Jake Murray, Mitch Hoelscher among 15 Alliance Alumni named to GOJHL Top Prospect Game

The Alliance crop of players from the 2000 age group is really making its mark on the Junior B circuit.

On Wednesday, the rosters for the 2016/17 GOJHL Top Prospects game were released and the Alliance association was well represented. 15 players with Alliance roots were selected to represent their Junior B clubs with another four former Alliance members being named as alternates.

While some names were probably expected, it is also great to see five undrafted players from last season named to the squad.

Here is the full list of former Alliance players selected to the squad.

Mason Hardy – Stratford Warriors (Waterloo Wolves)

Spencer Lapointe – St. Thomas Stars (Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs)

Luke Bignell – Kitchener Dutchmen (Kitchener Jr. Rangers)

Jake Murray – St. Thomas Stars (Elgin-MIddlesex Chiefs)

Richard Little – Brantford 99ers (Brantford 99ers)

Holden Wale – Cambridge Winterhawks (Brantford 99ers)

Tyler McBay – Elmira Sugar Kings (Waterloo Wolves)

Parker Jacques – Leamington Flyers (Sun County Panthers)

Brady MacDonald – Strathroy Rockets (Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs)

Brett Fisher – Lambton Shores Predators (London Jr. Knights)

Mitch Hoelscher – Elmira Sugar Kings (Waterloo Wolves)

Spencer Kersten – Waterloo Siskins (Waterloo Wolves)

Jack Bowler – LaSalle Vipers (Sun County Panthers)

Kyle Fisher – Lambton Shores Predators (London Jr. Knights)

Wes Dobbin – Lambton Shores Predators (Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs)

*Tristan DeJong – Cambridge Winterhawks (Waterloo Wolves)

*Issac Walker – London Nationals (London Jr. Knights)

*John Parker-Jones – Brampton Bombers (Brantford 99ers)

*Ty Glover – Strathroy Rockets (Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs)

*Indicates alternate selection

A big congratulations goes out to all the players who were selected to appear in the event.

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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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Series Preview: (3) Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs vs. (6) Windsor Jr. Spitfires

Season Series:

Elgin-Middlesex over Windsor 6-3 (Nov. 21)

Elgin-Middlesex over Windsor 4-3 (Dec. 19)

Windsor over Elgin-Middlesex 5-0 (Dec. 20)

Out of all the series that will be taking place in the first round of playdowns, the closest one in my opinion will be between Windsor and Elgin-Middlesex.

In their three meetings this season, both teams had chances to take the victory and change the final results. Their first meeting in November saw the two teams tied after two periods before the Chiefs exploded for three in the final 20 minutes to take the win. Move on to December and the teams were once again tied late, with the Chiefs grabbing a 3rd period goal with just a couple of minutes remaining to take yet another victory. Their finally meeting is the anomaly of the three with Windsor and James Walker completely shutting down the Chiefs offense and grabbing a 5-0 shutout.

The Chiefs, since probably early October, have consistently been one of the top teams in the Alliance. They have solid goaltending that is helped out by safe defensive play and a balanced offense that can grab goals any any time from any line. The big line consists of Aidan Reid, Wes Dobbin and Alliance scoring champion Jake Murray. Considering they were shut out in the final matchup, the three combined for 16 points in the first two games. Should they continue to produce at that level, the Chiefs should experience plenty of success.

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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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The Weekend That Was in the Alliance (Oct. 23-25)

It was another busy weekend in the Alliance as October comes to a close. Almost every team was in action this weekend with the exception of top dog Huron-Perth. Some teams had impressive showings such as the Windsor Jr. Spitfires as they claimed a 5-0 shutout over the Chatham-Kent Cyclones. Then there was Kitchener, who followed up a 3-2 loss in Waterloo with a stunning 3-1 loss to Sun County as the Panthers claimed just their second win of the season while the Jr. Rangers have now lost three straight.

With that said, there were a few things that stood out from the rest.

The Chiefs are making a comeback in Elgin-Middlesex.

After the Toronto Titans tournament at the beginning of September, there was plenty to be excited about in Elgin-Middlesex. The Chiefs had a solid round robin and made it to the round of 16 before being bounced. As the Alliance regular season began though, the Chiefs found themselves with some inconsistent results. Over the past couple of weeks, this week especially, the Chiefs are reminding the rest of the league that they are for real.

It really began to flow on Thursday when the Chiefs went into Hamilton and took down the Huskies in a big way with an 8-4 victory. Following that they took home a 3-2 victory over Cambridge (a game we will discuss in a minute) and they have now won three straight games and have climbed into 5th place in the standings and are knocking on the door of the Alliance Minor Midget Top 5 Rankings.

Offensively, the Chiefs have been led by top scorer Jake Murray and Wes Dobbin while Lucas Bain has been stellar in goal recording an undefeated record through six games this season. Elgin heads into the week with matchups against Sun County and Kitchener, both winnable games so we could see this streak reach the five game mark.

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2015/16 Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs Preview

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2014/15 Minor Midget Record – 24-5-4 (3rd overall)

Final Result – Lost in 4 to Waterloo in Semi-Finals (OHL Cup Berth)

2014/15 Major Bantam Record – 23-4-5 (1st overall)

Final Result – Lost in 5 to Waterloo in Semi-Finals

It should come as no shock to anybody if the Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs were to finish in the top three this season. They have built a top notch program, one that even had the best regular season record in Bantam last season. But before the season even began, the Chiefs were hit with some hard news.

Last years Bantam star Eric Guest made the move over to the London Jr. Knights, taking his superb talents to the cross-town rival. Guest was the top scorer for the Bantams last season and even joined last years Minor Midget team at the OHL Cup, showing everyone his talents with 3 points in 4 games. Even the boys over at The Scout have Guest as their 9th rated prospect going into the 2016 OHL Priority Selection Draft.

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