Minor Midget Record: 13-15-5 (7th Place)
Minor Midget Result: Lost in quarter-finals to Waterloo in 3 games
Major Bantam Record: 19-11-2 (3rd Place)
Major Bantam Result: Lostin quarter-finals to Waterloo in 4 games
The 2002 Huskies age group has been one of the most consistent programs over the past few season in the Alliance. For this upcoming season, this will be a Huskies team that nobody has seen before.
At Minor Midget last year, the Huskies were a fairly balanced team. Large forwards, solid defense and timely goaltending led Hamilton to become a dark horse team that was able to upset some of the better Alliance squads. A lack of clutch scoring and the loss of top D Ben Sheppard ultimately led to the early exit for Hamilton.
The Bantam team was a very polarizing one with their social media accounts. They weren’t just a tech savvy team, they could play some serious hockey. Led by Isaac Borges and Owen McGowan, the bantam team had a stellar second half, finishing 10-1 to get into top two in the East. The Huskies fell to Waterloo in a tough quarter-final series and that was the end for that tight knit group.
Coming into the new season, the Huskies will return just five players from a year ago. Borges, their key offensive piece from last year, is off to Cambridge. This new version of the 2002 Huskies has a combination of returning players, OMHA players, GTHL players and some guys who have made the move up from AA.
Some of the returning players are key players. Isaac Faccio and Adam Hluska will be big components of the offense this year. McGowan, who is one of the better D in the Alliance, will lead the group of unfamiliar defense. Joining the club are twins Matt and Mark Duarte, who both played with the Jr. Bulldogs last season. Despite his size, Tony Campolo brings a great speed game from the Huskies AA team from last year.
The big difference will be in goaltending for the Huskies. Both of their 02 goalies at bantam were very small in stature. Polar opposite this season as Hamilton has gone with some bigger goaltenders. Brendan Storie comes over with a lot of good reviews from the Jr. Bulldogs. Gavan Banga will be the number two goaltender, coming over from St. Kitts AA, and showed well in a couple viewings thus far.
With so many new faces playing with each other, chemistry is always the number one question. How long it takes for the team to gel will determine how far this team can go. McGowan should be a stud for this team, but the Huskies will need to capitalize on a majority of their scoring chances to stay close in some games.