EDMUNDSTON, New Brunswick – Neutralize the infernal duo Daryk Dubé-Plouffe and Jacob Santerre and you are almost guaranteed to win the game.
Once again, yesterday, the two linemates shook their opponent on Friday night at the Jean-Daigle Centre.
Dubé-Plouffe had a goal and three assists and linemate Santerre added two goals and an assist to his tally as the Miramichi Timberwolves enjoyed a 5-3 triumph over the Blizzard ahead of 2 217 spectators.
Jérémy Duhamel and Sam McKinney scored the other two goals for the Timberwolves (6-4-2-1) who joined the Campbellton Tigers in second place in the Eastlink North Division of the Maritime Junior Hockey League.
Alex Arsenault, Olivier Coulombe and Marco Martin replied for the Blizzard (6-9-0-1) who find themselves in last place in the section for the first time in their young history after 16 games in the calendar.
Coulombe was playing his very first game of the season after being sidelined from training camp with a lower-body injury. He was involved in the first two goals for the Blizzard. To make matters worse, his very first goal at 17:53 of the second period meant his withdrawal from the game. He deflected a slap shot from Mitchell McLeod right in the face and his injury was such that he was not seen again in the third period. His valiant efforts still earned him the third star of the bout.
Dubé-Plouffe easily tops the MHL scoring column with 32 points in 13 games. He participated in 51% of his team’s goals.
The Blizzard fired 42 shots against 29 for its opponents. Goaltender Samuel LeBlanc was removed after conceding a fifth goal in the clash. Matthew Parker replaced him and was perfect on eight shots in 23 minutes and 20 seconds of work. Kenzie McPhail earned the win in front of the Timberwolves net.
The Blizzard will get back to action on Sunday afternoon (3 p.m.) when they visit the Campbellton Tigers (7-5-0-1).
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Olivier Coulombe made a good impression in his first MHL game. He registered a goal and an assist in 37 minutes and 53 seconds of play. Photo Percy Picard
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Contact: Hugues Chiasson, vice-president communications – The Edmundston Blizzard; (506) 740-0623 – cell phone