2020-21 Season Preview: Wilton Warriors
2019-20 Record: 10-10-0
Head Coach: Mark Mangino (2nd season)
Key Returning Players: Jackson Kelly (F, Sr.), Colin Lenskold (F, Jr.), Nikolai Naydenov (F, So.), Ryan Sorbo (Sr.), Logan Motyka (G, Sr.)
Impact Newcomers: TBD
Goalie Situation: Senior Logan Motyka started about half the games last year for the Warriors and led them to a .500 record in his games. Look for him to have a solid year in his final high school season. As of now, he is the only goalie rostered.
Key Losses: Tommy McHugh, Lucas Thelan, Kevin Fung, Tyler Everitt (all to graduation)
Outlook: 2nd year Head Coach Mark Mangino might want to get on the horn with former Trinity Catholic Head Coaches Pete Pinto and Tucker Grose. See, they’ve charted the choppy waters that come with a short, thin bench. That’s close to where the Warriors will be this year. Wilton returns 10 skaters and a goalie, with 3-of-10 skaters not logging any serious minutes a year ago. So, let’s look at the positives. Senior Jackson Kelly (18 G, 8 A, 26 Pts) is a stud upfront. He’ll be complemented by senior Ryan Sorbo, junior Colin Lenskold, and sophomore Nikolai Naydenov, two guys who will need to help make up for the loss of a guy like Tyler Everitt. On D, Wilton will need to find replacements for a deep D-core lost to graduation. Names like Tommy McHugh, Lucas Thelan, and Kevin Fung are gone and that could prove really problematic. Senior Logan Motyka has been with Wilton for what seems like forever. He will need to be a rock for them this year in net if they want to compete with the non-DI tier of FCIAC opponents. Mangino knows that the depth will be an issue but still likes pieces he has returning. “Although we don't have the numbers we did in the past, we have quality upfront and experience in the net,” Mangino told CTHSHockey. Mask breaks couldn’t have come at a better time for a team that will be stretched super thin. Conditioning will be key for Wilton as well a team-first approach, something that a team like Trinity Catholic embraced in the past.