EDMUNDSTON, New Brunswick – The Edmundston Blizzard suffered a third straight setback to begin its 2022-2023 season. On Friday, in front of 2,122 spectators gathered at the Jean-Daigle Centre, the Blizzard lost 5 to 2 to the Fredericton Red Wings.
For the third consecutive time, the Blizzard failed to maintain a lead late in the game.
Friday, Edmundston was ahead 2 to 1 after 40 minutes of play. Red Wings goaltender Mathias Savoie was spectacular throughout the game, especially in the third where he made some miraculous saves. Inspired by the brilliance of his goaltender, forward Cam Thomson scored three straight goals in 10 minutes in the third period to sink the Blizzard (0-3-0-0).
Carson Peer and Nolan Stewart also shook the ropes for the Red Wings (2-1-0-0). Jadon Reimer and Slava Melikov also had a solid game for the visitors with three assists each.
Alex Arsenault and Mitchell McLeod managed to beat Savoie who faced 30 shots from the Blizzard. Simon Couroux faced 28 of 29 shots. The Wings’ fourth goal was scored in an empty net.
With his three goals, Thomson earned the game’s first star. Blizzard guard Jesse Chamberlain was named the second star while Mathias Savoie received the third.
The Blizzard will play its next three games on opposing rinks. Thursday, September 29, they will be in Miramichi (7 p.m.), the next day in Fredericton (7 p.m.) and Sunday, October 2 in Grand Falls (3 p.m.).
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Defenseman Jesse Chamberlain had a nice game for the Blizzard, with many rushes in the offensive zone. This photo shows us Chamberlain (24) trying to squeeze between Slava Melikov (89) and Nathan Kelly (10). Photo Percy Picard
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Contact: Hugues Chiasson, vice-president communications – The Edmundston Blizzard; (506) 740-0623 – cell phone