EDMUNDSTON, New Brunswick – Struggling to convert their chances on numerous power plays, the Edmundston Blizzard suffered their first home loss of the season when they fell 3-2 to the Summerside Western Capitals on Saturday night.
The visitors gave the Blizzard plenty of chances with several infractions, but the Blizzard had trouble getting organized in opposing territory. They completed the evening with one goal in eight power plays.
The Capitals took a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes of play thanks to goals from Robbie Rutledge (11th) and Blake Eastman (11th).
Philippe Collette (7th) gave the Blizzard hope with 20 seconds left in the second period, a goal scored on the power play.
In the third, Summerside regained a two-goal lead thanks to Brennan Murphy (2nd) at 7:10. Defenseman Tim Porter (2nd) made it 3-2 with a goal at 14:48, but it was too late for head coach Jonathan Lamy’s team, who was replacing Simon Olivier who was serving the first of his three-game suspension.
The Blizzard (8-4-0-0) held a 40-27 advantage in shots on goal. Adam Rouleau (3rd star) defended the cage for the Western Capitals (6-1-3-1). Nicholas Sheehan was the Blizzard keeper.
Rutledge (1st), Collette (2nd) earned the game’s other stars.
The Blizzard play its next game on Sunday, October 22nd at 2 p.m. in Fredericton.
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Philippe Collette scored his 7th goal of the season on Saturday. (Photo Percy Picard)
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Contact: Hugues Chiasson, vice-president communications – The Edmundston Blizzard; (506) 740-0623 – cell phone