2023 Eastlink North Division Final
(1) Edmundston Blizzard vs (2) Summerside Western Capitals
- Game 1 – Wednesday, April 5th, 7:30 p.m. – Centre Jean Daigle
- Game 2 – Thursday, April 6th, 7:30 p.m. – Centre Jean Daigle
- Game 3 – Sunday, April 9th, 7:00 p.m. – Credit Union Place
- Game 4 – Monday, April 10th, 7:00 p.m. – Credit Union Place
- Game 5 – Thursday, April 13th, 7:30 p.m. – Centre Jean Daigle*
- Game 6 – Saturday, April 15th, 7:00 p.m. – Credit Union Place*
- Game 7 – Tuesday, April 18th, 7:30 p.m. – Centre Jean Daigle*
|38-13-0-1 (2nd)||Regular Season Record (MHL Rank)||35-14-3-0 (3rd)|
|4-2 vs Miramichi||Semifinal Result||4-3 vs Campbellton|
|5.17||Playoff Goals For per game||3.14|
|3.83||Playoff Goals Against per game||3.71|
|35.7%||Playoff Powerplay %||23.3%|
|58.3%||Playoff Penalty Kill %||76.9%|
|Philippe Collette – 5 G, 5 A
Alex Arsenault – 2 G, 8 A
Patrick Leblanc – 2 G, 8 A
|Playoff Top Scorer||Trentyn Crane – 2 G, 9 A|
|Five players tied with 2 points||Playoff Top Scoring Defenseman||Ed McNeill – 2 G, 7 A|
|Samuel LeBlanc – 2-0-0-0, 0.67 GAA, .977 SV%
Thomas Boucher – 2-1-1-0, 4.59 GAA, .831 SV%
|Playoff Goaltender Stats||Chad Arsenault – 4-2-1-0, 3.31 GAA, .909 SV%
Brandon Abbott – 0-0-0-0, 3.44 GAA, .933 SV%
|3-4-0-1||Head to Head Record||5-2-1-0|
|Olivier Coulombe – 3 G, 7 A||Leading Scorer in Season Series||Trentyn Crane – 4 G, 14 A|
- October 20th – Summerside 6 Edmundston 5 (SO)
- October 28th – Edmundston 2 Summerside 5
- October 29th – Edmundston 1 Summerside 4
- January 7th – Edmundston 2 Summerside 3
- January 27th – Summerside 6 Edmundston 2
- February 17th – Summerside 2 Edmundston 3
- February 17th – Summerside 5 Edmundston 6 (OT) – completion of a game on January 28th
- March 12th – Edmundston 5 Summerside 6
- Edmundston and Summerside met in last season’s Eastlink North Semi-Final, which was won by the Western Capitals in five games. The Blizzard beat Summerside in the 2017-18 Eastlink North Final in seven games. In both cases, the winning team went on to capture the league title.
- 2022-23 MHL Player of the Year Olivier Coulombe started his MHL season after the first three meetings between the two clubs but still totalled ten points in those five games, helping Summerside win three of them. For the Western Capitals, Trentyn Crane collected multiple points in seven of the eight games against Edmundston this season.
- 2022-23 MHL Goaltender of the Year Thomas Boucher will be looking to bounce back from a rough first round matchup against Miramichi where he allowed 22 goals on 130 shots in six games for an .831 save percentage. Summerside’s Chad Arsenault allowed 24 goals in seven games against Campbellton, but faced more than twice as many shots as Boucher.
- One area that has to improve for Edmundston is their penalty killing, which went from 77.7% (5th-best) in the regular season to a league-worst 58.3% in the first round of the Metalfab MHL Cup Playoffs. However, Summerside scored on 41.7% of their powerplays against Edmundston this season (15 for 36), with powerplay goals in seven of eight games. The Blizzard’s powerplay against Summerside was 25.0%, but their playoff powerplay was 35.7% against Miramichi in the first round.
- Summerside’s Marc Richard has the longest active goal scoring streak at four games. Teammate Trentyn Crane and Edmundston’s Philippe Collette each have assists in their last four games. The Blizzard’s Patrick Leblanc has the longest active point streak in the playoffs, collecting at least one point in each game of the series with the Timberwolves.