Blizzard maintains it 19th rank in the country

Nolan Alward had a great game for the Blizzard in Miramichi on Saturday. The veteran defenseman collected three assists to lead his team to a 7-4 win. Photo archives Olivier Chiasson

EDMUNDSTON, New Brunswick – Nothing has changed. The Edmundston Blizzard is still ranked 19th in the national standings of the Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL) for the seventh week in a row.

Next week’s national rankings will probably be the last of the season prepared by the CJHL.

The Blizzard (33-9-3-0 = 69 points), leader of the EastLink North division had a quiet week. Ryan Salvis’s team won its only game of the week, 7-4, in Miramichi against the Timberwolves on Saturday.

The Yarmouth Mariners (33-12-1-0 = 67 points), first in the EastLink South division, retain their honourable mention in the Canadian standings. The Mariners also won (7-3 against Campbellton) in their only game of the week.

The Blizzard has only five games to play by the end of the regular season, with the next two on the road. Friday, Blizzard faces the Valley Wildats an Saturday the Amherst Ramblers.

On the national scene, the top three positions remained unchanged. Carleton Place Canadians (CCHL, 51-4-1-3) keep their number one rank in Canada, followed by the Okotoks Oilers (AJHL, 49-6-2) and the Steinbach Pistons (MJHL, 46-8-2-2).

Here is the ranking of the Blizzard in the country week after week, since last September 25 marking the beginning of the regular season for the teams (16th, 6th, 2nd, 13th, not ranked, 20th, 12th, 19th, 14th, 20th, 17th, 19th, 14th, 18th, 19th, 19th, 19th, 19th, 19th, 19th, 19th).

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.

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