2016/17 Chatham-Kent Cyclones Season Preview

Alliance Quarter-Finals Roundup

It took a little over a week, but the quarter-finals have finally been settled and the final four teams have been decided. London, Waterloo, Kitchener and Windsor will battle it out for the chance to be crowned the Alliance champion. While no series went to a deciding 5th game, the series were close for the most part. The lone series that saw a large discrepancy was London’s win over Chatham, which was a #1 seed against a #8.

With the semi-finals now set, we will see top seeded London take on the lone upset winner of the first round Windsor. While Waterloo will battle with their highway 8 rivals the Kitchener Jr. Rangers. Each series brings different questions will some key factors that could determine who comes out on top. Previews for those series should be released this week.

London explodes offensively to take down Cyclones

The Jr. Knights were able to find the back of the net 18 times in three games as they completed the sweep of Chatham-Kent. The names you would expect to see on the game sheet were there, but there was one prominent name that was missing from this series.

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Alliance All Star Weekend Preview

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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:

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3 Thoughts on Chatham vs. Waterloo (Oct. 2, 2015)

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For the first time this season, I was able to take in a full game experience watching the Chatham-Kent Cyclones. Definitely the surprise team this year in the Alliance, the Cyclones have made a name for themselves this season by playing everybody tight and pulling out some big wins, a big change from their season a year ago.

Against Waterloo, they just weren’t able to keep up with the speed and precision of the Wolves, falling 7-1. For Waterloo, they were on point for the entire game, something we have seen time and time again this season.

Mitch Hoelscher Continues Rapid Scoring Pace

There are lots of guys on Waterloo who can put the puck in the net, but none are doing it at the pace of forward Mitch Hoelscher. Hoelscher was a key contributor a year ago when the Major Bantam Wolves took home the Alliance title and that success has transitioned to this season rather seamlessly.

Playing alongside captain Chris Playfair, Hoelscher not only has a dynamic playmaker to help set him up, he also has the experience of playing alongside Playfair in the past, a rare feat for a Wolves team that had a high turnover rate from last season.

One thing I really do like about Hoelscher’s game is his physicality. He isn’t afraid to throw the body in the corner and plays with an edge that sees him involved in many of the scrums after the whistle. That edge he plays with is a key factor why Hoelscher is Waterloo’s leading scorer.

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