WAVE hockey crashes into new season

By Kathryn Elliott - ReminderNews
Windsor - posted Thu., Jan. 5, 2012
WAVE hockey is back in action in Windsor and got off to a strong, 2-1 start. Photos by Kathryn Elliott.
WAVE hockey is back in action in Windsor and got off to a strong, 2-1 start. Photos by Kathryn Elliott.

It’s a great year to be a WAVE fan. A co-op high school hockey team combining Windsor, Avon and the newly-added Farmington in place of the departing East Granby, the WAVE now plays in the highly-competitive Division II. Formerly Division III, the team finished at 18-6 and secured a spot in the final four in 2011.

“Potential - I see lots of potential,” first-year head coach Scott Percival said regarding this year’s roster. Off to an impressive 2-1 start, the WAVE is showing early offensive dominance on the ice. And despite losing 12 players to graduation, Percival is excited about this year’s talent level and is looking forward to contending for the CCC-East title, with eyes set on qualifying for the state tournament.

The new blend of three teams is an area of concern for Percival, along with some early defensive challenges. However, the leadership qualities of senior captains Dominic Bazzano, Max Leopold, Nick Berns and Tyler Stoll (WHS) are proving to be critical components in overcoming the obstacles. “The team strengths come from our mature captains and our speed,” Percival said. Bazzano comes off a 20-point 2011 and Leopold added 19, with 27 assists. Berns, a forward, led the WAVE last season with 27 goals. On the defense, Stoll is Percival’s go-to player. “Tyler anchors our defensive squad,” the coach said.

Joining his captains on a talented list of returning core impact players, Percival expects big performances from Jeff Demers (Jr.), Austin Grouten (Jr.) and Dan Quirk (So.).  “All are capable of putting up big numbers,” the coach said. Shoring up the improving defense, Percival singled out AJ Georger (Sr.) and newcomer Jack Wendler (So.). “We have a strong goaltending tandem of Kyle Krajick (Sr.) and Tyler Bailey (Jr.),” the coach said. “They should keep the team in every game.”

In addition to Stoll, WHS players suiting up for the WAVE include Aaron Taplin, Mason Backus, Paul Tasillo, Jimmy McAuliffe and Bryan Bousquet. The next home game is Jan. 11 against Lyman Hall at the International Skating Center of Connecticut in Simsbury at 7:30 p.m.. A full schedule can be found at www.casciac.org.


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