2019/20 Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs Season Preview

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2018/19 Minor Midget Record: 13-14-6 (7th Overall)

2018/19 Minor Midget Result: Lost in quarter-finals to Waterloo

2018/19 Major Bantam Record: 20-8-4 (3rd Overall)

2018/19 Major Bantam Result: Won Alliance Championship over London (2-3-1 at OHF Championships)

Coming off an Alliance championship and an appearance at the OHF championships, the Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs have loaded up for a run at a Minor Midget Alliance Championship and an OHL Cup appearance.

The 2003 born Chiefs had one of the best runs in the league last year. At the All-Star weekend showcase in Woodstock, the Chiefs went 0-2-1 and it seemed like they were destined to miss the playdowns. Fast forward to the end of January and the Chiefs went on a 6-2-1 run to surge their way into the 7th seed in the postseason. Led up front by sniper Ryan Burke and speedy Eric Bertelsen, the Chiefs pushed Waterloo to the brink before falling in the deciding sixth game.

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2019/20 Sun County Panthers Season Preview

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2018/19 Minor Midget Record: 7-21-5 (10th Overall)

2018/19 Minor Midget Result: Did not qualify for playdowns

2018/19 Major Bantam Record: 11-16-5 (9th Overall)

2018/19 Major Bantam Result: Lost in quarter-finals to Elgin-Middlesex

After a string of strong seasons was snapped last year, the Sun County Panthers hope momentum from the end of last season will carry forward to this year.

The minor midget season last year could have gone better for the Sun County Panthers. Lacking significant impact players up front, the Panthers tried to play tight games and win more with defense than offense. SCP scored the fewest goals in the league last season with just 61 tallies in 33 games. While there was some strong play to close out the regular season, Sun County wasn’t able to compete with those near the top of the standings.

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2019/20 Lambton Jr. Sting Season Preview

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2018/19 Minor Midget Record: 5-25-3 (11th Overall)

2018/19 Minor Midget Result: Did not qualify for playdowns

2018/19 Major Bantam Record: 14-15-3 (6th Overall)

2019/19 Major Bantam Result: Lost in preliminary round to Chatham-Kent

Ever since I started this website, the Lambton Jr. Sting are the only team that has not played a playdown game. If I’m correct in my thinking, that streak should end in the upcoming season.

Last year was a tough year for the minor midgets. The struggles were there on both sides of the ice was the Jr. Sting were second to last in the loop in both goals for and goals against. There were some bright spots to the season. Carson Peer emerged early on as a player who could be relied on offensively while Ethan Mathews was a steady defender on a very physical blue line. At the end of things, Lambton missed out on the playdowns for the 4th consecutive year.

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2019/20 Cambridge Hawks Season Preview

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2018/19 Minor Midget Record: 16-13-4 (6th Overall)

2018/19 Minor Midget Result: Lost in quarter-finals to Kitchener

2018/19 Major Bantam Record: 14-15-3 (7th Overall)

2018/19 Major Bantam Result: Lost in quarter-finals to Hamilton

After a third consecutive year in the postseason, the Cambridge Hawks will need their defensive play to increase that streak to four year running.

There were some significant improvements for the 03 born team from bantam to minor midget. The team went from six wins the previous year to 16 at minor midget, which was good for sixth spot in the league. While not chalked full of offensive firepower, Mateo Amaral and Matthew Dimaline came up with timely goals while Kai Greaves improved leaps and bounds on defense. Ben Bates also emerged as one of the best goaltenders in the league. Injuries hurt the Hawks come playdown season, but it’s hard to not classify the year as a success.

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2019/20 Windsor Jr. Spitfires Season Preview

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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.

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2019/20 Kitchener Jr. Rangers Season Preview

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2018/19 Minor Midget Record: 18-6-9 (3rd Overall)

2018/19 Minor Midget Result: List in Alliance Championship to Brantford (0-4 at OHL Cup)

2018/19 Major Bantam Record: 5-21-6 (12th Overall)

2018/19 Major Bantam Result: Lost in preliminary round to Waterloo

Following a season that saw the Kitchener Jr. Rangers Minor Midgets comes within a single win of an Alliance Championship, lots has changed for the team on numerous fronts.

