As the Alliance does each and every week, Alliance Scout will be releasing our own Minor Midget Rankings each and every week but we will do it a bit differently from the Alliance.
Instead of just ranking the top 5, we will rank the entire league and also give a little information as to why they are ranked where they are and what kind of momentum the team is riding at the time.
Here’s our first edition:
- Huron-Perth Lakers – A weekend that saw Owen Gilhula go off also saw the Lakers fall prey to the upset Sunday with a 4-3 loss to the Jr. Sting. Still top dog, the Lakers big test will come Sunday against the surging Chiefs of Elgin-Middlesex.
2. London Jr. Knights – A tie with Kitchener Monday night ended their winning streak, but the Jr. Knights are still just behind Huron-Perth in the rankings. London has three games this weekend including tough tilts against the Chiefs and Jr. Spitfires.
3. Waterloo Wolves – A four game winning streak has the Wolves looking like the team that won the Alliance last season. Difference between 1st and 3rd in the rankings is minuscule.
4. Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs – The Chiefs have just one loss in their past ten games and are the hottest team in the league. Tough tests are ahead as the Chiefs take on top ranked Huron-Perth and 2nd ranked London back-to-back this weekend.
5. Hamilton Huskies – Hamilton hasn’t been able to get on a sustained run, alternating wins and losses over the past couple of weeks. With Derek Seguin and Issac Taylor both scoring a league high pace, the Huskies are on the verge of a big run.
6. Windsor Jr. Spitfires – Windsor was struggling prior to pulling out a 4-3 win over Kitchener on Sunday. Led by top prospect Owen Lalonde, Windsor has three games against top five opponents this weekend, a weekend that could define the early part of their season.
7. Lambton Jr. Sting – Following their upset win over Huron-Perth, the Jr. Sting are hoping the momentum carries them into the top five. Not only do the Sting hold a win over the Lakers, they have also already defeated the Waterloo Wolves earlier this year.
8. Brantford 99ers – The 99ers are another team trying to move up the standings that already has a win over the Huron-Perth Lakers. With a bit of offensive deficiency, the 99ers will only go as far as their goaltending takes them, which can be far.
9. Kitchener Jr. Rangers – Since their three game winning streak that included wins over Elgin-Middlesex and Waterloo, Kitchener is winless in their past five games. There is promise, but definitely a disheartening start for a team that had the best record in Bantam last year.
10. Chatham-Kent Cyclones – The Cyclones had some early season success, but the defense has lacked as of late and the team can only go so far allowing five plus goals a game.
11. Sun County Panthers – A win over Kitchener could have began a positive swing for the Panthers, but tough tests against Brantford and Hamilton saw two more losses. Plenty of season remains and Sun County has the talent to make a run towards the playoffs.
12. Cambridge Hawks – Their last weekend of play was probably their best play of the season despite losing yet again. They played both Elgin-Middlesex and Waterloo tough and looked like a team on the rise. They will try for their first win of the year this weekend against Huron-Perth and Lambton.