Series Preview: (4) Cambridge Hawks vs. (5) Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs

In sports history, the playoff battle between the fourth and fifth seeds has always been a tight one. When it comes to the Alliance this season, I full expect that trend to continue.

The Cambridge Hawks and Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs are two fairly similar clubs. They have forwards who can light up the scoresheet on occasion, a defense that is led by an offensively minded player and solid goaltending on the back end. The Chiefs and Hawks played three games this season, but two of those were within the first month of the season. In those two games, each team came away with a victory. In their latest meeting, the Hawks sprung out to a quick lead but Elgin battled back and the two ended with a tie in a very physical contest.
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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: Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs at Waterloo Wolves (Oct. 29)

The Saturday night home game has become a bit of a tradition at RIM Park. Waterloo consistently takes the ice at 7pm and has been quite successful on their home ice. The Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs were having none of that as they walked into the arena and beat Waterloo in nearly every facet of the 50 minutes they played.

The Chiefs came into this game winning their past two games after a deflating defeat at the hands of the London Jr. Knights. They were sitting in the middle of the standings looking up at some solid teams despite some huge wins on the season. The Chiefs are the only team to hand London a loss this season.

The Wolves had won five in a row going into Saturday night and were unbeaten in their past seven. Waterloo was cruising and asserting themselves as a top team, which has been the trend over the past few seasons.
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2016/17 Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs Season Preview

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2015/16 Minor Midget Record: 21-9-3 (3rd Place)

2015/16 Final Result: Lost in 4 to Windsor in Quarter-Finals

2015/16 Major Bantam Record: 14-14-2 (5th Place)

2015/16 Final Result: Lost in 7 to Sun County in Quarter-Finals

The Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs have been a staple atop the Minor Midget standings for quite some time now and with some added defensive strengths added over the off season, look for the Chiefs to once again be in the upper half of the standings.

The Minor Midget Chiefs of last year didn’t get off to the greatest start to the season. Some may recall some games from the Showcase where Elgin-Middlesex didn’t quite have it all together at that point. That was early though and things changed quite rapidly for the Chiefs. When forwards Jake Murray, Aidan Reid and Wes Dobbin finally got things going, the Chiefs were without a doubt a top five team in the league. While their season ended early against an under rated Windsor team, Elgin was still a team not many wanted to play against.

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