Well it was quite the slow week in the world of Alliance hockey last week as there were only three games during the entire week. That is in stark contrast to this upcoming week as the schedule gets busy with 16 games including six on Sunday alone.
Now because there were only three games this week, the rankings really didn’t see much change from the previous week. With the heavy load of games coming up this week, there is no chance these rankings look the same come this time next week.
Without further adieu…
- Huron-Perth Lakers (1) – The Lakers grabbed a win over Chatham-Kent on Sunday and are still holding onto the top spot by the skin of their teeth. Huron has two games this week, none bigger than a showdown in Waterloo Sunday afternoon.
- London Jr. Knights (2) – London took the week off as they continue their climb up the rankings. The Jr. Knights have played in six less games than the Lakers and on trail them by five points in the standings.
- Waterloo Wolves (3) – The hottest team in the league, Waterloo picked up their 7th straight win last Monday against Brantford in a hard fought game. Waterloo has three games this week with the climax being the aforementioned Sunday tilt with the Lakers.
- Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs (4) – The Chiefs have their strong defensive play as of late to attribute to their climb back into contention. The Chiefs are a busy squad with four games this week including games against London on Monday and Windsor on Saturday.
- Hamilton Huskies (5) – When people talk about the cream of the crop in the Alliance, it’s Hamilton that routinely gets forgotten. They have a chance to begin a nice streak of wins starting Thursday against the 99ers.
- Windsor Jr. Spitfires (6) – My pick as the sleeper team for this season, Windsor has been able to stick around with the top dogs, but continues to come up just short. Owen Lalonde and the rest of the gang will try and end that perception against the Chiefs on Saturday.
- Chatham-Kent Cyclones (8) – The Cyclones dropped a tough game to the Lakers Sunday afternoon but they continued to trend of close games recently. Some more stringent defense and the Cyclones could make a run at the Honorable Mention slot in the Alliance rankings.
- Lambton Jr. Sting (9) – The Jr. Sting come off a weekend where they were the host to the OHL’s Battle of the Border showcase. With that now complete, the Sting gets Waterloo and Elgin-Middlesex back-to-back this weekend.
- Kitchener Jr. Rangers (10) – Kitchener followed up a shutout win over Brantford last Wednesday with a finals appearance in the Dale Parker Tournament, losing to Honeybaked in the finals. A big statement game happens Wednesday with the Jr. Rangers hosting the Lakers.
- Brantford 99ers (7) – Two of the three games this past week included the 99ers and they came out on the short end of both. Follow that up with just three points in four games in a hosted tournament and Brantford is searching for answers. They get Elgin-Middlesex Tuesday followed by Hamilton on Thursday.
- Sun County Panthers (11) – Sun County, much like Chatham-Kent, could use some more tighter play in the defensive zone. The Panthers average just over four goals allowed per game, which is a little high when you have games against Windsor and London coming up this week.
- Cambridge Hawks (12) – The Hawks went to the Dale Parker Tournament this past weekend and came close twice to victories, securing two ties. As I’ve stated for a while, the Hawks are close to their first win of the season. Cambridge has Waterloo and Hamilton this week, so a win this weekend would be a huge confidence boost.