South Windsor High in Rankings; Multiple Hockey Teams Having Strong Seasons

By Danny Atkinson

South Windsor is currently one of the state’s top teams. The 8-4 Bobcats are ranked second in the Division II standings as of the 24th. After losing two of their first three matches and then two at the beginning of January, they have captured three consecutive ones as of the 23rd, two overtime triumphs over rivals. South Windsor has averaged 3.3 goals per match, while allowing just 2.5.

Forwards Cameron O’Connor and Donte Colon have anchored the Bobcats offense. O’Connor leads the team with 14 goals, while Colon has 9 goals and 8 assists, each leading the team with 17 points. Sean O’Connor has 13 points. Goalie Devin Trombley is averaging just under 19 saves per match.   

The Bobcats overtime triumphs against East Catholic and Simsbury on the 16th and 19th were both thrilling. First, they defeated East Catholic 3-2, with O’Connor scoring the winning goal and finishing with two. They next defeated Simsbury 4-3, with O’Connor and Colon each scoring twice. The duo both scored in the final 37 seconds of the third period, with O’Connor sending it to overtime with 1.4 seconds remaining. In its most recent win against WMRP, O’Connor kept up his elite play with two goals, and Will Bonazelli and Julian Palladino each earned two points. Trombley made 20 saves.       

Tri-Town

The Knights, the Division III runner-up in 2018, are 7-5-1 as of the 23rd, good for seventh in Division III as of the 24th. After beginning the season inconsistently while incorporating 10 new varsity players, they are playing their best hockey of the season, winning its past three matches by a combined score of 10-4. The team is averaging just over three goals per match, while allowing 2.6.

Ben Kingsbury scored twice in Tri-Town’s 3-0 win over Northeastern on the 21st, with Sam Teel assisting on each goal and Peyton Emrick making 32 saves.

East Catholic

East Catholic has gone 5-5 through the first half of the season as of the 21st, and is ranked tenth in Division II as of the 24th. The Eagles have alternated wins and losses through most of the season, with its most recent game being a 4-2 win against SGWL (Suffield-Granby-Windsor Locks). In the win, Rowan Masse had two assists. Mick O’Connor, Matt Nicolo, Kevin Hartnett and Sean Fellows scored. East Catholic is scoring just under three goals per game, while allowing 2.6.

Glastonbury

The Tomahawks are 4-3-2 as of the 23rd, and are ranked just behind East Catholic in the division standings. After beginning the season 3-1-1, they have gone just 1-2-1 in January, with the win against Farmington Valley on the 12th. In these four matches, Glastonbury is allowing an average of four goals, and gave up seven in its most recent loss to Farmington Valley. For the season, it is averaging just over three goals per match, while star senior goalie Brendan O’Connor is allowing just 2.6. Two of the losses have been by one goal.

“We have been inconsistent and have not been able to hold leads and play complete games,” head coach Ken Barse said. “This is mainly due to having a young inexperienced team, but we are getting better every game at being prepared and focused.  Being able to battle for 45 minutes and becoming mentally tougher is our goal.”

Justin Hazard and Adam Poetto each scored twice in the Tomahawks most recent win, with O’Connor earning 18 saves. In addition to O’Connor, Hazard and Poetto, Barse cited Ryan Ginnett and Colin Williams as their top players.

“Our biggest strength is our speed and goal tending.  Our biggest weakness at this point is team defense and being consistent in our zone.”

Suffield-Granby-Windsor Locks

The young SGWL squad got off to a slow start but has improved its play, winning half of the January matches to move to 3-6-1. The Wildcats defeated Housatonic-Northwest-Wamogo-Torrington (HNWT) twice and Conard. The offense has especially improved, scoring at least four goals in each win as well as 6 in a loss.

Remington Ferrari has easily been SGWL’s top offensive player, scoring 14 goals and earning 21 points. Tyler Gazdik has 15 points, leading the squad in assists with 10. Ryan Antkowiak and Connor Matthews have 12 and 10 points, respectively. Cam Begley is averaging just over 26 saves in goal.

In the Wildcats most recent 4-3 win on the 18th against HNWT, Antkowiak scored two goals and Ferrari and Gazdik each obtained three points, with Ferrari scoring. Begley made 21 saves. In the team’s 5-4 overtime win against Conard on the 12th, Ferrari was the standout, earning a hat trick. The first win saw another hat trick by Ferrari, as well as a goal and two saves by Gazdik.

Enfield-East Granby-Stafford (EEGS)

EEGS has struggled mightily this season, going 2-10-1 as of the 21st. The team’s wins were a 3-2 overtime triumph against Staples in its second game, and a 4-1 defeat of Chicopee.

“It seems like every game we are right there.  Many of our losses have been by a goal or in OT. Our effort is there every day in both games and practices.,” head coach Frank Genovese said.

Genovese said the team most spread out its scoring to be more successful. He said the Eagles biggest strengths are getting good power point play and “When we are forechecking well, we are effective and are getting scoring from some of our other forwards. We’re not giving up scoring chances because we are keeping the puck in the offensive zone.”  

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