2020-21 Season Preview: Farmington Valley Generals
2019-20 Record: 16-3-1
Head Coaches: Mike Barone (28th season) & Scott Percival (11th season)
Key Returning Players: Tyler Stoneman (F, Jr.), Mackie Stambaugh (F, Sr.), Scott Groleau (F, Sr.), Matt Rapini (D, Sr.), Jack Calcavecchia (D, Sr.), Drew Abbott (D, Sr.), Jacob Markowitz, (G, Jr.), Danny Pauling (G, Jr.)
Impact Newcomers: TBD
Goalie Situation: Farmington Valley responds both underclassmen netminders from a year ago in juniors Jacob Markowitz (2.42 GAA) and Danny Pauling (1.91 GAA). Look for these two to battle it out in practice and work for their ice time.
Key Losses: Matt Arena, TJ Erickson (both to graduation), Jackson Holl (Taft)
Outlook: The Generals were among a group of Ingalls-ready Division II teams last year when the rug was pulled out. The Gens put together another great season and have now won 16+ games in three of the last four seasons. Much of their success last year can be attributed to two stellar hockey players. Matt Arena graduated after a great career and Jackson Holl, we hardly knew ye, moved on to Taft after an electric sophomore season. The two combined for 68 goals and 121 points and will be sorely missed. However, the sky is not falling for Farmington Valley. They return a strong group of forwards who excelled even with the scoring machines that Arena and Holl were. Look for strong seasons from this trio of seniors. Scott Groleau (12 G, 11 A, 23 Pts), Mackie Stambough (13 G, 15 A, 28 Pts), and junior Tyler Stoneman (12 G, 18 A, 30 Pts) all reached double digits in goals and over 20 points a season ago. It’s their turn and I think they turn up the heat. Farmington Valley will also be really strong on D as most of their blueliners are back for one more hurrah. Seniors Jack Calcavecchia (+35), Matt Rapini (+25), and Drew Abbott (+32) comprise just about as strong of a group of elder skatesmen you could find. In net, juniors Jacob Markowitz and Danny Pauling return a year wiser and a year more honed. While both showed growing pains in their sophomore season, they both also shined on many occasions. This will be a fun battle to watch. If the Generals can find some new bodies to fill the complementary roles guys like Groleau and Stambaugh played last year, FVG could really push for supremacy in the CCC North. The Generals will also be playing for something else this year. Long time Farmington Athletic Director, Jack Phelan passed away suddenly in August. Phelan was beloved by the coaching staff and everyone around him. “Coach Barone and I wouldn’t be where we are without him,” Co-Head Coach Scott Percival told CTHSHockey. Phelan lived quite a life. He coached men’s basketball at the University of Hartford and even had a tryout with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Generals will be wearing a decal with a four-leaf clover and Jack’s initials, “JP” on their helmets this year.