EDMUNDSTON, N.B. – The second exhibition meeting Campbellton Tigers – Edmundston Blizzard finished the same way. The Tigers savored another victory, this time by a score of 5 to 3 at the Jean-Daigle Centre. The night before, they won 3 to 1 on their Restigouche rink.
Blizzard head coach Simon Olivier decided to use his youngest players to show what they could deliver on the ice. And they did not disappoint, especially in the third period when they showed more conviction.
The Tigers were playing with three 20-year-olds and five 19-year-olds. The Blizzard did not count on any 20-year-old players and used four 19-year-old skaters.
Jacob Duguay, on a breakaway, Aiden Tucker and Olivier Nadeau scored the goals for the Blizzard. The response came from Austin Arsenault, twice, Nicolas Tan, Marc-André Boudreau and Will Morrison.
Xavier Farrah (1 goal against on 9 shots) and Nathan Mills (2 goals against on 19 shots) were the goalkeepers for the Tigers. The Blizzard goaltenders were Will Hodgson (2 goals against on 24 shots) and Matthew Parker (3 goals against on 18 shots). The four goalkeepers played around thirty minutes each. The Tigers led 42-28 in shots.
Arsenault (1st), Tan (2nd) and Nadeau (3rd) were chosen as the three stars of the game.
The Blizzard will soon announce cuts in the number of players present at the camp, in preparation for the last two exhibition games which will take place next Friday (7 p.m. in Matane) and Saturday (7:30 p.m. in Edmundston) against the Tigers.
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Olivier Nadeau (27) receives a hug from teammate Gabriel Martin after scoring with a blistering shot in the last minute of the game. Photo Percy Picard
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Contact: Hugues Chiasson, vice-president communications – The Edmundston Blizzard; (506) 740-0623 – cell phone