After a week that saw very little action and thus very little movement in the rankings, this past week was the complete opposite. Every team played in big games and plenty of surprising results happened.
With those surprising results comes big movement in the rankings, making it even more difficult to justify who should be where and why certain teams are below others. The upcoming week isn’t super heavy on Alliance season action, but there is the big Whitby Silver Stick tournament this weekend with half of the Alliance attending which could see small movements near the top of the rankings should a team go on a long and extended run.
Enough chit chat, it’s time to get to the latest rankings.
- London Jr. Knights (2) – Despite the fact they managed only a tie against Sun County on Sunday, London takes over top spot as it is hard to forget their dominant 8-1 over Elgin-Middlesex last Monday.
- Waterloo Wolves (3) – The win streak ended this week, but Waterloo was able to rebound and take a victory over former top dog Huron-Perth.
- Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs (4) – The Chiefs, despite the big loss to London Monday, ended their week with three straights wins including a shutout over the Lambton Jr. Sting. Elgin-Middlesex will be in Whitby this weekend and hopes to repeat the success they had at the Titans tournament earlier this season.
- Huron-Perth Lakers (1) – The Lakers struggled this week, losing big to both Kitchener and Waterloo. With Brady Hinz already out of action and news coming down that Owen Gilhula suffered an injury in a Junior B game this week, the Lakers will need others such as Kaleb Pearson to step up and keep the team at the top of the board.
- Hamilton Huskies (5) – The Huskies have been an interesting team as of late, defeating the lower ranked teams while struggling with the mid-tier clubs. Hamilton will see both Elgin-Middlesex and Huron-Perth this weekend at the Silver Stick Tournament.
- Chatham-Kent Cyclones (7) – I’ve got the Cyclones reaching the honorable mention slot in the rankings after collecting two wins in two road games this week. Their 7-4 win over Hamilton solidified their rise to this spot in the rankings.
- Windsor Jr. Spitfires (6) – Windsor was on the verge of dropping even farther in the rankings, but a 3-2 win over Kitchener Sunday night stopped that skid. While the Jr. Spitfires have struggled as a team, star player Owen Lalonde was just added to The Scout’s Top 10 Prospects list.
- Lambton Jr. Sting (8) – Even with their win over Waterloo in a game that was nearly perfect for Lambton, they are just a small bit away from taking that next leap. On another note, I strongly believe that Jr. Sting forward Joey Ferrera is among the most underrated players in the Alliance.
- Kitchener Jr. Rangers (9) – Despite the fact they did not move up in the rankings, it cannot be stressed that Kitchener has been playing their best hockey of the year as of late. No matter how battered they are, a 6-0 win over the Huron-Perth Lakers is nothing to scoff at.
- Brantford 99ers (10) – Brantford only went 1-2 this past week, but their one win was a big one in Hamilton. The 99ers will look to improve, especially on offense, with one game in Kitchener on Sunday.
- Sun County Panthers (11) – The Panthers had a great week, capped off by a 1-1 tie with the newly top ranked London Jr. Knights. While defense had been a problem for the Panthers early in the season, Sun County has closed many holes and are playing a much better defensive game.
- Cambridge Hawks (12) – Improved goaltending, better defense and a more balanced offensive attacks has put the days of blowout losses in the past for Cambridge. They look for the huge upset tonight in London against the Jr. Knights.