It was a pretty slow week when it came to the Alliance and their regular season which kind of explains why the rankings stayed nearly identical to last week.
While five of the teams headed over to Whitby for the Silver Stick, the other seven teams had some other business to take care of. This week coming up is another slow one with Alliance All-Star weekend ahead of us in Waterloo.
December is a busy month for the Alliance association. All-Star weekend, season play, Waterloo Gold Puck and the Marlies Holiday Classic will all alter the rankings at one point or another with not many teams immune from rising or falling in the standings.
Here are your week six rankings.
- London Jr. Knights (1) – London made a statement last Monday when they cruised past the Cambridge Hawks 6-2. Through 21 games this year, London has still only lost one game and allowed 31 goals in those 21 games. A tough draw in Whitby saw them miss out on advancing, but London is clearly the cream of the crop in the Alliance.
- Waterloo Wolves (2) – Speaking of statements, that is exactly what Waterloo did last Monday with a 7-1 drubbing of the Kitchener Jr. Rangers. The win puts the Wolves in prime position to nab second spot in the league soon enough. Waterloo travels to Brantford on Wednesday looking for their 6th win in a row.
- Kitchener Jr. Rangers (3) – A big loss to Waterloo could have sent Kitchener in a bit of a losing funk, but the Jr. Rangers came out strong in a Friday win over Hamilton. Kitchener gets some time to fine tune things as they will not play again until the Gold Puck tournament.
- Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs (4) – The Chiefs didn’t have a very successful run in Whitby, going 0-4. Despite the poor record, Elgin has some positives to work off of including a very strong performance against tournament runner-up Toronto Marlboros. The Chiefs get Chatham-Kent and Windsor this week prior to the All-Star festivities with hopes of extending their strong league play.
- Cambridge Hawks (5) – The Hawks rebounded from a loss to London with a decent showing at the Silver Stick even if the results weren’t what they expected. With the team nearly back to full health, the Hawks are my pick for a strong last couple months of the season.
- Windsor Jr. Spitfires (6) – The Jr. Spitfires came away with a road win in Sarnia only to give it back with a home loss to the Brantford 99ers. A big game with the Chiefs this week could tell whether Windsor will continue to compete with the upper echlon or fall a bit farther back of the pack.
- Hamilton Huskies (7) – Hamiltons loss to Kitchener this past week kept them in a tie with the Sun County Panthers for 7th spot in the league with the Huskies having two games in hand. Off until next week, Hamilton is going to need to find a groove on offense to keep the playdowns ahead of them.
- Sun County Panthers (8) – Maybe the most surprising performance from the Alliance in Whitby was that of Sun County. The Panthers came away with wins over Elgin and the Southern Tier Admirals and played two close periods with the Toronto Marlboros. Aidan Pitre was a rock in goal during the tournament and I expect him to continue being a horse in net for the remainder of the season.
- Chatham-Kent Cyclones (9) – The Cyclones lone game of the week was a tie with the 99ers at home in a game that saw Chatham not be able to capitalize on some serious powerplay time. With the return of star Grayson Ladd imminent, the Cyclones get Elgin on Thursday night prior to All-Star weekend.
- Brantford 99ers (12) – Following a trip down south to visit a college campus, the 99ers reeled off a three point weekend with a huge win over Windsor. Brantford will host Waterloo on Wednesday in a huge test.
- Lambton Jr. Sting (10) – Following Lambton’s loss this past week, the Jr. Sting now just have nine games remaining on their schedule this season. Their games will now be spread out until the end of January with Lambton hosting Chatham late next week.
- Huron-Perth Lakers (11) – The Lakers were the only team that had this past weekend off and they traveled down south to a college campus to get some inspiration. Returning to action Thursday in Cambridge, the Lakers will hope to ignite their offense to levels not seen yet this season.