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2020-21 Season Preview: Staples Wreckers

Conference: FCIAC

2019-20 Record: 6-13-1

Head Coach: Matt Bohn (2nd season)

Key Returning Players: Victor Sarrazin (F, Sr.), Zachary Schwartz (F, Sr.), Owen Sherman (D, Sr.), Andrew Gebicki (D, Jr.), Ben Epes (F, Jr.), Jason Wolgast (F, Jr.), Nikos Ninios (F, So.), Graham Day (G, Sr.)

Impact Newcomers: Aaron Kail (G, So.)

Goalie Situation: After being named team MVP and voted onto the FCIAC’s second team, senior Graham Day (.913 SV%) is as battle-tested as they come. Head Coach Matt Bohn refers to Day as the “backbone” of the Wreckers club. Sophomore Aaron Kail is a talented goaltender in his own right, and is next in line.

Key Losses: Jake Glickman, Alex Goodman (both to graduation), Will Richards (Deerfield)

Outlook: Matt Bohn is back manning the bench for the Wreckers and despite the early exit of Will Richards and the graduations of guys like Jake Glickman and Alex Goodman, he has to be happy with some of the talent coming back. Couple that with the Wreckers playing out of the FCIAC non-DI tier, and hope springs eternal for Staples this year. Senior Victory Sarrazin (6 G, 8 A, 14 Pts) will lead the Wreckers this year upfront. According to Bohn, he has the skill and talent to put up some points this year. He’ll be aided by power forward, senior Zachary Schwartz (5 G, 5 A, 10 Pts), speedy juniors Ben Epes (4 G, 3 A, 7 Pts) and Jason Wolgast (3 G, 7 A, 10 Pts), and sophomore Nikos Ninios (1 G, 7 A, 8 Pts), a huge ceiling kid. On the blueline, senior returning captain Owen Sherman (3 G, 7 A, 10 Pts) and junior Andrew Gebicki will be relied upon to log a lot of time on the back end. But more important than any of that is senior Graham Day. Day posted three shutouts last year and kept the Wreckers in just about every game. Day was rarely, if ever, the reason Staples took a defeat. I still think Staples is a tier below Westhill-Stamford and Trumbull, but I think they align well with the other DIII FCIAC squads. On any given day, Staples can surprise, though. Look at last season when they tied Trumbull 1-1 and fell to Westhill-Stamford 4-2. A couple of bounces and those results are different. This is a fun team to follow this year considering the makeup of the FCIAC.

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