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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2016/17 Windsor Jr. Spitfires Season Preview

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2015/16 Minor Midget Final Standings: 15-12-6 (6th Place)

2015/16 Minor Midget Final Result: Lost to London in 7 in Semi-Finals (Advanced to OHL Cup)

2015/16 Major Bantam Final Standings: 10-12-8 (6th Place)

2015/16 Major Bantam Final Result: Lost in 3 to Kitchener in Preliminary Round

While the Minor Midget team last year was enjoying a world of success near the end of the year, the bantam team had their season ended with an upset. The 2001 age group is aiming to duplicate their predecessors success this season.

The 2000 team last year was the typical story of a team that got stronger and better as the season went on. They succeeded with mistake free hockey and great chemistry to go from a 6th seed in the Alliance to arguably having the best showing of any Alliance team in the OHL Cup this past March. Led by Owen Lalonde, the #2 pick in this year’s OHL Priority Selection Draft, Windsor was a prime example of a team that stayed together throughout their years in hockey and thrived at the end.
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Series Preview: (1) London Jr. Knights vs. (6) Windsor Jr. Spitfires

Season Series:

London over Windsor 5-2 (Nov. 8)

London over Windsor 4-2 (Dec. 13)

London over Windsor 2-1 (Jan. 4)

The top seed in the Alliance this year, the London Jr. Knights, will do battle with the only team to score an upset based on the standings in the Windsor Jr. Spitfires.

In their first round series, London relied on an unstoppable offense to blast their way past Chatham-Kent while Windsor used their tight defense and some surprising offense to get by Elgin-Middlesex in four games. You could consider this series as London’s offensive power against Windsor’s defensive prowess and that is one reason I absolutely love this series.

When you look at the season series, it’s easy to look at the fact that London went 3-0 and think that this series would be no different. In those three games though, Windsor was never actually out of a game and were always just a goal away from changing the game. Their first meeting in November had Windsor battle back from being down 3-0 early to close the gap to 3-2 at the flood. Same results in December with the exact same score at the flood. The one thing you can look at is the fact that Windsor was never out shot by London, which you would expect to happen at least once with the multiple weapons the Jr. Knights have.

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