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Listowel Cyclones

40-7-1-2, first

Lost to London in Sutherland Cup semifinal

Most of the Cyclones are back for another shot at a provincial title after losing in the semifinal last season.

Returning players include forwards Holdyn Lansink, Cullen Mercer, Ben VanOoteghem, Brady Anderson, Blake Nichol, Caleb Warren, Tommy Hoogaars, Chayse Herrfort, Mitch Deelstra, Brendan Cederberg and Jakob Lee. Max Coyle, Danny Skinner, Brenden Clayton and Garrett Russell are back on the blue-line, with Justin Hergott in net.

“Its definitely different that way when you come off a season like we had and looking at a group of kids who are still there and who can play,” Brooks said before training camp. “You never want to take anything for granted. A lot of good teams in our league don’t win for whatever reason. As excited as you are you want to make sure the hunger and desire and drive is still there for the group.

The biggest departure up front is Jamie Huber, who is playing this season with the Wingham Ironmen. Huber, 20, averaged 1.3 points per game in the 2016-17 regular season and playoffs.

Top Midwestern Conference goalie Brock Baier is now with the Windsor Spitfires. His spot has been filled by former Cambridge Winter Hawk Max Wright.

Listowel is 2-0 after the Showcase and needs 38 more wins to match last season’s franchise-record of 40.

“We talk about getting better and the process of getting better,” Brooks said in August. “After getting to that goal … I don’t have to talk about what the goal is. The guys know what we want to achieve and that’s why they want to come back in the first place.”

Elmira Sugar Kings

38-11-1-0, second

Won Sutherland Cup

Fresh off a Sutherland Cup championship, the Sugar Kings said goodbye to some key components. Head coach Tyler Canal stepped down to spend more time with his family in Stratford, while goalie Jonathan Reinhart, the Midwestern Conference’s Most Valuable Player last season, graduated and is playing university hockey in Windsor.

Jake Brown and Quinten Bruce – second and fourth in points, respectively – were also lost to age. Mitch Hoelscher – third in team scoring – is gone, along with Klayton Hoelscher, who is now playing junior C in Mount Forest.

Returning players include leading scorer Ethan Skinner and Jeff Jordan and Zack Cameron, who were fifth and sixth in points last season.

Behind the bench, Trent Brown moves from assistant to head coach.

Among the new signings are three players from the Ontario Junior Hockey League. Bailey Mollela, 19, (Orangeville Flyers), Ethan Wiseman, 19, (North York Rangers), and Ryan Takamatsu, 20, (Georgetown Raiders).

“They’ve got few years of junior experience under their belt, and all three of them are high-end forwards that will really help with our top end and give us some great depth next season,” general manager Kevin Bloch told the Woolwich Observer. “All three of them have played for winning teams. They’re all winners, they’re all quality kids. We scouted them and watched them play games, and we liked the style of game they play. So that’s how we figure out which ones are the right ones. We want the right type of kid, and the right type of player.”

Kitchener Dutchmen

30-15-2-3, third

Lost to Elmira in semifinal

Age caught up to the Kitchener Dutchmen, who lost Connor Cole, Adam Kawalec, Steven Farano, Brendan Valko and Logan Schmidt – who combined for nearly 300 points – after last season.

Stratford’s Ashton Stockie enjoyed a breakout campaign, especially in the playoffs, and headed west to the BCHL. Starting goalie Jackson McIntosh also graduated.

Forward Austin Gaboury, who scored 17 goals last season, is back. And there is another Kawalec on the team – Adam’s younger brother Sean already has two goals.

Kole Scott joined the Dutchmen after playing with the Cambridge Winter Hawks. Jake Burton is in Kitchener after two seasons with Sudbury in the GNML, and Chris Taylor brings experience to the blue-line after spending most of 2016-17 with the OJHL’s Milton IceHawks.

Waterloo Siskins

28-17-1-4, fourth

Lost to Listowel in semifinal

Forwards Sam Cherry and Drayton Duckett lead the Waterloo Siskins’ returning players, a group that includes defencemen Alex Cimino, Tyler Dam and Alex Potter.

Cherry was third on the team with 41 points in 2016-17, and he notched three goals to start this season in the GOJHL Showcase in Brantford.

Duckett had nine goals and 30 points a season ago, while Dam scored once and had two assists over two games.

Gone are leading scorer Spencer Kersten, Lucas Goodman and Lucas Pozzobon – all three graduated – and Andrew Albano, who is with Georgetown in the OJHL.

