EDMUNDSTON, New Brunswick – The Miramichi Timberwolves made amends for an 8-4 loss in Fredericton the day before, taking on the Edmundston Blizzard 4-1 on Friday evening at the Jean-Daigle Centre.
After two hard-fought periods in which the game was tied 1-1, the Timberwolves opened the scoring in the 3rd, with two goals 24 seconds apart at 4:05 and 4:29 to really shake the Blizzard players’ spirit.
The Timberwolves opened the scoring in 1st thanks to Kaden McNeil’s net at 12:07. The Blizzard replied at 11:22 of the second period, when Justin Hébert fired a one-timer past the opposing goalkeeper.
Kept under control after 40 minutes, Will Allen (3rd star), tore apart Edmundston defense by participating to all third period Wolves’ goals. He first set up Max Jardine’s goal and then scored the final two of the game, the last one into an empty net.
The game’s first star, goalkeeper Jack Flanagan, was rock solid in front of the visitors’ cage, notably resisting a breakaway early in the second period that could have changed the momentum of the game. The Miramichi keeper faced 34 shots.
The Timberwolves unleashed 35 pucks against the net defended by Nicholas Sheehan. This was the first time in their 17th game of the campaign that the Blizzard had allowed the opposing team more shots.
Defenseman Jérémie Thibodeau had an excellent game on defense for the Blizzard, earning him the second star of the evening.
The Blizzard suffered a third straight loss. Each time, they scored a meagre goal. The goalies they faced were exceptional, making 112 saves on 115 shots, for an efficiency rate of .974.
Simon Olivier’s team will be busy between now and the end of November, with seven games on the schedule. They take on the Fredericton Red Wings in the provincial capital next Thursday (7 p.m.). The following day, they’ll be back at the Jean-Daigle to host the West Kent Steamers.
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Jérémie Thibodeau’s strong defensive play earned him the second star of Friday’s game. (Photo Percy Picard)
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Contact: Hugues Chiasson, vice-president communications – The Edmundston Blizzard; (506) 740-0623 – cell phone