Alliance Showcase Day Two Recap

It was a quick day of games at the second day of the Alliance Showcase. While it was a shorter day for those watching in attendance, it was a busy day for the players as they went through both on and off ice seminars.

Back at Central Park for the games today, I do have one complaint about the venue. This may be splitting hairs, but I’ve found over the past couple of days that the sightlines at both rinks leave much to be desired. There are few places to watch the games with an unobstructed view so the lesson was learned during day one that early entrance is neccessary.

There were some real solid games on Saturday afternoon. Let’s go through some of the action.

Sun County Panthers hold on against Huron-Perth to remain undefeated

Sun County got out to an early lead and extended it with a couple of quick goals. Penalty trouble for the Panthers allowed Huron-Perth to get back into the game but the Panthers held on and remain undefeated to begin the season.

Davis Edmunds really had a good showing for Sun County. Whether it was on defense or when he was situated up front and attacking as a forward, his quick shot release gave the Lakers and goaltender Garrett Golley some issues. John Ulicny had another good game for Sun County, using his speed and shot to cause havoc. For the Lakers, Sheldon Pryce was all over the offensive zone and played his best game I’ve seen through the early point of the season. Carter Schoonderwoerd also had a great game and had a sweet goal to make it 4-3. This was also the first time I’d seen Schoonderwoerd play a physical game away from the puck which was nice to see finally.
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Alliance Showcase Day One Recap

It was a long trek to get to the Central Park Athletic Centre in Windsor, Ontario. Windsor is playing host to the 2017 Alliance Minor Midget Showcase event after two years of the event taking place in St. Mary’s under the Huron-Perth Lakers banner.

The September showcase is a little bit different than years past. Due to the Alliance running a second showcase weekend in December around their All-Star weekend, all teams will play just three games this weekend as opposed to the four they had previously played.

Here is a brief recap of some of the action that I was able to catch.

Sun County’s Offensive Prowess Powers Past Brantford

In my first viewing of this season’s Sun County Panthers squad, it did not take long to see why the offense has been so successful in the early part of the season. The Panthers used their speed and puck movement to get out in front early and despite a strong third period from the 99ers, held on for the win.

Matthew Maggio, John Ulicny, Ryan Gagnier and Zane Dalpe were all stellar in the contest. Ulicny’s shot and Maggio’s speed were on display in full force as Sun County improved to 3-0. For Brantford, their best players in the game were probably their youngest in Cole Hipkin and Maddox Callens. Hipkin showed he belongs as one of the top defenders in the Alliance while Callens had some of the best chances for the 99ers all day.
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2017/18 Huron-Perth Lakers Season Preview

Minor Midget Record: 5-26-2 (12th Place)

Midget Midget Result: Did not qualify for playdowns

Major Bantam Record: 5-22-5 (12th Place)

Major Bantam Result: Lost in quarter-finals to Cambridge in 3 games

After finding a home in the basement of both Minor Midget and Major Bantam, the Lakers will look towards a dominant forward to propel them closer to a playdown spot.

Minor Midget proved to be a difficult season for the Huron-Perth association. A year after arguably having a top two team in the Alliance, the Lakers could not find any consistent scoring and they couldn’t consistently keep the puck out of their net. Despite solid play from Tyson Koopman and Max Mulder, the Lakers spent the vast majority of the season looking up at the competition.
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2017 OHL Priority Selection Draft Results

It is finally that time of the year. The OHL Priority Selection draft is upon us and as always it is a very exciting day.

This draft will be different than in past years because of the fact that we now do have the Midget draft in play. Not to say that changes a whole lot but we still do not know what teams strategies will be, especially when it comes to goaltenders.

Looking back at 2016, the Alliance had 36 players taken in the priority selection draft. Of those 36, 22 were forwards, 11 defenseman and 3 goaltenders. Those 36 players represented all 12 teams in the Alliance. When we look at the draft this season, I would expect to see the number of players remain around the 35-40 mark with the possibility of surpassing 40.

Stay tuned at AllianceHockeyScout.com for all the up to date picks involving Alliance players. It’s going to be quite the day so come along for the ride beginning at 9am EST.

