EDMUNDSTON, New Brunswick – Campbellton Tigers top snipers thundered in Edmundston on Saturday night paving the way to a 6-3 win over the Blizzard.
Joakim Bergeron (3g, 1a) and Daryk Dubé-Plouffe (2g, 2a) did all the devastation on the visitor’s side. Zach Spencer completed the scoring for the Tigers (7-9-0-1) who won for the fourth time in a row.
Andrew Bruder, who joined the Blizzard recently, collected his first three goals of the campaign in his third game. Unfortunately for him, he didn’t celebrate his hat trick in a conventional way. After Bruder apparently hit the post with over a minute left in the game, the Tigers found the back of the net on the same sequence almost a minute later at 19:42. The on-ice officials had a meeting at center ice and overturned the decision and ultimately awarded the goal retroactively to Bruder at 18:48.
Zachary Cadorette also had a great night with three assists.
The number of shots on goal favoring the Blizard (43-36) does not indicate the pace of the game. The Tigers were more threatening, dominating 31-19 in shots after 40 minutes. The Blizzard fired 24 times towards Tristan Gray in the third frame, most from long range. Gray did a great job in front of the Tigers net. At the other end, Marc-Antoine Bérubé-Jalbert had more trouble against his former team.
The physical aspect of the game was pretty tough for a few Blizzard players. Joshua Nadeau left the game with just over five minutes to go in the first period. Even Isaac Chapman was shaken up early in the game after taking a check from Tobias Odjick. Nadeau and Chapman nevertheless managed to keep their streak with at least a point active. Nadeau collected an assist on the first goal of the game, while Chapman, in his very last presence, passed the puck to Bruder who beat Gray.
Tigers and Blizzard will face off again on Sunday March 14 (7 p.m.) at the Memorial Civic Centre in Campbellton.
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Andrew Bruder (17) reacts after scoring his first of three goals. Photo Percy Picard
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Contact: Hugues Chiasson, Edmundston Blizzard vice-president communications; (506) 740-0623 – cell phone