The final series to get underway this season is the top ranked Cambridge Hawks taking on a Chatham-Kent team that battled hard at the end of the season to secure the eighth seed. The Hawks rolled through the Alliance regular season, falling just twice through 33 games Cambridge had a roster full of talent from offense to goaltending. Chatham got points in six of their final eight games to propel them into the postseason after a tough battle with Kitchener and Lambton.
Cambridge defeated Chatham-Kent 6-3 on September 30th
Cambridge defeated Chatham-Kent 4-0 on November 5th
Cambridge defeated Chatham-Kent 6-3 on December 1st (All-Star Showcase)
Joseph Serpa 14-26-40 Craig Spence 7-20-27
Ben McFarlane 21-16-37 Darby Lemieux 15-10-25
Tyler Healey 14-13-27 Adrian Stubberfield 13-12-25
Minor Midget Result: Lost in semi-finals to London in 4 games (Advanced to OHL Cup)
Major Bantam Record: 21-7-4 (1st Place)
Major Bantam Result: Won Alliance Championship over London in 4 games
Following a season where Cambridge had their minor midgets return to the OHL Cup and their major bantams go undefeated in postseason play, the Hawks have their sights set on an Alliance Championship.
After some disappointing seasons at minor midget, it was a great breathe of fresh air when the 2001 born Hawks were able to compete with the best in the league and advance to the OHL Cup. It had been a long time since Cambridge had such a combination of elite scoring, shutdown defense and clutch goaltending. While we waited a long time for the Hawks to ice a competitive squad, the 2002 team looks to be even better.