2017/18 Minor Midget Record: 12-14-7 (7th Place)
2017/18 Minor Midget Result: Lost in 1/4 finals to London Jr. Knights in 4 games
2017/18 Major Bantam Record: 16-12-4 (6th Place)
2017/18 Major Bantam Result: Lost in 1/4 finals to Kitchener Jr. Rangers in 3 games
Following year that saw the Lakers franchise surprise many with their play, a similar fate could be in store for the 2003 born group.
At minor midget last season, Huron-Perth was one of the biggest surprises on the loop. The Lakers had a mix of size and speed but wasn’t chalked full of high-end talent. Their work ethic though was second to none and under the tutelage of Mike Carter, the Lakers were one of the top teams in the Alliance in the first half. A slow second half and postseason hurt the Lakers, but it was a good showing otherwise.
The bantam team was also a little underrated last season like the 02 born team. While their record shows them as a slightly above 500 team, the bantam Lakers were never really out of games. In their 32 regular season games, Huron only lost one game by more than two goals. Their 16 win season could have easily been higher, but it also could have been lower which makes this year an interesting one to watch.
Up front for Huron this year, the Lakers will be led by Cole Melady. Melady is a strong forward who has shown lots of offensive potential. Melady will be leaned on a bit more as the Lakers will be without arguably their best offensive weapon from a year ago as Ben MacRobbie has moved on from the team.
Sam Sedley will be leaned on defensively along with newcomer Spencer Maddock who comes over from the Grey Bruce Highlanders. Huron will also welcome Luke Rochon and Jack Frazer from a strong bantam seeded team from Kitchener last season. In goal, both Josh Jacklin and Kyle Powers return to man the cage.
A team that I think will compete with many in the loop, I feel this team could be just below that top tier of teams in the Alliance. They should be one of the better defensive teams this season and a lot of their success should come down to whether they can consistently produce on offense. Look for the Lakers to nab a playdown position and be a difficult matchup for most teams.