2019-20 Season Preview: East Catholic
East Catholic Eagles
2018-19 Record: 9-10-1
Tournament Result: As 7-seed lost in the Division II First Round to 10-seed Farmington Valley 5-2
Head Coach: Joe Trenholm (4th season)
Key Returning Players: Kevin Hartnett (F, Jr.), Rowan Masse (F, So.), Nate Segar (D, Jr.), Brian Galle (G, Sr.), Ethan Utermarck (G, Jr.)
Goalie Situation: According to 4th year Head Coach Joey Trenholm, having both senior Brian Galle (.893 sv. %, 3.02 GAA) and junior Ethan Utermarck (.915 sv. %, 2.38 GAA) “is a good problem to have.” With this pair, you have the accomplished Utermarck who has dazzled since his freshman year. On the other side you have the team-first Galle, a captain this year, who would be starting and playing a ton of minutes on many other squads. I’d imagine Utermarck gets a larger chunk of the minutes this year as he did last year, but Galle will 100% be ready should he be thrown into the mix.
Key Losses: Sean Fellows, Connor Hartnett (both to graduation), Kyle Pelletier (Brooks School)
Outlook: In his third season last year, Head Coach Joey Trenholm did a great job bringing some life back to East Catholic hockey. Just a year removed from going 0-19-1 at the DI level, the East Catholic Eagles were competitive and earned home ice in the DII tourney. They swept DI Simsbury and took down DII runner up Glastonbury. A long ways away from a winless season. The question that is asked is “where do they go from here?” They return a large chunk of what made them successful last year including the DII Freshman of the Year, Rowan Masse (11 goals, 14 assists). It’ll be fun to see his elevated play this year. Add in junior Kevin Hartnett (11 goals, 5 assists) and the Eagles have a couple studs up front. Junior defenseman Nate Segar (5 goals, 4 assists) adds some experience on the blue line but the Eagles are made in the shade with their goaltending duo. Junior Ethan Utermarck and senior Brian Galle. With those two, East Catholic will be in just about every game this year. This was evident last year when the Eagles only allowed 4+ goals four times all year while keeping their opponents to one goal or fewer six times. Production is needed outside of Masse and Hartnett but I think we should see East Catholic in contention for home ice again this year given where they stand now.