It was only a few short years ago that the South Windsor High School boy’s ice hockey team was on top of the Connecticut hockey world. The Bobcats finished the 2007-2008 regular season with 19 wins. They had dangerous scoring up front (State MVP Ryan Stanley, Matt Siracusa, Jeff Pease) and solid defense led by All-State backliner Ian Canty. A trip deep into the state ice hockey playoffs was not only assumed – it was almost expected by many.
Well, a funny thing happened on the way to Ingalls. The #2 seed Bobcats were upset at home by #15 Simsbury in the opening round of the 2008 CIAC state hockey playoffs. End of season. No championship run.
Flash forward three years: With Saturday’s 3-0 win over Simsbury, the 2010-2011 Bobcats are riding a nine-game unbeaten streak (10-2-0 overall) and look to, once again, be a strong contender for the Division 1 crown. Similar to 2008, they have multiple scoring threats up front (Joe Bonazelli, Tyler Glassman, Nate Waldeisen) and solid defense anchored by the goaltending tandem of Christian Marchi and Ryan Serksnas. They are already being labeled by some as the top northern hockey team in Connecticut.
UPDATE: The Bobcats pushed their unbeaten streak to 10 games last night with a 1-0 win over Conard.
Do they have what it takes to make a deep playoff run this year? Some folks think so:
RELATED NOTE: Several members of that 2007-2008 South Windsor High School ice hockey team have continued their hockey playing careers post-grad, including:
|PLAYER NAME||2010-2011 TEAM|
|Dan Wegrzyn||Laconia Leafs (AtJHL)|
|Ian Canty||Bridgewater Bandits (EJHL)|
|Jeff Pease||University of Alabama (ACHA-D3)|
|Kevin Aucoin||Williston Northampton School (NEPSIHA)|
|Matt Siracusa||Central Connecticut State University (ACHA-D2)|
|Ryan Stanley||Central Connecticut State University (ACHA-D2)|
|Zac Enstrom||Granite City Lumberjacks (MNJHL)
> Article on Enstrom’s emergency call-up to the Cedar Rapids Roughriders of the USHL last season.