2017/18 Windsor Jr. Spitfires Season Preview

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.
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2017/18 Waterloo Wolves Season Preview

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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.
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2017/18 Sun County Panthers Season Preview

Minor Midget Record: 11-15-7 (8th Place)

Minor Midget Result: Lost in quarter-finals to London in 3 games

Major Bantam Record: 13-14-5 (7th Place)

Major Bantam Result: Lost in semi-finals to Cambridge in 3 games

The Minor Midgets last season were a disappointment for the Sun County Panthers as they ran into the London Jr. Knights in round one. With the 2002 crop of Panthers, there is a legitimate shot at an OHL Cup appearance.

There were high hopes for the 2001 born Sun County team. Led in goal by arguably the top goaltender in the league Aidan Pitre, it was believed he would be able to lead the team to a strong season. In addition to Pitre, the Panthers were led up front by the criminally under rated Stephane Crevier, who was one of the best goal scorers in the Alliance last year. An inconsistent season led Sun County to an eighth place finish and a date with London in the first round and a quick postseason exit.
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2017/18 London Jr. Knights Season Preview

Minor Midget Record: 27-2-4 (1st Place)

Minor Midget Result: Won Alliance Championship over Waterloo in 4 games (OHL Cup Semi-Finalist)

Major Bantam Record: 19-7-6 (2nd Place)

Major Bantam Result: Lost in Alliance Championship to Cambridge in 4 games

After a stellar season that saw the London Jr. Knights reign as the top Ontario team for the majority of the season, the 2002 crop comes up with loads of talent and a shot at another Alliance championship.

The Minor Midget Jr. Knights were probably the best team in minor hockey last season. Even though they didn’t win the OHL Cup, the amount of talent that was on that team to go along with how well they played together made it a treat to watch them every single game. Led by Ryan Suzuki, the first overall pick in the OHL Draft, the Jr. Knights had a laundry list of guys who you will probably see playing in the OHL either this year or next. Names like Prueter, Burridge, Van Loon, Drewitt and Say are just some of the guys you could see in the OHL shortly.
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2017/18 Lambton Jr. Sting Season Preview

Minor Midget Record: 6-24-3 (11th Place)

Minor Midget Result: Did not qualify for playdowns

Major Bantam Record: 8-19-5 (11th Place)

Major Bantam Result: Lost in first round to Sun County in 5 games

After a season that saw the team basically start from scratch, the Lambton Jr. Sting will try and bring the program back to prominance and back to the postseason.

The 2016/17 season was quite the anomaly for the Lambton Jr. Sting. After having their bantam season cancelled the year prior, the Jr. Sting gathered a collection of players who played all levels from AAA to MD the year before. There were some standouts, such as forward Nolan DeGurse and goaltender Andrew MacLean, but the team struggled for the entirety of the season.
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2017/18 Kitchener Jr. Rangers Season Preview

Minor Midget Record: 17-9-7 (3rd Place)

Minor Midget Result: Lost in semi-finals to Waterloo in 8 games (Lost in OHL Cup Play-In Game)

Major Bantam Record: 12-15-5 (9th Place)

Major Bantam Result: Lost in first round to Waterloo in 4 games

Following another disappointing end to their season at the OHL Cup, the Kitchener Jr. Rangers will once again aim for a permanent spot in the provincial championship tournament.

Last year’s Minor Midget team was one of the more surprising teams in the league. After finishing bantam in last place, the 2001 version of the Kitchener Jr. Rangers were a top tier team in the Alliance thanks to the offensive additions of Cole Mackay and Justin McCombs. In addition to Mackay and McCombs, it was the emergence of Cole Schwindt and the play of Zach Russell that got Kitchener to the semi-finals of the playdowns, culminating in one of the best postseason series I’ve ever seen.
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2017/18 Huron-Perth Lakers Season Preview

Minor Midget Record: 5-26-2 (12th Place)

Midget Midget Result: Did not qualify for playdowns

Major Bantam Record: 5-22-5 (12th Place)

Major Bantam Result: Lost in quarter-finals to Cambridge in 3 games

After finding a home in the basement of both Minor Midget and Major Bantam, the Lakers will look towards a dominant forward to propel them closer to a playdown spot.

Minor Midget proved to be a difficult season for the Huron-Perth association. A year after arguably having a top two team in the Alliance, the Lakers could not find any consistent scoring and they couldn’t consistently keep the puck out of their net. Despite solid play from Tyson Koopman and Max Mulder, the Lakers spent the vast majority of the season looking up at the competition.
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2017/18 Hamilton Huskies Season Preview

Minor Midget Record: 13-15-5 (7th Place)

Minor Midget Result: Lost in quarter-finals to Waterloo in 3 games

Major Bantam Record: 19-11-2 (3rd Place)

Major Bantam Result: Lostin quarter-finals to Waterloo in 4 games

The 2002 Huskies age group has been one of the most consistent programs over the past few season in the Alliance. For this upcoming season, this will be a Huskies team that nobody has seen before.

At Minor Midget last year, the Huskies were a fairly balanced team. Large forwards, solid defense and timely goaltending led Hamilton to become a dark horse team that was able to upset some of the better Alliance squads. A lack of clutch scoring and the loss of top D Ben Sheppard ultimately led to the early exit for Hamilton.
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2017/18 Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs Season Preview

Minor Midget Record: 17-13-3 (5th Place)

Minor Midget Result: Lost in quarter-finals to Cambridge in 3 games

Major Bantam Record: 14-15-3 (6th Place)

Major Bantam Result: Lost in quarter-finals to Sun County in 3 games

For the first time in a long while, it will be a new coaching staff behind the bench for the Minor Midget Chiefs. The new staff is tasked with maintaining the history of competitive teams over the past few years.

Last year’s Minor Midget squad was one of the most underrated teams in the Alliance. While the season began with an equal amount of wins and losses, it was in late October that the team really turned on the gas and went on a serious run that included them being the first team to defeat the dominant London Jr. Knights. Elgin got great contributions from Navrin Mutter up front, Mark Woolley on the back end and from Jake Weston wherever he played that game. After a disappointing first round showing against Cambridge, the Chiefs went on to the consolation finals, falling to Sun County in five games.
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2017/18 Chatham-Kent Cyclones Season Preview

Minor Midget Record: 11-19-3 (9th Place)

Minor Midget Result: Did not qualify for playdowns

Major Bantam Record: 14-16-2 (8th Place)

Major Bantam Result: Lost in quarter-finals to London in 5 games

After an injury plagued season saw the Chatham-Kent Cyclones finish on the outside looking in last year, the Cyclones will return a very familiar team to the ice to try and return to postseason play.

The 2001 Chatham team had some very solid players on their team. Led by first round pick of the Kitchener Rangers Grayson Ladd, Chatham showed some promise early on in the season with forwards Cole MacKinnon and Lucas Fancy also showing promise. Injuries to all three derailed the team leaving them just outside the playoff picture.
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