2020-21 Season Preview: Simsbury Trojans
2019-20 Record: 13-6-1
Head Coach: Chris Day (5th season)
Key Returning Players: Griffin Marquis (D, Sr.), Aaron Livingston (F, Sr.), Elijah Livingston (D, Sr.), Ryan McCormick (F, Sr.), Alex Pearlman (F, Sr.), Jonathan Hoang (D, Jr.), Justin Loveland (G, So.)
Impact Newcomers: Quinn Heagney (F, So. Northwest Catholic), Connor Wilhelm (D, Sr. Housatonic), Luke Melanson (F) Jack Becconsall (F), Aiden Driscoll (F), Reid Bulger (D), Tom Humphreys (F), Drew Anastasio (D), Dan Toothaker (F)
Goalie Situation: It’s now junior Justin Loveland’s turn to man the crease for the Trojans. Loveland went 5-1 last season and posted a 1.74 GAA. Sophomore Brendan Lynch will serve as Loveland’s backup.
Key Losses: Cole Chapman, Rocco Cirrilli, Scott Simeon, Drew Lech, Jack Fiengo, Jackson Bulger (all to graduation)
Outlook: Well, as the old adage goes, “Defense wins championships.” If that rings true, then Simsbury has a shot this year. 5th-year Head Coach Chris Day boasts a deep blue line group and while not all of these guys are familiar with each other at the high school level, experience won’t be a problem. Senior Connor Wilhelm comes over from Housatonic Co-op, Senior Elijah Livingston has certainly seen his share of time, and senior Griffin Marquis is a three-year letterman who will bring a scoring touch and also add some leadership. Add in big-bodied junior Jonathan Hoang, and the Trojans will be strong on the back-end. They’ll need to be. Simsbury graduated 85% of their offensive production from a year ago. They won’t easily be able to replicate what Cole Chapman, Rocco Cirilli, Scott Simeon, Drew Lech, and Jack Fiengo brought on a regular basis. Tasked with keeping the Trojans in games when maybe the offense isn’t there is junior netminder Justin Loveland who was very strong when thrown into action last season spelling the graduated Jackson Bulger. There seems to be a crazy amount of turnover here, and with so many question marks, it’s easy to write off the Trojans. But I’d be very careful. They are playing a very manageable schedule. They return plenty of defense, and in a short season, anything can happen.