2018/19 Minor Midget Record: 14-15-4 (9th Overall)
2018/19 Minor Midget Result: Did not qualify for playdowns
2018/19 Major Bantam Record: 18-9-5 (4th Overall)
2018/19 Major Bantam Result: Lost in semi-finals to London
Coming off what can be described as a disappointing year at Minor Midget and a positive year at bantam, the Huron-Perth Lakers are one of the swing teams in the Alliance this season.
The 2018/19 started pretty strong for the Lakers at Minor Midget. The team was flying on all cylinders and racking up the wins. They looked like a legitimate contending team for the first half of the year. The second half was a struggle as the offense aside from Camden Daigle and Cole Melady dried up and their season came down to the final day. It was out of their hands though as an Elgin win over Lambton knocked them out of playdown contention.
At bantam, the 04 group had some great success which saw them take London to the brink and come up one win short of an Alliance championship appearance. This year’s team, with only a few changes to the roster will be led by head coach Mike Carter. Carter did a remarkable job with the 2002 group and was able to surpass my expectation with the success they had.
The biggest strength for the Lakers this season will be on the back end of things. Huron-Perth will be in the conversation of having the best goaltending duo with both Carter McDougall and William Crump returning between the pipes. Both are so fluid in their motion post to post and have a very calm sense when the play is around them. The player to watch on defense will be Danny Scott, who I believe has all the tools to break out this season. Watching him play and the way he skates, stick handles and reads the defense, he reminds me of a carbon copy of Sam Sedley. Scott will be a fun player to watch progress as the season unwinds.
The forward group with undoubtably be led by Carter Coombs. Coombs, a right shot centre, will be relied upon for a big role in the offense and he definitely has the talent to live up to that potential. Zach Schooley is another player who could be up there on the scoring charts when all is said and done for the Lakers. I’ve really enjoyed seeing Ben Nauta through a couple exhibition games. Not the biggest player on the ice, but his determination to get to the puck will make him a favourite among the coaching staff.
One thing is certain about the Lakers under Mike Carter is that they will never take a game off. Much like the 02 team he coached, if a team is slow out of the gates against HPL, they will make them pay. While probably not securing home ice in the opening round, I do see the Lakers being a tough first round opponent for any Alliance team come February.