Blizzard back in the top Canadian weekly rankings

Blizzard players have every reason to smile. After notching two important wins to inaugurate the new Jean-Daigle Centre, the Blizzard is back in the CJHL top rankings. The photo shows Samuel Bastille and Justin Lush (13) celebrating after Blizzard’s second goal on Saturday against Summerside. Digiphoto archives photo.

EDMUNDSTON, New Brunswick – With two wins this past weekend, the Edmundston Blizzard is back in the top 20 of Canada’s best junior A hockey teams.

The Blizzard has a record of 11 wins and three losses and now ranks 20th out of 132 teams in the 10 Canadian leagues.

After a stellar seven-game winning streak that lifted the team to 2nd place nationwide on October 9th, the Blizzard was inconsistent and was downgraded. Last week, the team was no longer ranked among the elite in the country. On October 16th, Ryan Salvis’ squad was in 13th place.

For the third week in a row, the Thief River Falls Norskies of the Superior International Junior Hockey League, sit first in Canada. They claim a perfect record of 12 wins. They are followed by the North Stars Battlefords (Saskatchewan, 10 wins – 0 loss and 1 overtime loss) and the Okotoks Oilers (Alberta, 15 wins and one loss).

The Yarmouth Mariners (12 wins and 2 defeats) occupy the 8th position, which is the best ranking for a Maritime Junior Hockey League team.

Picked by an independent scouting service, the weekly rankings are based upon a variety of factors, including winning percentage; win-loss record; point totals; goals-for versus goals-against ratio, etc., and the league they compete in.

The Blizzard will play its next three games on opposing rinks.  The Edmundston team will face Woodstock (Friday, November 3), St. Stephen (Saturday, November 4) and Miramichi (Friday, November 10), before returning to Edmundston’s Jean-Daigle Centre on Friday November 17.

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Contact: Hugues Chiasson, vice-president communications – The Edmundston Blizzard; (506) 740-0623 – cell phone