Blizzard ranked 18th in the country

Blizzard players celebrate their last victory at the Jean-Daigle in Edmundston on December 17th. Photo Olivier Chiasson

EDMUNDSTON, New Brunswick – Edmundston Blizzard retains its place among the top 20 Junior A hockey teams in the country.

The Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL) announced its latest weekly standings on Monday. The Blizzard is in 18th place. In the last standings on December 18, 2017, the Edmundston team was ranked 14th.

Players of head coach Ryan Salvis enjoyed a 6-4 victory (Saturday) and suffered a 3-0 loss (Sunday). This defeat explains the decline of four ranks.

Blizzard (23-5-3-0) leads the Maritime Junior Hockey League (MHL) overall with 49 points in 31 games, four points better than the Yarmouth Mariners (22-7-1-0) who earned an honourable mention from Canadian experts.

First place in the country still belongs to the Thief River Falls Norskies (28-1-0-0) despite not playing any games since the last ranking. The Norskies play in the Superior International Junior Hockey League.

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).

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