The Saturday night home game has become a bit of a tradition at RIM Park. Waterloo consistently takes the ice at 7pm and has been quite successful on their home ice. The Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs were having none of that as they walked into the arena and beat Waterloo in nearly every facet of the 50 minutes they played.
The Chiefs came into this game winning their past two games after a deflating defeat at the hands of the London Jr. Knights. They were sitting in the middle of the standings looking up at some solid teams despite some huge wins on the season. The Chiefs are the only team to hand London a loss this season.
The Wolves had won five in a row going into Saturday night and were unbeaten in their past seven. Waterloo was cruising and asserting themselves as a top team, which has been the trend over the past few seasons.
Elgin came out of the gate strong, pressuring the Waterloo defense with a fast and aggressive forecheck. The Chiefs grabbed an early lead thanks to a quick shot from Mark Woolley. Wolves netminder Riley McCabe appeared fooled on the knuckler as it just floated over his shoulder.
After grabbing the lead, the forwards for Elgin continued to play strong in the offensive zone. Noah Kim and Jake Weston were both continually either in the face of the defender or quickly coming up behind them.
The Wolves had plenty of chances. Waterloo had the first six powerplays of the game and their powerplay is one of the cleaner ones in the league. With that said, Liam McCarthy was in his own world on this night. Great scoring chances were turned away and difficult saves were made to look easy.
It wasn’t until a defensive lapse on a Waterloo powerplay that Elgin added to their lead on a beautiful backhand move on the brek by Hunter Monkhouse. After Weston made it 3-0 for the Chiefs, Keean Washkurak had a solo effort that showed off the promise many see in his future. At 3-1, it appeared that maybe the Wolves had a comeback in mind.
It was at that point that Elgin shut it down on defense and dropped three, sometimes four back to preserve the lead. Two more goals, including another one from Woolley sealed the deal on a Chiefs 5-1 victory. Elgin claimed their 2nd big win on the season while Waterloo dropped their first game in over a month.