Trinity Catholic Crusaders
2018-19 Record: 5-15
Tournament Result: As 14-seed lost in the Division III First Round to 3-seed Newington Co-op 9-0
Head Coach: Pete Pinto (1st season)
Key Returning Players: Jack Kinahan (F/D, Sr.), Andrew Ellis (F/D, Sr.), Emmett Donoghue (D, Jr.), Matt Dimartino (D, Jr.), Jack Smith (F/D, So.), Jeffrey Reda (G, Jr.)
Impact Newcomers: Martin Salantay (F/D, Sr. CT Jr. Rangers Futures)
Goalie Situation: Jeffrey Reda, now in his junior year, really stepped up for the Crusaders last season. He appeared in all 20 games for Trinity Catholic and despite facing over 900 shots he managed a .899 save percentage. Reda, because of the Crusaders’ depth problems, often has to stand on his head. Six times Reda faced over 50 shots and twice he faced over 65. With a similar roster size heading into the season, his performance will be vital.
Key Losses: Zach Deleo, Billy Schaner (both to graduation), Jay Bacco (Westhill-Stamford)
Outlook: Pete Pinto, Tucker Grose’s assistant for the last couple years, takes over the head coaching duties this year and with it, the more things change, the more they stay the same. Trinity Catholic’s numbers are low, very low. Heart and talent will be ever present. That starts with senior forward Jake Kinahan (21 goals, 8 assists), a supreme talent who’s actually coming off a quieter year for him. Senior utility guy and faceoff specialist Andrew Ellis (16 points) will need to log huge minutes, like usual, but continue to grow as an offensive weapon. As far as underclassmen go, junior defensemen Emmett Donoghue (12 points) will continue to be a rock for the Crusaders and junior Matt Dimartino and sophomore Jack Smith will have increased roles this year. In net, see above. Reda is a beast and will do everything in his power to steal some wins for Trinity Catholic this year. In the offseason there was talk of ending this program, disbanding. Kinahan heading to the Westhill-Stamford co-op, many some others. For the most part the Crusaders stayed in tact and goal focused, Jay Bacco did take his talents to Westhill-Stamford. This will, as always, be a heartwarming story but I think with Kinahan and Ellis in their senior years and many key bodies seeing what it was like playing TC hockey last year, it needs to be more than that. They want to win, not compete. If they keep that mindset up all year, there will be wins to be had.