Good news! I barely saw any nets come loose causing multiple stoppages in the play. Aside from the quality of the games on the ice, the biggest positive to take away from the second day at the Alliance Showcase.
Chatham-Kent speeds past host Huron-Perth
In the opening game of the morning, the Chatham-Kent Cyclones continued their strong play this weekend with a 2-0 shutout win over host Huron-Perth. While not complete domination, the Lakers were hard pressed to get any good scoring chances instead attempting long shots on net and crashing for the rebounds.
The Cyclones showed that they will be a handful for teams that don’t possess to speed and size that is currently in the Chatham-Kent lineup. Lucas Fancy was one forward who stood out for me this morning. Small in size, he makes up for it by making quick decisions and is one of the leaders on the ice. Reminds me a bit of Sean Kawalec from last year’s Kitchener squad. Along with Fancy, forwards Evan Wells and Cole Mackinnon were strong in the win. Nolan Dekoning picked up the shutout, his first win of the season.
Huron-Perth didn’t muster a whole lot but Kyle Stanbury was a player who continually made appearances in key spots. The back end saw Bradley Koopman do everything he could, including end to end rushes with a bullet of a shot.
Kitchener tops Elgin-Middlesex for 2nd time in a week
In a rematch of the season opener for both teams, the game played out pretty similar as Kitchener, lead by Justin McCombs and Cole MacKay, got out to a big lead and held off the Chiefs for a 4-2 victory.
With McCombs returning to the lineup following a one game absence, he was put right back out there with Mackay and Brendan Bauer and the chemistry was instant. In all, McCombs finished the day with two goals and two assists while Mackay would finish with two goals as well as a helper. While the two of them were dynamite on offence, Jameson Mitchell was above and beyond the best man on the back end with Griffin Murphy playing great in net. His robbery of Mark Woolley point blank was something to see.
The Chiefs had a very good game of their own other than the result not being a win.This game was the first time Jake Weston really showed the talents we saw in Huron-Perth last season. Woolley transitioned to forward well for this game and Jakob Marche was also a consistent problem for the Kitchener defence.
Physical contest leads Windsor over Hamilton
In the final game of the morning block, Windsor was able to overcome a slow start and high physical play to knock off Hamilton 6-2. The win gave Windsor a 2-0 start to the weekend and along with Chatham-Kent are the two biggest surprises to begin the Showcase.
Hamilton began strong early and it looked like they were going to have a degree of success against Windsor. The Huskies opened up the scoring early on, but a converted penalty shot tied the game and then Hamilton had a goal disallowed due to goaltender interference and that is when the momentum shifted to the Jr. Spitfires.
Windsor had a lot of players have strong games in this one. Brian McCarthy was the man to convert on the penalty shot and his strong play continued throughout the 50 minutes. Adam Jeffery, Aaron Shaw and Eric Dale were also big on this day. Hamilton didn’t have as many players stand out as Friday. I thought Ben Sheppard was good on defence despite his emotions getting the better of him at the end of the game. Dominic Papalia was the top forward for Hamilton on this day.
In other morning action:
London Jr. Knights defeat Brantford 99ers 7-0
Waterloo Wolves defeat Lambton Jr. Sting 7-1
Cambridge Hawks tie Sun County Panthers 3-3