MIRAMICHI, New Brunswick – It was an evening Chrystopher Collin will long remember. The skilled 20-year-old forward was outstanding scoring the first three goals for the Edmundston Blizzard before adding a fourth one in the third period and guided his team to an impressive 8-3 win Wednesday in front of 429 fans gathered at the Miramichi Civic Centre.
Collin’s four goals in a game tied the team record established on October 9, 2018 by Sam King. And Collin became the first Blizzard player to reach 20 goals this season.
A great evening also for rookie Alexis Daniel who scored his first two goals in the MHL late in the third period to push the nail further into the coffin of the Timberwolves whose defensive record is the worst in the league (157 goals allowed in 31 games).
Mitchell McLeod had the winning goal in a nice shorthanded effort during the second frame. Ben Lightbody also shook the ropes for the Blizzard (19-6-1-3) who now trails the MHL Eastlink North Division leaders, the Summerside Western Capitals (24-4-0-1), by 7 points. And the Blizzard is on a streak of 10 games in which they recorded at least a point.
Brock McLeod (3 assists), Alex Lavoie (2 assists) and Isaac Chapman (2 assists) also contributed to the blizzard offensive breakthrough. The Wolves’ response came from Connor McGregor (2 goals) and Jérémie Hébert.
The game marked the return in the lineup of goalkeeper Ewan MacDonald, who was fairly busy repelling 40 of the 43 shots he faced. His counterpart, Olivier Charbonneau, was even busier when he was put to the test 50 times.
The game’s three stars: Collin (1st), B. McLeod (2nd) and McGregor (3rd).
The Blizzard returns home to prepare for its last two games before the holiday break. The team will host the Fredericton Red Wings on Friday, December 20 (7:30 pm) and the Campbellton Tigers on Sunday, December 22 (3 pm).
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Chrystopher Collin was everywhere on the ice at the Miramichi Civic Centre on Wednesday. He scored four goals. Photo archives Digiphoto
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Contact: Hugues Chiasson, vice-president communications – The Edmundston Blizzard; (506) 740-0623 – cell phone