Tigers Win Season Opener On Road

The Tigers put their offensive power on display in Edmundston once again, scoring a handful while allowing only a single marker by the Blizzard. Unlike in the previous meeting between these teams when the Tigers waited until the last frame and OT to light the red light five times, Campbellton notched markers in all three periods of this first regular season contest. Starting just before the thirteenth minute mark of the first, the Tigers used up less than two minutes of the clock to score a pair of powerplay goals. The first came off the stick of Maxime Charest who, after a scramble in front of the Blizzard’s net,  drove the puck home from a sharp angle. Assists went to veterans, Charles-William Gagné and Pascal Valcourt. Eighty-seven seconds later, rookie forward, Riley Bezeau doubled Campbellton’s lead by notching his first MHL goal after being set up by Connor Richard and William Basque. The Tigers took the two goal lead into the first intermission.

Early in the middle period,  Tristan Gagnon gave the home team fans something to cheer about when, on a powerplay,  he got one past Tristan Gray in Campbellton’s net. However, the spirit of the large Blizzard’s crowd was dampened quickly when, less than two minutes later, Gagné tipped a pass from Antoine Gauthier past Ewan MacDonald to restore the two goal cushion. Just over four minutes later, after a nice pass from Kyle Petten sent him into the clear in front of the Blizzard’s net, Coleton Perry backhanded a shot over MacDonald’s blocker to increase the Tigers’ lead to 4-1. Sam McKinney picked up an assist on the play.

In the final frame, with the two points  practically in the books, the Tigers put the icing on the cake with another goal by Gagné. On the play, Charest cleared the puck off the boards up to Gauthier who carried the puck  into Edmundston’s end. Then, from the side of the net, Gauthier flipped the puck back to Gagné in front who then slid it past the goalie for his second of the game.

Gray, in the Tigers’ net made nineteen saves to earn the win. For his significant efforts and contributions, Gagné was named the game’s first star while Charest, with a goal and an assist was second star. Third star went to the Blizzard’s lone goal scorer, Tristan Gagnon.