Season opening game: Félix Laniel gives Blizzard victory in OT

FREDERICTON, New Brunswick – Félix Laniel scored the winning goal early in overtime, giving the Edmundston a 2-1 victory over the Fredericton Red Wings on Friday night.

Laniel got the winner in the 36th second on helpers from Ben Lightbody and Isaac Chapman.

The game was one of four season game openers on Friday of the Honda Thank you MHL Week. The Blizzard-Red Wings clash was played at the centre Grant-Harvey Centre in Fredericton in front of 517 spectators.

The Red Wings took a 1-0 lead in the first period thanks to Sacha Charbonneau’s goal at 4:18. Zachary Cadorette evened the score at 19:56 of the second period.

Blizzard’s record in opening game season, all played on the road, is a perfect four wins in four games. The game on Friday was the first that needed extra time.

The Blizzard fired 38 shots at Morgan Kini. The Red Wings knocked on Marc-Antoine Bérubé-Jalbert’s door 28 times.

Emery Olauson’s players return home where they will host the Miramichi Timberwolves on Sunday afternoon (3 pm) for the opening game at the Jean-Daigle Centre.

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Félix Laniel was the hero in overtime by scoring at the 36th second. Photo archives Percy Picard

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