Alliance Showcase Day 2 Roundup

Good news! I barely saw any nets come loose causing multiple stoppages in the play. Aside from the quality of the games on the ice, the biggest positive to take away from the second day at the Alliance Showcase.

Chatham-Kent speeds past host Huron-Perth

In the opening game of the morning, the Chatham-Kent Cyclones continued their strong play this weekend with a 2-0 shutout win over host Huron-Perth. While not complete domination, the Lakers were hard pressed to get any good scoring chances instead attempting long shots on net and crashing for the rebounds.

The Cyclones showed that they will be a handful for teams that don’t possess to speed and size that is currently in the Chatham-Kent lineup. Lucas Fancy was one forward who stood out for me this morning. Small in size, he makes up for it by making quick decisions and is one of the leaders on the ice. Reminds me a bit of Sean Kawalec from last year’s Kitchener squad. Along with Fancy, forwards Evan Wells and Cole Mackinnon were strong in the win. Nolan Dekoning picked up the shutout, his first win of the season.
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Game Report: Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs at Kitchener Jr. Rangers (Sept. 17, 2016)

It only took 14 seconds for the Kitchener Jr. Rangers to score their first goal of the season and they were able to ride that momentum to a 4-1 victory over the Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs to get their Minor Midget season started on the right track.

It was an incredibly quick start for Kitchener. With top Alliance forward Justin McCombs starting the game at centre, his speed and quick movements opened up the defence of the Chiefs and a quick feed over to newcomer Brendan Bauer who put the fans in a frenzy early. While the scoring got underway early in this game, things settled down fairly quickly afterwards.

Both the Chiefs and the Jr. Rangers really did play neutral zone hockey for the remainder of the first period and the first half of the 2nd. It became apparent pretty early in the game that these teams were still adjusting to new coaching staffs and to each other to be honest.
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