2015/16 Minor Midget Final Standings: 15-12-6 (6th Place)
2015/16 Minor Midget Final Result: Lost to London in 7 in Semi-Finals (Advanced to OHL Cup)
2015/16 Major Bantam Final Standings: 10-12-8 (6th Place)
2015/16 Major Bantam Final Result: Lost in 3 to Kitchener in Preliminary Round
While the Minor Midget team last year was enjoying a world of success near the end of the year, the bantam team had their season ended with an upset. The 2001 age group is aiming to duplicate their predecessors success this season.
The 2000 team last year was the typical story of a team that got stronger and better as the season went on. They succeeded with mistake free hockey and great chemistry to go from a 6th seed in the Alliance to arguably having the best showing of any Alliance team in the OHL Cup this past March. Led by Owen Lalonde, the #2 pick in this year’s OHL Priority Selection Draft, Windsor was a prime example of a team that stayed together throughout their years in hockey and thrived at the end.
The bantam team had very high expectations last season. Finishing the regular season like their older counterparts in the 6th spot, a date with the struggling Kitchener Jr. Rangers was in the cards for the preliminary round. Despite outplaying Kitchener for the majority of the three games, Windsor fell short in what can only be described as an upset. Although their season ended the way it did, the coaching staff is still very confident in this group of young men.
13 players will be returning from the bantam team of a year ago. One player that I’m sure will be the talk of the team will be Tyler Tullio. A 2002 born player, Tullio was fairly undersized as a bantam, but he still managed to have mountains of success. Using his speed and quick cuts, Tullio maintained possession of the puck down low despite larger defenders trying to physically body him. A bigger Tullio could be a big asset for the Jr. Spitfires to go along with talented forwards Aaron Shaw and Adam Jeffery. Windsor is also very solid in net with both Tyler Laureault and Ryan Polidori returning for another season.
Last year, I had Windsor as my sleeper team for the season. That prediction somewhat turned out at the end of the year. I’d like to say that about this year’s version of the Jr. Spitfires, but I don’t think they qualify as it is well known this can be a dangerous team in the Alliance. Consistency will be the key they must focus on.
2016/17 Windsor Jr. Spitfires Roster