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2019-20 Season Preview: LHK

LHK Trojans

Conference: SCC/SWC

2018-19 Record: 14-6 (Division III)

Tournament Result: As 2-seed defeated 4-seed Sheehan to win the Division III State Championship

Head Coach: Dave Sagnella (1st season)

Key Returning Players: Matt Pettit (F, Sr.), TJ Arduini (F, Sr.), TJ Isleib (F/D, Sr.), Aidan Weir (F, Jr.), Jack Roberts (F, So.), Mike O’Toole (D, Sr.), Connor Chordas (D, Sr.)

Impact Newcomers: Ryan Brockett (D, Jr.)

Goalie Situation: With last year’s starter Andrew Sacco taking his talents to North Haven, senior Matt Smith gets his chance to be “the guy.” Smith appeared in six games for the Trojans last year posting a .901 save percentage and a 2.75 GAA. Smith is a bit bigger than Sacco was and is widely regarded as a great teammate. He seems like a prime candidate to thrive given this chance.

Key Losses: Kyle Roberts, Connor Satton (both to graduation), Andrew Sacco (North Haven)

Outlook: The Trojans are celebrating their Division III title by moving up to Division II this year. That’s not the only change with former assistant Dave Sagnella taking over after Richie Minnix first stepped down and then took the NDF job. Led predominantly by a large and experienced senior class, the Trojans boast an explosive offense led by senior Matt Pettit who is coming off a 65 point season last year. Sophomore Jack Roberts, our Division III Freshman of the Year returns after a monstrous 53 point season. His brother and our Division III Skater of the Year, Kyle, has graduated and will never be duplicated but guys like seniors TJ Arduini (13 points), TJ Isleib (13 points) and junior Aidan Weir (23 points) will look to pick up that slack. On D, seniors Connor Chordas (+15) and third team all-stater Mike O’Toole will lock down the blue line. Senior Matt Smith will get a chance in net in his final year with Andrew Sacco transferring to North Haven after season. Sagnella is looking forward to junior Ryan Brockett playing a big role for the Trojans this year after his season was cut short last year due to injury. This is the last season for the LHK co-op with Lyman Hall going independent next year. A successful transition to Division II after winning Division III will undoubtedly send a message to the state.

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