Minor Midget Record: 15-14-4 (6th Place)
Minor Midget Result: Lost in quarter-finals to Kitchener in 3 games
Major Bantam Record: 8-16-8 (10th Place)
Major Bantam Result: Lost in 1st round to Chatham-Kent in 4 games
Following a disappointing and inconsistent season for the minor midget team last season, the challenge is there once again for the Windsor organization.
There was plenty of talent on the 2001 born Windsor squad. Led by 2002 born Tyler Tullio and the likes of Aaron Shaw and Adam Jeffery up front, the Jr. Spitfires should have had a dynamic offense that should have been able to compete with the better teams in the Alliance. Windsor never got consistent play and was bounced quickly in the postseason by Kitchener.
At bantam, Windsor ran into a similar problem as with the Minor Midgets where they just struggled to score in large bunches. The Jr. Spitfires scored just 55 goals in 32 games, putting them in second last in the Alliance just a few goals ahead of last place Huron-Perth. The low scoring offense was a key reason Windsor lost out in the first round of the postseason to Chatham.
There are a lot of new faces for the Jr. Spitfires 2002 team this season. I’m sure the coaching staff was very hopeful that Tullio would return for another year with Winsdor, although that was a long shot from the start as Tullio made his way to the GTHL. There are some key skaters returning for Windsor. First on the list will be defenseman Connor Hay, who will be the player to watch this season. Hay leads a defensive core that will play in front of Matthew Sbrocca, who is also in the conversation for best goaltender in the Alliance.
Up front, the Jr. Spitfires will be led b Luca Di Giovanni, who returns to the club along with Bryce Ryan and former Sun County Panther forward Justin Siegnar. Windsor will return six forwards with three new forwards joining the team from other AAA or lower level centres.
I have a feeling it is going to be a tough year for Windsor this season. Big changes were needed to level out the competition with the other teams that just has not happened yet. Hay and Sbrocca will be enough to keep attention on the team, but they will be in tough trying to secure a playdown position.