National rankings: Blizzard now 15th

EDMUNDSTON, New Brunswick – A single win in a week is sometimes not enough to maintain one’s position in the Canadian standings. The Edmundston Blizzard learned this the hard way. Despite a 7-6 overtime win in Campbellton on Friday night, Simon Olivier’s team has dropped five notches in the national rankings, and now finds itself in 15th position.

The Blizzard (42gp – 31-10-1-0 = 63pts) have a much better record than the Whitecourt Wolves (50gp – 29-16-4-1 = 63pts) in 13th place and the Humboldt Broncos (45gp – 29-12-3-1 = 62pts) in 14th. The Blizzard’s winning percentage is .750 compared to .689 for Humboldt and .630 for Whitecourt.

The Western Capitals (29-5-3-5), three points ahead of the Blizzard in the overall standings, are in 10th place. The West Kent Steamers (29-11-2-0) are now in 18th place.

In the national rankings, the Flin Flon Bombers (SJHL, 38-3-2-0) remain in first place, followed by the Collingwood Blues (OJHL, 43-5-0-1) and the Steinbach Pistons (MJHL, 37-6-3-0).

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Nicolas Dubé (10) skated alone towards the Campbellton Tigers goalie in the Blizzard’s last game at the Jean-Daigle Centre on February 1st. The Blizzard have won 9 of their last 10 games, the best sequence in the MHL. Photo archives Percy Picard

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