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2019-20 Season Preview: Greenwich

Greenwich Cardinals

Conference: FCIAC

2018-19 Record: 9-9-2

Tournament Result: As 10-seed lost in Division I First Round to 7-seed New Canaan 2-1 (OT)

Head Coach: Chris Rurak (4th season)

Key Returning Players: Thatcher Danielson (F, Jr.), Jake Shredders (F, Jr.), Damian DesForges (F, Jr.), Will Mairs (F, Jr.), Dylan Kronengold (F, Jr.), Sam Milazzo (F, Jr.), Sean Duffy (F, Jr.), Jack Hutchins (F, Jr.), John Cataldo (F, Jr.), Wes Zolin (F, So.), Ryan Columbo (D, Sr.), Michael Connerty (D, Sr.), Chris Cataldo (D, Jr.), Ben Bates (D, Jr.), Aiden Price (D, So.), Ben Nash (G, Sr.), Charlie Zolin (G, So.)

Impact Newcomers: Peter Lewis (Fr.), William Mathews (So.), Ivan Kovalev (So.), Shoji Takaya (So.)

Goalie Situation: We will file this one under “a good problem to have” for 4th year Head Coach Chris Rurak. Senior Ben Nash has had a really solid career and toward the end of last season seemed to win his crease back. A crease, that seemed to be taken over by stud freshman Charlie Zolin. Well, Nash is back for his senior year, Zolin is back, a year wiser. This shapes up to be one of the better goalie battles in the state and I don’t envy Rurak having to choose between these two supremely gifted goaltenders.

Key Losses: Matt Davey, Sean Pratley, Charlie Graves, Nic Pelletier-Martinelli, Isaac Cadigan, Julian Ribushofski (all to graduation)

Outlook: Greenwich had a hard time getting over a massive overhaul of talent from the previous year and after going 2-0-1 to start the year, they proceeded to go 2-8-1 against Division I competition the rest of the way. With a decent amount of talent, things just never seemed to get going for the Cardinals last year. Ben Nash wasn’t himself early which opened the door for youngster Charlie Zolin. Then Nash got hot again and nearly took down New Canaan in the first round, ultimately losing 2-1 in overtime in heartbreaking fashion. This year, the Cardinals come back fully loaded. A deep, deep group of forwards and an experience D core fortify an already powerful two headed goaltending monster. Junior Thatcher Danielson will be a name you want to remember this year but this offense is so much more than a one or two trick pony. With the laundry list of talent listed above, Greenwich is also getting the services of some new faces including sophomore Ivan Kovalev, the younger brother of former Cardinal Nikita and the son of NHL legend Alex. On defense, senior Ryan Columbo will look to cap off an excellent career with a deep run into states alongside fellow senior and captain Michael Connerty. Greenwich is a year removed from an 18 win season. With a talent laden roster like the one they have this year, they will be among the upper echelon of Division I squads and will contend for a state title.

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