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.
2017/18 Minor Midget Result: Did not qualify for playdowns
2017/18 Major Bantam Record: 23-7-2 (2nd Place)
2017/18 Major Bantam Result: Lost in semi-finals to Windsor Jr. Spitfires in 5 games
After a rare down year for the Jr. Rangers last season, the 03 group looks like a team that could inflict some serious damage on the Alliance this year.
It was a tough season for Dean DeSilva and the 2002 born players last season. While nobody was projecting them to be a top-tier team, I personally thought they would easily slide into the 6-8 range of the Alliance. That wasn’t the case as injuries to key guys along with a lack of scoring hurt the team down the stretch as they fell down to 10th place once the season was complete. Continue reading →
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. Click here for full article
2015/16 Minor Midget Final Result: Lost in 7 to Waterloo in Semi-Finals (Advanced to OHL Cup)
2015/16 Major Bantam Record: 4-23-3 (11th Place)
2015/16 Major Bantam Final Result: Lost in 3 to London in Quarter-Finals
The Major Bantam season for the Kitchener Jr. Rangers was a disappointing one to say the least, but the addition of arguably the best skater in the league and the coaching of Dean DeSilva could lead to vast improvement.
The 2000 group for Kitchener last year definitely started slow. It was about midway through October when the Jr. Rangers found themselves near the bottom of the standings. But slowly Kitchener fought their way back with strong defense and timely scoring. The team found success with multiple forwards scoring on a nightly basis and Rhett Kimmel being a rock in net. Kitchener took Waterloo to a final deciding game, ultimately losing the series. They also took the Don Mills Flyers to OT in the OHL Cup, losing after what I can a fringe penalty against them. Click here for full article