2020-21 Season Preview: BBD IceCats
2019-20 Record: 3-14-3
Head Coach: Rusty Granacker (19th season)
Key Returning Players: Kyle Boller (F, Sr.), Anthony Britton (F, Sr.), Kenny Granacker (F/D, Jr.), Spencer Abrams (D, Sr.), Aidan Garvey (D, Sr.), Brian Merrill (D, Sr.), Jordan Perrotti (F, So.), Alex Nunez (F, Jr.), Louie Alfidi (G, Jr.)
Impact Newcomers: Dmitry Yates (Northwestern/CT Mustangs), Canaan Sturdevant (Western/CT Mustangs), Kevin Dykes (Western), Tim Whitlock (Western), Daniel McCue (Northwestern)
Goalie Situation: Junior Louie Alfidi returns for his second full season patrolling the crease for Granacker. Sophomores Dino Capilupi and Thomas Fernandes will back up Alfidi. Fernandes is the younger brother of former IceCat, Alex.
Key Losses: Jack Cretacci (ND-Fairfield), Alex Smith, Bryce Wallace (Danbury Hat Tricks), Justin Sarrazin, Tyler Caldera (both to graduation)
Outlook: For years now the standing joke with BBD is that they have seemingly circumnavigated the system by playing so many out-of-state games and earning bonus points for wins there. They can’t do that this year, but playing in the six-team SCC/SWC DIII Tier and returning three of their leading scorers, I’m not sure they’re going to need that help. This is probably one of the stronger IceCat groups that we’ve seen in recent memory. Seniors Kyle Boller (14 G, 8 A, 22 Pts) and Anthony Britton (12 G, 13 A, 25 Pts) are both coming off great years and will be two players to circle on line charts every night. Junior Kenny Granacker (3 G, 7 A, 10 Pts) will play a flex role for the IceCats this year while seniors Spencer Abrams, Aidan Garvey, and Brian Merrill will patrol a veteran blueline. Junior Louie Alfidi is back in net after wowing on many occasions last year. According to Head Coach Rusty Granacker, this year’s sophomore class may be the strongest they’ve had in a while. This is a group where many of the players have been together since squirts. The junior/senior groups are looking at this season as a make or break one for them and are excited about the youthful injection they’re getting from their newcomers. BBD hasn’t had a winning season since 2012-13. With a manageable schedule and a lot of good feels, I think IceCats have themselves a nice year.