National rankings: Blizzard remains 10th

EDMUNDSTON, New Brunswick – With only five weeks of regular season activity left, the Edmundston Blizzard has maintained its 10th place in the Canadian standings, as announced today by the Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL).

The Blizzard won two games and suffered a lost the past week to bring their record to 30-10-1-0, atop the Eastlink North division of the Maritime Junior A Hockey League (MJAHL). Edmundston first blanked the Grand Falls Rapids 4-0 on Wednesday and beat the Campbellton Tigers 4-1 the following day. On Sunday, Simon Olivier’s men lost 3-2 in Amherst.

The Western Capitals (27-5-3-5), who are one point ahead of the Blizzard in the overall standings, fell four positions to 9th in the country.

The West Kent Steamers (28-10-2-0) moved up one position to 17th.

In the national rankings, the Flin Flon Bombers (SJHL, 35-2-2-0) remain in first place, followed by the Collingwood Blues (OJHL, 41-5-0-1) and the Steinbach Pistons (MJHL, 34-6-3-0).

Last week, the CJHL decided to cut its ties with five Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) teams who decided to join the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL). These teams are the Brooks Bandits, Sherwood Park Crusaders, Spruce Grove Saints, Blackfalds Bulldogs and Okotoks Oilers.

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Blizzard players listen attentively to instructions from head coach Simon Olivier during a time-out in Thursday’s game against the Campbellton Tigers at the Jean-Daigle Centre. Photo Percy Picard

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