Busy times around the Alliance as the season is now in full swing. Tournament season is upcoming and almost all of the teams are prepping for their next weekend away from home to battle other Minor Midget teams.
While there hasn’t been any major shakeups in the rankings, there are still some teams that are making statements one way or another. With the regular season halfway complete for some teams, we are starting to see a bit of divide at some points in the standings. While a divide is occuring, we are still far away from seeing any clear picture as to what a playdown scenario could look like.
For the third time this season, here are the latest team rankings.
- London Jr. Knights (1) – London continues to hold onto the top spot thanks to some more big wins. Last Sunday saw the Jr. Knights cruise past Windsor 9-0 and then come from behind against a fiesty Chatham squad. London hosts Waterloo tonight in a rematch of their superb game from the Alliance Showcase.
- Waterloo Wolves (2) – The Wolves have quite the chip on their shoulder going into tonight’s game. Not only will they look to avenge their loss from the Showcase, but they will look to rebound after a lacklustre effort Saturday night at home against Elgin.
- Cambridge Hawks (6) – The Hawks make a big jump and find themselves in the top three after a big week that saw them collect six points in three games. Cambridge has now won four straight and are beginning to look like the consistent team that was near the top of the Bantam standings last season.
- Kitchener Jr. Rangers (4) – A quiet week for Kitchener consisting of only one game, but it was a game in which they needed a late 3rd period goal to secure a tie. With three games this week, Kitchener will need everyone on board, something that hasn’t been a constant this season.
- Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs (7) – The Chiefs looked outstanding on Saturday night, dominating the Wolves in every facet of the game. That win now gives Elgin-Middlesex a win over both London and Waterloo this season. Two big wins should give the Chiefs some confidence heading into November.
- Windsor Jr. Spitfires (3) – Windsor struggled to rebound after the big loss to London, grabbing just one out of a possible four points this weekend against struggling teams. I still have faith this team is the real deal just based on how many close games they have played this season.
- Sun County Panthers (5) – The Panthers definitely have talent and I’m still at a loss for why it hasn’t worked out just yet. Sun County gets the Chiefs and Huskies this week and will need a clean sweep to avoid falling further away from the teams in front of them.
- Hamilton Huskies (9) – The Huskies battled hard this weekend to secure a win over Windsor and a third period defeat to the Chiefs. Hamilton seemingly is locked into an early battle for the 8th spot in the league. Although some separation would do the Huskies well as one spot for five teams isn’t fantastic odds.
- Huron-Perth Lakers (11) – The Lakers have been on a roll as of late. Finally starting to find themselves, the Lakers defeated Sun County this past weekend and have set the stage for their upcoming week. Windsor, Kitchener and Chatham are on the docket to face off against a rising Lakers offense.
- Lambton Jr. Sting (8) – The Jr. Sting bookended a gusty win against Brantford with a couple of games they would probably like to have back. Lambton has now given up 95 goals this season, Huron-Perth is next at 50. Defense will be key as Lambton will take on the two teams trailing them in the standings this upcoming week.
- Chatham-Kent Cyclones (10) – The Cyclones are trending the wrong way currently, losing seven straight contests. During that stretch, Chatham-Kent has lost three one-goal games which speaks to how well the defense and goaltending has been. Even with dynamic players on defense, eventually the offense will need to break loose and that will need to be soon.
- Brantford 99ers (12) – Brantford lost a heartbreaker to Lambton this past weekend, but rebounded nicely with a tie against a strong Windsor squad. The trouble remains up front with just 18 goals scored in 12 games, a 1.5 GPG average. The 99ers will try and avenge that tough loss to Lambton when they host the Jr. Sting Friday evening.