2018/19 Minor Midget Record: 16-13-4 (6th Overall)
2018/19 Minor Midget Result: Lost in quarter-finals to Kitchener
2018/19 Major Bantam Record: 14-15-3 (7th Overall)
2018/19 Major Bantam Result: Lost in quarter-finals to Hamilton
After a third consecutive year in the postseason, the Cambridge Hawks will need their defensive play to increase that streak to four year running.
There were some significant improvements for the 03 born team from bantam to minor midget. The team went from six wins the previous year to 16 at minor midget, which was good for sixth spot in the league. While not chalked full of offensive firepower, Mateo Amaral and Matthew Dimaline came up with timely goals while Kai Greaves improved leaps and bounds on defense. Ben Bates also emerged as one of the best goaltenders in the league. Injuries hurt the Hawks come playdown season, but it’s hard to not classify the year as a success.
The 04 group comes into the year with a lot more big game players up front for the Hawks. It starts with Kyle Caron, who really displays great speed and can force the puck up the ice before the defense can react. Caron should be near the top of the stat sheet for Cambridge this year while fellow forward Matthew Fries won’t be far behind. Fries, in addition to Riley Panagapka make three legitimate goal scoring options.
Defensively are where this team will need to see their biggest improvement. Alex Spencer is as consistent as they come and the Hawks also welcome newcomers Wyatt Kerr and Ryder Livermore from Huron-Perth. Josh Draper and Noah Clugston also bring some needed size to the blue line. In net, the Hawks have two very capable goaltenders. Jacob Steinman is a very quick goaltender while Nolan Chartrand stands well over six feet and covers plenty of the net.
I think the offense and the goaltending are quite capable on this squad and I hate to sound like a broken record but the defense will be the key to success. You can have great goaltending, but if the team is continually give up open looks in close, there is only so much they can do. The Hawks could be anywhere from six to nine when the season concludes and they will hope to extend what is the fourth longest postseason streak in the league.