Vanier and Blizzard’s power play give Tigers headaches

EDMUNDSTON, New Brunswick – The Edmundston Blizzard shook its power play drought by scoring three times on the man-advantage to beat the Campbellton Tigers 4-2 in a hard-fought game Wednesday night at the Jean-Daigle Centre in Edmundston in front of a crowd of 2,524 fans.

The win allows the Blizzard (3w, 2l) to reach first place of the EastLink North division of the Maritime Junior A Hockey League.

Veteran Gabriel Vanier stood up again. He scored three goals, including two on the power play, to guide his team to victory. Vanier collected a point in all five games this season. His linemate, Logan Johnston, also had a three-point night with one goal and two assists.

Vanier is the top goal scorers this season with six, one more than TJ Shea and Cam Roberts, both with Summerside Western Capitals. Vanier’s 11 points are one shy than Shea, the point leader.

The two teams traded goals up to the score of 2-2. Vanier shook the ropes at 16:57 of the second frame and that was enough. The big right winger then sored at 8:38 of the third period to allow the Blizzard to sail to the win. Tigers’ record is now 2-2.

Coleton Perry scored both Tigers’ goal against Francis Asselin, who had another strong game, blocking 29 of 31 shots against him. His counterpart, Tristan Gray, received 35 pucks.

The Tigers players were not lucky, hitting the post a few times.

The Blizzard players had not scored on 17 power play occasions in their first four meetings.

Edmundston will be back in action next Saturday when the team travels to Summerside, PEI, to face the Western Capitals.

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Gabriel Vanier gets one of his many shots of the evening while goaltender Tristan Gray is preparing to make a stop. Tigers’ defenseman Logan Kelly-Murphy is looking on.

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Contact: Hugues Chiasson, vice-president communications – The Edmundston Blizzard; (506) 740-0623 – cell phone