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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2015/16 Kitchener Jr. Rangers Preview

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2014/15 Minor Midget Record – 20-9-4 (4th overall)

Final Result – Lost in 7 to London in Semi-Finals (Earned an OHL Cup Berth)

2014/15 Major Bantam Record – 18-6-8 (3rd overall)

Final Result – Lost in 4 to Waterloo in Quarter-Finals

After a 2nd straight appearance in the OHL Cup, the Jr. Rangers hope they can ride great goaltending and solid defence into another appearance and an Alliance Championship.

Last years Kitchener squad was led by 2nd year Minor Midget players Owen Lane and Jason Willms and it was their experience that helped the Rangers take London to the brink in their semi-final season. It was their mid-season accomplishment that really put the Jr. Rangers on the map last season. In the Toronto Marlies holiday tournament, the Rangers surprised everyone but themselves when they made it all the way to the finals to take on the Don Mills Flyers. Despite coming short, their run put all of the other Alliance teams on notice that they were for real.

While last years Minor Midget team surprised some with their play, the Major Bantam team disappointed in their playoff run. The Bantams met the Waterloo Wolves in their quarter-final series and were shut down by Nathan Torchia in four games.

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