There was quite a shakeup when the Alliance released their latest Minor Midget Rankings. After a weekend that saw them grab just one out of a possible three points, the Huron-Perth Lakers have been dropped by the Alliance to 3rd place in the rankings with the London Jr. Knights taking over the top spot.
In a weekend that saw plenty of action, including lots of the top teams facing off against each other, the Alliance Scout rankings didn’t change drastically, but the teams are now much closer to either moving up, or tumbling down.
- Huron-Perth Lakers (1) – Despite the fact that the Alliance dropped the Lakers from the top spot, they still claim the top spot here by the skin of their teeth. A tie with Cambridge and a big loss to Elgin-Middlesex has the Lakers win less in their past three.
- London Jr. Knights (2) – London pulled in three wins this weekend, including wins over the Chiefs and the Jr. Spitfires. London possesses shutdown goaltending and numerous offensive threats that they are biting at the Lakers heels.
- Waterloo Wolves (3) – Waterloo has now won six straight games and have started to find the success that led them to an Alliance title last season. If there is one thing for Waterloo to work on, it is their slow starts to games, but the finishes have been definitive.
- Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs (4) – In their biggest win of the year, the Chiefs pounced the Lakers 7-4 Sunday and are starting to solidify themselves as a contender in the Alliance. The Chiefs now have points in eight of their past nine games.
- Hamilton Huskies (5) – The Huskies had a positive weekend going 1-0-2 over their three weekend games. Led by Derek Seguin and Issac Taylor, the Huskies are a couple wins away from really hitting their stride.
- Windsor Jr. Spitfires (6) – It would appear on the surface that Windsor has been in a funk, but they have been playing the best of the best in the league. Still a very solid club, the Jr. Spitfires will get the week off before playing three games in three nights next weekend.
- Brantford 99ers (8) – The 99ers had the weekend off, but were able to move up in the rankings despite that. Brantford is busy this week with two season games before heading to the Dale Parker Memorial Tournament this weekend.
- Chatham-Kent Cyclones (10) – The biggest jump of the week belongs to the Cyclones after their win over Kitchener and a tie with Hamilton this past weekend. Just when you think Chatham-Kent is in for a regression, they pull out a great game.
- Lambton Jr. Sting (7) – The Jr. Sting is still a team that just hasn’t been able to find their identity yet. A big win over Huron-Perth is followed by a loss to Sun County. A physical threat against any team, Lambton is still on a path towards a Playdown position.
- Kitchener Jr. Rangers (9) – The big struggle for Kitchener this season has been their ability to score in bunches. Kitchener has a date with the 99ers later this week before also heading to the Dale Parker Memorial. The Rangers haven’t won a season game since October 4th.
- Sun County Panthers (11) – The Panthers got off to a strong start against Waterloo this weekend but was unable to hold on. The Panthers have made strides over the past couple of weeks. They’ll get a shot against top ranked Huron-Perth this weekend.
- Cambridge Hawks (12) – Their improved play continued this weekend with a tie against the Lakers and then a tight 2-1 loss to the Jr. Sting Sunday. Playing much better in the defensive zone, Cambridge is getting closer and closer to win number one on the season.