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This week our Game of the Week comes from the Alliance where the Kitchener Jr. Rangers took on the Cambridge Hawks at historic Galt Arena Gardens in Cambridge on Sunday, September 17.
It was our first look at the Jr. Rangers as they were one of the few teams who did not compete at the Toronto Titans Prospect Tournament. They showed well, dropping a tight 4-3 decision to the Hawks who are the early favourites in the Alliance.
Alliance/SCTA scout Mitch Avis was on hand and filed the following report:
Game Report: Kitchener Jr. Rangers 3 @ Cambridge Hawks 4
Location: Galt Arena Gardens, Cambridge
Date: September 17, 2017 @ 4:00 PM
#11 Ben McFarlane, F, Cambridge Hawks
McFarlane is a smaller, offensively minded, and skilled winger for the Hawks. When the team started the game out flat, he was the sparkplug offensively. Whenever he was on the ice, he was able to create space for himself and was a threat to create a scoring chance. Showed high hockey IQ and possesses a quick snap shot to get pucks on net in a hurry. Played the point on the powerplay and showed good puck control. Can beat defensemen with his speed or his stickhandling. Plays with a physical edge and finishes his checks on the forecheck. Ended up getting called for an interference penalty by finishing a check after the defenseman had already gotten rid of the puck. Overall, he played a great game and will be one of the offensive leaders for the Hawks.
#21 Mason Mantzavrakos, F, Cambridge Hawks
Mantzavrakos is a smaller winger who was flying all over the ice on Sunday. He has good acceleration and beats defenders with his speed. On multiple occasions he was able to beat defensemen either wide or by splitting them using a combination of his acceleration and speed. Possesses good puck control. Gets involved in the forecheck, wins puck battles, and finds an open teammate to create a scoring chance. Looks to be more of a playmaker than a goal-scorer. Has a physical element to his game.
#16 Tyler Healey, F, Cambridge Hawks
Healey is a smaller winger who was noticeable primarily because of his play in the neutral zone during this game. Showed good acceleration and speed with some offensive flash, stickhandling through defenders and creating scoring chances. Makes the smart play during the defensive zone breakout and in the neutral zone to get the puck into the offensive zone. Uses his speed to be the first player on loose pucks in the offensive corner.
#19 Joseph Serpa, C, Cambridge Hawks
Serpa is a smaller, skilled center who possesses good offensive instincts. Does not let his size detract him from going into the offensive zone and battling for loose pucks. He is not afraid to go into the corners or to the front of the net to battle for position or pucks. He is agile on his skates and can make tight turns while maintaining control of the puck. Possesses a hard shot. Showed good flashes of offensive skill.
#15 Eli Palfreyman, F, Cambridge Hawks
Palfreyman scored two goals in the game. He got the offense on the board in the first period by driving the net and being rewarded with a tap in goal off a rebound over the goalie’s sprawled out pad. Then with 1:02 remaining in the game he made a good snap shot while skating towards the slot to break the tie and score the game winning goal. Showed a feisty side to his game in front of the net. Ended up taking a bad penalty the first shift following a Kitchener goal. He will need to control his temper but showed that he has a knack for the net and an ability to finish plays.
#14 Cooper Walker, F, Cambridge Hawks
Walker is a strong and sturdy center who showed offensive upside. Had a great shot into the top corner from the left circle for a shorthanded goal. Looks to be more of a playmaker than a shooter at this stage.
#5 Isaac Borges, F, Cambridge Hawks
Borges stood out because of his forechecking abilities and offensive zone presence. He likes to be a playmaker from behind the net looking for an open teammate in front. Was aggressive on the penalty kill being hard on his point-man and forcing them back into their defensive zone. Scored on a one-timer on the powerplay from the right circle.
#10 Peyton Adams-Matthews, D, Cambridge Hawks
Adams-Matthews is a tall, sturdy, left-handed shooting defenseman. Plays a steady game on the back end and is well-positioned. Makes a good heads-up pass to start the offensive breakout. Showed good physicality to separate offensive players from the puck.
#7 Graham Sutcliffe, D, Cambridge Hawks
Sutcliffe is a right-handed shooting defensemen who plays a good two-way game. Played on the powerplay and used a nice shot fake and then found an open teammate back-door for a goal. Possesses a hard shot. Played a solid game on the back end for the Hawks.
#7 Adam Grein, C, Kitchener Jr. Rangers
Grein is a big, sturdy center who plays a powerful game with and without the puck. Was noticeable immediately because of his puck pursuit. Skates with force and drives the puck to the slot. Showed good patience to take the puck to the net, outwait the goalie and move him laterally and score into the empty net. Strong puck-protection along the boards and battles hard. Plays the game physically and makes defenders keep their head on a swivel when he’s out on the ice.
#23 Luke Munroe, F, Kitchener Jr. Rangers
Munroe plays a smart, hard game on the wing. Possesses a quick hard shot. And was rewarded with a goal off a one-timer on the rush. Brings energy to his shifts, whether it’s through his physical play or by getting offensive chances. Not a flashy player but plays a smart game and takes care of his own end.
#9 Sam Shakes, C, Kitchener Jr. Rangers
Shakes is a center who plays in all situations for the Jr. Rangers. He is sturdy on his skates and hard to knock off the puck. Played the penalty kill in 5-on-4 and 5-on-3 situations and was consistently and effectively pressuring his point-men.
#31 Adam Whetren, G, Kitchener Jr. Rangers
Whetren played a great game in net for the Jr. Rangers and stood on his head giving his team a chance to win. He sticks with shooters and is able to track the puck through traffic. Possesses quick pads down-low and has fast reflexes. Tends to let out some rebounds and appears to lack confidence in his glove hand. Showed good athleticism and competitiveness in keeping his team in the game despite a lot of offensive pressure from the Hawks.
#44 Jacob Ehrhardt, D, Kitchener Jr. Rangers
Ehrhardt is a right-handed defenseman who was relied upon to log regular minutes for the Jr. Rangers. Played in all situations including powerplay and penalty kill. While he wasn’t flashy, he played a solid game and made some good defensive plays. Displayed a hard shot from the point.
#16 Chris Black, D, Kitchener Jr. Rangers
Black displayed a penchant for taking the body over the puck on the defensive rush. Possesses a good active stick to take away opponent’s chances in the defensive zone. Made some risky breakout passes up the middle of the ice that resulted in turnovers.