2018/19 Minor Midget Record: 19-10-4 (5th Overall)
2018/19 Minor Midget Result: Lost in semi-finals to Brantford (2-2 OHL Cup Record)
2018/19 Major Bantam Record: 12-16-4 (8th Overall)
2018/19 Major Bantam Result: Lost in preliminary round to Sun County
Last year I called Windsor to break a dark horse team in the Alliance. This year could be the same if a couple of pieces fall into place.
Heading into last year, I didn’t feel the Jr. Spitfires were getting the credit they deserved. The 03’s were a finalist at bantam and with players like Ray Hamlin and Cayden Faust up front and Max Donoso in net, there was little doubt that would be a contender. Windsor ended up losing in double overtime to Brantford in the semi-finals of the Alliance Playdowns. Windsor also had the best showing of any Alliance team at the OHL Cup, going 2-2 with their losses coming to a strong Little Caesars team and the eventual champions the Don Mills Flyers.
When it comes to the 2004 born team, I am optimistic at what this team can achieve. On paper there are a lot of solid players suiting up this season, especially the forward crop. Both Nicholas Graniero and Nate Dowling saw time at minor midget last season during the postseason so that experience should be helpful this season. Noah Morneau should be one of the focal points of the offense and Zachary Villancourt is another player who finds his way onto the score sheet often. Brendan Gouin, a newcomer to the team, could be a player to keep an eye on. He had a strong Titans tournament with four points in the teams four games.
Almost the entire Windsor defense returns from a year ago with the addition of Dominic St. Amand. Owen Findlay is a good defender who has the ability to chip in offensively. Warren Clark is another defender who has strong play in his own end. In goal, both Adrian McBride and Ethan Degenais return between the pipes. Two similar goaltenders, both are effective and shouldn’t have problems keeping their team in games.
I really do like the offense that this team has the potential to accomplish this season. Whether they can put it all together to legitimately contend is a different story. For sure a playdown team, I’ll hold out on the fact that if there is one team that will surprise me this season, it will be the Jr. Spitfires.