Penalties cost Blizzard the game in Miramichi

MIRAMICHI, New Brunswick – When a team has the firepower of Ludovic Dufort and Jérémy Duhamel, you can’t give them a chance to hurt you. Unfortunately, that’s what happened to the Edmundston Blizzard on Sunday night in Miramichi against the Timberwolves.

The Timberwolves scored three goals on the power play to win 5-3. The Blizzard had taken a 3-2 lead after 40 minutes of play. But penalties and a lack of concentration in the defensive zone finally got the better of the Blizzard, who were trying to win their sixth game in a row.

Dufort (44th, 45th and 46th), Duhamel (23rd) and David Doucet (11th in an empty net) scored for the Timberwolves (30-15-3-2). Dufort added an assist, while Doucet earned four assists.

Jérémy Ste-Marie (19th and 20th) and Carl-Anthony Massé (9th) replied for the Blizzard (36-12-1-0). The Blizzard were perfect on the power play (2 in 2) but conceded six power plays to their opponents, which eats up important offensive time when defending short-handed.

Goalie Nicholas Sheehan performed a few miracles, but he didn’t always have the support of his defense. He faced 41 shots. The Blizzard fired 35 shots at Adam Rouleau.

The Blizzard will play their next two games against the Fredericton Red Wings, whom they will face in the first round of the playoffs. These two games (Thursday, March 7 in Fredericton and Friday, March 8 in Edmundston) will set the stage for the playoffs. Edmundston completes its schedule on Sunday March 10 in Grand-Bouctouche against the West-Kent Steamers.

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Jérémy Ste-Marie had a great game with two goals on Sunday in Miramichi. Photo archives Percy Picard

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Contact: Hugues Chiasson, vice-president communications – The Edmundston Blizzard; (506) 740-0623 – cell phone