Hockey team looks to make a comeback

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Contributed by Aidan Rybacki

The team celebrates after a goal for Valley. Check out the preview below as you might see some familiar faces returning to the ice.

Noah Silver and Jake Dubois

Coach: Sean Cosgrove has been the head coach for 3 years

Last year’s record: 2-8-1

Key Returners: Sr. Hunter Donne-Forward/Defense, Sr. Luke Visco-Forward, Sr. Alan Stepanov-Defense, Sr. Jake Marusic-Defense, Jr. Aidan Rybacki-Goalie, Soph. Kevin McNamara-Defense, and Soph. Daniel Epstein-Center

Hunter Donne looks for the shot on net as he brings the puck up the ice. (Contributed by Aidan Rybacki)

Key Losses (specifically last year players who graduated): Sean Cuffe, Kevin Cuffe, and Vasili Karalewich

Strength and Weakness of team: 

[We have an] experienced core,” coach Sean Cosgrove said. “Hunter, Alan, Aidan, Kevin, and Visco have played significant varsity minutes over the years and with that experience, comes leadership.”

Outlook on the season: 

“Our defense is one of our strong suits as goalie Aidan Rybacki is now a three year starter and we will rely heavily on him,” Cosgrove said. “It helps that he has defenseman Kevin McNamara and Alan Stepanov in front of him who are both very reliable defenders. Hunter Donne is a versatile player who will play both defense and center for the team. His speed and grit will be a handful for opposing teams. We have also received an infusion of youth with players such as Joe Dargan and Hunter Goodman.”

Aidan Rybacki prepares for an incoming shot as he continues to perform for his team. His 107 saves through 3 games has kept them in it. (Contributed by Aidan Rybacki)

Coach’s Comment: 

“This year’s team is more than eager to prove to everyone that they can take that next step as a program. They understand it’s a big commitment to reach that next level. However, this group is hungry and willing to dig deep for each other.”