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2019-20 Season Preview: North Haven

North Haven Indians

Conference: SCC/SWC

2018-19 Record: 4-14-2

Tournament Result: Did not qualify

Head Coach: Chris Avena (2nd season)

Key Returning Players: Donny Funaro (D, Sr.), Alan Tancreti (F, Sr.), Jake Wentworth (F, Sr.), Aaron Racino (F, Jr.), Eli Brubacher (F, Jr.), Mason Sullivan (F, Jr.), Will Fiore (F, Jr.), Justin Marks (D, Jr.), Nick Howlett (D, Jr.)

Impact Newcomers: Andrew Sacco (G, Jr.), Owen Quick (D, Fr.), Tommy Guidone (F, Fr.), Jake Hines (F, So.)

Goalie Situation: Let’s not mix any words. The loss of Danny Godlewski in terms of being a leader on and off the ice will not be easy to recover from. The good news for the Indians is that they’ve attained the services of a damn good goalie in DIII state champion junior Andrew Sacco. Presumably, Sacco is their guy this year. Sophomore Jared Anderson, Godlewski’s backup from a year ago, is in the mix as is freshman Bryce Peterson. Sacco, polarizing at times, is one of the best goalies in the state and is a great addition to North Haven.

Key Losses: Danny Godlewski, Simon Brubacher (both to graduation)

Outlook: North Haven has a 27-47-6 mark over the last four seasons. They failed to reach the postseason last year for the second time in three years and offensively really struggled, scoring two goals or less 12 times. This year, the Indians only return three seniors so this could be billed as a rebuild simply because of their youth. Up front, they’ll have to make up for the loss of leading scorer Simon Brubacher. Junior Eli Brubacher comes back after a seven goal, 16 point sophomore season. He’s aided by juniors Aaron Racino (4 goals, 9 assists) and Mason Sullivan (8 goals, 2 assists). Senior forwards Alan Tancreti and Jake Wentworth will work to go out on top. Senior defenseman Donny Funaro is one of the smoother skating D-men in the state. Juniors Justin Marks and Nick Howlett will look to fortify the North Haven defense. See above for goalie news but the fact of the matter is, North Haven is very fortunate to have a goalie as skilled as Sacco coming in after losing Godlewski to graduation. The Indians are excited about some of their youth and the chance to put 2018-19 in the rear view and make the NIP a place for opponents to fear once again.

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