Blizzard takes on first Nova Scotia challenge with a 6-1 win

EDMUNDSTON, N.B. – The Edmundston Blizzard set foot in Nova Scotia for the first time since February 7, 2020. To say the least, the team made a good impression by defeating easily the South Shore Lumberjacks 6 to 1, Friday night at the Lunenburg County Lifestyle Center in Bridgewater.

Jérémy Duguay (3rd and 4th) had his second two-goal game of the season. He earned the second star of the game. Mathieu Pelletier (2nd), Tristan Therrien (2nd), Jake Measel (2nd) and Dylan Lang (2nd) also lit the red light behind goalkeepers Jeremy Robar and Robert Forbes.

Collecting three assists each, Ethan Johnson and Mitchell Johnson were chosen the 1st and 3rd All-Star in the clash that saw the Blizzard outshooting their opponents 31-24. Jacob Long and Tristan Fortin also contributed to the offense with two assists each.

Goalkeeper Raphaël Audet was quite impressive, especially in the third period where he blocked a few breakaways and made key saves. He lost his shutout at 10:54 of the third period when he was beaten by Eli Reimer (6th).

After a scoreless first period, the Blizzard scored 4 unanswered goals in the second frame. By later taking a 6-0 lead, the Blizzard broke a team record for the most consecutive unanswered goals. By combining the last 7 goals of the previous game against Grand Falls (October 16), the Blizzard scored 13 consecutive goals, one better than the 12 achieved in two games in January 2020.

Emery Olauson’s squad played without the services of Blake Richardson (lower body injury) and Austin Paul who served in the first game of his 3-game suspension for his October 16 fight. The head coach therefore called on young Aiden Tucker, 16, who dressed up for his first MHL game. Tucker is from Truro, Nova Scotia. Defenseman Ben Lightbody was back after missing the first five games of the season with a hand injury.

The Blizzard (4-2-0-0) will face the Yarmouth Mariners (5-2-1-0) on Saturday (7:30 p.m.).

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Ethan Johnson continues to impress on the offensive for the Blizzard. Friday night in Bridgewater, he added three assists to his stats. He now has 9 helpers in just 6 games. Photo archives Percy Picard

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