It was a quick day of games at the second day of the Alliance Showcase. While it was a shorter day for those watching in attendance, it was a busy day for the players as they went through both on and off ice seminars.
Back at Central Park for the games today, I do have one complaint about the venue. This may be splitting hairs, but I’ve found over the past couple of days that the sightlines at both rinks leave much to be desired. There are few places to watch the games with an unobstructed view so the lesson was learned during day one that early entrance is neccessary.
There were some real solid games on Saturday afternoon. Let’s go through some of the action.
Sun County Panthers hold on against Huron-Perth to remain undefeated
Sun County got out to an early lead and extended it with a couple of quick goals. Penalty trouble for the Panthers allowed Huron-Perth to get back into the game but the Panthers held on and remain undefeated to begin the season.
Davis Edmunds really had a good showing for Sun County. Whether it was on defense or when he was situated up front and attacking as a forward, his quick shot release gave the Lakers and goaltender Garrett Golley some issues. John Ulicny had another good game for Sun County, using his speed and shot to cause havoc. For the Lakers, Sheldon Pryce was all over the offensive zone and played his best game I’ve seen through the early point of the season. Carter Schoonderwoerd also had a great game and had a sweet goal to make it 4-3. This was also the first time I’d seen Schoonderwoerd play a physical game away from the puck which was nice to see finally.
Host Windsor grabs 4-1 win over Kitchener Jr. Rangers
These two teams played the previous Saturday and it was Kitchener who got the upper hand 4-1, but the tides were turned as Windsor was the 4-1 winner at home one day two of the Showcase.
I only caught a bit of the beginning and the entire third period, but what I did saw was another great game from Matt Sbrocca. I don’t mean to sound like a broken record, but Sbrocca has started all four of Windsor’s games thus far this season and he was a big reason why they either won or were close to winning each game. For Kitchener, I thought Chris Black had a really great third period against Windsor. Always known for having some great stick handling skills, Black did it all as Kitchener was attempting to make a comeback. Black has the potential to be one of the most entertaining defensemen in the Alliance this season.
Chatham-Kent defeats Waterloo 3-0; Wolves shutout for 2nd straight game
For the second straight game this weekend, Waterloo was unable to find the back of the net as Chatham was able to grab a 3-0 victory. Overall, this game might have set a record for the most icing calls in a single game I’ve seen in a long long time. It wasn’t an entertaining game to say the least, but a win is a win for the Cyclones.
Brett Brochu made some big saves on some really good Wolves chances to secure the shutout. There were a few occasions that saw tight scrambles in front, but Brochu stood tall to the task. Tate Bowden was another player for the Cyclones who stood out with a good game. His pressure on the forecheck kept some tired Wolves defenders on their heels. Nathan Dewar used his size well against Chatham, especially when coming down the wing and cutting to the net. His length was unmatched on the Cyclones defensive side.
Cambridge Hawks cruise past Lambton Jr. Sting 6-0
It was just a week ago that Lambton and Cambridge played a very tight game that ended in a 1-1 tie. This time around, Cambridge came out guns blazing and got on the board early and often. A 6-0 win sets up a big game Sunday morning between Cambridge and the Sun County Panthers.
Isaac Borges had yet another goal as he begins to heat up and get the offense going for the Hawks. Speaking of heating up, both Ben Mcfarlane and Tyler Healey both finally got on the board with goals by each player and the Cambridge offense will be a scary sight once those two can get on a hot streak. Blake Butler was once again on point for Lambton. His vision on the ice as second to none and while they couldn’t connect with any goals, he created plenty of legitimate chances for the Jr. Sting put one on the board.
Hamilton rides strong goaltending to 4-2 win over London
After securing a tie in their first game against Chatham, Hamilton became the final Alliance team to get a victory this season with a surprise 4-2 win over the Jr. Knights.
Brendan Storie was huge for the Huskies on Saturday evening. Facing relentless pressure from the Jr. Knights, Storie stood tall and was even able to keep his composure despite consistent contact from London forwards and his own defenders. Ryan Burke was all over the ice offensively for Hamilton, scoring a goal and assisting on another. James Johnston was another Hamilton forward who scored a nice goal and was a constant threat up front. For London, Joey Studnicka scored on a lethal shot that I’d be shocked if Storie actually saw released. Connor Olson on defense was very calm in his own end and when being pressured on the blue line.
Brantford defeated Elgin-Middlesex 3-2 in a game that was not viewed by AllianceHockeyScout.com.