2019-20 Season Preview: Staples
2018-19 Record: 7-13
Tournament Result: As 11-seed lost in the Division III First Round to 6-seed Tri-Town 4-0
Head Coach: Matt Bohn (1st full season, took over during the 2018-19 season)
Key Returning Players: Alex Goodman (F, Sr.), Jake Glickman (F, Sr.), Owen Sherman (D, Jr.), Ben Gault (F, Jr.), Victor Sarrazin (F, Jr.)
Impact Newcomers: Nikos Ninios (F/D, Fr. Westchester Express)
Goalie Situation: Dylan Mace put together a nice final season for the Wreckers. In his wake, we find junior Graham Day, a goaltender new to the Staples program.
Key Losses: Zach Strober, Brian Krawiec, Dylan Mace (all to graduation)
Outlook: Last season, Staples and then head coach Charles Halloran parted ways during the season. Assistant Matt Bohn took over and is now taking on the head coaching role for the Wreckers. With that, there’s a lot of new faces for this year’s Staples squad. It’s starts in net where junior Graham Day will take over for Dylan Mace who put together a nice senior season. Up front, 24 point scorer Zach Strober has graduated as has the offensively inclined Brian Krawiec. Staples returns a core that while their numbers don’t jump off the page (not a single one of them had over eight points last year), they are all experienced varsity skaters. Look for seniors Alex Goodman, eight points a year ago and Jake Glickman, five goals a year ago to center the load offensively. Juniors Ben Gault and Victor Sarrazin are two others to watch moving forward while junior Owen Sherman will bolster the blue line. The Wreckers are excited about freshman Nikos Ninios formerly of the Westchester Express and what he can bring. Staples has brought on former all-stater Sam New as a volunteer assistant coach and I love the move. After flip flopping divisions, back and forth over half of the last decade, Staples will remain at the same division for simultaneous years in quite some time. Their trend (12-8 in 2015-16, 5-14-1 in 2016-17, 12-5-3 in 2017-18 and 7-13 in 2018-19) seems to indicate this should be an up year. I like numbers and trends are cool but they’re really going to need to find some production if that’s going to continue.