2019-20 Season Preview: Guilford
2018-19 Record: 14-6
Tournament Result: As 2-seed lost in the Division II State Quarterfinals to 10-seed Farmington Valley 4-3 (OT)
Head Coach: Ralph Russo (18th season)
Key Returning Players: Jack Dacey (F, Sr.), EJ Vickerman (F, Sr.), Tyler Considine (D, Sr.) Steven Tortora (D, Jr.)
Impact Newcomers: Thomas Ring (Jr.), Tommy Ziemba (So.), Will Petrick (Fr.), Shane Considine (Fr.)
Goalie Situation: Sophomore Gavyn Litvyn appears to be the starter for the Indians this year. Litvyn saw limited action spelling Alex Attruia last season.
Key Losses: John Delucia, Jake Watrous (both graduated), Shea Thibault (Elite Premier 16U)
Outlook: You would be hard pressed to find another team who has had as much success over the past few years at the DII level as Guilford. Last year as a 2-seed they were upset in the quarterfinals, two years ago they reached the finals, three years ago they won the whole thing and four years ago they reached the semifinals. With Delucia and Watrous graduating and Thibault moving on to Elite, the Indians have some work to do for this to continue. They will also be utilizing a new netminder this year as Alex Attruia has graduated. Sophomore Gavyn Litvyn will take over in net after seeing very limited time as a freshman. Guilford returns one of the state’s best players in senior Jack Dacey. It was thought Dacey might opt for the prep route, but lucky for us, he stuck around. Senior EJ Vickerman will be asked to produce a little more this year as well Guilford’s talented returning defensemen senior Tyler Considine and junior Steven Tortora. There are some new bodies that look like they will jump right in the ring for Guilford this year. With Dacey up front and the success 18th year man Ralph Russo has had, we cannot count out the Indians. That said, replicating their 14-6 season from a year ago seems like a tough task.