Blizzard ranked 19th in the country for a month and a half

Speedster Alexandre Jacob had a terrific weekend for the Blizzard getting eight points in two games. This photo was taken Sunday when the Blizzard hosted the Yarmouth Mariners at the Jean-Daigle Centre. Photo archives Olivier Chiasson

EDMUNDSTON, New Brunswick – For the sixth week in a row, Edmundston Blizzard is ranked 19th in the national standings of the Canadian Junior Hockey League.

The Blizzard won both of their weekend games against the St. Stephen Aces (7-3) and the Yarmouth Mariners (6-3). The Yarmouth team has lost its 20th place and are now in the national five-team block with the honourable mention. The Mariners won two games and lost one over the weekend.

Edmundston (32-9-3-0 = 67 pts) leads the Summerside Western Capitals (28-15-1-0 = 57 pts) by ten points at the top of the EastLink North division of the Maritime Junior Hockey League. The magic number for the Blizzard to clinch the division is three. Edmundston and Summerside have six games to play to conclude their regular season which ends on March 11.

The Blizzard players return to action on Saturday, February 24 when they visit the Miramichi Timberwolves.

Carleton Place Canadians (CCHL, 49-4-1-3) keep their number one rank in Canada, followed by the Okotoks Oilers (AJHL, 46-6-2). A new team moved to third place, the Steinbach Pistons (MJHL, 44-8-2-1).

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).

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