All-Star Weekend Showcase Schedule Released

Just a couple days after the schedule for the September Showcase in Waterloo was released, the schedule for All-Star weekend is now available to the public.

All-Star weekend, which will take place in Woodstock for the third consecutive year, will bring another weekend where fans and observers can see all of the Alliance teams in action in one central area. In addition to the 3 game showcase weekend, Woodstock will also host the Alliance All-Star games for the Bantam, Minor Midget and Midget age groups.

It should be noted that All-Star weekend is happening earlier than it has in past seasons. Usually reserved for the first weekend in December, the event will now take place November 22nd-24th. No word as to why the change was made, but the fact that the Whitby Silver Stick tournament, one of the biggest in the age group, has been moved back a week could be one reason for the switch.

Here is the schedule as was released on the Alliance’s official site.

Friday, November 22nd

3:00pm – London Jr. Knights vs Kitchener Jr. Rangers

3:15pm – Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs vs Waterloo Wolves

5:00pm – Chatham-Kent Cyclones vs Cambridge Hawks

5:15pm – Lambton Jr. Sting vs Brantford 99ers

7:00pm – Windsor Jr. Spitfires vs Huron-Perth Lakers

7:15pm – Sun County Panthers vs Hamilton Huskies

Saturday, November 23rd

8:00am – Kitchener Jr. Rangers vs Chatham-Kent Cyclones

8:15am – Hamilton Huskies vs Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs

10:00am – Huron-Perth Lakers vs Lambton Jr. Sting

10:15am – Cambridge Hawks vs London Jr. Knights

12:00pm – Waterloo Wolves vs Sun County Panthers

12:15pm – Brantford 99ers vs Windsor Jr. Spitfires

4:00pm – London Jr. Knights vs Huron-Perth Lakers

4:15pm – Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs vs Cambridge Hawks

6:00pm – Chatham-Kent Cyclones vs Brantford 99ers

6:15pm – Lambton Jr. Sting vs Hamilton Huskies

8:00pm – Sun County Panthers vs Kitchener Jr. Rangers

8:15pm – Windsor Jr. Spitfires vs Waterloo Wolves


September Alliance Showcase Schedule Released

Although it is the middle of the summer, that doesn’t mean that plans aren’t already in the works for the upcoming hockey season.

The first plans that are starting to come to fruition are in regards to the September Alliance Showcase, which is being hosted by the Waterloo Wolves at RIM Park this season. The Showcase is the first good look at all the Alliance teams in action and lays the groundwork for some players to make a mark. One example is from the 2002 group when Ryan Gagnier tore up the Showcase in Windsor, putting his name into the conversation with teammate Matt Maggio as one of the top skaters in the loop.

While we are still three months away from its beginnings, the Showcase schedule has been put out there and we have it here in its entirety. It should be noted that the Showcase at RIM Park will be split between two rinks. The Pillers rink, which is the home ice for the Minor Midget Wolves, and the Optimists rink will be where the entire event takes place.

Friday, September 20th:

4:00pm – Chatham-Kent Cyclones vs Waterloo Wolves

4:30pm – Brantford 99ers vs Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs

6:00pm – Cambridge Hawks vs Lambton Jr. Sting

6:30pm – Kitchener Jr. Rangers vs Windsor Jr. Spitfires

8:00pm – Huron-Perth Lakers vs Sun County Panthers

8:30pm – Hamilton Huskies vs London Jr. Knights

Saturday, September 21st:

8:00am – Brantford 99ers vs Chatham-Kent Cyclones

8:30am – Cambridge Hawks vs Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs

10:00am – Huron-Perth Lakers vs London Jr. Knights

10:30am – Hamilton Huskies vs Lambton Jr. Sting

12:00pm – Waterloo Wolves vs Windsor Jr. Spitfires

12:30pm – Kitchener Jr. Rangers vs Sun County Panthers

4:00pm – Chatham-Kent Cyclones vs Huron-Perth Lakers

4:30pm – Brantford 99ers vs London Jr. Knights

6:00pm – Lambton Jr. Sting vs Waterloo Wolves

6:30pm – Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs vs Kitchener Jr. Rangers

