2019-20 Season Preview: South Windsor
South Windsor Bobcats
2018-19 Record: 10-9-1
Tournament Result: As 5-seed lost in the Division II Quarterfinals to 4-seed Branford 3-1
Head Coach: Neil Rodman (17th season)
Key Returning Players: Will Bonazelli (F, Jr.), Sean O’Connor (F, Jr.), Mason Haley (F, Sr.), Zach Jarvis (F, Jr.), Ryan Feher (D, Sr.), Dennis Haley (D, Sr.), Matt Polak (D, Jr.)
Impact Newcomers: Case Mawhinney (F, So.)
Goalie Situation: Deven Trombley has graduated. Trombley put together a great senior season, one that saw him allow two goals or less ten times. Junior Timmy Fisher, last year’s back up, has been named the starter for the Bobcats. With a lot of losses to graduation, his play with be even more magnified.
Key Losses: Cameron O’Connor, Dante Colon, Gabe Feher, Jake Main, Brendan Perras, Julian Paladino, Deven Trombley (all to graduation)
Outlook: I was all over South Windsor last year. Liked them early, kept them in my Power 5 for most of the year. They shellacked North Branford in the first round, 9-0 and then ran into the other team I backed all year, eventual champ Branford and fell 3-1 in the quarters. The weren’t exactly a model of consistency all year last year but they were a very solid squad and goaltender Deven Trombley was really good. Trombley has graduated, as have a cast of senior from last year that really carried the Bobcats. The loss of Cameron O’Connor and Dante Colon specifically will be felt the most. Junior Sean O’Connor, a 22 point scorer last season, will be counted on to provide a spark this year. Fellow junior Will Bonazelli, a 13 point scorer last season, will need to elevate his game as well. South Windsor has made it out of the first round three straight years and have proven to not back down to any competition. This year Neil Rodman, now in his 17th year, may need to pull off some of his best work. The Bobcats return some D in the forms of seniors Ryan Feher and Dennis Haley as well as junior Matt Polak but replacing Trombley won’t be easy. Timmy Fisher will be their starter and we’ll see how it goes. They will be more of an underdog than they were last season but that hasn’t been a problem for Rodman teams in recent history.