2020-21 Season Preview: SGWL Wildcats
Conference: Nutmeg (will play out of CCC this season)
2019-20 Record: 10-10-0
Head Coach: Jake King (3rd season)
Key Returning Players: Tyler Mackowski (F, Sr.), Mason Ferrari (F, Sr.), Ryan Stone (F, Sr.), Mark McWhirter (D, Sr.), Cam Begley (G, Sr.)
Impact Newcomers: TBD
Goalie Situation: Senior Cam Begley continues to be the only goalie on the Wildcats’ roster but that’s not to say he wouldn’t be the starter if there were, in fact, other bodies. Begley has shined on many occasions for SGWL and posted four shutouts last year.
Key Losses: Remington Ferrari, Tyler Gazdik (both to graduation), Aiden Grabowski (Pics)
Outlook: It’s safe to say the losses of Remington Ferrari and Tyler Gazdik to graduation and Aiden Grabowski to the Pics won’t be easy on the Wildcats this year. In fact, those three alone accounted for 51% of SGWL’s point production last year. But it’s a new dawn and it’s a new day and you better believe Jake King, now in his third year coaching his former team, will have these Wildcats ready to compete. This year, they’ll be battling out of the CCC South corner as the Nutmegs have taken the year off as a conference. Senior Mason Ferrari (10 G, 10 A, 20 Pts) and senior Tyler Mackowski (10 G, 9 A, 19 Pts) will account for a large portion of the Wildcats’ offense this year. Senior defenseman Mark McWhirter (2 G, 6 A, 8 Pts) is one of the stronger returning D-men at the DIII level. Ultimately, it may come down to senior goaltender Cam Begley in net. Begley continues to be the only roster netminder on SGWL and has proven to be really good more times than not. SGWL, as a 5-seed, was upset by 12-seed Tri-Town 5-1 last year when the tournament tried to get going last season. That loss should stick with some of the returning Wildcats and serve as motivation moving forward this year. King concedes that with the losses of Ferrari, Gazdik, and Grabowski, stylistically, the Wildcats will need to adjust. “We will need to play a very blue-collar style if we want to be successful. We have a lot of seniors who are just happy to have a chance to play, but there are definitely big shoes to fill. Lots of guys will need to step into larger roles but we expect to compete in the CCC south,” King told CTHSHockey.