8:00pm – Cambridge Hawks vs Sun County Panthers

8:30pm – Hamilton Huskies vs Windsor Jr. Spitfires

Sunday, September 22nd:

8:00am – Kitchener Jr. Rangers vs Lambton Jr. Sting

8:30am – Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs vs Huron-Perth Lakers

10:00am – Chatham-Kent Cyclones vs Hamilton Huskies

10:30am – Cambridge Hawks vs Windsor Jr. Spitfires

12:00pm – London Jr. Knights vs Waterloo Wolves

12:30pm – Brantford 99ers vs Sun County Panthers

Alliance Team Rankings – 2nd Edition

The Alliance All-Star Showcase in Woodstock this past weekend gave everyone a great opportunity to see all the Alliance teams in action in one spot. It also provided some fantastic games and top matchups between the best teams in the association.

The game between Chatham and Cambridge on Friday night probably stands as my favourite game of the year thus far. While it ended without a single goal being scored, the chances along with the high intensity and physical play made for a great couple hours of entertainment.

The Saturday afternoon tilt between Brantford and Windsor was a battle between the top ranked teams in my inaugural rankings. Several players shined bright in that game and it was a great showing for a Windsor team that I don’t think really gets the respect they deserve around the league.

The next couple of weeks are busy for Alliance teams. We have the Gold Puck tournament in Waterloo this weekend and teams are getting set for the holidays which means the Marlies Holiday Classic for many.

I said last week that the rankings were very close and lots could be argued. As you will see by this weeks edition, plenty can change in a couple of weeks and it shows just how tight the teams at the top of the standings are to one another.
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Alliance Showcase Day Two Recap

It was a quick day of games at the second day of the Alliance Showcase. While it was a shorter day for those watching in attendance, it was a busy day for the players as they went through both on and off ice seminars.

Back at Central Park for the games today, I do have one complaint about the venue. This may be splitting hairs, but I’ve found over the past couple of days that the sightlines at both rinks leave much to be desired. There are few places to watch the games with an unobstructed view so the lesson was learned during day one that early entrance is neccessary.

There were some real solid games on Saturday afternoon. Let’s go through some of the action.

Sun County Panthers hold on against Huron-Perth to remain undefeated

Sun County got out to an early lead and extended it with a couple of quick goals. Penalty trouble for the Panthers allowed Huron-Perth to get back into the game but the Panthers held on and remain undefeated to begin the season.

Davis Edmunds really had a good showing for Sun County. Whether it was on defense or when he was situated up front and attacking as a forward, his quick shot release gave the Lakers and goaltender Garrett Golley some issues. John Ulicny had another good game for Sun County, using his speed and shot to cause havoc. For the Lakers, Sheldon Pryce was all over the offensive zone and played his best game I’ve seen through the early point of the season. Carter Schoonderwoerd also had a great game and had a sweet goal to make it 4-3. This was also the first time I’d seen Schoonderwoerd play a physical game away from the puck which was nice to see finally.
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Alliance Showcase Day One Recap

It was a long trek to get to the Central Park Athletic Centre in Windsor, Ontario. Windsor is playing host to the 2017 Alliance Minor Midget Showcase event after two years of the event taking place in St. Mary’s under the Huron-Perth Lakers banner.

The September showcase is a little bit different than years past. Due to the Alliance running a second showcase weekend in December around their All-Star weekend, all teams will play just three games this weekend as opposed to the four they had previously played.

Here is a brief recap of some of the action that I was able to catch.

Sun County’s Offensive Prowess Powers Past Brantford

In my first viewing of this season’s Sun County Panthers squad, it did not take long to see why the offense has been so successful in the early part of the season. The Panthers used their speed and puck movement to get out in front early and despite a strong third period from the 99ers, held on for the win.

Matthew Maggio, John Ulicny, Ryan Gagnier and Zane Dalpe were all stellar in the contest. Ulicny’s shot and Maggio’s speed were on display in full force as Sun County improved to 3-0. For Brantford, their best players in the game were probably their youngest in Cole Hipkin and Maddox Callens. Hipkin showed he belongs as one of the top defenders in the Alliance while Callens had some of the best chances for the 99ers all day.
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