Canadian rankings: Blizzard and Mariners still neck to neck

The Blizzard players congratulate each other after their last home win (3-0) on February 4 against the Campbellton Tigers. Photo archives Olivier Chiasson

EDMUNDSTON, New Brunswick – Following the Maritime Junior League (MHL) games of the past week, Edmundston Blizzard and Yarmouth Mariners positions in the Canadian standings remain unchanged.

Blizzard is ranked 19th in the Canadian Junior Hockey League for the fifth week in a row. The Mariners remained on the 20th step for a second consecutive week.

Edmundston won two of its three games last week while Yarmouth had a perfect three-game winning streak.

The Blizzard (30-9-3-0) and the Mariners (30-11-1-0) are engaged in a fight to finish by the end of the 50-game schedule. The Blizzard totals 63 points against 61 for the Mariners. Both teams lead their respective division. All eyes will be focused on these two teams when they will face each other on Sunday, February 18 at 3 pm at the Jean-Daigle Centre in Edmundston.

The regular season will end in less than a month, on March 11.

The Blizzard still has eight games to play, half of them at home. The next two games will be played at Jean-Daigle Centre on Friday, February 16 (7:30 pm) against the St. Stephen Aces and on Sunday, February 18 (3 pm) against the Mariners. These two meetings will be sold out.

Positions 1 to 3 in Canada remained unchanged. The Carleton Place Canadians (CCHL, 46-4-1-3) are first overall, followed by the Okotoks Oilers (AJHL, 43-6-2) and the Nipawin Hawks (SJHL, 37-5-2-4).

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).

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