Wildcats aim for state tournament run
By Colin Rajala - Staff Writer
Windsor Locks, Suffield, Granby - posted Thu., Jan. 3, 2013
The Suffield/Windsor Locks/Granby ice hockey program has made six straight state tournament appearances, advancing to the quarterfinals four times during that span. The Wildcats graduated 12 seniors from last year’s team that won the Northern Hockey Conference Championship, leaving this year’s squad a little inexperienced, but the young Wildcats expect to turn some heads, as they have full intentions of carrying on the program’s winning tradition.
“A lot of good things could happen to this group right now,” said head coach Nick Boorman. “They could be one of our best groups because they have a lot of talent, and they work really hard. I have a lot of faith in this group and I really love coaching them.”
Boorman believes the younger squad is ready to take their game to the next level behind their intensity, preparation and senior leadership. The Wildcats are led by four senior captains: Ed Motherway, Drew Ash, Casey Buchholtz and Kyle Tenczar. Motherway and Ash play right wing and are expected to bolster down the offense with their strong work ethic and knack to find the back of the net. Buchholtz is new to the team this year, but is the team’s leading scorer from the center position, and will draw a lot of focus from other team’s defenses which will allow him opportunities to create for teammates around him. Tenczar is the team’s lone senior defender and will be relied on heavily to fortify the backlines and keep the puck out of the Wildcat zone.
The Wildcats have had a strong group of young guys step up to help make the team more complete. Leading the youngsters is sophomore forward Jake King who contributed in his freshman year and shows no signs of a sophomore slump, as he currently leads the team in points.
Junior goaltender Camron Clark will see the majority of minutes in net and will keep the Wildcats in every game this season. He entered the season with a 1.97 goals-against average and has only surrendered one goal on the year. Sophomores Shane Kertanis and Garrett Matthews will also see some time between the pipes for the Wildcats.