2019-20 Season Preview: Simsbury
2018-19 Record: 7-11-2
Tournament Result: As 12-seed lost in the Division I First Round to 5-seed Fairfield Prep 7-1
Head Coach: Chris Day (4th season)
Key Returning Players: Cole Chapman (F, Sr.), Scott Simeon (F, Sr.), Rocco Cirilli (F, Sr.), Drew Lech (F, Sr.), Jack Fiengo (D, Sr.), Griffin Marquis (D, Jr.), Jackson Bulger (G, Sr.)
Impact Newcomers: Aaron Livingston (F, Jr.), Ryan McCormick (F, Jr.), Alex Pearlman (F, Jr.)
Goalie Situation: Senior Jackson Bulger (3.27 GAA, .880 sv. %) is back as is last year’s back up sophomore Justin Loveland (4.34 GAA, .830 sv. %). Add in senior Chris Holland, who saw mainly JV action in the past and Head Coach Chris Day has options. This opens him up to explore a two-goalie rotation or simply ride the hot hand on any given day.
Key Losses: Torben Wunderle (graduation), Brad Hoang (CT Chiefs)
Outlook: Let me start with the fact that I like what Simsbury is bringing back offensively. Senior, all-stater Cole Chapman (27 goals, 12 assists) is truly one of the state’s most talented players. Throw in seniors Scott Simeon (12 goals, 12 assists) and Rocco Cirilli (7 goals, 13 assists) and Simsbury boasts one of the strongest returning trios in DI. On D, senior Jack Fiengo and junior Griffin Marquis should lock down the blue line. The one area where I think 4th year Head Coach Chris Day is going to have to be tactful and have a short string is in net. Bulger is back, Loveland is in the mix and senior former JV goalie Chris Holland also factors in. This needs to be an area of improvement if Simsbury wants to make any strides. They didn’t really lose much to graduation. Last year’s seniors scored a total of seven goals combined. Brad Hoang left for the Chiefs so that will hurt a bit on the blue line but I think the pieces are there if they can keep the puck out. Day has also added Keith Balsewicz (USA Level 4) to his coaching staff to handle the offense and special teams. Simsbury hasn’t made it out of the first round since 2012-13 but this is a trend I think could end this year should certain pieces fall the right way.