2020-21 Season Preview: Xavier Falcons
2019-20 Record: 10-7-3
Head Coach: Karl Sundquist (2nd season)
Key Returning Players: Jake Lion (F, Sr.), Matt Krauss (F, Jr.), Ryan Solomon (G, Sr.), Adam Bradshaw (D, Sr.)
Impact Newcomers: Dylan Reynolds (F, Jr. WMRP), Quinten Olshan (F, Jr. Eastern CT Eagles), Chris Fox (F, So.), Dylan Rovetti (F, So.)
Goalie Situation: Ryan Solomon (1.99 GAA, .918 SV%) enters his senior year backstopping a young Xavier group. Solomon will be among a talented group of Division I goalies that will receive All-State talk when this season concludes.
Key Losses: Aden Hotchkiss, Justin Child, JJ Ford, Patrick Codeanne (all to graduation)
Outlook: Injecting energy is not something that second-year Head Coach Karl Sundquist struggles with. His teams usually have no problem getting down and dirty in corners, winning puck battles and races, and, at times, making up for on-paper talent disparities. After the graduation of leading-scorer Aden Hotchkiss and a handful of other contributing graduates vacating the Falcons locker room, this approach is going to be needed at least early on. After losing 13 seniors, finding identity could be tough for Xavier right out of the gate but they will rely on senior Jake Lion (4 G, 8 A, 12 Pts) and junior Matt Krauss (6 G, 2 A, 8 Pts) as returners upfront. Sundquist is really excited about the transfer addition of the explosive junior Dylan Reynolds who is coming off a strong season for WMRP a year ago. Throw in junior Quintin Olshan, formerly of the Eastern CT Eagles, and now the offense seems to round into shape. Sundquist believes his defense will be the Falcons’ strength and that’s no more evident than in senior netminder Ryan Solomon who is coming off a great junior campaign. He’s among the top netminders in the state and will keep Xavier in just about each game. Unfortunately for Xavier, senior Matt Borowitz will miss out on his senior season due to an injury. I like Sundquist and I think he was the perfect guy to guide this ship. I wonder about the amount of top-flight talent on the roster right now, but Xavier has always played a great team-style game. When Hotchkiss was out in the past, there were nights where the team played a bit more cohesively. If the right buttons are pushed and combinations made, I can see Xavier having a worthwhile 2021 campaign.