CAMPBELLTON, New Brunswick – The Edmundston Blizzard played a very poor game and the Campbellton Tigers took advantage of their soft plays to easily defeat them by the score of 6-0 on Tuesday night in the third meeting of the Eastlink North Division semi-final series of the Canadian Tire Cup MHL.
The Tigers took the lead 2-1 in the best of seven series. The next game will be played Thursday at 7:30 pm at the Jean-Daigle Centre in Edmundston.
Despite a scoreless first period, the season’s best attendance (1,723 spectators) at the Memorial Civic Centre could already observed the dominance of the Tigers. Blizzard can thank its goalie Francis Asselin who stood up, delaying the opponent’s offensive surge. Asselin allowed four goals on 25 shots before being relieved by Ewan MacDonald.
Drew Toner (2-1), Jared Janke (2-0), Charles-William Gagné (1-2) and Francis Thibeault (1-0) scored for the Tigers who got one overtime goal and one shorthanded goal. Thibeault’s goal when the Tigers were outnumbered literally cut Blizzard’s legs. That goal gave the Tigers a 3-0 lead at 12:49 of the second frame.
The Blizzard led 34-20 in shots. Goalie Tristan Gray earned the easy shutout.
The Blizzard will have to find a solution to his powerplay unit which only registered a goal in 14 attempts in the playoffs. During the season, Ryan Salvis’s squad were ranked 8th in the league on the powerplay with an efficiency rate of 18.4%.
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Brendan Bornstein (61) is a member of the 20-year-old « Big 4 » blueliners of the Tigers. Campbellton’s defensemen closed the door on Blizzard forwards all night long. Photo archives Olivier Chiasson
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Contact: Hugues Chiasson, vice-president communications – The Edmundston Blizzard; (506) 740-0623 – cell