Seniors lead the Wildcats hockey team to tournament

By Kathryn Elliott - ReminderNews
Suffield/Windsor Locks - posted Thu., Mar. 1, 2012
The Wildcats defeated rival North Branford on Feb. 17 in a heated offensive battle. Early penalties plagued the Cats - but quick sticks and smart defense brought victory. Photos by Kathryn Elliott.
The Wildcats defeated rival North Branford on Feb. 17 in a heated offensive battle. Early penalties plagued the Cats - but quick sticks and smart defense brought victory. Photos by Kathryn Elliott.

“We want to be the best we can be,” Wildcats hockey coach Nick Boorman said about his season goal before his team's 3-0 win over rival North Branford on Feb. 17. The Wildcats, comprised of players from Suffield, Granby and Windsor Locks, currently stand at a record of 11-9, with eyes set on the March 5 start of the state tournament. “Our regular season goal was to make it to the state tournament. We needed to consistently work hard and smart.  It is pivotal to have good team unity to do well once we get to the tournament,” the coach said.

Key to the team's success this season are seniors Ryan Kertanis (Granby) (C), Tyler Powers (Granby), Tom Padrevita (Suffield), Ian Stevens (Granby), Mike Thompson (Windsor Locks) (C), Dylan Rupp (Suffield) (C), Jeff Lertora (Suffield), Ryan Dineen (Granby) (C), Brendan Leonardi (Granby),  Anthony Munson (Windsor Locks) (C), Nick Burgio (Granby) and Matt Kolensky (Suffield). “This is truly and amazing senior class.  I am so lucky to have so many positive leaders in the program.  The seniors work hard daily and are great role models for the underclassman.  They are not only going to do great things on the ice this season, but they will excel in the future in anything they pursue,” Boorman said.

In his second season with the team, Boorman relies on assistant coaches Peter Boorman, Patrick Desrosiers and Rich Doane for support. “Our team has great balance,” the coach said. “We play good team defense and we work as unit offensively.  We also rise to the occasion and play well in big games. Our team’s intangibles - work ethic, positive no-quit attitude, leadership - are our edge over many of the teams we play.”

Boorman listed Ian Stevens, Anthony Munson, Tom Padrevita and Ryan Dineen as integral members of the Wildcats' defense. In goal, the coach singled out Nick Burgio.  “He has proven to be on the top goalies in the state,” he said. On offense, Kertanis is currently one of the leading scorers both for the Wildcats and throughout the state. Drew Ash is among the top 10 assist leaders. Coming up the ranks, Boorman looks for big things from freshman Jake King.

A full Wildcats tournament schedule can be found at www.casciac.org.


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