Alliance Playoff Preview: Waterloo (2) vs Hamilton (7)

WATvsHHContinuing on in our Alliance Playoff Series previews, we turn to the match-up of Waterloo Wolves (2) and Hamilton Huskies (8) and check out who might turn heads in the six point series. 


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Alliance Quarterfinals: 

2. Waterloo Wolves

Players to Watch: Keean Washkaruk F, Brayden Krieger F, Tyson Hillier F, Jacob Code F, Kurtis Goodwin F, Callan Christner F, Nathan Allensen D, Gavin Wood D, Cy Martin G

7. Hamilton Huskies

Players to Watch: Jordan Stock F, Lucas Thompson F, TJ Hughes F, Cullen Ferguson D, Jack Fowler G


Regular Season Record: Waterloo 2-1

SundayOctober 23: Hamilton 1 at Waterloo 5

FridayNovember 4: Waterloo 1 at Hamilton 2

Monday, January 2: Waterloo 2 at Hamilton 1


How Waterloo Will Win: 

Having won three straight Alliance Playdown Championships under head coach Shawn Dietrich, the Wolves have a system that wins playoff series. Always a team that thrives on attention to detail on the defensive side of the game, the Wolves once again yielded the least goals in the Alliance, giving up just 46 in 33 regular season games. They will be facing a Hamilton team who scored the third-least goals in the league so the matchup is decidedly in Waterloo’s favour as it takes a high level of skill and will to break them down. The Wolves have elite Alliance players such as Washkaruk, Krieger, Hillier and Allensen, but no matter how much talent they have, they prefer to systematically just wear you down.


How Hamilton Will Win:

The Huskies were a stingy team as well, finishing fifth in the league in goals against. While they don’t feature nearly the high-end talent that the Wolves do, they are a well-structured team in their own right and comfortable playing tight-to-the-vest hockey. In the three meetings between the two clubs, only one of the games got away from them with the others being a 2-1 victory and a 2-1 defeat. Strong, bullish pivot Jordan Stock can control the play and is complimented by the skill and scoring of Lucas Thompson and TJ Hughes. Jack Fowler has impressed with his quickness in the crease and is capable of piling up saves. Much like Sun County, the Huskies best bet is to keep it low-scoring and close to give themselves a chance. The problem there however is that a low-scoring, close game against Waterloo might not even be as close as it seems because they give up so little. 


Preview written by Andrew Sykes (Alliance Scout)


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