Last year’s team was a product of a very strong age group for KMHA. Long a contender at the AAA loop, the 03’s in Kitchener were now going to play under Dean DeSilva. Led by the likes of Marko Sikic, Braeden Bowman and Luc Brzustowski, the Kitchener Jr. Rangers didn’t really hit their stride until later in the first half of the season. Once they did hit that stride, they were nearly unbeatable. Kitchener ended the year unbeaten in their final 13 regular season contests. Their hot streak continued with sound victories over Cambridge and Waterloo in the postseason before coming just short against the 99ers. It was quite the team for DeSilva’s swan song with the association.

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2019/20 Chatham-Kent Cyclones Season Preview

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2018/19 Minor Midget Record: 14-15-4 (8th Overall)

2018/19 Minor Midget Result: Lost in 1/4 finals to Brantford

2018/19 Major Bantam Record: 7-21-4 (10th Overall)

2018/19 Major Bantam Result: Lost in 1/4 finals to London

Followin a bantam season that saw the Cyclones surpass expectations and make an unexpected postseason run, Chatham is once again hoping to surprise some and secure a postseason spot.

At the beginning of last season, I was one person who was very high on the 03 Cyclones. Led by dynamic forward Deni Goure, I felt like Chatham could be a dark horse team that could even challenge for home ice in the opening round of playdowns. A very slow start by the team seemingly dashed that thought, but a resurrgence in November and December and the Cyclones were making moves. A sweep at the hands of eventual champions Brantford was nothing to scoff at, but injuries to both goalies Ethan Labbe and Ty Cirillo didn’t allow for the Cyclones to truly show what they may have been capable of.

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2019/20 Brantford 99ers Season Preview

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2018/19 Minor Midget Record: 21-8-4 (1st Overall)

2018/19 Minor Midget Result: Won Alliance Championship over Kitchener (1-3 OHL Cup Record)

2018/19 Major Bantam Record: 6-20-6 (11th Overall)

2018/19 Major Bantam Result: Lost to Cambridge in preliminary round

The winner of back to back Alliance championships, the Brantford 99ers will be in a tougher spot this season as they look to improve and snag a playdown position.

Following an unlikely Alliance championship in with the 2002 born group, the 99ers were favourites to repeat last season as the team was chalked full of talent. When you can puts the likes of Maddox Callens, Landon McCallum, Steven Laforme and Cole Hipkin in your lineup on a nightly basis, you’re in a good spot. Although injuries hampered their OHL Cup chances, it was the core group along with a stellar postseason from goalie Ben DiGiallonardo to secure the series win over Kitchener.

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2019/20 Huron-Perth Lakers Season Preview

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2018/19 Minor Midget Record: 14-15-4 (9th Overall)

2018/19 Minor Midget Result: Did not qualify for playdowns

2018/19 Major Bantam Record: 18-9-5 (4th Overall)

2018/19 Major Bantam Result: Lost in semi-finals to London

Coming off what can be described as a disappointing year at Minor Midget and a positive year at bantam, the Huron-Perth Lakers are one of the swing teams in the Alliance this season.

The 2018/19 started pretty strong for the Lakers at Minor Midget. The team was flying on all cylinders and racking up the wins. They looked like a legitimate contending team for the first half of the year. The second half was a struggle as the offense aside from Camden Daigle and Cole Melady dried up and their season came down to the final day. It was out of their hands though as an Elgin win over Lambton knocked them out of playdown contention.

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2019/20 Hamilton Huskies Season Preview

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2018/19 Minor Midget Record: 3-27-3 (12th overall)

2018/19 Minor Midget Result: Did not qualify for playdowns

2018/19 Major Bantam Record: 20-7-5 (2nd overall)

2018/19 Major Bantam Result: Lost in semi-finals to Elgin-Middlesex

Following two years of the Minor Midget Hamilton Huskies occupying the cellar of the Alliance standings, this year sees a Hamilton team that should be a contender come January.

The last two seasons have definitely been trying times for the Huskies organization. Just a three win season a year ago, Hamilton did grow as a team and was able to have some success in the postseason as they knocked out Cambridge in the consolation bracket before being swept by the Jr. Knights. Turnover from bantam to minor midget has been a trend over the past couple of seasons and this year looks to be a similar story on that front.

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