2020-21 Season Preview: Amity Spartans
2019-20 Record: 4-13-3
Head Coach: Michael “Scooter” Richetelli (4th season)
Key Returning Players: Justin Miller (F, Sr.), Tommy Schittina (F, Sr.), Dominick Harris (F, Jr.), Joey Carangelo (F Jr.), Dylan Gherlone (D, Sr.), Caleb Marcin (D, Sr.), Jason Dittman (D, Sr.) Brendan Smith (G, So.)
Impact Newcomers: TBD
Goalie Situation: Brendan Smith was kind of thrown to the wolves last year as a freshman and didn’t get a ton of help in front on many nights, but he made it out alive and, at times, really looked good. This was no more evident than when the freshman shut out a good Cheshire team. The crease will be his this year and look for him to have made some strides in improving even more.
Key Losses: Nick Kiwanis, Connor Bath (both to graduation)
Outlook: Amity has had back-to-back losing seasons and looks to gain some traction with an experienced group returning this year. While none of Amity’s returning talent has jump-of-the-page with eye-popping numbers, it’s important to note that experience, especially in a shortened season, is key. That experience is no more valuable than to a player like sophomore goalie Brendan Smith. A team that is going to fight hard and have great chemistry is the word coming out of the Spartans’ locker room. Chemistry creates dependability and that dependability falls mostly on a veteran blue line led by seniors Dylan Gherlone, Caleb Marcin, and Jay Dittman. Upfront seniors Justin Miller and Tommy Schittina, as well as junior Dominick Harris, will be called upon to provide some spark. Also, look for junior Joey Carangelo to step his game up. All-around Head Coach Scooter Richtelli sees improvement. “We are excited for the upcoming season and feel our senior leadership will play a key factor in our success. We also have a nice group of juniors that we are counting on to contribute and feel our goaltending group will be solid as well,” Richetelli told CTHSHockey. I’m certainly confident in Amity improving on their performance from a year ago and with a very even talent pool throughout the middle of the SCC/SWC DII ranks, I think Amity will compete. Former West Haven great Peter Richetelli joins his old man on the coaching staff this year, as well.