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2019-20 Season Preview: Housatonic-NW-Wamogo-Torrington

Housatonic-NW-Wamogo-Torrington Mountaineers

Conference: Nutmeg

2018-19 Record: 6-12-2

Tournament Result: As 12-seed lost in the Division III First Round to 5-seed JBWA 7-5

Head Coach: Dean Diamond (15th season)

Key Returning Players: Tyler Calhoun (D, Sr.), Anthony Cardello (F, Sr.), Luke Mollica (F, Sr.), John Purdy (G, Jr.), Connor Wilhelm (D, Jr.)

Impact Newcomers: Colin (Zim) McAuliffe (F, So. Jr. Falcons), Sammy Hoyt (F, So. Rumsey Hall)

Goalie Situation: Junior John Purdy took over the starting job toward the end of last season and if his progression is any hint at what he’ll perform like this year then Housy is in good hands. Incoming sophomore Will Starr will back up Purdy to start the year.

Key Losses: Jack McAuliffe, Owen Byrne (both to graduation)

Outlook: After four straight winning seasons and two straight years getting through the first round, Housy has gone 13-23-4 over the last two seasons and were dropped in the first round both years. With a challenging DIII landscape this year, 15th year Head Coach Dean Diamond needs certain things to happen. First, junior netminder John Purdy needs to continue his steady development. Second, talent needs to be lived up to and offense needs to be found. Senior Anthony Cardello (7 goals, 3 assists) could notch double digit goals this year. Senior forward Luke Mollica (8 goals, 10 assists) and surrounding senior leaders like Noah Lynehan (1 goal, 8 assists), Chris Swanson (1 goal, 1 assist) and Riley Mollica (3 goals, 5 assists) need to play like seniors and take charge. After all, Housy is losing 30 of their team’s 58 goals from a year ago. Third, their defense needs to be stout. Housy’s heart and soul lies in senior Tyler Calhoun (5 goals, 8 assists). Diamond refers to Calhoun as the team’s leader on and off the ice. Junior Connor Wilhelm will be called upon to aid in solidifying the D. You’re not going to easily replace the offense that 31-point scorer Jack McAuliffe brought each night. Owen Byrne, the team’s second leading scorer from a year ago is gone, too. I could see Housy improving over a six win campaign of a year ago, but only if those aforementioned things happen. This is one of the trickier teams in the state to pin down.

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