Coming off a busy weekend at the Alliance Showcase with each team playing four games, the Kitchener Jr. Rangers and the Huron-Perth Lakers were both back in at quickly at the historic Allman arena in Stratford.
The game started out a little slow with both teams more than likely still a little tired from the busy weekend they just had. The game went scoreless for nearly the first seven minutes before both teams scored in a combined 19 seconds. It was Huron-Perth who opened the scoring with Mason Goldie putting one past Corson Marit. Then just seconds later, Cole MacKay notched his Alliance leading 9th goal of the season.
The game continued to be a neutral zone battle until Jameson Mitchell, who is quickly becoming one of the leaders on defence for Kitchener, ripped home a slap shot past Zach Hill and the Jr. Rangers led 2-1 after the first period of play.
The 2nd period was again a slower paced period. Kitchener did a good job of getting shots on net that produced big rebounds that the forwards tried to capitalize on. The Lakers were just a step slower than Kitchener so they were forced to cross the blue line and take shots from the top of the circle which Marit had little trouble with.
The difference in speed was evident when Cole Schwindt, who was coming off a very impressive Showcase, flew down the wing and beat the defender outside to then slide home the Jr. Rangers third goal of the evening through the five hole. That 3-1 lead would be held into the flood.
The 3rd period was much the same as the other two. Kitchener had some good chances, but Hill was strong for the Lakers. Huron-Perth put a lot of pressure on Kitchener late in the period with the Lakers on a powerplay and the net empty. A couple of crossbars and near misses were seen, but it wasn’t to be as Kitchener held on for a 3-1 victory.
The win gives Kitchener a 6-1 record on the year, which can only be described as a surprise. Lots of credit needs to go to the coaching staff as they have done a fantastic job with this group that won just four games at bantam last season. The Lakers haven’t been as fortunate with a tough 1-6 start to the season. The obvious weakness at this point in the year is the offence. Huron-Perth has scored just three goals this season in seven games.
Kitchener 3 Standouts:
- Chris Adlys – Along with Mitchell, Adlys has become a leader on this team. It was evident in this one as he played alongside callup Hayden Lafrance and neither player missed a beat.
- Hayden Lafrance/Taylor Rochon – Speaking of callups, both Lafrance and Rochon came up for this game and both played pretty good. Lafrance was calm in his own zone and seamlessly joined the rush. Rochon played a nice physical game and also moved the offensive with some pin point passes.
- Cole Mackay – Once again, Mackay was an offensive threat at all times he was on the ice. Now with nine goals in seven games, Mackay is looking like a real contender for the scoring title this season.
Huron-Perth 3 Standouts
- Carter Schooner – Schooner probably had the most chances of anyone on the Lakers squad this night. He was one of a few able to really match the Kitchener speed and his quick shots gave Marit something to think about when he saw #19 coming down the wing.
- Kyle Stanbury – If Schooner had the most chances in the game, Stanbury was a close second. A forward who showed flashes at the Showcase, Stanbury will be an important player when the Lakers offence erupts.
- Reid Ramseyer – Nearing the end of the 3rd period, the Lakers were feeding Ramseyer repeatedly and for good reason. Ramseyer possesses a bullet from the point and put one off the cross bar and another off of Marit’s shoulder. Look for Ramseyer to put a few of them in the net this season.