Minor Midget Record: 5-26-2 (12th Place)
Midget Midget Result: Did not qualify for playdowns
Major Bantam Record: 5-22-5 (12th Place)
Major Bantam Result: Lost in quarter-finals to Cambridge in 3 games
After finding a home in the basement of both Minor Midget and Major Bantam, the Lakers will look towards a dominant forward to propel them closer to a playdown spot.
Minor Midget proved to be a difficult season for the Huron-Perth association. A year after arguably having a top two team in the Alliance, the Lakers could not find any consistent scoring and they couldn’t consistently keep the puck out of their net. Despite solid play from Tyson Koopman and Max Mulder, the Lakers spent the vast majority of the season looking up at the competition.
The Major Bantam Lakers started out 2-0 last year, but the success did not continue for them. Huron’s 02 team had three different instances where they went winless in eight or more games. Although the team failed to find success last season, that doesn’t always translate to lack of success at minor midget.
A majority of the Major Bantam team will be returning for their Minor Midget season. The key piece returning will be forward Carter Schoonderwoerd. Schoonderwoerd is a big winger with great hands and stick handling who will be the big offensive threat for the Lakers this season. Schoonderwoerd does a great job of using his body to protect the puck on the rush and has fairly deceptive speed. Where Schoonderwoerd goes, so will the Lakers offense.
A small team in general, Thomas Gangl is a big defenseman who I’ve seen have some great play on the back end. Returning netminder Carter Roth will be their number one heading into the season. Roth has great positioning and has the ability to steal a game or two on his own.
The size of the majority of the Lakers will be a concern against some of the bigger teams in the Alliance. Despite their size, Huron does show some grit and is full of forwards willing to get in the corner and battle for the puck. Schoonderwoerd has the potential to put his name in the conversation as the top Alliance skater and he will be solely responsible for some of the Lakers wins as they attempt to escape the basement of the league.