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 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 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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Series Preview: (4) London Jr. Knights vs. (5) Windsor Jr. Spitfires

Season Series:

December 7 – 5-4 Windsor

December 9 – 5-4 London

January 5 – 4-2 London

Playdown Schedule:

January 31 – 8:15pm – Western Fair

February 2 – 4:00pm – Central Park

February 3 – 5:00pm – Nichols

February 8 – 8:30pm – Central Park*

February 10 – 5:00pm – Western Fair*

February 11 – 7:00pm – Central Park*

(* if necessary)

Leading Scorers:

London

Brett Harrison 42-21-63

Riley Wood 21-28-49

Tyler Hotson 12-36-48

Windsor

Ray Hamlin 15-22-37

Cayden Faust 17-18-35

Nicholas Beneteau 18-14-32

In what is probably my favourite series of the opening round, London and Windsor will battle it out and one of the stronger teams in the Alliance will be knocked out in the first round and have a long road ahead of them should they wish to compete in the OHL Cup this season.

London powered through the regular season thanks to an offense that was hard to contain. While at times they seemed to be following an inconsistent path, the Jr. Knights never saw a league losing streak last longer than two games.

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2018/19 Windsor Jr. Spitfires Season Preview

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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.
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2018/19 London Jr. Knights Season Preview

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2017/18 Minor Midget Record: 20-9-4 (2nd Place)

2017/18 Minor Midget Result: Lost in Alliance Championship to Brantford 99ers in 5 games (0-4 at OHL Cup)

2017/18 Major Bantam Record: 19-10-3 (3rd Place)

2017/18 Major Bantam Result: Lost in semi-finals to Waterloo Wolves in 5 games

Year after year the London Jr. Knights find themselves near the top of the Alliance and en route to the OHL Cup. With the 2003 group set to get their season underway, I don’t see any reason why this team would be any different.

The minor midget team last season was fairly under rated in my mind. Those Jr. Knights had depth at forward and ran three lines that could put the puck in the net. Defensively they weren’t flashy but they were effective. Led by the likes of George Diaco, Sheldon Serraglio, Brendan Mairs and Quinton Pepper, the Jr. Knights were an overtime goal away from their second straight Alliance title. Although the OHL Cup didn’t go as planned, the season did showcase plenty of player talent.
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2018/19 Kitchener Jr. Rangers Season Preview

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2017/18 Minor Midget Record: 9-19-5 (10th Place)

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.
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2018/19 Brantford 99ers Season Preview

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2017/18 Minor Midget Record: 19-13-1 (4th Place)

2017/18 Minor Midget Result: Won Alliance Championship over London Jr. Knights in 5 games (1-3 at OHL Cup)

2017/18 Major Bantam Record: 25-2-5 (1st Place)

2017/18 Major Bantam Result: Lost in 1/4 finals to Waterloo Wolves in 4 games

Following a great postseason run that was capped off by an Alliance championship, the Brantford 99ers are poised for a possible repeat this year.

The 99ers went into the playdown season last year not playing their most consistent hockey. At no point after the Woodstock showcase did the 99ers reel off consecutive wins and they went into the postseason as a team I thought was capable of a first round loss. I can admit when I’m wrong and was I ever as the 99ers were as resilient as they come in the postseason, going 4-0 in elimination games to get past Waterloo, Cambridge and finally London and win the Alliance title. Led up front by Theo Hill and 03 Maddox Callens, the 99ers got timely scoring by their supporting players while Dylan Robinson and 03 Cole Hipkin led the way defensively.
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Series Preview: (1) Cambridge Hawks vs. (8) Chatham-Kent Cyclones

The final series to get underway this season is the top ranked Cambridge Hawks taking on a Chatham-Kent team that battled hard at the end of the season to secure the eighth seed. The Hawks rolled through the Alliance regular season, falling just twice through 33 games Cambridge had a roster full of talent from offense to goaltending. Chatham got points in six of their final eight games to propel them into the postseason after a tough battle with Kitchener and Lambton.

Season Series:

Cambridge defeated Chatham-Kent 6-3 on September 30th

Cambridge defeated Chatham-Kent 4-0 on November 5th

Cambridge defeated Chatham-Kent 6-3 on December 1st (All-Star Showcase)

Leading Scorers:

Cambridge                                                 Chatham-Kent

Joseph Serpa 14-26-40                              Craig Spence 7-20-27

Ben McFarlane 21-16-37                            Darby Lemieux 15-10-25

Tyler Healey 14-13-27                                 Adrian Stubberfield 13-12-25

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