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From the Alliance to the OHL (November Edition)

Better late than never as they say. November was another good month for Alliance alumni when it came to Junior Hockey. While some players were sent back to Jr. B teams as players were returned to the OHL from their NHL clubs, many Alliance players were thriving at the Jr. B level while the ones left at the OHL level were still making their mark on games.

In addition to the 2000 born players getting their feet wet, you have the 1999 born players gaining traction as the 2017 NHL Draft is quickly approaching and players are either rising or falling down the mock draft lists.

Now that we have somewhat solidified where these guys will be playing for the remainder of the season, these won’t just include those that are in the OHL, but those were are making their impacts in others leagues across Southwestern Ontario.

Brady Hinz – Sarnia Sting (Huron-Perth Lakers)

Hinz continued to impress and even surprise some scouts as he has been steady in his production level for the Sting. Hinz put in three goals and six points over 11 games in the month of November and was solid on the defensive side of the puck as well, contributing a +1 rating.

Hinz will continue to gain more experience as the season progresses and could see a few extra minutes with Adam Ruzicka away at the World Juniors. With the role he currently sees on the team, Hinz is well on his way to becoming a key piece for the 2017/18 Sting team. Click here for full article

2016/17 Minor Midget Rankings (Week 8)

The holiday break is quickly approaching but the Alliance action is also heating up as the stretch run is getting closer and closer.

With league action wrapping up on Friday until January 2nd, this past week was a busy one for the teams. While most will keep busy attending the Toronto Marlies tournament, the seeding for the Alliance playdowns is still far from determined. There will be plenty of work to do in the final three weeks of the regular season before teams get a clearer picture of where they are heading come February 5th.

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2016/17 Minor Midget Rankings (Week 7)

Although the last couple of weeks have been slow when it comes to the Alliance regular season, the next week will be super busy as the league winds down for the holiday season.

Even though season play does wrap up for the holidays, that doesn’t mean these teams and players will get some time for rest and relaxation. The majority of the Alliance teams will be heading down for the Toronto Marlies Holiday Classic, one of the top tournaments of the season.

While the tournament won’t have any impact on the rankings, the slow period does give some time for other project. Most importantly, look out for the Alliance Scout Top 25 player rankings to be released in the final week of December. The initial list will then be updated in February and a final ranking released just prior to the OHL Draft in April.

Housekeeping out of the way, here are the latest and greatest team rankings.
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2016/17 Minor Midget Rankings (Week 6)

It was a pretty slow week when it came to the Alliance and their regular season which kind of explains why the rankings stayed nearly identical to last week.

While five of the teams headed over to Whitby for the Silver Stick, the other seven teams had some other business to take care of. This week coming up is another slow one with Alliance All-Star weekend ahead of us in Waterloo.

December is a busy month for the Alliance association. All-Star weekend, season play, Waterloo Gold Puck and the Marlies Holiday Classic will all alter the rankings at one point or another with not many teams immune from rising or falling in the standings.

Here are your week six rankings.

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2016/17 Minor Midget Rankings (Week 5)

Apologies for missing the rankings last week. The flu bug ran around the household and put myself out of capacity for some time.

Back and full of health, it was a busy and interesting weekend in the Alliance. Much like myself, a few teams have begun preparations for the Silver Stick tournament in Whitby coming up on Thursday.

Some teams shined as Waterloo and Kitchener both had successful weekends at home while others like Windsor and Sun County faltered a bit. Tomorrow will mark exactly two months until the Alliance regular season and while there aren’t a tonne of races, there is still plenty of time for teams to make a significant jump or stumble towards the end.

Here we go with the Week 5 Minor Midget rankings

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From the Alliance to the OHL (October Edition)

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While the current season of Minor Midget hockey continues to roll on with games getting more intense, it’s always interesting to take a look back at some of the players who were playing in the same rinks one year ago and where they are now.

When it comes to the 2000 born players from the Alliance, there are a good crop of players who are succeeding in their next level of hockey. Some are making an impact at the Jr. B and Jr. C level while others are continuing to play minor hockey at the Major Midget level.

For a select few players though, they were able to jump directly from Minor Midget into the lineups of some OHL clubs. Some have thrived while others are taking their time to adjust to a faster paced game. The players who have made that jump are now one step closer to achieving their dream.

So let’s take a look at some of the former Alliance standouts who now showcase their talents in the OHL.
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