Milford Co-op Indians
2018-19 Record: 4-16
Tournament Result: Did Not Qualify
Head Coach: Kenny Mitchell (2nd season)
Key Returning Players: Matt Gilebbi (F, Sr.), Rich Carino (F, Sr.), Evan White (D, Sr.), Brett Pisani (F, Sr.)
Impact Newcomers: Joey Honcz (So.), Connor Chirico (Fr.), Chris Adkins (Fr.)
Goalie Situation: Senior AJ Bolduc and junior Derek Ouellette are both back to battle it out. Neither of these two stole the show last year but both gained valuable experience. This year, on what should be a very improved Indians team, Mitchell will likely ride the hot hand. Sophomore Max Howland is an option as well if the aforementioned two falter.
Key Losses: Luke Alfano (graduation)
Outlook: Milford enters year five without a state tournament appearance. Over those four years they’ve gone 18-61-1. Last year they dropped down to Division III in hopes that that would end their struggles. It didn’t happen. They went 4-16 and were on the outside looking in. Milford got off to such a bad start last year losing their first nine games. Towards the end of the year, the Indians started to play much better and they actually went 2-2 over their final four. Kenny Mitchell, now in his second year, is definitely the right guy to turn this around and he returns a senior led group that has the ability to end the Indians tourney drought. Senior Matt Gilebbi is one of the best players at the DIII level bar none. Fellow senior forwards Rich Carino and Brett Pisani should have quality senior seasons this year as well. On D, senior Evan White is a dependable back end option. In net, it could be a different guy on any given night. Mitchell brings back coach Bob Fortier who was formerly with Milford. Maybe I’m in a good mood, maybe watching Matt Gilebbi dazzle last year notching a hat trick left a good taste in my mouth when it comes to Milford but I think they find a way into the tourney this year and end the drought. I won’t commit to any more than that, however.