2019-20 Season Preview: St. Joseph
St. Joseph Cadets
2018-19 Record: 2-18
Tournament Result: As 14-seed lost in the Division I First Round to 3-seed Darien 10-0
Head Coach: Ed LeMaire (4th season)
Key Returning Players: Michael Mulligan (F/D, Sr.), Brendan Predergast (F, Sr.), Andrew Eisenbamn (F, Jr.), Wyatt Chrisman (F, Jr.), James McLaughlin (D, Sr.), Liam Gelston (D, Jr.)
Impact Newcomers: Ian Carrington (G, Jr. CT Chiefs), Andrew Reynolds (F, Fr.), Timmy Finkenzeller (F, Fr.), Johnny Karafa (F, Fr.), Mark Husted-Edwards (D, Fr.),
Goalie Situation: St. Joe’s tandem of Brady and Higgins are gone which leaves an opening for a new netminder to man the crease for the Cadets. The candidates include a new face and a returning sophomore. Junior Ian Carrington comes to St. Joe’s by way of the CT Chiefs. Sophomore Tyler Stiewing will look to battle him for some time in net this season.
Key Losses: Billy Brady, Chris Higgins, Christian Scinto, Brandon Roselli, Tommy Schietinger (all to graduation)
Outlook: The Cadets have fallen on some hard times of late and there’s really only one way for them to go at this point. The have now gone 35 games since beating a Division I opponent, a span which has seen them go 6-29 with nine losses to sub-DI teams. This year’s group will attempting to right the ship will be led by senior captain Michael Mulligan who will bounce back and forth from forward to D, junior defenseman Liam Gelston and talented junior forward Wyatt Chrisman. They’ll lean on senior captains Brendan Prendergast and James McLaughlin for leadership given the youth of this year’s Cadets. Mulligan, Predergast and McLaughlin are the only seniors on the roster. Look for Carrington and Stiewing to fight for crease time, something St. Joe’s is not unaccustomed to after Brady and Higgins battled it out last year. This is a group likely to run a shorter bench and continue to battle as they always do. I think given their youth, goaltending questions and lack of depth, unfortunately we could be seeing some similar results out of the Cadets this year.