Minor Midget Record: 26-5-2 (2nd Place)
Minor Midget Result: Lost in Alliance Championship to London in 4 games (Advanced to OHL Cup)
Major Bantam Record: 13-10-9 (5th Place)
Major Bantam Result: Lost in semi-finals to London in 5 games
A year after seeing their streak of three consecutive Alliance championships come to an end, the Waterloo Wolves are once again positioned to possibly start a new streak this season.
It was going to be hard pressed for the Wolves organization to top the talent level that the 2000 born team had. When the days of the 2016/17 began to end, many thought that the 2001 team was more talent laden than their predecessor. Led up front by Keean Washkurak and on the back end by workhorse Nathan Allensen, the Wolves ended their regular season winning 16 consecutive league games and continued that with a sweep in the opening round. A phenomenal series against Kitchener followed and after a grueling eight game series win, the Wolves fell short against a dominant London squad.
The bantam Wolves were much better last season than their record indicated. A nine game winless streak soiled their record, but Waterloo was a team that lost just one game in their first two playdown rounds, with their one loss coming at the buzzer against Kitchener. A tight series against London saw their season come to an end, but it was a series that could have easily gone the other way.
Many of the key players from their bantam team will be returning for the Wolves at Minor Midget. Mitch Lee has all the tools to be a top forward in the Alliance this season and had some good flashes playing a year up last season for a few games. He’s joined up front by captain Zac McCann and Chase Broda. Reid Oliver will be the top option on defense for Waterloo. Their best player very well may be in goal as Matt Onuska will turn heads and is in the conversation for best goaltender in the association.
Always a program that brings in new faces at Minor Midget, Waterloo brought in three big pieces from the Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs. Goaltender Graeme Noye gives Waterloo a second goaltender who could be a number one on many teams. Tyler Alexander adds stability to the defense and has shown some offensive flare. There is also lots of talk about the impact former Chief Alex MacLeod can make with this team.
With the success that the program has seen over the past five or six years, you’d be foolish to ever count this team out. Waterloo should be in the conversation for the final four in the Alliance if they can solve their early season offensive troubles. If the goal scoring comes along, the defense and staunch goaltending can take this team very far.