2020-21 Season Preview: Ridgefield Tigers
2019-20 Record: 11-9-0
Head Coach: Shaun Gallagher (14th season)
Key Returning Players: Will Stewart (F, Sr.), Eric Pereira (F, Jr.), Michael Bianco (F, So.), James Ahern (F, Jr.), Ryan Tullo (D, Sr.), Chris Hamilton (D, Jr.), Matt Silliman (G, Sr.)
Impact Newcomers: Everett Greenwood (F, So. Watertown-Pomperaug)
Goalie Situation: Senior Matt Silliman comes back after a year of formative experience in the deep waters of the FCIAC. He’ll be Gallagher’s guy to start the year and will be vital for the Tigers.
Key Losses: Kevin McNicholas, Patrick Rigby, Luke Welsh (all to graduation)
Outlook: Ridgefield had an uncharacteristic off year in 2019-20 despite pulling off 11 wins. They did, however, go 5-9 against Division I competition, so they’ll look to improve on that in this abbreviated season. Senior Will Stewart (11 G, 20 A, 31 Pts) is poised to become a household name this year after finishing in the top ten in DI in scoring last season. We will also likely see an uptick in the play of junior Eric Periera and sophomore Michael Bianco after the graduation of 29-point scorer Luke Welsh. Upfront, the Tigers were dealt some bad news this fall when senior Mike Conciatore broke his femur in practice. 14-year Head Coach Shaun Gallagher relayed that loss to CTHSHockey by saying that Conciatore “was ready to make a significant impact.” The Tigers are a bit inexperienced in terms of top 4 D with Kevin McNicholas and Pat Rigby both graduating. Look for senior Ryan Tullo and junior Chris Hamilton to attempt to make up for their loss. Senior Matt Silliman will man the crease for the Tigers and he’s the guy. They go as far as he’s able to take them. One shot in the arm Ridgefield got was the transfer of sophomore Everett Greenwood, formerly of Watertown-Pomperaug. Greenwood is a young kid with a heavy shot who could add some depth now being moved up to forward. Navigating the treacherous waters of the FCIAC will be tough for this group this year but their compete level will never be something we question. Look for the Tigers to pull off an upset or two, but fall just outside of that top tier.