The Huron Perth Lakers AAA Major Midget Team opened the 06-07 regular season this past weekend, playing 4 games at the Alliance Kickoff in Kitchener. Even though the Lakers have not had a major midget team in several years, they are looking to have a very successful season.
The team got started off on the right foot, winning three of four games on the weekend.
After losing 6-3 Friday night to defending league champions, London Jr. Knights , the team won 3
straight, beating Cambridge 5-4, Windsor 7-5, and Chatham 9-1. This puts them in second place in the Western Division, one point behind London.
Friday night the Lakers faced the London Jr. Knights for the second time in as many games after losing an exhibition game, 4-1 the previous weekend. In a penalty filled contest, they met a similar fate losing 6-3. Tyler Masson of Stratford scored two goals and Andrew Van Vliet of Brussels netted one. Assisting on Masson’s first goal was Wallace Minor Hockey product Dorian Temlin.
Saturday morning the team rebounded with their first win of the season against the Cambridge Hawks, 5-4. Scoring goals were Tyler Van Drunen of Seaforth with 2, Masson, Kurtis Bartliff, and Colin Thompson both of Clinton. Receiving assists were Hanover’s Jacob Brown with 2, Seaforth’s Matt Chaput with 2, Stratford’s Chris Holmes, Lucknow’s Scott Miller, and Vlasis Aroutzidis of Stratford. Chatsworth goaltender, Clayton Fritsch picked up the win in goal.
Saturday night the Lakers registered another win, with a 7-5 decision over the Windsor Jr. Spitfires. Goals were scored by Goderich’s Rob Ringuette with 2, Jared Carr of Stratford, J.J. Sparling of Varna, Holmes, Temlin, and Chaput. Assisting on the goals were Seaforth’s Lorenz Guntensperger with 2, Aroutzidis, Bartliff, Holmes, Miller, Ringuette, and Brent Alton of Lucknow. Evan Groenestege of Wartburg backstopped the team to victory.
After a slow start Sunday morning the major midgets exploded with eight goals in the final two periods, beating the Chatham Kent Cyclones 9-1. Holmes scored a hat trick. Also picking up goals were Guntensperger with 2, Sparling, Bartliff, Chaput, and Masson. Assists went to Temlin with 3, Brown with 2, Van Vliet, Chaput, Van Drunen, Ringuette, Bartliff, and Masson. Fritsch registered the win in net.
With just 5 games of experience, the Lakers Major Midgets have proved that they can compete for top spot in the Alliance League. They are currently third overall in the league and second in the league in goals scored. The team features six players from last season’s minor midget program, including two OHL draft picks. They have also added three players from the Grey Bruce AAA minor midget team and two players from the Stratford AA minor midgets. With seven players new to AAA hockey and sixteen 1990 birth year players, the Lakers major midgets look to improve and develop over the course of the season.
Their next game is Sunday Oct. 8 in Strathroy against the Elgin Middlesex Chiefs. They open at home against Chatham Saturday Oct. 14 at 8:45 pm and Sunday Oct. 15 at 6:00 pm. Both games are at the Goderich Maitland Recreation Center.