2020-21 Season Preview: Glastonbury Guardians
2019-20 Record: 11-9-0
Head Coach: Ken Barse (25th season)
Key Returning Players: Keane Smith (F, Sr.), Capers Shaw (F, Sr.), Alex Rodriguez (F, Jr.), Aidan Adams (D, Jr.), Nick Huempfner (D, Jr.), Zach Caporale (F, Jr.), Kayden Hinchey (D, Jr.)
Impact Newcomers: Michael Rodriguez (F, Fr.), Maksim Gerasimov (F, Fr.), Sean Huempfner (D, Fr.)
Goalie Situation: Glastonbury’s is in a tough spot in the goaltending department. Returning senior goalie Kevin Giesnow is out for the year after tearing his meniscus. This left the Guardians without a goalie for a period of time until senior Erik Hendrikson stepped up. His trial by fire will be very important to Glastonbury’s success.
Key Losses: Ryan Ginnett, Adam Poetto, Colin Williams, Jack Kantor (all to graduation), Patrick McKiernan (Canterbury), Doyle Coughlin (Brewster)
Outlook: Graduations, early exits, and one big injury are unfortunately the story for the newly named Glastonbury Guardians this year. Just a year removed from the Division II championship game, Glastonbury had a shot to return to glory last year. The then-Tomahawks won 7 of their last 10 games in the regular season, boasting names like Ginnett and Poetto (85 points combined), and junior goalie Kevin Giesnow was establishing himself as a solid DII netminder. Fast forward to today and those aforementioned names have graduated. Solid underclassmen Patrick McKiernan and Doyle Coughlin have both left early for the prep school ranks and Giesnow is out for the year. In his wake, senior Erik Hendrikson has been named the starter. Hendrikson was Giesnow’s backup last year and is only in his second year playing hockey. In all of this mess, a beacon of hope emerges in the form of some talented, experienced forwards. Senior Keane Smith (15 G, 18 A, 33 Pts) is one of the best all-around Division II forwards. He’ll be aided by junior Alex Rodriguez (7 G, 9 A, 16 Pts) upfront. Glastonbury returns the services of junior Nick Huempfner, was suspended for most of last season, on defense. Also on D, look for a big year out of junior Aidan Adams (2 G, 10 A, 12 Pts). I wouldn’t question a Barse-coached squad. He’s been at this too long and is as good as they come, but there’s a lot of hurdles being thrown at the Guardians early on. However, as the saying goes, all heroes start somewhere.