EDMUNDSTON, New Brunswick – Another masterpiece by Joshua Nadeau!
The 17-year-old rookie once again had an exceptional game scoring his first career hat-trick in the Maritime Junior A Hockey League (MHL) when he led the Edmundston Blizzard to a convincing 6-2 win against the Campbellton Tigers in front of 1,410 spectators gathered at the Jean-Daigle Centre on Saturday night.
Superlatives to describe Joshua Nadeau’s brilliance are getting harder and harder to find. Phenomenon or prodigy? Probably both at the same time. He can score from anywhere, he’s a great playmaker, he’s difficult if not impossible to cover, he has a sixth sense that few hockey players possess. But more than anything, Joshua makes all the players around him better. Why? Because he knows three seconds before everyone else what’s going to happen. It’s called heightened anticipation. It’s a gift. And few players are born with this innate sense. And he is still too young to understand the full scope of his magnificence. He is a young man of few words. Rather, he expresses himself through his talent. Imagine the next chapters in his career…
In addition to Nadeau’s three goals that earned him the first star of the night, Zachary Cadorette had an exceptional game with one goal and three assists. Samuel Grégoire (2nd star) and Vincent Bujold (3rd star) both scored their first goals of the campaign. Regular as a clock, Isaac Chapman contributed to the offense with two assists.
Willam Champagne (1g, 1a) and Daryk Dubé-Plouffe were the only ones to beat Antoine Lyonnais who faced 22 shots. His opposite, Tristan Gray, received 27 shots from the Blizzard.
In its short history of four seasons, the Blizzard has had several star players. We think in particular of Kyle Ward, Logan Johnston, Alexandre Jacob, Sam King, Gabriel Vanier, Brock McLeod, Tristan Gagnon and Chrystopher Collin. Surprisingly, none of them have had more than two consecutive games with three or more points. With his three points on Saturday, Nadeau extended his streak with three or more points to five games! A feat out of the ordinary. Nadeau now sits first in league scoring with 20 points (9g, 11a) in just 8 games. His nine goals are also a league high.
The Blizzard now leads the league’s general standings with a record of 7 wins and 1 loss for 14 points, tied with the Yarmouth Mariners (7-2-0-0).
Edmundston will play its next three games on opposing rings, on December 4 (in Grand Falls), December 12 (in Miramichi) and December 13 (in Grand Falls). The Blizzard was scheduled to host the Fredericton Red Wings on Thursday, December 3rd, but the game was postponed to a later date due to public health guidelines preventing Fredericton to leave their health zone 3.
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Joshua Nadeau (20) scores one of his three goals of the night. Line mate Jérémy Duguay witnesses the play.
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Contact: Hugues Chiasson, Edmundston Blizzard vice-president communications; (506) 740-0623 – cell phone