2019-20 Season Preview: Glastonbury

Glastonbury Tomahawks

Conference: CCC

2018-19 Record: 11-7-2

Tournament Result: As 6-seed lost in the Division II Championship to 4-seed Branford 2-0

Head Coach: Ken Barse (24th season)

Key Returning Players: Ryan Ginnett (F, Sr.), Adam Poetto (F, Sr.), Colin Williams (D, Sr.), Jack Kantor (F, Sr.), Keane Smith (F, Jr.), Patrick McKiernan (D, Jr.)

Impact Newcomers: Drew Hazard (F, Fr.)

Goalie Situation: Brendan O’Connor is going to be a huge vacancy to fill. His performance all year for Glastonbury was outstanding. Junior Kevin Giesow is now called upon to take over the starting goaltender position for the Tomahawks.

Key Losses: Justin Hazard, Matt Andriola, Noah Ment, Brendan O’Connor (all to graduation)

Outlook: Dating back to the 2013-14 season, including their time at the DI level, Glastonbury has failed to reach the quarterfinal round of the state tournament only once. Last year, as a 6-seed, they fell in the DII championship to Branford, 2-0, another Barse gem. Now in his 24th season at the helm of Glastonbury, Ken Barse continues to piece together great squad after great squad. He returns a lot up front. Senior Ryan Ginnett really turned in a great junior season which saw him light the lamp 17 times. He’s joined by fellow seniors, the speedy Adam Poetto and the elusive Jack Kantor. Junior Keane Smith potted nine goals as a sophomore and he’ll look to move into top offensive production duties. On the blue line senior Colin Williams had 22 points last season. He’s anchored by junior Patrick McKiernan on the back end. Freshman Drew Hazard looks like a nice addition and will need to be as Glastonbury graduated the talented Justin Hazard, Matt Andriola and Noah Ment this offseason. But the most glaring opening has to be in net where the gifted Brendan O’Connor has graduated. Junior Kevin Giesow will try to fill that enormous void. Offensively, I don’t see Glastonbury taking a step backwards. If Williams and McKiernan get some help on the blue line and Giesow shows up in net, the Tomahawks and Coach Barse could be making a return trip.

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