2020-21 Season Preview: Woodstock Academy Centaurs
Conference: Nutmeg (Independent for 2020-21 season)
2019-20 Record: 15-5-0
Head Coach: Kevin Bisson (3rd season)
Key Returning Players: Guerin Favreau (F, Sr.), Kyle Brennan (F, Jr.), Chris Thibault (D, Jr.), Nick Chubbock (F, Sr.), Brendan Hill (D, Jr.), Colin Liscomb (G, Sr.)
Impact Newcomers: Max Larkin (So. Rectory), Jeter Darigan (So. Rectory)
Goalie Situation: Senior Colin Liscomb returns as the incumbent after a really strong junior season where he backstopped the Centaurs to 15 wins. Liscomb will be backed up by sophomore Kaden Keddy.
Key Losses: Doug Newton, Jake Starr, Austen Ledonne (all to graduation)
Outlook: Woodstock Academy enters this odd 2020-21 season relatively homeless. The pint-sized Nutmeg Conference has dissolved for one season with the Eastern CT Eagles not playing, Tri-Town and SGWL heading to the CCC South, leaving Woodstock and Housy as independents. Woodstock has moved operations to the Rose Garden in Norwich, roughly a 45-minute drive from Pomfret. Woodstock is coming off a 15-win season, tempered by the fact that eight of those wins came against Connecticut Division III competition and another three came against out of state opponents. The positive news is that they return a decent amount of talent headlined by 33-goal scorer, senior Guerin Favreau (33 G, 7 A, 40 Pts). With the departures of Doug Newton and Jake Starr and their 44 combined points, look for someone like junior Kyle Brennan or senior Nick Chubbock to step their game up offensively. Juniors Chris Thibault and Brendan Hill will lead the Centaurs on the back-end and senior netminder Colin Liscomb is back for his second year as the Woodstock starting goaltender. Woodstock is hoping for big first years out of Rectory transfers Max Larkin and Jeter Darigan, very cool name. Ultimately, Woodstock knows how to win games. They’ve won 69 games, nice, over the last five seasons. You can knock the schedule, but I can’t imagine it’s easy to get teams out to Jahn. An early-season tilt with Xavier this year could give us a better picture of where the Centaurs stand, but I’m sure they’ll find their wins and Favreau will light it up. I’m just not sure what happens to them at the end of the year sitting conference-less.