Canadian rankings : Blizzard still in 19th place

Blizzard players celebrate after the first goal of the game scored by defenseman Nolan Alward who is congratulated by Liam Leonard (7), Alexandre Jacob (22), Logan Johnston (arm in the air) and Keenan Gillis (79). Photo Olivier Chiasson

EDMUNDSTON, New Brunswick – For the third week in a row, the Edmundston Blizzard is ranked 19th out of the top 20 junior A hockey teams in the country. The Canadian Junior Jockey League announced the new rankings today.

After being blanked 4-0 in Summerside on Thursday, the Blizzard rallied on Sunday beating the Miramichi Timberwolves, 3-1, at the Jean-Daigle Centre.

The Yarmouth Mariners (26-11-1-0), leaders of the EastLink South division, are regulars of the Honourable mention title earning this distinction for a sixth consecutive week.

The Blizzard has a record of 27 wins, 8 losses and 3 overtime defeats, good for first place in the EastLink North division and the overall standings of the Maritime Junior Hockey League. Blizzard leads the Summerside Western Capitals by ten points in its division.

Positions 1 to 3 remained unchanged. The Carleton Place Canadians (CCHL, 42-4-1-3) are first overall, followed by the Okotoks Oilers (AJHL, 40-6-2) and the Nipawin Hawks (SJHL, 34-5-2-3).

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).

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