With Laureigh’s Line Leading the Way, Southern Aims for Big Things This Winter

Big GUN: Senior Christopher Laureigh surpassed the 100-issue mark for his vocation last period, and this winter returns to lead the way as the Southern Regional ice hockey team’s most popular scorer. (Pics by David Biggy)
Southern Regional’s last ice hockey time was a unusual one. It didn’t start off till soon after Jan. 1, was shortened simply because of the pandemic, and was further whacked out simply because some teams had coronavirus concerns and both experienced to postpone games or cancel. At a person issue, the Rams didn’t play for two months.
Points are a little diverse this period, thankfully.
“The coaching employees is extremely energized to get the season underway,” stated head mentor Graham Borg, who took about the program very last season. “And, most importantly, on time.”
Correct now, the Rams have a entire agenda. The initial goal is to get as a result of most or all of their frequent-year contests with out complications. And although this may possibly not be the up coming focus on on what probably is a sizable listing of ambitions, there is a lofty just one in the blend.
“We have a talented senior class that has voiced its wish to win a condition title this calendar year, so that is our best objective,” Borg explained. “As prolonged as we can continue to be concentrated on just one change at a time, a single interval at a time and 1 video game at a time, we will be a aggressive group.”
Massive Man: Senior Sean Rowland is back in the Southern Regional ice hockey crew lineup to assist anchor the protection for this time.
After going 8-5 earlier this year, Southern started off the new season with a contest towards Toms River East on Nov. 29. From there, the extensive grind towards February will commence – starting off with the Rams’ house opener against Toms River North on Dec. 2 – and the expectations are moderately significant. Borg’s squad is loaded with offensive expertise and seasoned goaltenders.
“Our top two lines are particularly quick and gifted with scoring ability, and the third is a great examining line that can keep its individual, so ideally, we can keep balanced up entrance,” Borg reported. “We’re privileged to have a reliable main of goaltenders, but our defensive close of the spectrum is rather inexperienced, with only two starters returning from very last season.”
The Rams’ top line is made up of senior forwards Christopher Laureigh, Brooks Hradek and Matthew Leonard – just one which packs a large amount of punch and possible will tally a vast majority of the team’s factors. Laureigh previous period handed the 100-position mark for this vocation, registering 12 goals and 12 helps, and is intent on heading out with a bang this time. Sound together the boards and in the corners, Hradek and Leonard merged for 6 plans and 6 helps final year and will want to incorporate to the scoring output this time so teams just cannot aim on making an attempt to lock down Laureigh.
Powering the major trio will be the youthful, speedy line of junior Benjamin Gautier, sophomore Thomas Giaccio and freshman Andrew Buda. “Giaccio is a hard-nose centre with great arms, Gautier is quick and shifty, and Buda is a freshman who is fast and rough with a very good scoring touch,” in accordance to Borg. Meanwhile, the all-vital checking line will be maintained by junior Ryan Irwin and freshmen Brody McTague and Anthony Pirrello, a group Borg claimed “will be logging minutes when the top two traces want a breather.”
WALL IT OFF: Southern sophomore goaltender Aidan Rowland handles a ton of place in front of the net and will be relied on to have a bigger existence in the crease the period.
As for the defense, returning senior Sean Rowland, who scored 3 targets and gave out a few helps last time and is a massive presence at 6-foot-4, 245 lbs, largely will be paired with freshman Aidan Ruiz. And the second defensive pair, at minimum for the time currently being, as Southern awaits the return of wounded junior Matthew Brock, will be junior Matthew Raylman and sophomore Tanyon Borg. Freshman defender Jessica Sensible will see “decent varsity minutes,” the mentor claimed.
Sophomore Aidan Rowland, who Borg said is “bigger and more quickly when compared to last year” and occupies a good deal of house in front of the web at 6-2, 170 kilos, is the Rams’ No. 1 goaltender, with senior Kaitlyn Braun as the backup. Junior Chase Witt also may possibly see some varsity minutes in the crease.
The rest of the squad involves juniors Bogart Kindt (F), Alexander Rosshirt (F), Jacob Good (D) and Brooke Markley (D), sophomores Samuel Fierra (F), Aidan DiStefano (G), Daniel Georgeson (F) and Patrick Koehne (F), and freshmen McLein Barenbaum (G), Jack Capecci (F), Kevin DeRosa (D), Alex Giannakaros (F), Finn Neil (D), Nikko Soubasis (F), Brendan Stretch (F) and Paul Zaun (F).
— David Biggy

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