Alliance Scout Player Rankings 16-25

Well, it’s finally here. After weeks of watching and observing Alliance games left, right and centre, I’ve finally compiled the top 25 players in the Alliance.

Needless to say, this was not the easiest task in the least. Even after sorting through all 12 rosters and doing my initial lists, I was still sitting at about 45-50 players that I then needed to cut in half to make up the inaugural Alliance Scout rankings.

It must be stated that this is the initial rankings based on play from the first few months of the season. This includes all regular season games, the Alliance Showcase and All Star Weekend as well as other tournaments such as the Whitby Silver Stick and Toronto Titans Early Bird Tournament.

For those players that did not make the initial 25, that does not mean they will not make the list in the future. There are still plenty of tournaments and the playdowns for players to make an impact and make that leap into the top 25.

For today, we will release the players ranked from 16 to 25. The following list will hold players six through 15 while the final list will be a look at the top five players in the Alliance in my opinion.

Here it goes:

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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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Lambton at Cambridge Game Recap (Nov. 8/15)

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The Lambton Jr. Sting made their first visit to Galt Arena this season to take on the Cambridge Hawks this past Sunday. Lambton was coming off a 2-1 loss to the Sun County Panthers while the Hawks were reeling off their biggest game of the year, a 1-1 tie against top ranked Huron-Perth Lakers.

It was very early in the game when it became apparent that the Jr. Sting were going to be a physical force for Cambridge. The Hawks, who were without captain Rewdy Scott, were significantly smaller than Lambton. The play in the first period was thoroughly controlled by the Jr. Sting, peppering goaltender Kailem Chappelle with an abundance of shots.

The scoring got started late into the first period when the Jr. Sting came in on a two on one. Joey Ferrera made the nifty pass over to Cameron Rombouts who buried the puck to give Lambton a 1-0 lead. Both players showed their skills throughout the game with Rombouts showcasing his stick handling and puck control while Ferrera showed off his ice vision and crisp passing skills.

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Updated: Toronto Titans Tournament Day 4 Results

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It’s the final day for the round robin portion of the Toronto Titans tournament. When it comes to the Alliance, two teams have all but clinched their spot in the next round. Two teams still have some work to do to advance while the final two teams are hoping to turn things around for their season.

The Round of 16 begins on Saturday night with the final 8 teams completing their tournament on Sunday.

Windsor Jr. Spitfires lost 2-1 to Wheatfield Blades

Goals: Kory Allen

In Net: Eric Pillon

The tournament started out on such a strong note for Windsor but they were unable to continue any momentum they had. In their final game of the tournament, the offense of the Jr. Spitfires was contained to just one goal as the Blades beat the Spitfires 2-1. Kory Allen scored the lone goal for Windsor on the powerplay in the 2nd period. Eric Pillon was in net and rebounded nicely after allowed 11 goals in two games Friday.

Windsor ends the tournament at 1-3 with Kory Silverio leading the team in scoring with 6 points through his 4 games.

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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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