Last season a sophomore-dominated Riverview hockey team won six games, this year the junior-dominated squad hopes the growth and experience gained last year will translate into more victories this season.
“I don’t expect us to win 20 games,’ said third-year coach Anthony Schooly. “We are still pretty young, but we can compete. I want us to get better every game. We are a year older, a year stronger and there is no one on our schedule that we can’t play with.”
“We expect to be better this year and then we expect to be even better the next,” said Schooley’.
Although the team is dominated by 12 juniors, the leading returning point-getters from last year are sophomores. Ryan Herzog and Gavin Holmes were only ninth graders last year, but they were the the offensive engine that helped power the team. They are each back, a year older, a year bigger and stronger.
One of the few seniors on the team is goalie Ryan Mehrof, a four-year players, who will get a little help this year from freshman back-up Josiah Dembrosky.
This year’s massive junior class is, Julian Johnson, Thomas Dunne, Ethan Borso, Jack Lenden, Luke Lenden, Matt Kowalske, Jake Geladin, Justin Severinski (captain), Luke Snow, Ben Lambert, Kyle Camilleri and Noah Christman. The other sophomores are Andrew Wojtowicz, Tyler Sprindys and Aiden Gazdecki. Senior Seth Beneteau and freshman Blake Schwartz round out the team.
Schooley, who has been the Riverview head coach for three years but has been with the program for eight, said that while he expects his team to be better this year than last, there are still lots of improvements to be made, especially in the defensive zone.