The Alliance will take a break this coming weekend to showcase all of the talent in the association with their All-Star Weekend festivities in Waterloo. The Minor Midgets take centre stage with a four team tournament while the Bantams and Midgets will send their best out there in a single exhibition game.
With the Minor Midgets bringing out four teams, there were plenty of players who were chosen to represent their teams. The Minor Midget Teams are as follows:
The Lambton Jr. Sting made their first visit to Galt Arena this season to take on the Cambridge Hawks this past Sunday. Lambton was coming off a 2-1 loss to the Sun County Panthers while the Hawks were reeling off their biggest game of the year, a 1-1 tie against top ranked Huron-Perth Lakers.
It was very early in the game when it became apparent that the Jr. Sting were going to be a physical force for Cambridge. The Hawks, who were without captain Rewdy Scott, were significantly smaller than Lambton. The play in the first period was thoroughly controlled by the Jr. Sting, peppering goaltender Kailem Chappelle with an abundance of shots.
The scoring got started late into the first period when the Jr. Sting came in on a two on one. Joey Ferrera made the nifty pass over to Cameron Rombouts who buried the puck to give Lambton a 1-0 lead. Both players showed their skills throughout the game with Rombouts showcasing his stick handling and puck control while Ferrera showed off his ice vision and crisp passing skills.
2014/15 Minor Midget Record – 8-20-5 (8th overall)
Final Result – Lost in 3 to London in Quarter-Finals
2014/15 Major Bantam Record – 10-19-3 (10th overall)
Final Result – Lost in 6 to Sun County in Preliminary Round
Following a season full of ups and downs, the Lambton Jr. Sting are hoping that an improvement on defence is the key to taking the next step up the standings.
In the 2014/15 season, only two teams allowed more goals than the 156 that the Sting allowed. The defense is trending to get better when you look at the Bantam squad from last season. Goaltender Jakob Knowles is back between the pipes in an attempt to repeat some of the performances that he had last year as a Bantam player.