GRAND-BOUCTOUCHE, New Brunswick – The West Kent Steamers gave their new fans a gift when they defeated the Edmundston Blizzard 2-1 in the Southeastern New Brunswick team’s opening game on Friday at the J. K. Irving Centre in Grand-Bouctouche.
Once again, it was a duel between goalkeepers. This time, Xavier Fisk got his revenge on Nicholas Sheehan. Both goalkeepers shone time and time again and had virtually no chance on the goals they allowed.
Inspired by a noisy crowd of 1,243, the Steamers gave themselves an early two-goal lead thanks to Cam White (3:38) and Beren Simard (13:51). After 20 minutes of play, the locals were ahead 2-0.
Only Jérémy Fortin in the second frame, with a deflection on a pass-shot from Alexis Jacques, managed to beat Fisk, who faced a bombardment of 41 pucks, including 17 in the third, against 32 shots directed at Sheehan.
Probably to mark their very first game in Grand-Bouctouche, the three stars went to Steamers players Xavier Fisk (1st), Cam White (2nd) and Beren Simard (3rd).
NOTES – Steamers fans were treated to a beautiful opening ceremony when the team introduced former workers aboard the “Steamers” boats that docked at the Bouctouche wharf until 1967 and 1968… The Steamers played a solid defensive game, and goaltender Fisk had his life made easier by his forward and defense teammates who helped him limit free bouncing pucks… Tempers flared a few times. A total of 96 penalty minutes were handed out by the two referees… The Blizzard will play its next game on Sunday, September 24 at the Jean-Daigle Centre, hosting
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In his first career MHL game, Nicolas Dubé (10) made his presence felt every time he was on the ice, as shown by this great chance in the second period. Photo special collaboration Vincent Daigle
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Source: Hugues Chiasson, vice-president communications – The Edmundston Blizzard; (506) 740-0623 – cell phone