2019-20 Season Preview: Tri-Town
2018-19 Record: 10-8-2
Tournament Result: As 6-seed lost in the Division III Quarterfinals to 3-seed Newington 3-2
Head Coach: Kyle Fijalkowski (3rd season)
Key Returning Players: Nick Dannenfelser (D, Sr.), Sam Teel (F, Sr.), Alex Knisley (F, Sr.), Ryan Bell (D, Sr.), Noah Hale (F, Sr.), Collin Hall (F, Jr.)
Goalie Situation: Despite the loss of Peyton Emrick to graduation, Tri-Town is very excited with what sophomore goaltender Reave Stafford can bring. Stafford started two games for the Terrorcats last year and went 2-0 with a 0.50 GAA and a .964 save percentage. This will not be a position of rebuild for Kyle Fijalkowski’s crew.
Key Losses: Peyton Emrick, Mike Shuman, Ben Kingsbury, Jacob Ellis (all to graduation)
Outlook: Tri-Town under then second year Head Coach Kyle Fijalkowski continued to be a factor in the DIII race again last year and put in their third straight winning season and third straight trip out of the first round. In fact, over the last five years, only one time has Tri-Town not advanced to the DIII quarters including two years ago when they lost in the DIII title game to the Eastern CT Eagles. This year I think Tri-Town will be another top eight type of team at the DIII level. They’re in decent shape in net with sophomore Reave Stafford taking over for the accomplished Peyton Emrick. They return senior defenseman Nick Dannenfelser (5 goals, 18 assists) and senior Ryan Bell (7 goals, 7 assists) on D and up front, despite the graduation of Mike Shuman who’s been a hell of goal scorer for the Terrorcats for years and 30 point scorer Ben Kingsbury, they return enough. Seniors Alex Knisley (11 goals, 13 assists), Sam Teel (9 goals, 10 assists) and Noah Hale (5 goals, 1 assist) and junior Collin Hall (4 goals, 7 assists) will all see an uptick in their production and minutes this year. Tri-Town only graduated four seniors and depth will be a huge advantage for the Terrorcats this year as many teams at the DIII level are super thin. This is a team riding under a lot of prognosticators radars and they can be sneaky good this year.