Minor Midget Record: 17-11-5 (4th Place)
Minor Midget Result: Lost in semi-finals to London in 4 games (Advanced to OHL Cup)
Major Bantam Record: 21-7-4 (1st Place)
Major Bantam Result: Won Alliance Championship over London in 4 games
Following a season where Cambridge had their minor midgets return to the OHL Cup and their major bantams go undefeated in postseason play, the Hawks have their sights set on an Alliance Championship.
After some disappointing seasons at minor midget, it was a great breathe of fresh air when the 2001 born Hawks were able to compete with the best in the league and advance to the OHL Cup. It had been a long time since Cambridge had such a combination of elite scoring, shutdown defense and clutch goaltending. While we waited a long time for the Hawks to ice a competitive squad, the 2002 team looks to be even better.
Under the watchful eye of former NHL’er and Guelph Storm coach Scott Walker, the Hawks used a midseason 15 game unbeaten streak to help propel them to the top spot in the Alliance standings once the season concluded. When postseason play began, the Hawks were unstoppable and incredibly went a perfect 10-0 to win the bantam championship. Cambridge never gave up more than two goals in any of their 10 playdown contests.
Even with their dominating play at the end of the 2016/17 season, this years version of the Hawks looks to be significantly better than the team they iced a year ago. Not only will the Hawks return potential top Alliance skater Ben McFarlane along with the likes of Cooper Walker and Keegan McMullen, but Cambridge has added some top notch pieces heading into this season.
Added onto the blue line is former 99er Peyton Adams-Matthews, who adds a huge presence to an already established defense. Isaac Borges, who was arguably the best player for the Hamilton Huskies last season, will also wear Cambridge white and black this season. Borges played a few minutes with the 01 group last year and was instrumental in the Huskies securing the 2nd seed in the East last season at bantam.
If that wasn’t enough, Cambridge also brought in former Waterloo Wolves forward Tyler Healey. Mason Mantzavrakos joins the club from the Vaughan program and will be a dangerous scoring threat in the league this season. The Hawks also solidified their goaltending with the addition of Vance Meyer from the Toronto Red Wings.
If you haven’t already gotten the sense of it from this preview, the Hawks are going to be very fun to watch this season. They will be three lines deep up front to go along with a stifling defense and one of the better goalie tandems in the league.
Heading into the season, the Hawks are most definitely the favourite to win the Alliance this season and could be a threat against the best from the GTHL and the OMHA. All the cards are pointing to an entertaining year at Galt Arena Gardens this upcoming year.