Alliance Showcase Day 2 Roundup

Good news! I barely saw any nets come loose causing multiple stoppages in the play. Aside from the quality of the games on the ice, the biggest positive to take away from the second day at the Alliance Showcase.

Chatham-Kent speeds past host Huron-Perth

In the opening game of the morning, the Chatham-Kent Cyclones continued their strong play this weekend with a 2-0 shutout win over host Huron-Perth. While not complete domination, the Lakers were hard pressed to get any good scoring chances instead attempting long shots on net and crashing for the rebounds.

The Cyclones showed that they will be a handful for teams that don’t possess to speed and size that is currently in the Chatham-Kent lineup. Lucas Fancy was one forward who stood out for me this morning. Small in size, he makes up for it by making quick decisions and is one of the leaders on the ice. Reminds me a bit of Sean Kawalec from last year’s Kitchener squad. Along with Fancy, forwards Evan Wells and Cole Mackinnon were strong in the win. Nolan Dekoning picked up the shutout, his first win of the season.
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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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Series Preview: (4) Kitchener Jr. Rangers vs. (5) Huron-Perth Lakers

Season Series:

Huron-Perth over Kitchener 4-2 (Sept. 20)

Kitchener over Huron-Perth 6-0 (Nov. 18)

Kitchener over Huron-Perth 7-1 (Dec. 2)

It’s a battle of teams separated by just 30 minutes and this one could be a difficult one to predict, should everything go as planned.

The struggle for home ice advantage in the first round came down to the final day as Kitchener edged out Huron-Perth by just two points in the standings to grab that extra home game in the series. With these two teams going at it, it’s quite clear that both have been going in opposite directions for some time now.

Kitchener has been on a roll for the past month or two, rocketing up the standings when they were sitting in the bottom third at one point this season. The Lakers came roaring out of the gate to nab first place, but injuries and other factors led to a bit of a skid and has seen them fall to 5th spot.

Kitchener won the season series between the two teams with two blowout wins in November and December while the Lakers grabbed a win in the opener way back in just the second weekend of the season. The difference between those games was that the Lakers were healthy for the first game, not so much in games two and three.

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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 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 From Kitchener at Cambridge (Sept. 13, 2015)

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It was the first game that I took in this season at Galt Arena on Sunday when the Cambridge Hawks hosted the Kitchener Jr. Rangers. Both teams were coming off of losses the previous evening. Cambridge was downed by Huron-Perth while Kitchener was defeated by Chatham-Kent in what can only be described as an upset.

In a game that was thoroughly dominated by Kitchener, it was the Jr. Rangers who needed a third period goal in order to secure the tie and a 2-2 tie would be the final in this one, giving both teams their first points on the young campaign.

As with most games that I attend this season (including the Alliance Faceoffs next weekend), I will try and give a few thoughts from each to enlighten those who were unable to attend.

Thought 1:

Goaltending Played a Big Factor in the Tie

It was an interested matchup in net between these two teams. The Hawks had former Jr. Ranger Ben Coveny between the pipes while Kitchener countered with newcomer Jackson Dewar. It should be noted that Rhetton Kimmel was at Galt Arena, but was not in uniform. If Coveny was not in net for the Hawks, I think they would still be searching for their first point of the year.

There were a handful of scoring chances that Kitchener had that should have been capitalized on if not for the incredible reflexes and positioning of Coveny.

On the Kitchener side, it was evident that Jackson Dewar is still getting accustomed to playing with his new teammates. Dewar, who played AA in Kitchener last season, faced few shots but a vast majority of them were with the Hawks driving down the wing.

No doubt that Dewar will improve as the season progresses, but however long Rhetton Kimmel is out with determine what kind of start Kitchener will have this season.

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