Blizzard sweeps the Bearcats

Logan Johnston stole the show once again on Wednesday, scoring two goals including the deciding one. Photo archives Digiphoto

TRURO, Nova Scotia – It was a blizzard night in Truro, both inside and outside the Rath EastLink Community Centre. Led by Logan Johnston and Kyle Ward, the Edmundston Blizzard defeated the Truro Bearcats, 3-2.

Blizzard swept the four-game series against the Nova Scotia team this season.

After a scoreless first period, the teams hit early in the second period. Three goals were scored in just 3 minutes and 12 seconds.

Alex MacDonald broke away in front of goalkeeper Myles Hektor and beat him by lifting the puck in the top right corner. It was 1-0 Truro after only 33 seconds in the second. Then, the Blizzard got going. On a power play at 2:05, Logan Johnston’s wrist shot in the face-off circle fooled goalie Alec MacDonald to tie the score at 1.

The Blizzard quickly doubled its lead, Kyle Ward certainly scored one of the most spectacular goals of the season by undressing the defender in front of him before beating the goalkeeper by going around on a 180-degree axis. At 3:45, the Blizzard led 2-1.

In the third, Johnston scored his second goal of the game at 13:37, a brisk shot in the top net that gave the visitors a 3-1 lead. The Bearcats never gave up. Their sniper Campbell Pickard found the opening and made it 3-2 with 15:53 left in the final period. Trailing 3-2, Truro pulled their goalie with 45 seconds left. But it was too little, too late.

The Blizzard outshot Bearcats 31-24. For a second straight game, Logan Johnston was selected the first star. Kyle Ward earned the second.

Blizzard’s record is now 29-8-3-0 for 61 points. Ryan Salvis’s squad spent Wednesday night in Truro letting the storm dissipate. The Blizzard players will travel to Summerside on Thursday where they face the Western Capitals in the evening in what is to be a very promising game.

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