NEW GLASGOW, Nova Scotia – What a smashing way for the Edmundston Blizzard to shake off their lethargy of five straight losses.
Thursday night in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, the Pictou County Weeks Crushers tasted the medicine of Olivier Coulombe who tied a team record with four goals that paved the way to an easy 6-2 win for the Blizzard. In addition, the game marked the entry into the scene of the new goalkeeper, Thomas Boucher, who has been impressive in his Blizzard’s debut.
After conceding the first goal to the Crushers, the Blizzard fired red balls at the opposing goaltender by scoring five unanswered goals.
Besides Coulombe’s four goals (3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th), Tristan Fortin (8th) and Mitchell McLeod (9th) also shook the ropes for the Blizzard (7-10-0-1). Alex Arsenault had a good night’s work with three assists.
Riley Seymour and Lucas Parsons replied for the Weeks Crushers (6-7-0-0).
The Blizzard largely dominated in shots (44-26). Boucher, who the Blizzard had just acquired, was very solid in front of the Blizzard goal to deserve the victory.
Boucher, who turns 20 in December, comes to Edmundston following a trade with the Joliette Prédateurs, a team of the Quebec Junior AAA Hockey League. In six games with the Quebec team, the native of Lévis, posted a goals against average of 5.08 and a save percentage of .870. The Blizzard acquired Boucher in return for future considerations.
Three other players in history have managed to score four goals in a game for the Blizzard: Sam King (2018), Chrystopher Collin (2019) and Tristan Fortin (2021).
The celebrations will be short-lived for the Blizzard players because, after a brief night’s sleep, they will find themselves on the ice at the Grant-Harvey Centre in Fredericton, Friday, Remembrance Day, starting at 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon (3 p.m.), they will be back in front of their fans to face the Miramichi Timberwolves.
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It was Olivier Coulombe’s night in New Glasgow, Thursday, as the elite forward scored four goals. Photo archives Percy Picard
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Contact: Hugues Chiasson, vice-president communications – The Edmundston Blizzard; (506) 740-0623 – cell phone