CAMPBELLTON, New Brunswick – Inspired by a superb performance by goaltender Samuel LeBlanc and Noah Matulu’s brilliant attacking skills, the Edmundston Blizzard beat the Campbellton Tigers, 2-1, Sunday afternoon at the Campbellton Memorial Civic Centre.
LeBlanc stopped 34 of 35 pucks fired against him. He lost his shutout midway through the third period, with the Blizzard leading 2-0.
Matulu participated in the two Blizzard goals, getting an assist on the first Blizzard goal in the first period (at 13:14) and by registering the winning goal (3rd goal of the campaign) following a very good maneuver at 8:15 of the third period.
It was Tristan Fortin who opened the scoring first by deflecting in the slot a nice pass from Jérémie Thibodeau. For Fortin, it was his sixth goal this season and he also had an assist on Matulu’s game-winning goal.
Connor Richard avoided the shutout in the Tigers’ camp at 9:30 of the third period.
Tigers goaltender Xavier Farrah faced 31 shots.
The three stars of the meeting were Noah Matulu (1st), Peter Stanger (2nd) and Xavier Farrah (3rd).
The Blizzard (6-5-0-0) returns to Edmundston with a record of two wins and a loss this weekend. The Blizzard will play their next game Thursday (7:30 p.m.) when they host the Summerside Western Capitals (6-1-0-0). Edmundston and Summerside lead the Maritime Junior Hockey League Eastlink North Division with 12 points each. But the Western Capitals have played four fewer games.
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Samuel LeBlanc stood strong in front of the Blizzard goal in Campbellton, allowing only one goal. Photo archives Percy Picard
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Contact: Hugues Chiasson, vice-president communications – The Edmundston Blizzard; (506) 740-0623 – cell phone