The Blizzard upset by the Aces

Maxime Grandmaison enjoys one of his two goals scored in the second period under the cheers of the crowd. Photo Digiphoto

EDMUNDSTON, N.B. – The Edmundston Blizzard suffered a 4-3 loss to the St. Stephen Aces on Friday night in front of 1,072 hockey fans at the Palladium of Saint-Jacques.

In the 7th minute of the third period, Ryan MacDonald broke a 3-3 tie on a power play to secure a sixth victory for the Aces this season. St. Stephen (6 wins and 6 losses) now trails Edmundston (8 victories and 2 defeats) by four points on top of the Eastlink North Division of the Maritime Junior Hockey League.

The other St. Stephen’s goals came from Tristan Bowlby, Patrick Daley and Adam Crowe.

For the Blizzard, Maxime Grandmaison put on a clinic in the second period by scoring in both shorthanded and during a man advantage situations. Each time, Grandmaison’s goals allowed the Blizzard to tie the score. The two teams scored back to back goals throughout the game starting with the Aces (only toal in the first period).

Trailing 3-2 in the third period, Liam Leonard got the local crowd going by lighting up the red light at 3:51. But three minutes later, Daley delivered the fatal blow to give St. Stephen the victory.

Goalkeeper Jack Grant was brilliant in front of the Aces’ net, pushing away 25 pucks. His rival, Francis Asselin blocked 21 shots. Grant deserved the 1st star. The second went to Maxime Grandmaison and the third to Patrick Daley, who had one goal and two assists.

The Blizzard gets back in action on Sunday, October 15, at 6 pm, when the team travel to Summerside, PEI, to face the Western Capitals.

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