MIRAMICHI, New Brunswick – The Edmundston Blizzard couldn’t hold on to two leads and the penalties came at a cost as the Miramichi Timberwolves won 4-3 on Wednesday night at the Miramichi Civic Centre in front of 503 spectators.
It was the first game for both sides since the forced break in early January. The Blizzard (9-2-0-2) suffered its second loss in regulation this season, both times against Miramichi (8-5-1-0).
Wolves goalie Daniel Moody seems to get his best nights against de Blizzard. He faced 43 shots. In fact, in the three games against Edmundston, Moody faced over 40 shots. Wednesday, he should have been awarded the game’s first star.
Marc-Antoine Bérubé-Jalbert received 37 shots and suffered a first loss in regulation since joining the Blizzard last year. His record now stands at 12-1-0-2.
Joshua Nadeau (3rd star), twice, and Isaac Chapman (1g, 1a) shook the ropes for the Blizzard. Evan MacKinnon (2nd star; 1g, 2a), Spencer Blackwell (1st star; 1g, 1a), Emmett Gordon (1g, 1a) and Connor McGregor got the puck past Bérubé-Jalbert.
The Blizzard was fired up in the first half of the opening frame, dominating 9-0 in shots. After scoring first, the Timberwolves responded later with two quick goals to take a 2-1 lead. The Blizzard then got their lead back (3-2) before the period ended.
The Timberwolves were able to capitalize on the power play twice. McGregor’s game-winning goal at 1:13 of the third period turned out to be the winner.
Blizzard and Timberwolves will clash again on Friday (7:30 p.m.) at the Jean-Daigle Centre in Edmundston, where spectators will cheer for their team for the first time since January 3rd.
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Isaac Chapman scored the opening goal at 1:38 of the first period. Photos archives Percy Picard
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Contact: Hugues Chiasson, Edmundston Blizzard vice-president communications; (506) 740-0623 – cell phone