Rocky Hill/RHAM/Middletown hockey team finishes successful season

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Region - posted Mon., Mar. 14, 2011
Senior Captain Craig Matthes has made a consistent contribution to his team this year. Photos by Melanie Savage.
Senior Captain Craig Matthes has made a consistent contribution to his team this year. Photos by Melanie Savage.

The Rocky Hill/RHAM/Middletown hockey team finished its 2011 season on March 7 with a loss in the first round of the Division III state tourney to number six-seeded Newtown (RHAM was seeded at number 11). It was a close game, with a final score of 4-3.

The Terriers finished up their season with a record of 10-10, not bad for a team that didn’t even qualify for post-season last year (their record was 5-14-1). Coming from a successful program in Avon, head coach Sean Cole took over the unified team this year. Still adjusting to the addition of Middletown last year, the Terriers had yet to meld as a team. “I think they were playing as individuals,” said Cole.

With plenty of talent on the roster, Cole’s aim was to unify the team and get his players to start thinking of themselves as winners. According to the Connecticut Association of Schools/Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference website, senior Craig Matthes ranks number one for assists and number five for points this season. Sophomore Kyle Whalen ranks number two for assists and number 10 for points. Senior Nick Schenarts ranks number 18 for assists and number 22 for points. And junior goalie Andrew Blakeslee ranks within the top 25 for saves.

Overall, the team ranks number 10 for goals, number one for assists, number four for points, and number 11 for saves.

The Terriers will lose three seniors to graduation this year: Matthes, Schenarts, and Taylor Leahy. Goalies Blakeslee and Nick Maulucci are both juniors.

“I think they play for each other now,” said Cole, after a sudden-death win over Rockville/Manchester/Stafford in late February. “Lately, they’ve really been playing for each other.”

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