Alliance OHL Cup Preview

The latest hockey season has come to an end for some of the teams in the Alliance but there is still hockey being played which includes four Alliance teams trying their hand at the illustrious OHL Cup championship title. The London Jr. Knights, Waterloo Wolves and Cambridge Hawks have all punched their ticket to the dance with the Kitchener Jr. Rangers just one win away from joining them. Last year was a disappointing tournament for the Alliance with no teams from the association making it past the round robin portion of the tournament. This season, the Alliance enters the tournament with London being ranked at the top and legitimate contenders to take the crown.

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Series Preview: (3) Kitchener Jr. Rangers vs. (6) Windsor Jr. Spitfires

Last season, the Windsor Jr. Spitfires took on the Kitchener Jr. Rangers in a preliminary round series at Major Bantam. Windsor was a six seed, Kitchener was last at 11. Kitchener pulled off the upset in three games. These two teams meet again this year, but this time Kitchener is the top seed and Windsor is looking for the upset.

These two teams are not strangers to each other. Both squads met up four times this year with a quarter-final date at the Dale Parker tournament joining their three league games. Kitchener took the season series 3-1, winning the final three meetings which included that quarter-final game.
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Alliance All-Star Rosters Released

Coming up this weekend, Waterloo will host yet another Alliance All-Star weekend. The event, which showcases players from Bantam to Midget, is also the beginning of the selection process for the Alliance OHL Gold Cup team as well as the first viewing for some looking to represent Team Canada next year at the U16 tournament.

68 Minor Midget players were selected as part of the four team mini tournament that occurs throughout the weekend. 36 forwards, 24 defenseman and 8 goalies in total will make the trek.

Here are the full team rosters.

Team Blue:

G – Corson Marit (Kitchener)

G – Lewis Boulton (London)

D – Stefan Dobrich (Sun County)

D – Mason Howard (London)

D – Stefan Panzalovic (Sun County)

D – Dylan Schives (Chatham-Kent)

D – Michael Van Loon (Elgin-Middlesex)

D – Gavin Wood (Waterloo)

F – David Anderson (Cambridge)

F – Cal Christner (Waterloo)

F – Stephane Crevier (Sun County)

F – Nolan Degurse (Lambton)

F – Luke Drewitt (London)

F – Tyson Hillier (Waterloo)

F – T.J. Hughes (Hamilton)

F – Jakob Marche (Elgin-Middlesex)

F – Keean Washkurak (Waterloo)
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Game Report: Kitchener Jr. Rangers at Huron-Perth Lakers (Sept. 27, 2016)

Coming off a busy weekend at the Alliance Showcase with each team playing four games, the Kitchener Jr. Rangers and the Huron-Perth Lakers were both back in at quickly at the historic Allman arena in Stratford.

The game started out a little slow with both teams more than likely still a little tired from the busy weekend they just had. The game went scoreless for nearly the first seven minutes before both teams scored in a combined 19 seconds. It was Huron-Perth who opened the scoring with Mason Goldie putting one past Corson Marit. Then just seconds later, Cole MacKay notched his Alliance leading 9th goal of the season.

The game continued to be a neutral zone battle until Jameson Mitchell, who is quickly becoming one of the leaders on defence for Kitchener, ripped home a slap shot past Zach Hill and the Jr. Rangers led 2-1 after the first period of play.
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Kitchener Jr. Rangers 2016/17 Season Preview

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2015/16 Minor Midget Record: 18-11-4 (4th Place)

2015/16 Minor Midget Final Result: Lost in 7 to Waterloo in Semi-Finals (Advanced to OHL Cup)

2015/16 Major Bantam Record: 4-23-3 (11th Place)

2015/16 Major Bantam Final Result: Lost in 3 to London in Quarter-Finals

The Major Bantam season for the Kitchener Jr. Rangers was a disappointing one to say the least, but the addition of arguably the best skater in the league and the coaching of Dean DeSilva could lead to vast improvement.

The 2000 group for Kitchener last year definitely started slow. It was about midway through October when the Jr. Rangers found themselves near the bottom of the standings. But slowly Kitchener fought their way back with strong defense and timely scoring. The team found success with multiple forwards scoring on a nightly basis and Rhett Kimmel being a rock in net. Kitchener took Waterloo to a final deciding game, ultimately losing the series. They also took the Don Mills Flyers to OT in the OHL Cup, losing after what I can a fringe penalty against them.
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