Season over for the Blizzard

MIRAMICHI, New Brunswick – The Edmundston Blizzard were swept in four games in the Eastlink North Division final of the Metalfab MHL Cup when the Miramichi Timberwolves prevailed 4-2 on Thursday evening at the Miramichi Civic Centre.

After beating the Fredericton Red Wings the same way in four games, the Blizzard were never able to get together in the series against the Timberwolves, who had been playing with confidence and forming a formidable line-up since mid-February.

Ludovic Dufort (1st) scored the Timberwolves’ first goal of the game at 10:14 of the first period. Félix Bédard (5th) brought both teams back to square one at 18:31.

Mitchell Wagner broke the Blizzard’s back in the second period with back-to-back goals, his 2nd and 3rd of the series, at 10:23 and 13:07.

Philippe Collette (6th) revived Edmundston’s hopes with a goal at 6:11 in the third period to cut the deficit to 3-2. The Timberwolves dashed any hopes of a Blizzard comeback when David Doucet (10th) found the back of the net in an empty cage with 18 seconds left on the board.

The Blizzard’s elimination means the end of junior careers for seven Blizzard players: goaltender Nicholas Sheehan, defensemen Anastasios Lazaris and Michael McQuaid, and forwards Félix Bédard, Jérémy Ste-Marie, Dominic LeBlanc and Peter Amanatidis.

The Timberwolves will face the winner of the series between the Amherst Ramblers and the Summerside Western Capitals in the MHL Grand Final. Summerside leads the series 3-2.

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Philippe Collette scored the Blizzard’s second goal in the third period. Photo archives Percy Picard

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