2017/18 Minor Midget Record: 9-20-4 (11th Place)
2017/18 Minor Midget Result: Did not qualify for playdowns
2017/18 Major Bantam Record: 19-11-2 (4th Place)
2017/18 Major Bantam Result: Lost in Alliance Championship to Waterloo Wolves in 5 games.
Following a season that was tough in many different ways, the Jr. Spitfires are back in full force with a team that will be a threat to many.
The minor midget team got off to a slow start last year and it was hard to recover from. For a portion of the season, Windsor was battling with Hamilton to stay out of the Alliance cellar. Led by big forward Bryce Ryan and arguably the best goaltender in the Alliance Matt Sbrocca, Windsor quietly played better hockey down the stretch and ended up just a single point behind the 9th place Lambton.
The 2003 born players in Windsor last year were a solid team for most of the season, but it was the stretch run when the Jr. Spitfires really turned on the jets. The team went 11-2 in their final 13 games and found themselves up to 2nd in the West. Led by great goaltending and a staunch defense, Windsor squeaked past Chatham before upsetting Kitchener to make the Alliance finals. Despite falling in the finals, they showed they are a team to be watched going forward.
Windsor was already going to be a team people talked about at minor midget, but that is even more the case with the two additions made to the team. Coming over from Sun County are forwards Jake Eaton and Kole Couvillon. Eaton was arguably the best forward for the Panthers and did not look out of place when playing up with the 02 players. Eaton and Couvillon join a deep group of forwards that will be led by Ray Hamlin and Cayden Faust.
Defense should continue to be a strong suit for Windsor this year with all six defense returning to the team. The group will be led by Luca Pascuita. Both Max Donoso and Ethan Handley will return in net to form a goaltending duo that could only be rivaled by those in London and Kitchener. Donoso especially should follow in Sbrocca’s footsteps as a potential top goaltender in the association.
It shouldn’t be too far-fetched to believe that Windsor could end up in the conversation when discussing Alliance teams heading to the OHL Cup. They have kept the back end in tact and strong while upgrading on offense. The Jr. Spitfires will be a must watch team throughout the Alliance season this year.