Southern junior Christopher Laureigh scored 25 goals and gave out 15 assists a year back and will aid guide a deeper, extra seasoned crew of forwards this time. (Photo by David Biggy)
This year’s higher faculty ice hockey season now is odd. For just one, it is been altered from a 2020-21 season to just a 2021 time. Secondly, it is been decreased to a 15-sport, normal-season timetable. And what is this? No fans screaming and yelling at online games?
“That’s surely going to be distinct,” reported Southern Regional head coach Graham Borg, who’s about to manual the Rams for the to start with time against his former squad, Toms River South-East, on Friday, Jan. 15. “No pre-match talks in the locker rooms this yr. The gamers have to get dressed exterior and come into the rink, place on their skates and then get on the ice. It’s going to be odd, definitely a diverse ambiance.”
Much like their schoolmates from other athletic teams in the slide, the ice hockey squad – together with Borg and his assistants, Tom Dean, Kevin Raylman and Brandon Biegan – is just grateful to have an possibility to play a match. Of class, that is under the assumption almost nothing catastrophic occurs just before the 1st a single.
Junior defenseman Yater Henry. (Photograph by David Biggy)
“With this whole COVID factor, it’s like the time bomb waiting to go off,” Borg claimed. “I’ve been seeing the governor’s push conferences much as well considerably currently, just ready to listen to if he’s going to adjust program and force us off the ice. We genuinely hope not. These children have to have this appropriate now, at least some form of a time.”
The good thing is in hockey, most teams run on a sport-by-recreation basis in any case – not usually hunting earlier the next opponent. The Rams should really do that with a lot more intent this time, especially supplied their knowledge all about the ice.
“We have some superior seniors, and our junior class is actually stacked with expertise,” Borg stated. “We have some up-and-coming sophomores who will crack the lineup to complement the older young children, and we have a truly very good freshman team coming in, some of whom will do the job their way into online games. The most effective section is nearly everyone on the crew has hockey knowledge, with a bunch of players who engage in on very good club groups.”
Of 31 gamers on the roster this season, 20 of them have returned from past year’s 11-10-1 squad, which at periods confirmed flashes of brilliance in all factors of the activity and other occasions struggled to find their offense. The Rams graduated 5 seniors final June, but they introduced again loads of scoring pop, with junior Christopher Laureigh, the team’s primary scorer final period with 25 targets and 15 helps, back as the team’s major offensive weapon.
But that is not to say Southern does not have other weapons – seniors Will DiStefano (four targets, five helps) and Parker Lech (4 objectives, 5 assists), as well as juniors Yater Henry (4 targets, 11 helps) and Brooks Hradek (two targets, nine assists) are the proof. The issue that will have to be answered is no matter whether the Rams will mesh together and enjoy very well regularly. Past season, neutral-zone turnovers and not forechecking well at times have been sticking details.
“We’ve been conversing a great deal about shorter passes, not attempting to do as well a lot with the puck when you can carry it into the offensive zone,” Borg claimed. “Sometimes, when you have good ability gamers, you have to let them have some creative place and be innovative in creating offensive prospects.”
Of class, scoring plans does not do nearly anything for a team if it does not perform sound protection, and the Rams seem to be in fantastic shape, particularly with Henry and seniors Josh Irwin and Ryan Large, and sophomores Matt Brock, Brooke Markley, Matt Raylman and Jake Wise again in motion this period. Adding some clout to that defensive crew will be 6-foot-4, 245-pound junior Sean Rowland, a youthful man who’s concentrated extra on football the previous two several years but also has hockey encounter, and freshman Tanyon Borg.
Junior goaltender Trey Mattern. (Photo by David Biggy)
Even now, goaltending is where it’s at in the defensive zone, and the Rams have a whole lot of working experience and depth in between the pipes, with juniors Trey Mattern, the team’s No. 1 goalie who designed 544 saves and registered a .911 help save percentage although permitting 53 ambitions last period, and Kaitlyn Braun back on the roster. Sophomore Chase Witt also returned this time, and a pair of freshmen, Aidan DiStefano and Aidan Rowland, a 6-2, 170-pound presence in the crease, include additional depth.
“Trey most likely is our No. 1 suitable now, mainly mainly because he’s the one who’s been enjoying the posture the most and has noticed a good deal of pucks,” Borg said. “But Kaitlyn’s a very good goaltender with really great capacity, and you cannot go mistaken with possessing a few other kids who are viable selections.”
Senior ahead Will DiStefano. (Photo by David Biggy)
The relaxation of the squad incorporates seniors Mason Corridor (F) and Corbin Siek (F) juniors Sam Centanni (F) and Matt Leonard (F) sophomores Benjamin Gautier (F), Ryan Irwin (F), Bogart Kindt (F) and Alex Rosshirt (F) and freshmen Samuel Fierra (F), Dan Georgeson (F), Thomas Fiaccio (F), Matthew Heitzmann (D) and Patrick Koehne (F).
“We’re solid up entrance, with at the very least two seriously good traces and a 3rd line that is going to be really good,” Borg explained. “We might even have a fourth line that may be excellent more than enough to get out there on a relatively recurrent basis, just to give our top lines an additional moment of rest here and there. Most high university groups do not have this type of expertise and depth, so I’m optimistic about what we can do this year.
“Obviously, we want to commence sturdy from Activity 1 and create into the following match, get some wins beneath our belts appropriate away. We want to get on a roll, see wherever it requires us, and hope we never get shut down by COVID.”
— David Biggy