GAME DAY: Stratford Warriors host suddenly surging Siskins

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Left for dead after a slow start to the season, the Waterloo Siskins are very much alive and well – and creeping up the Midwestern Conference standings.

The defending Sutherland Cup champions replaced most of their roster following a 12th title and didn’t pick up their first win until Oct. 6, going 1-9-1-0 through their first 11 games.

Things are different these days for the Siskins, who recently reeled off seven straight victories and are 9-2-0-0 over their last 11 games entering tonight’s contest at the Allman at 7:30.

Instead of looking like first-round fodder once playoffs rolled around, Waterloo is 16-18-1-1 and sixth in the Midwest – seven points back of both the Warriors and Cyclones.

Stratford (19-15-1-2) is coming off a loss in Elmira after knocking off Cambridge a week ago for the third time this season. The Warriors are 4-0 against the Siskins in 2019-20 and have outscored them 14-4, but the longtime rivals haven’t met since Dec. 6 – which preceded the Siskins’ current run.

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Listowel hosts Brantford tonight at 7:30.

The Cyclones have alternated between wins and losses over their last five games and are coming off a 4-1 defeat in Cambridge last Saturday. The team was without leading scorer Rylan Bowers, who signed with the Ontario Hockey League’s Mississauga Steelheads and scored in his debut in a 3-1 win over Sudbury.

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Coming off a pair of home losses last weekend, the St. Marys Lincolns will try to reverse their fortunes tonight against Komoka at the Pyramid Recreation Centre at 7:30.

The Lincs were busy at last week’s deadline, acquiring forwards Jake Robinson from St. Thomas for Quinton Pepper, and Brock Trichilo for Ethan Lamoureux. Braeden Burdett was also sent to the PJHL’s Mitchell Hawks.

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Tavistock hosts Delhi tonight at 7:30 in the middle of a three-game stretch that started Thursday in Ayr and ends Saturday in Woodstock.

The Braves lead the Centennials and Wellesley Applejacks by three points apiece atop the PJHL’s Doherty Division.

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Mitchell, after getting last weekend off, is also in the midst of three games in three days. The Hawks hosted Walkerton Thursday night and travels to Hanover tonight and Mount Forest Saturday. Both of those games are 8 p.m.

cosmith@postmedia.ca

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