CAMPBELLTON, N.B. – Second shootout game for the Edmundston Blizzard in less than 24 hours. Unfortunately for Emery Olauson’s men, the result was the same, this time with a 5-4 loss to the Campbellton Tigers.
As a result, the Blizzard were relegated to fourth place in the Eastlink North Division, a position that both the Fredericton Red Wings and the Tigers are trying to avoid because fourth place means a playoff first-round matchup with the Summerside Western Capitals. By the end of the schedule, Fredericton and Edmundston have three games to play, while Campbellton will have four. To determine the positions in the standings, we refer to the winning percentage system because the teams will not have played the same number of games due to the many postponements caused by the pandemic.
Sunday afternoon in Campbellton, Jordan Brière scored the winning goal for the Tigers (19-8-4-1 = 43pts) during the shootout.
The Blizzard (20-9-1-4 = 45pts) was ahead in the game from the 10th minute in the first period until 9:55 of the third period. The Tigers multiplied pressure from the second period. Had it not been for the brilliance of Simon Couroux, the Tigers could have won the game in regulation time.
Austin Paul (17th), Jacob Duguay (1st), Tristan Therrien (16th) and Peter Amanatidis (8th) beat Olivier Leclair of the Tigers.
For Campbellton, Jérémie Jacob (11th and 12th), Zac Arsenault (10th) and Justin David (12th) found the back of the net.
Campbellton outshot the Blizzard 36-27.
Jordan Brière (1st, Tigers), Kyle Foreman (2nd, Tigers) and Brendan Sibley (3rd, Blizzard) deserved the stars of the game.
The Blizzard will play its last three games on opposing rinks, Friday against Valley, Saturday versus Summerside and Sunday against Amherst.
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Jacob Duguay scored his first goal in the Blizzard uniform in the second period. Photo archives Percy Picard
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Contact: Hugues Chiasson, vice-president communications – The Edmundston Blizzard; (506) 740-0623 – cell phone