CAMPBELLTON, New Brunswick – Alex Arsenault chose the right time to put his name in the Edmundston Blizzard’s record book when he helped his teammates beat the Campbellton Tigers 5-3 at the Campbellton Memorial Civic Centre on Wednesday night, in front of 812 spectators. It was the last away game for the Blizzard the playoffs start.
Arsenault scored the decisive goal that gave the Blizzard a 4-3 lead with 38 seconds remaining in the second period. It was his 18th goal of the season, a new team high for a rookie, a record he shared with Maxime Grandmaison who had achieved the feat during the inaugural Blizzard season in Edmundston in 2017-18.
The Blizzard made the Tigers pay dearly for their penalties by scoring four times on six power play opportunities. Tristan Gagnon (22nd), Ben Lightbody (5th), Isaac Chapman (30th), Alex Arsenault (18th) and Brock McLeod (25th) found the back of the net.
The Tigers’ response came from Connor Richard (16th), Antoine Gauthier (5th) and Pascal Valcourt (19th).
The three stars of the game were awarded to Brock McLeod (1st, 1g, 1a), Evan White (2nd, 2a) and Isaac Chapman (3rd, 1g, 1a). Chrystopher Collin also had a good night with two assists.
Edmundston fired 36 shots towards Isaak Pelletier. Campbellton shot 33 times against goalkeeper Marc-Antoine Bérubé-Jalbert who made several key saves, especially in the third frame.
The Tigers (28-17-3-2) needed a single point to secure their third position in the MHL Easlink North Division. With this victory, the Blizzard (34-9-1-7) tied its total points (76) collected durin the 2017-18 season (36-10-4). Edmundston will have the opportunity to break that mark on the last regular season game on Friday (7:30 pm) as the team hosts the Fredericton Red Wings.
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Alex Arsenault scored the winning goal Wednesday in Campbellton. Photo Digiphoto Sports.
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Source: Hugues Chiasson, vice-president communications – The Edmundston Blizzard; (506) 740-0623 – cell phone