There’s no reason to go back to the drawing board.
Suffern is simply going back to work after failing to win a Section 1 title for the first time since 2009. Nobody’s forgotten the painful 4-3 loss to Scarsdale in the Division 1 final last February.
“I don’t think we’re over it yet,” said co-captain Michael Redgate. “We’ll keep it in the back of our minds every time we play a Section 1 opponent.”
The goal is unchanged, win another sectional championship and get back to Utica.
“All of the kids returning know it was a tough loss,” Mounties coach Rob Schelling said. “I don’t know if they pushed harder because of it, though, because they work so hard to begin with.”
Suffern is undoubtedly going to miss Kevin Hill and Nick Modica, but this team has legitimate star power.
Mounties center Justin Tiso ranks among the top three players in the section. Redgate, who’s playing right wing, is much improved. Troy Daniels, a lock-down defenseman, is on the verge of a breakout season.
The 17 returnees include center C.J. Greco, left wing Sean Haggerty, right wing Tim Patwell and defenseman Nick Vecchione.
Reed Stark and Evan Cama are the newcomers to keep an eye on.
And yes, there is going to be a new goaltender. Robert Rumoff and Ryan Fueg are competing with Sean Gordon, a junior who played last year across the border at River Dell.
“I expect we’re going to have to work on the chemistry,” Tiso said. “Every year we have new guys in new roles. … Most years, there is one dominant team in Division I. I think we’re going to be pretty good, and Scarsdale is going to be pretty good. And I bet, this year, there will be a couple of other teams right there at the end of the season.”