Alex Lycett

Among the new players in Waterloo are Michigan trio Alex Lycett and Sam Spaedt on forward, and goalie Brett Miller. Lycett and Spaedt combined for two goals and four assists in two games, while Miller made 21 saves in the Siskins’ first win. Brett Schaefer, a 19-year-old forward who spent last season with the OJHL’s Wellington Dukes, had three assists last weekend and is an assistant captain.

“We’re going to (be) an uptempo team with lots of speed and skill,” Siskins general manager Matt Fidlin said. “We want to be able to compete every shift and hard to play against.”

Guelph Hurricanes

14-33-2-1, seventh

Lost to Elmira in quarter-final

Cambridge’s loss was Guelph’s gain this summer.

After the Winter Hawks pulled out from the Ontario Hockey Association, several players and a coach joined the Hurricanes.

Adam Wallace, 27, was named head coach after serving as an assistant in Cambridge. The former Windsor Spitfires defenceman won two Memorial Cups.

“Adam was a winner on the ice and has been on the bench as well,” Hurricanes general manager Steve Marshall said. “We believe he will bring a grittiness we have been missing. It will take our squad a while to (gel) and learn, but it’s the ending that counts, not the beginning.”

Forwards Jacob Rooke, Tyler Harrison, Mathieu Mercier, Liam Buckley and Ryan George, and defenceman Mason Sinkeldam followed Wallace to the Royal City.

Ryan Sparkes was acquired in an off-season trade with Waterloo.

Cameron Stokes is back for a fourth season and will share the captaincy with defenceman Braydon Munn. Leading scorer Anthony Mota has returned, and Marshall has high expectations for Adel Zivojevic, a 20-year-old forward who had 21 points in 29 games last season with the Hurricanes and Brampton Bombers.

In net, Barrie Colts’ third-round pick Jet Greaves, 16, had a shutout in his first junior game. Guelph added former London Nationals netminder Trent McGrail, 18.

The Hurricanes lost only three players to age but took a hit when six players moved on to provincial junior A teams, including five born in 1999, “which really hurts a team’s future,” Marshall said.

Brantford 99ers

11-32-2-5, eighth

Lost to Listowel in quarter-final

Brantford 99ers head coach Wes Consorti has high expectations for the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League club.

“We want to contend this year. We expect to be in the top half of our division and make some noise.

We believe in (our players). It’s just a matter of getting them prepared to win consistently. We feel good with what we have.”

With just two playoff appearances under their belts in four seasons in the GOJHL – and a single win in nine post-season games – competing for a championship may be a lofty goal. But Brantford has several things in its favour, including a strong goaltending duo in Evan Reinhart and Cameron Gratton.

Late last season, the 99ers acquired Reinhart from the Kitchener Dutchmen. The Cambridge native went 6-6 with a 2.71 goals-against average and .924 save percentage in 13 games to help lead Brantford into a playoff spot.

The 99ers are missing their top scorer from last season.

Kyle Walker recently received his class schedule from Fanshawe College. A late class on Thursday meant Walker would miss most 99ers home games. Walker will play in Woodstock this season for the Provincial Junior Hockey League’s Navy Vets. Brantford general manager Darren DeDobbelaer said he hopes Walker will be back in Brantford next season as a 20 year old.

DeDobbelaer has made three late signings to help replace Walker’s offence. Coming to Brantford are forwards Eric Eschweiler and Josh Supryka and defenceman Harlen VanWynsberghe.

Brantford’s defence has been rebuilt with only Matt Scanlin back. On forward, Kyle West, Hunter Dubecki, Eric DeDobbelaer, Will Hurley, Marty Nowysz and Max Racicot all return.

“It’s probably the best team on paper we’ve had in five years,” Darren DeDobbelaer said. “Whether we can put it all together or not is another story.”

– Brantford Expositor

Brampton Bombers

10-33-2-5, ninth

Missed playoffs

The Brampton Bombers won’t have to deal with a playoff race this season.

With Cambridge dropping out, all eight Midwestern Conference teams will get at least four post-season games. Brampton held the final spot for much of 2016-17 but couldn’t hold off Brantford in the final weekend.

The Bombers are already 20 per cent of the way to last year’s win total after a successful Showcase in which they outscored Komoka and Pelham 15-3.

Young forwards Patrick Del Vecchio and Remy Dalben are off to quick starts with their new team, and returning forward Ivan Brewer has seven points in two games.

Travis Smith and Joshua Eisfeld, 17-year-olds out of midget triple-A programs, are the team’s goalies.

Leading scorer Dante Sheriff (Fargo-USHL), Masson Sarris (Orangeville-OJHL), Brandon Fisher (Orangeville-OJHL), Rico Rossi (Nepean-CCHL) and John Parker-Jones (Peterborough-OHL) are among the Bombers who have moved on.

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