Newington Co-op Indians
2018-19 Record: 15-5
Tournament Result: As 3-seed lost in the Division III Semifinals to 2-seed LHK 4-3
Head Coach: Dave Harackiewicz (24th season)
Key Returning Players: Justin Stergos (D, Sr.), Sam Hedlund (F, Jr.), Killian Ranger (F, Jr.), Nick DeRiu (F, Sr.)
Impact Newcomers: Chris Brandon (D, Sr. Canton), Zach Joerg (F, Sr. Canton)
Goalie Situation: When David Mix and Adam Belair graduated the Newington Co-op, it was hard to imagine an equally potent goalie duo would emerge. But Senior Alex DiPaola and junior Andrew Fogarty both held their own last season. DiPaola edged out Fogarty in terms of minutes played (606 to 479) but both goalies posted three shutouts on the year and both had respectable GAA’s (DiPaola 2.20 and Fogarty 2.60. If it ain’t broke, I’d suggest not fixing it and I envision Harackiewicz riding the hot hand and platooning the hell out of these two.
Key Losses: Matt Lavoie, Ethan Ranger, Pat Doherty, Drew Graham (all to graduation)
Outlook: Newington Co-op and long time Head Coach Dave Harackiewicz have always done well at the Division III level. Now back at the DIII ranks for the third season since their foray into the Division II ranks, Newington is going to have to overcome the loss of their top four leading scorers Ethan Ranger, Matt Lavoie, Pat Doherty and Drew Graham. In fact, the Indians lose 63% of their point production with their senior class graduating. On offense, junior Killian Ranger (9 goals, 13 assists) is the returning leading scorer. He’ll be anchored senior Nick DeRiu (6 goals, 12 assists) and junior Sam Hedlund (6 goals, 12 assists). On defense, senior Justin Stergos (6 goals, 12 assists) is back for his senior year and will easily be one of the best defensemen at the Division III level this year. With DiPaola and Fogarty back in net, Newington will have some semblance of normalcy back there. This co-op more than many has the ability to reload. They find guys who match and mirror previous leaders. I expect some of those guys we just mentioned to do just that this year. Add in the fact that Canton has joined the co-op and brought with them gifted seniors defenseman Chris Brandon and forward Zach Joerg. These additions and what they return, and Harackiewicz’s ability to continually win at this level make Newington a favorite at DIII.