2020-21 Season Preview: South Windsor Bobcats
2019-20 Record: 7-13-0
Head Coach: Neil Rodman (18th season)
Key Returning Players: Will Bonazelli (F, Sr.), Sean O’Connor (F, Sr.), Chase Mawhinney (F, Jr.), Matt Pollack (D, Sr.), Timothy Fisher (G, Sr.)
Impact Newcomers: Kyle Dunn (D, Jr.), Matt Venzi (F, Jr.), Logan Sherwood (F, Fr.)
Goalie Situation: Appearing in 15 games last season, senior Timothy Fisher (.880 SV%) should have this job locked up. Having the experience that Fisher brings will be certainly beneficial this year for the Bobcats.
Key Losses: Ryan Feher, Mason Haley, Dennis Haley, Zack Jarvis (all to graduation)
Outlook: South Windsor continues to quietly go about its business year after year. Some games are duds, some games the Bobcats are world-beaters. If last year’s tournament counted, it would’ve been the first time since 2016 that the Bobcats didn’t reach the second round of the tournament. This sort of surprised me because, while I remember some of their big upsets, like East Haven in 2017, South Windsor still isn’t standing out as one of those perennial Division II threats or powers. But, regardless of regular-season performance, Neil Rodman, now in his impressive 18th year, gets his teams ready to go. This year’s group shouldn’t need that much inspiration as they return some capable puck scorers and a strong goaltender. Seniors Will Bonazelli (5 G, 18 A, 23 Pts) and Sean O’Connor (18 G, 6 A, 24 Pts) are going to be counted on as much this season as ever given the losses to graduation upfront. Senior goalie Tim Fisher is also going to be relied on to have his best season ever. The Bobcats are a bit thin on the blue line and are also playing what has to be one of the toughest schedules they’ve played since their DI days. It’ll be easy to predict a .500 or slightly below season for the Bobcats, but being the betting man that I am, I’d stay away entirely because this is a program that’s found a way in the past and they very well could again.