Week 10 Alliance Scout Minor Midget Rankings

Only six weeks remain in the Alliance regular season with just about eight weeks until playdowns begin. As we get closer to the end of the season, the games will undoubtedly become even more important, especially for teams that are working towards grabbing a spot in the top eight.

The regular season picks up this week and next with the Toronto Marlies Holiday Classic to follow after Christmas. That means that there are plenty of opportunities for teams to make moves and that also means that there shouldn’t be any expectation that the rankings will remain the same every single week.

With that said, onto the Week 10 rankings.

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3 Thoughts From Sun County at Kitchener (Sept. 19, 2015)

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The site of this one was the Activa Sportsplex and those in attendance saw the first regular season action for the Sun County Panthers as they took on a Kitchener team still searching for their first win of the season. It was a game that shifted period to period as the Panthers came out strong with lots of pressure in the first period. The second period saw the Rangers battle back and shore up some of their weaknesses on defense while the third period was complete domination for Kitchener en route to a 6-1 victory.

For Kitchener, it was a much needed win while for Sun County it was a learning experience early in the season.

Thought 1:

Giveaways, Giveaways, Giveaways

The story of the first period for both teams, and the entire game for Sun County was the excessive amount of turnovers in the defensive zone. The first period saw Kitchener with an abnormal amount. Outlet passes that were picked off or attempts to clear that didn’t have enough steam on them led to a few chances and the Jake Nimmo goal for Sun County.

While Kitchener improved on their lapses in defense, Sun County’s continued throughout the game. Catalin Morin, who was the only goalie dressed for the Panthers with Kody Williams out, was hung out to dry on several occasions and a few big saves made this score closer than it could have been.

The Panthers defense really struggled with the forechecking of the Jr. Rangers and saw many of their passes intercepted or just completely fanned on. Puck control in their own zone definitely one of the more important things the Panthers will be working on in upcoming practices.

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3 Thoughts From Kitchener at Cambridge (Sept. 13, 2015)

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It was the first game that I took in this season at Galt Arena on Sunday when the Cambridge Hawks hosted the Kitchener Jr. Rangers. Both teams were coming off of losses the previous evening. Cambridge was downed by Huron-Perth while Kitchener was defeated by Chatham-Kent in what can only be described as an upset.

In a game that was thoroughly dominated by Kitchener, it was the Jr. Rangers who needed a third period goal in order to secure the tie and a 2-2 tie would be the final in this one, giving both teams their first points on the young campaign.

As with most games that I attend this season (including the Alliance Faceoffs next weekend), I will try and give a few thoughts from each to enlighten those who were unable to attend.

Thought 1:

Goaltending Played a Big Factor in the Tie

It was an interested matchup in net between these two teams. The Hawks had former Jr. Ranger Ben Coveny between the pipes while Kitchener countered with newcomer Jackson Dewar. It should be noted that Rhetton Kimmel was at Galt Arena, but was not in uniform. If Coveny was not in net for the Hawks, I think they would still be searching for their first point of the year.

There were a handful of scoring chances that Kitchener had that should have been capitalized on if not for the incredible reflexes and positioning of Coveny.

On the Kitchener side, it was evident that Jackson Dewar is still getting accustomed to playing with his new teammates. Dewar, who played AA in Kitchener last season, faced few shots but a vast majority of them were with the Hawks driving down the wing.

No doubt that Dewar will improve as the season progresses, but however long Rhetton Kimmel is out with determine what kind of start Kitchener will have this season.

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