YARMOUTH, Nova Scotia – Led by goaltender Nicholas Sheehan, once again in splendid form, the Edmundston Blizzard defeated the Truro Bearcats 5-1 on Sunday evening to complete the sweep of the three-day weekend in Nova Scotia.
Sheehan made 35 saves and lost his shutout with 1:11 left in the third period during a Bearcats power play.
The score doesn’t reflect the pace of the game, as the Blizzard surfed to a 1-0 lead until the sixth minute of the third period. Marco Martin scored the first goal of the game at 19:08 of the opening period.
After a scoreless second frame, the Blizzard got going in the third. Félix Bédard made it 2-0 with the winning goal at 6:46 on the power play. Jérémy Fortin made it 3-0 at 11:30, then Peter Amanatidis put an end to any Bearcats hopes by scoring at 14:22 with a man-advantage. Trailing 4-0, the Bearcats got on the scoreboard on Liam Welsh’s goal at 18:49. Ryan Loveless completed the scoring in an empty net with 32 seconds remaining.
Not surprisingly, Sheehan earned first star honors. Bédard (1g, 1a – 2nd star) and Alexis Jacques (0g, 2a – 3rd star) were also honored at the end of the game. The Blizzard fired 39 shots at the opposing goal defended by Frédéric Cousineau.
Simon Olivier’s men return to Edmundston with three important wins. They defeated Valley 8-4 on Friday and Yarmouth 6-2 on Saturday. Considering regular seasons’ play, this is the tenth consecutive victory on Nova Scotia soil for the Blizzard, who last lost on March 18, 2022 in Valley. Edmundston has now notched up its fourth straight win of the season.
The Blizzard (5-1-0-0) still sits first overall in the MHL. The Blizzard will enjoy a few well-deserved days off before hosting the Fredericton Red Wings on Friday, October 6. This game has been added to the schedule as it had previously been postponed on September 16 due to Hurricane Lee.
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Goalkeeper Nicholas Sheehan makes one of his 35 saves Sunday against defenseman Brady Stone. Photos courtesy James Faulkner
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Source: Hugues Chiasson, vice-president communications – The Edmundston Blizzard; (506) 740-0623 – cell phone