The Tigers engulfed by the Blizzard
EDMUNDSTON, New Brunswick – Inspired by the unveiling of its new mascot Chinook, the Edmundston Blizzard hit the Campbellton Tigers hard, especially in the second period, to register a convincing 7-3 win on Sunday afternoon at the Jean-Daigle Centre in Edmundston.
The 2,767 fans saw the home team take an early lead thanks to defenseman Marc-Antoine Couture’s first goal in the blue and white uniform. He scored at 3:22 of the opening period. But the Tigers responded with two goals to return to the dressing room with a 2-1 lead.
Tigers looked tired as they were playing their third game in as many days. They collapsed in the second frame when the Blizzard scored four consecutive goals in 9:25 chasing goalkeeper Isaak Pelletier out of the game. Campbellton got back on track with a goal but even at 5-3 after 40 minutes of play, the damage was already done. The Blizzard added two goals in the third to end the debate.
Sam King (1g, 3a; 1st star), Tristan Mercure (1g, 1a; 2nd star), Logan Johnston (2g, 1a; 3rd star), Gabriel Vanier and Aaron Brown scored the other Blizzard goals.
Pierre-Luc Lurette, Jared Janke and Drew Toner found the back of the net for the Tigers.
Francis Asselin was the goalkeeper for the Blizzard. He faced 36 shots against 39 for Isaak Pelletier and Tristan Gray combined.
The Blizzard victory (11W, 8L, 3OTL = 25pts) combined with Miramichi Timberwolves’ (11W, 10L, 2OTL, 2SOL = 24 pts) loss on Sunday allowed Edmundston to climb to third place in the EastLink North division of the Maritime Junior Hockey League. The Blizzard is four points behind the Tigers (13W, 7L, 1OTL, 2SOL = 29pts).