2016/17 Lambton Jr. Sting Season Preview

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2015/16 Minor Midget Standings: 10-18-5 (9th Place)

2015/16 Minor Midget Final Result: Did not qualify for playdowns

2015/16 Major Bantam Standings: No Team

Last season was not a stellar one for the Lambton organization. Not only did the Minor Midget’s just miss out on a playdown position, but the bantam team didn’t even exist. That is what makes this season one of redemption for the boys from Lambton.

The 2000 age group for the Lambton Jr. Sting was an incredibly strong defensive team. There were just on the cusp of being a top five defensive team thanks in part to the likes of Duncan Core on defense and Jakob Knowles in net. The problem for the team was on offense. While near the top on defense, Lambton was in the bottom three in goal scoring last season. Despite that, the Jr. Sting were well within striking distance of a playdown spot before going winless in their final 10 games, dropping to 9th spot.
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2016 OHL Priority Selection Draft Results

The day that so many players and families have been waiting for has finally arrived. The OHL Draft has arrived and with plenty of anticipation.

For the live blog today, we will go through with you every single round and discuss every Alliance player selected in the draft. Historically, the Alliance has produced approximately 42 players into the OHL Draft on a yearly basis. Not a lot considering that there are over 200 players combined in the league.

Just remember, if your name gets called to savour the moment. Do not dwell if it is lower than you were expecting as your draft position is just a number and your future play will determine everything. Those players who will not be as fortunate to hear their name, hard work can still present that opportunity to you. Mike Hoffman of the Ottawa Senators knows that first hand and he is a story that should give motivation for any undrafted players still looking to make that jump to major junior hockey.

With everything said, sit back and relax if that’s possible. The draft begins at 9am and we will be here with you for its entirety.

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Alliance All Star Day 2 Recap

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The final day of the Alliance All Star weekend went today with four games, but two of the same games. In the early action, Team Navy took on Team Grey in a game that saw Grey take the win 7-4 behind a three point game from Hamilton’s Derek Seguin who took home the player of the game honours for Grey.

In the 2nd game, Team White shutdown the high powered offense of Team Blue with a 5-0 victory behind the stellar play of London’s Keaghan Brett. As it so turns out, the way the standings ended up we go these exact two same matchups for the afternoon games.

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Alliance All Star Day 1 Recap

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The best of the best from the Alliance came out to the Sun Life Financial Arena in Waterloo yesterday for the beginning of the Alliance All Star festivities. While the Bantam and Major Midget players played in one isolated game, the Minor Midget’s are competing in a mini four team tournament that will showcase the best attributes from each and every player.

The first day saw lots of action and lots of players were playing their best hockey of the season. There were four games in total, with Team Navy and Team Grey both going 2-0 while Team White and Team Blue both went winless in  their respective two games.

Here are some of the highlights from the first day.

Team Navy defeats Team White 5-4

The first game of the All Star weekend saw both Team Navy and Team White come out blazing with each team scoring a goal within the first 90 seconds of the game. It was two Jr. Knights who opened the scoring with Joel Mazzilli scoring for Navy and Brett Fisher for White.

London’s Keaghan Brett played the full game for Team White and played very well. He made some big saves including one on a breakaway by Sun County’s Jake Nimmo. James Walker got the start for Navy and definitely improved as the game progressed. Walker was fantastic for the third period, stalling the offensive pressure of White.

During the game, Team Navy was led offensively by Elgin-Middlesex’s Aidan Reid and Windsor’s Evan Ferguson offensively. Reid was especially impressive as he was all over the puck and when he was on the ice, plays went through him. The surprise player for Navy was Grant Spence who had lots of scoring chances and was a constant threat whenever in the offensive zone. Team White had many players who shined despite the loss. Isaac Taylor and Kyle Fisher were the stars on offense while Tristan DeJong and Duncan Core had great games on defense. Hometown guy Mason McMahon played probably the best game that I’ve seen him play this season and was constantly threatening and throwing heavy body checks.

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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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Updated: Toronto Titans Tournament Day 3 Results

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Day 3 of the Toronto Titans Tournament is a day where teams quickly figure out what their place is in the tournament. Either your a top team in your group, a team still fighting for their lives or a team that is going to use the rest of the tournament as a way to work out any kinks.

With all of that said, Day 3 had some ups and downs for the Alliance. Teams such as London and Elgin-Middlesex continued to shine strong with other teams struggles continued.

London Jr. Knights won 1-0 against Whitby Wildcats

Goals: Eric Guest

In Net: Jukka Schotter

The defense of the London Jr. Knights and the goaltending of Jukka Schotter continued to stand strong as they completely shutdown the Whitby Wildcats. This is the second straight game the Knights have played strong defense after their 4-1 win Thursday night against the Honeybaked U15 team. Top prospect Eric Guest scored the lone goal for London in the second period. Next up for the London Jr. Knights is a date with the Mississauga Senators.

Windsor Jr. Spitfires lost 6-4 to Southern Tier Admirals

Goals: Kory Silverio, Jacob Rosa, Nathan Salaris, Mitchell Schmidt

In Net: Eric Pillon

If there is one thing that the Windsor Jr. Spitfires are showing this tournament is that they can put the puck in the net and can do so at a rapid pace. Unfortunately, the Spitfires were unable to out score the Southern Tier Admirals. Eric Pillon took the loss in a tough game between the pipes. Positives can be taken from the offense obviously as Kory Silverio added a goal and an assist to give him five points through his first two games. Windsor will take on the Toronto Red Wings in a pivotal matchup later tonight.

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2015/16 Lambton Jr. Sting Preview

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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.

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