United regional high school hockey takes the ice

By Kathryn Elliott - ReminderNews
Stafford - posted Tue., Jan. 10, 2012
United Hockey opened up against the WAVE on Dec. 14. Forwards Angus Deane and J.R. Piretti make a quick break. Photos by Kathryn Elliott.
United Hockey opened up against the WAVE on Dec. 14. Forwards Angus Deane and J.R. Piretti make a quick break. Photos by Kathryn Elliott.

At the conclusion of 2011, the Rockville/Manchester/Stafford United boys’ ice hockey team ended the season in dramatic fashion. In overtime, the team battled rival Northwest Catholic in a heated, down to the buzzer battle ending in a 6-5 loss for the United, and completing a 12-8 season. In 2012, coach Christian Stevenson is combining individual player strengths with team momentum and grooming United for a repeat trip to the playoffs.

“It is our goal that student athletes not only become successful on the ice, but leave our program as better human beings,” Stevenson said. Assisted once again by coaches Bill Kerr, Keith Millen and Brian Kerr – all of whom attended and played for Rockville, as did Stevenson himself – Stevenson’s roster is comprised of 20 players, each bringing a strong hockey IQ.

Stafford players contributing to the United squad are senior captain John Sellew and sophomores Matt Roy, Sean Sellew and Mark Richard. At starting forward, #5 Sellew began his love of the game in early grammar school. At goalie, #1 Roy shares his time in the net with teammates #21 Thomas Wood and #31 Daelon Carnelli. Rounding off the forward line, early season standouts for Stafford, #6 Sellew and #8 Richard, return for a second season.

With a record of 2-4 as of press time, the team if followed by fans who have witnessed several highly-charged games. Opening the season against the WAVE co-operative team of Windsor/Farmington/Avon at Loomis Chaffee on Dec. 14, United took their lumps early in a 6-1 loss. Back in action on Dec. 17 against E.O. Smith/Tolland/Windham at the University of Connecticut, the team dug in and came out strong, scoring early and often, taking home a 5-0 win. In a non-league game against the Wilton Warriors on Jan. 4, United achieved a second season victory, 3-2.

Stevenson’s philosophy on a successful 2012 is simple. “We need to show up for each game like it’s the last game of the season,” he said.

United home games are played at the Bolton Ice Palace. A full schedule can be found at www.casciac.org.


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