As the calendar turns to November, the standings in the Alliance are starting to shape up more and more. Trends are starting to emerge, and we are getting close to the point where playdown matchups are being discussed according to who is in what position.
While the Alliance has now been putting out their bi-weekly top five rankings for the teams over the past month, I will begin bi-weekly league wide rankings for those weeks where the league focuses on the bantams.
Here we go with the first edition of the Alliance Scout Team Rankings, which I hope to put out every two weeks.
- Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs – The lone undefeated team in the Alliance, the Chiefs balanced attack has led them thus far with Hunter Haight solidifying himself as one of the best in the league.
- Waterloo Wolves – The Wolves currently hold the top spot in the league and with one loss look like a legitimate contender for the title. The recent surge of production from captain Andy Reist is a promising sign for Waterloo.
- Hamilton Huskies – Hamilton has been flying a bit under the radar this year in the Alliance. A perennial contender at this age group, the Huskies are 9-2-1 since opening the season with two consecutive losses.
- Huron-Perth Lakers – Just when I think the Lakers are on the verge of taking off, there is a small blip which takes me back. One bright note has been Carter Coombs, who has been the talk of many at games this season.
- Brantford 99ers – Have cooled off a bit since their great start, but the 99ers are still having competitive outings against strong teams. They’ll need strong play from both Tyler Bouck and Seth Clark to continue this trend.
- London Jr. Knights – You never know what you’re going to get out of the Jr. Knights and after a finals appearance at the Wendy Dufton, the team hasn’t capitalized at all. Should Dylan Roobrocek heat up, London could make a move.
- Windsor Jr. Spitfires – I still believe that Windsor is better than their record states. The have the offensive depth but the goaltending is where the team has seen its biggest area of opportunity.
- Cambridge Hawks – The Hawks will go out one night and lay a stinker against HPL and then take care of business the next night against the Huskies. A tough team to play against, not sure many want to see them in the opening round of the playdowns.
- Lambton Jr. Sting – Lambton was 2-0-3 in the month of October and began November with a tie against HPL. Since Josh Hoover returned after the showcase, Lambton has not lost. I stand by my preseason prediction that they will break the Lambton postseason curse.
- Kitchener Jr. Rangers – Kitchener have certainly fared better than I anticipated at the beginning of the year. Their top line of Oliver/Bruder/Jakielaszek has been their offense but their depth is what keeps them on the outside looking in.
- Chatham-Kent Cyclones – Chatham is 0-10-1 in their last 11 games and are currently occupying the basement in the standings. The offense hasn’t produced and the defense allows way too many shots. Could be a long second half for the Cyclones.
- Sun County Panthers – While they have been more competitive than Chatham as of late, the fact of the matter is SCP has yet to win a game this season. Until that happens, they will lay claim to the 12 spot.