2018/19 Minor Midget Record: 5-25-3 (11th Overall)
2018/19 Minor Midget Result: Did not qualify for playdowns
2018/19 Major Bantam Record: 14-15-3 (6th Overall)
2019/19 Major Bantam Result: Lost in preliminary round to Chatham-Kent
Ever since I started this website, the Lambton Jr. Sting are the only team that has not played a playdown game. If I’m correct in my thinking, that streak should end in the upcoming season.
Last year was a tough year for the minor midgets. The struggles were there on both sides of the ice was the Jr. Sting were second to last in the loop in both goals for and goals against. There were some bright spots to the season. Carson Peer emerged early on as a player who could be relied on offensively while Ethan Mathews was a steady defender on a very physical blue line. At the end of things, Lambton missed out on the playdowns for the 4th consecutive year.
There were a lot of changes made to the 04 team from a year ago, but I do like what the team has put together when you combine the new adds with the returning players. Starting up front, Lambton boasts some legit forwards in Austin Harper and Dylan Dupuis. Both Harper and Dupuis should be able to provide Lambton offense that hasn’t been seen since the likes of Blake Butler or Nolan DeGurse. They’ll be joined up front by five newcomers from the likes of Chatham-Kent and Elgin-Middlesex.
The defense isn’t too shabby either as Josh Hoover should be expected to carry a heavy workload in all situations. I have also like the addition of Caleb Van De Ven from the Cyclones as he adds another wrinkle on the defensive end. Goaltending should also be steady as Elijah Grant returns and he had a very good start to the year at the Titans tournament. Grant is joined by Ethan Everaert from the Cyclones whose play progressed leaps and bounds as the season progressed last year.
There are a lot of good parts to the Lambton club this season. They should be able to stay competitive with even the top teams in the loop. As for the playdown drought, look for the 04 group to be the first since the 99 birth year to have playdown hockey come February.