2020-21 Season Preview: Tri-Town Terrorcats
Conference: Nutmeg (will play out of CCC this season)
2019-20 Record: 6-11-3
Head Coach: Kyle Fijalkowski (4th season)
Key Returning Players: Collin Hall (D, Sr.), Josh Roy (D, Sr.), Tyler Millen (F, Sr.), Caden Gesualdi (F, Sr.), Ben Wolf (F, Sr.), Lazaros Vasiliadis (F, Jr.), Vinnie Rumore (F, Jr.), Gavin Rauza (F, Jr.), Kyle Provencher (F, So.), Reave Stafford (G, Jr.)
Impact Newcomers: Jake Hurlbut (D, Fr.)
Goalie Situation: Tri-Town boasts one of the better returning goalies in the CCC in junior Reave Stafford. After backing up Peyton Emrick, Stafford really came into his own and will be the Terrorcats’ rock in net this year. Sophomore Alex Douglas will serve as Tri-Town’s backup.
Key Losses: Nick Dannenfelser, Ed Lundy, Ryan Bell, Noah Hale, Sam Teel, Alex Knisley (all to graduation)
Outlook: Tri-Town falls into that category of teams that didn’t want to see 2019-20 end, especially the way it did. Tri-Town, after a 6-win regular season, took down rival and 5-seed SGWL 5-1 in the first round of the Division III State Tournament. Then, shutdown, and with that, Tri-Town graduated 81% of their scoring. Now playing out of the CCC South, they’ll look to bounce back by leaning heavily on junior goalie Reave Stafford, a netminder who continues to get better each season. Stafford doesn’t have much help, though. He will rely big time on senior defensemen Collin Hall and Josh Roy. At forward, seniors Tyler Millen, Caden Gesualdi, and Ben Wolf, as well as juniors Vinnie Rumore, Gavin Rauza, and Lazaros Vasiliadis, will need to elevate their games to make up for all that was lost. Look for newcomer defenseman Jake Hurlbut to contribute right away and sophomore Kyle Provencher to make his name known. 4th-year Head Coach Kyle Fijalkowski knows this won’t be easy but believes in his group. “We have some young players with a lot of skill. We need players to step up and fill a lot of scoring that was lost to graduation. We have a great goalie that will keep us in any game. I know we will play hard, smart, and compete,” Fijalkowski told CTHSHockey.