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2019-20 Season Preview: SGWL

SGWL Wildcats

Conference: Nutmeg

2018-19 Record: 6-12-2 (Division II)

Tournament Result: Did not qualify

Head Coach: Jake King (2nd season)

Key Returning Players: Remington Ferrari (F, Sr.), Tyler Gazdik (F, Sr.), Mason Ferrari (F, Jr.), Ryan Stone (F/D Jr.), Mark McWhirter (D, Jr.), Cam Begley (G, Jr.)

Impact Newcomers: Ryan Corrigan (F, Sr. Springfield Jr. Pics), Dylan Gazdik (F, So. CT Jr. Huskies Bantam), Aiden Grabowski (D, So. CT Jr. Huskies Bantam)

Goalie Situation: In his first year at the varsity level junior goalie Cam Begley was strong, not outstanding, but strong. Now with a full season under his belt and being the only goalie in the Wildcats’ program, Begley will be counted on heavily. Begley posted a .900 save percentage stopping an average of 25.6 pucks per game. Second year Head Coach Jake King expects Begley to make a “big jump” this year after the year of experience he gained last season.

Key Losses: Connor Matthews, Ryan Antkowiak, Ryan Ziemnicki (all to graduation)

Outlook: A year wiser, Jake King returns a group of Wildcats that are poised and primed to make a run at a Division III title. The Wildcats bring back four of their top six leading scorers from a year ago and while losing the leadership of Connor Matthews and Ryan Antkowiak will be a hurdle, it’s not an insurmountable one. Leading scorer, senior Remington Ferrari (22 goals, 18 assists) and second leading scorer senior Tyler Gazdik (11 goals, 22 assists) are back for the senior years and after a year of ineligibility and a year in over their heads at the DII level, these two are among the best in terms of sheer offensive talent at the DIII level. Junior Mason Ferrari (5 goals, 7 assists) and senior Will Evans (5 goals, 3 assists) will try to add some offense of their own. On D, junior Mark McWhirter and junior Ryan Stone, who missed last year due to injury, will be called on. Junior goalie Cam Begley is currently the only goalie in the program. He will be a year matured, a year better. Simply put, zero players on the current SGWL roster have ever played in a state tournament game. Hunger is present and so is talent. In Head Coach Jake King’s senior year in 2015, SGWL won a Division II state title. King led the team in points with 49. Can he lead a group talented enough to compete deep into the DIII tournament past some of the powers that still remain? It’ll be fun to find out.

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