CAMPBELLTON, New Brunswick – A win in a exhibition game is no guarantee of success, say team coaches. But when the players make a constant effort to carve out a place for themselves in the line-up, it was mission accomplished on Friday night in Campbellton, as the Edmundston Blizzard hardly defeated the Campbellton Tigers, 5-4.
The duo of Ryan Loveless and Ryan Small dominated offensively for the winners. Loveless scored twice, while Small picked up two assists. Colby Morin made his presence felt with some solid checking while collecting a goal and an assist.
Ty Owen Bérubé and Alex Thibault scored the other goals for the Blizzard, who dominated 38-27 in the shots column. Had it not been for the brilliance of Tigers goalkeeper Luke Remenyi, the Blizzard could have stacked several more goals in the second half of the game.
Benjamin de Jong (1g, 2a), Mathis Guévin (1g, 1a), Andrew Cianflone (1g), Alex Lavoie (1g) and Brady Burke (2a) were the Tigers’ best offensive performers.
Goalkeepers Olivier St-Onge and Will Hodgson allowed two goals apiece to the Tigers, whose starting goalkeeper was Nathan Mills.
The Blizzard players return home, and some new faces will be added in the lineup for the game against the Grand Falls Rapids on Saturday, September 2nd at 7:30 p.m. at the Jean-Daigle Centre.
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Ryan Loveless made a big impression in Edmundston’s first exhibition game with a two-goal performance in Campbellton on Friday night. This action shot was taken at the Blizzard training camp on Thursday, August 31st. Photo archives Percy Picard
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Contact: Hugues Chiasson, vice-president communications – The Edmundston Blizzard; (506) 740-0623 – cell phone