Campbellton Tigers take their revenge

Blizzard players contratulate Gabriel Vanier (center) who scored the Blizzard’s only goal on Sunday afternoon at the Jean-Daigle Centre. The goal was Vanier’s first one in the MHL. Photo Olivier Chiasson.

EDMUNDSTON, New Brunswick – The Campbellton Tigers got their revenge on Sunday afternoon by defeating the Edmundston Blizzard 5-1 in front of 2,238 spectators at the Jean-Daigle Centre. The day before, Edmundston won 2-1 in Campbellton.

Goaltender Greg Maggio, a native of BC, was almost perfect between the pipes for the Tigers. He pushed back 34 pucks. Only Gabriel Vanier, with his first goal in the blue and white uniform, beat him in the third period.

The Tigers took a 3-0 lead. Pascal Valcourt, of Saint-Quentin, scored the third one late in the second period (19:43) and it literally broke Blizzard’s back who missed a great opportunity to tie the overall leaders of the Maritime Junior Hockey League, the South Shore Lumberjacks, who fell short today 4-1 to the Valley Wildcats, one of the league’s worst teams.

Coleton Perry (10:57) and Jabes Benedict (16:13) scored for the Tigers during the initial period.

When Vanier scored at 5:17 of the third to make it 3-1, the fans were hopeful that the Blizzard would once again operate a come back. But the Tigers didn’t stop putting pressure. Noah Webby scored twice (8:02 and 18:05) to put the game out of reach for the Blizzard. Webby added a pass to earn the first star of the game. The second went to goalkeeper Maggio and the first to Vanier.

Goaltender Francis Asselin of the Blizzard faced 37 shots.

The Blizzard returns to action at the Jean-Daigle Centre on Wednesday at 7:30 pm for a game against the Woodstock Slammers.

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