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2019-20 Season Preview: Hall-Southington

Hall-Southington Warrior-Knights

Conference: CCC

2018-19 Record: 5-13-2 (Division II)

Tournament Result: Did not qualify

Head Coach: Brian Cannon (8th season)

Key Returning Players: Mason Woods (F, Sr.), Marco Fusciello (F, Sr.), Christian Mohr (F, Sr.), Sean Roach (F, Jr.), Duncan Hollander (F, Jr.), Colby Fortuna (F, Jr.), Liam Stone (D, Sr.), Noah Behrens-Gould (G, So.)

Impact Newcomers: Matt Weir (F, Sr.), Cam Perez (F, Jr.)

Goalie Situation: Sophomore Noah Behrens-Gould was really thrown to the wolves last season at the Division II level. The freshman performed as expected but gained such valuable experience. Having him back after that full year and now at the Division III level, NBG may end up being one of the stronger goalies in all of DIII. Look for definite improvement this year.

Key Losses: Mike DiPietro, Chris Gambardella, Nate Zmarlicki, Sam Kerrigan, Ethan Penn (all to graduation) Bobby Allan (NDWH)

Outlook: When you have something bigger to play for, positive results are often easier to come by. Head Coach Brian Cannon, now in his 8th year at the helm of Hall-Southington, was dealt an awful draw in late July, being diagnosed with Synovial Chondrosarcoma, an extremely rare form of cancer. Cannon had no other option but to amputate his right leg and part of his pelvis. Mike Anthony of the Courant discussed Coach’s Cannon’s circumstances way more eloquently here. Regardless, there are games to be played and a group of motivated kids who are willing to skate through a wall to win for their coach. The Warrior-Knights drop down a division to DIII this year after failing to qualify for the DII tourney last season. They should be in the mix at DIII. They return senior forwards Mason Woods, Marco Fusciello and Christian Mohr as well as juniors Sean Roach, Duncan Hollander and Colby Fortuna. Look for senior defenseman Liam Stone to be a rock for the Warrior-Knights on the blue line. Getting Behrens-Gould back after a full season will pay certain dividends. I can see the Warrior-Knights making a bit of a run this season but I wonder if they have enough talent to put them over the top and compete with a squad like favorite Sheehan.

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