EDMUNDSTON, New Brunswick – The Edmundston Blizzard silenced the well-balanced Campbellton Tigers offense for most of the night to register a twelfth consecutive win. The Blizzard edged the Tigers 6-3 to extend their lead to three points over them at the top of the Eastlink North division.
The Blizzard players were ready for this meeting. They surprised the felines from the first assault by taking a 4-1 lead. And they widened the gap to 5 goals thanks to a 6-1 lead after two periods.
Peter Amanatidis (1g, 3a), Jérémy Duguay (1g, 2a), Patrick LeBlanc (1g, 2a), Olivier Coulombe (1g, 1a), Mitchell McLeod (1g, 1a) and Tristan Fortin found the back of the net for the Blizzard whose record is now 18-10-0-1.
For Coulombe, who scored his 20th goal of the campaign, it was a 14th game in a row with at least one point. A correction following the game of December 10 (a pass was added to him) allowed him to keep his streak active. As for Patrick LeBlanc, he scored his first goal in a Blizzard uniform in his third game this season.
For the Tigers (15-8-3-1), Justin David (1b, 1p) Jake Kyle and Ethan Dollemont shook the ropes.
Thomas Boucher earned his 11th straight win in front of the Blizzard goal. He outdid himself a few times and faced 37 shots. Olivier LeClair was replaced by Xavier Farrah after the Blizzard’s fifth goal at the 25th minute of play. The two Tigers goalkeepers faced 36 shots.
Duguay (1st), Amanatidis (2nd) and LeBlanc (3rd), all from Blizzard, were named the stars of the game.
The Blizzard will have another big test in less than 24 hours when they host the Truro Bearcats on Saturday, December 17 (7:30 p.m.), an Eastlink South powerhouse with an 18-7-0-2 record.
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Jérémy Duguay (14) is closely watched by defenseman Nick Dyson (4). Duguay was chosen as the first star of the game played Friday at the Jean-Daigle Centre. (Photo Percy Picard)
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Contact: Hugues Chiasson, vice-president communications – The Edmundston Blizzard; (506) 740-0623 – cell phone