For the first time in a long time, we have a large shake up of the Alliance rankings.
In addition to that, this may be the first time in a long time that we have agreed with the official Alliance rankings in where the top six teams should be located. This past weekend saw a lot of action that included an upset or two and a couple of teams hurting their standing when it comes to playdown seeding.
While the rankings may look like this today, they could change even more next week. The big matchup on tap this week goes tonight when Waterloo travels to London to battle the Jr. Knights. Both teams have clearly established themselves as the top two in the league and both would like to make a claim for the top spot. These teams will meet once again on the 2nd last day of the season in Waterloo.
Here are the Week 14 Alliance Scout Minor Midget Rankings.
- Waterloo Wolves (2) – The Wolves have finally cracked the top spot in the rankings after another incredible stretch of games saw them defeat Hamilton and Brantford this week. The big test comes tonight against London, but Waterloo also has a date in Elgin on Saturday.
- London Jr. Knights (1) – The Knights have fallen after a big loss to Kitchener on Saturday. A clear top team, London has had issues pulling away from their opponents over the past little while. A big win over the Wolves tonight and London could just return to the top spot in next weeks rankings.
- Kitchener Jr. Rangers (4) – The Jr. Rangers continue to win games and nothing was bigger than their win Saturday with Justin McCombs really showcasing himself out there. Kitchener hasn’t lost a season game since a 3-2 loss to Windsor near the end of November. That’s a 10 game unbeaten streak. Kitchener is off this week as they head to Peterborough for the Fitzsimmons Tournament of Champions.
- Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs (3) – Last week I said that Kitchener’s win over the Chiefs wasn’t quite enough for them to swap places, but with the Rangers downing the Knights, the Chiefs fall victim and drop to 4th. This is a week for a statement for Elgin as they host Waterloo on Saturday and the Lakers on Sunday. A win Sunday could give the Chiefs a clear path to home ice in the first round.
- Huron-Perth Lakers (5) – The Lakers aren’t quite back to where they were at the beginning of the season, but they are playing much better hockey as of late. The Lakers have Elgin Sunday and a trip to London next Monday with the Jr. Rangers hot on their tail for 4th and Elgin just an inch ahead in 3rd spot. The race for home ice is heating up.
- Windsor Jr. Spitfires (6) – With Windsor trying to stay ahead of Hamilton to avoid a date with either London or Waterloo in the first round, they got off to the right start beating Lambton 3-2 Sunday. Windsor has two more games against the Jr. Sting to go along with games against the Cyclones and 99ers to round out the season.
- Hamilton Huskies (7) – The Huskies put forth a valiant effort on Saturday, but just couldn’t get past the Wolves. The better defensive effort was nice to see and a good sign heading into the stretch run of the season. The Huskies get a nice break with their return to league action happening next Thursday when they host the Cambridge Hawks.
- Chatham-Kent Cyclones (9) – The Cyclones have done exactly what they’ve needed to do over the past few weeks. Win the games they’re supposed to in order to increase their chances at a top eight position. That includes a win at Cambridge and although no helping them clinch, a competitive loss at Elgin. The Cyclones are the only team with 31 games played this year and have dates with Windsor and Sun County to close out the final weekend of the season.
- Lambton Jr. Sting (8) – The Jr. Sting had the chance to pull ahead of Chatham, but weren’t able to clinch a victory at home against Cambridge. Now Lambton has two more contests with a Windsor team that won the first game 3-2. Lambton will need to play its best hockey of the season if it plans on breaking the top eight.
- Sun County Panthers (10) – The Panthers are on one of the largest breaks you will see during a season. The Panthers will have been off for 19 days when they next take the ice on January 22nd. While not nearly mathematically eliminated, it would take a small miracle for the Panthers to advance. Lots of strides have been made and there are plenty of positives for the boys to take from this season.
- Brantford 99ers (11) – The 99ers had some rough luck this past week, losing both their games by just a one goal margin. Brantford still has a shot to climb out of the 11th hole and a date with Cambridge Tuesday could help in that sense.
- Cambridge Hawks (12) – The Hawks were finally able to put an end to their losing streak last week, albeit with a tie against Lambton. Still searching for that ever elusive first win, the Hawks host Brantford tomorrow and have four more opportunities following that game to pick up a win.