Scouting Report: Minor Midget Cyclones vs. Lambton

By Matt Pepper

On Sunday afternoon, the Lambton Jr. Sting came to town for an afternoon tilt with the Minor Midget Chatham-Kent Cyclones. After a very good first period from the Cyclones, the game slowly slipped away with a very tight checking game that saw Lambton pull away with a 3-1 win.

Quietly, Lambton has saw themselves crawl from the bottom of the standings to put themselves in the hunt for a postseason appearance. The opposite is true for the Cyclones. Their play has gotten better in November, but they haven’t been able to pull themselves from the bottom of the standings.

All Alliance teams will be in Woodstock from November 22nd – 23rd for the Alliance Showcase. November 24th is the Alliance All Star Game. Jacob Julien is the lone representative from the Cyclones. The Jr. Sting will be sending three representatives in Landen Hookey, Joshua Hoover, and Austin Harper.

Ayden Blain hockey

Ayden Blain was a player of note this weekend for the Cyclones – Photo by

Here are the standouts from this game:

#39 Elijah Grant, G, Lambton Jr. Sting – Solid game in net for Grant and had excellent rebound control and timely saves when his team was being pressured. Can get down to the butterfly quickly and is a good enough athlete to get up and cover the top of the net from a downed position. Not a flashy playstyle, but effective.

#10 Landon Hookey, F, Lambton Jr. Sting – Good power forward with hands. Love his cycle game and puck protection. Uses his teammates well and wasn’t selfish in this game using finding the open man. Good release on his shot and is tough to contain.

#19 Joshua Hoover, D, Lambton Jr. Sting – Scored a late goal that put this game away with a huge slapshot that was labelled for the top shelf. Good in his own end, getting in lanes and utilizing an active stick. Good backwards and lateral skater.

#92 Maddox Nazwaski, G, Chatham-Kent Cyclones – Hard working player that kept this game close. Unorthodox style at times, but has excellent reflexes and is able to get down and make desperation saves under pressure. Isn’t afraid to challenge skaters and has good communication with his defense.

#8 Alec Webster, D, Chatham-Kent Cyclones – Lone goal scorer for Chatham in this one with a point shot through traffic. Good at both ends of the rink in this one. Played a good defensive game and made some easy out plays out of his end when under pressure. Used on both special teams.

#55 Ayden Blain, F, Chatham – Kent Cyclones – Big bodied player who has a power game on the ice. Is able to protect the puck when rushing and uses his power along the boards to control the play. Snakebit in this game, but his work ethic was excellent.

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