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Road to the 2018 RBC Cup: MHL
The Edmundston Blizzard made their first season in northwestern New Brunswick a successful one
Jason La Rose
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March 14, 2018
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The Edmundston Blizzard made their first season in northwestern New Brunswick a successful one, claiming the fifth Maritime regular-season championship for the franchise and first since the Dieppe Commandos topped the standings in 2014-15. The Blizzard made their move early, winning their first seven games, and ran off another seven-game streak near the end of their schedule to cement their lead over second-place Yarmouth in the overall standings, and runner-up Summerside in the North Division. Edmundston was a middle-of-the-road team up front, with Logan Johnston (25-40—65) leading an offence than finished fifth out of 12 teams in goals, and goaltender Francis Asselin helped the Blizzard allow the third-fewest goals in the MHL, finishing second with 24 wins and eighth with a 2.60 goals-against average.

PLAYOFF MATCH-UPS
North Division
1) Edmundston Blizzard vs. 4) Miramichi Timberwolves
2) Summerside Western Capitals vs. 3) Campbellton Tigers

South Division
1) Yarmouth Mariners vs. 4) Truro Bearcats
2) South Shore Lumberjacks vs. 3) Amherst Ramblers

FINAL STANDINGS (W-L-OTL)
North Division
Edmundston – 76 points (36-10-4)
Summerside – 67 points (33-16-1)
Campbellton – 52 points (24-22-4)
Miramichi – 52 points (23-21-6)
Woodstock – 34 points (13-29-8)
St. Stephen – 26 points (12-36-2)

South Division
Yarmouth – 71 points (35-14-1)
South Shore – 66 points (31-15-4)
Amherst – 66 points (27-11-12)
Truro – 58 points (28-20-2)
Pictou County – 47 points (21-24-5)
Valley – 36 points (17-31-2)

LEADING SCORERS
T.J. Shea (Summerside) – 43G 62A 105P
Brodie McArthur (Summerside) – 29G 60A 89P
Jordan King (Amherst) – 28G 50A 78P
Campbell Pickard (Truro) – 34G 35A 69P
Logan Johnston (Edmundston) – 25G 40A 65P

LEADING GOALTENDERS
Dominik Tmej (Summerside) – 17-2-0, 2.06 GAA, .941 SV%, 6 SO
Alec MacDonald (Truro) – 7-3-0, 2.13 GAA, .916 SV%, 2 SO
MacKenzie Janes (South Shore) – 16-8-0, 2.39 GAA, .920 SV%, 1 SO
Alex Bishop (Summerside) – 8-4-0, 2.40 GAA, .932 SV%, 1 SO
Thomson Phinney (Yarmouth) – 6-4-0, 2.46 GAA, .909 SV%, 2 SO

LAST NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP APPEARANCE
2013 (Summerside Western Capitals – runners-up; Truro Bearcats – fifth place)

TOTAL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP APPEARANCES
27 (2013, 2013 (host), 2012, 2009, 2008, 2003 (host), 2002 (host), 1999, 1997 (host), 1996, 1994, 1993, 1993 (host), 1992, 1991, 1990, 1989, 1989 (host), 1988, 1987, 1986, 1986 (host), 1985, 1981, 1980, 1979, 1971)

LAST NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
2002 (Halifax Oland Exports)

TOTAL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
2 (2002, Halifax Oland Exports; 1997, Summerside Western Capitals)

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