EDMUNDSTON, N.B. – Austin Paul and Jérémy Duguay scored twice apiece, paving the way for the Edmundston Blizzard’s convincing 6-3 victory over the Fredericton Red Wings on Saturday night at the Jean-Daigle Center.
Jérémie Thibodeau will remember this evening for a long time. During an offensive threat late in the second period, the Saint-Léonard defenseman rushed to support the attack and received a sharp pass between the two engagement circles to let go a strong wrist shot that beat the opposing goalkeeper for his first goal in the Maritime Junior Hockey League. The goal, which gave Blizzard a 4-1 lead, turned out to be the winning one.
Blake Richardson (1g, 1a) scored the other Blizzard goal, who shows two wins and one loss. Noah Gibbs, with two assists, also performed well in the Blizzard camp.
The Blizzard took advantage of costly penalties by the Red Wings. Edmundston scored twice with five-on-three powerplays.
Zach Alchorn (2g, 1a) and Cole Fraser replied for the Red Wings (2-2-0-0). Nicholas Sheehan (Blizzard) and Mathias Savoie (Red Wings) were the two goalies. They each faced 33 shots. It was not an easy task for Savoie, who had faced 56 shots the day before in Fredericton’s 6-5 win over Summerside.
This meeting marked the return of Jérémy Duguay who stood out offensively thanks to his explosive skating, his vision of the game and unfailing confidence.
Paul (2g, 1a), Duguay (2g) and Alchorn (2g, 1a) earned the 1st, 2nd and 3rd stars respectively.
The Blizzard will be back at work on Thursday (7:30 p.m.) when they host Eastlink North division leaders, the Campbellton Tigers (2-0-1-1).
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Austin Paul had another great game with two goals and one assist. Photo Percy Picard
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Source: Hugues Chiasson, vice-president communications – The Edmundston Blizzard; (506) 740-0623 – cell phone