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2020-21 Season Preview: Lyman Hall Trojans

Conference: SCC/SWC

2019-20 Record: 10-9-1

Head Coach: Dave Sagnella (2nd season)

Key Returning Players: Aiden Weir (F, Sr.), Ryan Brockett (D, Sr.), Tommy Ralston (F, Sr.), Jack Roberts (F, Jr.)

Impact Newcomers: Kenny Mackenzie (D, Jr. was injured last season)

Goalie Situation: Seniors Brendan Reddington and Colin Stoddard will look to make up for the loss of the graduated Matt Smith.

Key Losses: Matt Pettit, Michael O’Toole, TJ Arduini, Matt Smith (all to graduation)

Outlook: The Trojans are an independent. For the first time since the 2012 season, Lyman Hall will not be a part of a co-op in a move that is a rarity in today’s Connecticut High School Hockey. The shift isn’t without growing pains, however. Losing Matt Pettit and his 150 career points will not be easy to replace. Neither will the leadership Michael O’Toole brought to the blueline nor the steady play of graduated netminder Matt Smith. But all is certainly not lost for Dave Sagnella’s Trojans. Sagnella, now in his second year as the head coach of Lyman Hall, understands some scoring and contributions will need to come from all over. “We have some young and inexperienced players needing to log some major minutes this year. We will be a gritty team that works hard in all three zones,” Sagnella told CTHSHockey. Upfront, the Trojans have some potential star power in guys like junior Jack Roberts (12 G, 16 A, 28 Pts) and senior Aiden Weir (4 G, 14 A, 28 Pts). Senior Tommy Ralston posted double-digit points as well last year and he’ll be looked upon to contribute more this year. On D, things get a little dicier for the Trojans returning only one of their top five defensemen from a year ago. Senior Ryan Brockett (4 G, 10 A, 14 Pts) will lead the charge along with junior Kenny Mackenzie, who lost his sophomore season to injury. In net, Lyman Hall returns two seniors who are not saturated with experience. Brendan Reddington and Colin Stoddard will battle it out for playing time there. Lyman Hall is in a spot not uncommon for most DII SCC/SWC schools this year. With the exception of Hand and maybe North Haven, most teams are in this uncertain boat. Let’s check back in with the Trojans. I think Sagnella has the chops to be an elite coach in this state. I think Roberts has star power written all over him and I’m expecting a big year from Weir. It’s everything else around them that is giving me apprehension.

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