Following a Saturday that saw many close games and a couple blowouts, the first big weekend of the Alliance regular season will conclude today with five more games. For the majority of teams, this will be their last game of action before heading to the Alliance FaceOff beginning on Friday. The Faceoff, while all exhibition games, will really give the teams an idea of where everyone is at early in the season.
Sun County Panthers at Cambridge Hawks 1:00pm:
Both the Panthers and the Hawks are hoping that Sunday will treat them a little better than Saturday did. Both teams were on the wrong ends of lopsided loses with each team allowing six goals to their opponents.
Cambridge was downed 6-0 by the streaking Huron-Perth Lakers while the Panthers were downed by the Kitchener Jr. Rangers 6-1 in a game that included many defensive miscues. Kody Williams is expected to make his season debut today for the Panthers.
Waterloo Wolves at Lambton Jr. Sting 1:30pm:
The Waterloo Wolves were able to begin their regular season with a home win yesterday in an impressive performance over the Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs. Nathan Torchia was strong in net as the Wolves put their performance in the Titans tournament in the rear-view mirror.
The Jr. Sting will take in their third game in as many days today. On Friday night, the Sting played the Chatham-Kent Cyclones to a tie and yesterday the Sting were edged out by the Hamilton Huskies 2-1.
Windsor Spitfires at Brantford 99ers 2:00pm:
The backend of a home and home series between Windsor and Brantford will conclude this afternoon. In their opening matchup, Windsor capitalized on some undisciplined play by the 99ers to score two PP goals and finish with a 2-2 tie. Top prospect Owen Lalonde opened up the scoring for Windsor while Quinn Isowa and Cam Allan added goals for Brantford.
Dan Murphy and Eric Pillon both played strong games for their respective clubs so it is possible we see a matchup between the pipes of Richie Little and James Walker for this afternoons game.
Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs at Chatham-Kent Cyclones 4:40pm:
The Chatham-Kent Cyclones have quietly put up three points in their first three games, but will be in tough to add more this afternoon when they host the highly touted Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs. The Cyclones went in Lambton on Friday night and pulled out a 4-4 tie with the Jr. Sting. Considering the Cyclones had only eight points all season last year, they are clearly trending on the up.
Elgin was hoping to start their season on a winning note, but a tough game against Nathan Torchia and the Waterloo Wolves has them still searching for their first win. Jake Murray continued his strong play from the Titans tournament assisting on the lone Chiefs goal.
Kitchener Jr. Rangers at Huron-Perth Lakers 7:30pm:
Both teams who put up six goals in Saturdays action will go head-to-head in the finale of the Alliance weekend action. The Jr. Rangers put six on Catalin Morin at the Panthers while the Lakers scored six on Ben Coveny and the Hawks of Cambridge.
The Lakers are now 3-0 in this young season and have looked impressive thus far. Kaleb Pearson has been the catalyst on offense with five points in this young season, leading the Alliance early on. The Jr. Rangers had a much better showing yesterday than they did last weekend when they went winless against Chatham-Kent and Cambridge.
Should the Panthers pull out a win to improve to 4-0, they will definitely be one of the big teams to watch at the Alliance Faceoff next weekend.