By John Torsiello
The Suffield/Granby/Windsor Locks boys hockey team finished 8-11-1 last season and there is optimism around the team’s camp that this could be a very good year indeed for the Wildcats’ co-op squad.
The ‘Cats lost only two starters from last year’s squad, seven lettermen in all, and there is some proven talent back to move past the .500 mark this winter. S/G/WL is an independent and annually goes against some of the best programs in the state.
“We have good team defense, speed, work well together, practice and play hard, persevere and display good puck movement,” said head coach Nick Boorman, who is in his fourth year at the helm. He is assisted by Peter Boorman and Patrick Derosiers. “The things we are lacking at this point are consistency in our game and overall experience.”
Jake King, a 5-9, 160-pound junior, returns from an All-State season during which he scored 21 goals and added 15 assists. He has 43 goals in two seasons and played on defense his freshman campaign.
“Jake is a positive leader, hard worker, has great ice vision and is a play maker for us,” said Nick Boorman.
Also back is senior forward Max Marson, who had two goals and 11 assists a year ago
“Max has treat speed, is a good defensive forward, a playmaker, a team first guy, and a positive leader,” said the head coach.
Colin MacDouglad, is a 5-9, 155-pound sophomore forward who had two goals and nine assists a year ago. Boorman said he is “very fast, quick and a hard worker.”
The ‘Cats return two proven goaltenders in senior Cam Clark and junior Shane Kertainis. Both allowed less than three goals a game last season and Boorman said the pair is “dedicated to success.
“We have a lot of good talent and we should be competitive this year,” said the head man. He cited East Catholic, Newington/Berlin/Manchester, North Branford and North Haven as several of the toughest teams on his club’s schedule.
Marson, King, Scott McWhirter, Marc Adams and Clark will captain this year’s team.