MIRAMICHI, New Brunswick – The Miramichi Timberwolves scored five goals in the second period and that was enough to defeat the Edmundston Blizzard 5-3 Friday night at the Miramichi Civic Centre.
The best-of-seven Eastlink North semi-final series of the Metalfab MHL Cup is now tied 2-2. Game five of the series will be played at the Jean-Daigle Centre on Sunday at 3:00 pm.
Playing without the services of their ace scorer Olivier Coulombe, injured in the previous game, the Blizzard started the game well when they took a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes of play thanks to goals from Jean-Phillip Boudreau and Peter Amanatidis.
However, the home team came back in a big way in the second period, scoring five unanswered goals to take a 5-2 lead over the stunned Blizzard. Five different players scored for the Timberwolves: Daryk Dubé-Plouffe, Félix Landry, Jérémy Duhamel, Jacob Kaine, and Jacob Santerre.
For the first time in its history, the Blizzard allowed five goals in a period. The Wolves’ powerful power play unit once again helped them as they scored two goals with an extra man.
Patrick LeBlanc hit the target early in the third (3:29) giving the Blizzard hopes a boost, but goaltender Ryan Knight (1st star) denied the Blizzard who once again dominated in terms of shots (38-30).
Blizzard goalie Thomas Boucher was unlucky on a few goals that were the result of deflections.
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Jean-Phillip Boudreau scored his second goal in as many games against the Timberwolves on Friday. Photo Percy Picard
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Contact: Hugues Chiasson, vice-president communications – The Edmundston Blizzard; (506) 740-0623 – cell phone