It was another week with very little regular season Alliance action, but that was because half of the league traveled to Whitby for the Silver Stick Classic. While the weekend didn’t go as most teams planned (more to come there in a future post), the top teams in the Alliance showed what they had against top teams from across the province.
Outside of Whitby, just a few games happened with regular season implications, but it was the Jr. Rangers who took advantage with a 2-0 weekend. The week ahead is another light one as this weekend features the Alliance All Star festivities in Waterloo. Alliance Scout will be in attendance for the entirety of the tournament.
Enough about the future, let’s look where everyone stands.
- London Jr. Knights (1) – Although they had an abysmal showing at the Silver Stick, London is still the top team in the Alliance due to their ability to score goals in bunches.
- Waterloo Wolves (2) – They only lost one game in Whitby, but the Wolves also didn’t win a game grabbing three ties. The Wolves host the top players in the Alliance this weekend.
- Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs (3) – The Chiefs went 2-2 in Whitby with both of their wins coming against Alliance foes Huron-Perth and Hamilton. Could have easily went 3-1 and advanced to quarter-finals.
- Huron-Perth Lakers (4) – The Lakers played tough, but were just a bit over matched. With Brady Hinz expected back sometime this month, the Lakers will soon be set to reclaim top spot in the rankings.
- Hamilton Huskies (5) – The Huskies lost all four of their Silver Stick games, which could be devastating for a team going forward. They get London at home on Thursday night.
- Windsor Jr. Spitfires (7) – Heading into play on Saturday, Windsor had the best shot at advancing from the Alliance. It did not happen, but maybe their momentum will carry through the regular season.
- Kitchener Jr. Rangers (9) – The Jr. Rangers went 2-0 over the weekend and are on the rise. Brandon Romany and Liam Holwell have been big for Kitchener over the past few games.
- Lambton Jr. Sting (8) – The Sting have been a tough out for every team this season and it would not surprise me to see Lambton grabbing more victories against top 5 teams through the remainder of the season.
- Chatham-Kent Cyclones (6) – The Cyclones have been the confusing team in the Alliance this season. Some games they look fantastic while others have them searching for what’s missing. More consistent play will be needed to finish in the top 8.
- Brantford 99ers (10) – The 99ers have played tight games, but their best periods are the first two while I have seen them taper off in the final frame.
- Sun County Panthers (11) – The Panthers have quietly been playing much better hockey over the past couple of weeks with the big example being their 1-1 tie with London a couple Sunday’s ago.
- Cambridge Hawks (12) – It would take an extraordinary run by the Hawks to climb out of last place, but first step should be win #1 and they have a shot against Elgin-Middlesex Thursday night in Cambridge.