they parted ways with defenseman Aleck Forcier for disciplinary reasons.
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Francis Asselin was spectacular for a second game in a row on Wednesday. Photo archives Digiphoto
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Contact: Hugues Chiasson, vice-president communications – The Edmundston Blizzard; (506) 740-0623 – cell