Blizzard stumbles on dominant Tigers

CAMPBELLTON, New Brunswick – The Edmundston Blizzard had a taste of what’s coming up in its first playoffs round against the Campbellton Tigers next month.

Both teams squared off Monday afternoon at the Campbellton Civic Centre and the Tigers won 4-1 in front of 925 fans.

Red hot forward Aaron Brown opened the score early in the game for the Blizzard, beating Tristan Gray on a deflection from a shot by defenseman Keenan Gillis at 2:41. But the Tigers responded with four unanswered goals by Joel Walker, Dawson Stairs, Pierre-Luc Lurette and Zach Spencer.

Tigers led 2-1 and 4-1 after the first two periods. Campbellton also dominated in the shots column with 40 against Francis Asselin. His counterpart Tristan Gray blocked 26 of the 27 pucks he faced. Before giving the goal to Brown, Gray previously recorded two consecutive shutouts.

The Tigers (27-12-2-3, 59 pts), second in the MHL EastLink North division standings, hold a comfortable 11-point lead over the Blizzard (22-16-4, 48 pts).

The Tigers have won five of their seven games against the Blizzard this season. The next game between these two teams will likely be in the first round of the playoffs. Edmundston only needs a minimum of three points to secure his third place. St. Stephen (17-24-3, 37 pts) and Miramichi (17-24-2, 36 pts) are at a distant 4th and 5th places in the division.

The Blizzard will play its next game on Thursday at the home of the Pictou County Weeks Crushers, who are on a nice run of 6 wins and 1 shootout loss in their last 10 games.

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Aaron Brown has once again scored for the Blizzard who lost 4-1 against the Campbellton Tigers on Monday. Photo archives Digiphoto

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