Eagles eyeing trip to Ingall's Rink

The Trumbull High hockey team comes back this season with a chip on its shoulder, after the Eagles suffered through only their second losing season in the past 10 years with a 5-15 finish.

Trumbull is use to finishing its season at Ingalls Rink on the Yale campus. In the past 10 years, the Eagles were in the final four six times, losing the Division II state championship in 2005 in overtime to Farmington before taking home the trophy in 2012 with a 5-3 win over Branford.

So it comes as no surprise that head coach Greg Maxey has his Eagles up in arms looking to take back what they feel is rightfully theirs — a trip back to Ingalls Rink.

The turnaround will begin with junior captain Sam Watson on defense and junior alternate captain Jake Crowe on defense.

Senior Alex Pierne, alternate captain, will be the key to success on the offensive side of the puck.

“We return some experience on defense,” said Maxey. “Seniors Rob Fantarella, Andrew Charlton and Owen Polzello will join Crowe and Watson to give us a solid defensive unit.

“We also have a couple of newcomers in the net. Senior Grant Vagnone and junior Francis Fromageot are battling for the top spot.”

Defense will hold the key to the Eagles’ success. Nine times last year Trumbull allowed three goals or less, but wound up with a 4-5 record in those decisions.

Sophomore Sam Guttman and freshman Jake Liebowitz will see some quality minutes on the defensive unit that will go seven deep.

Seniors Luke Bolton and Mike Cullen, along with juniors Sydney Rodriguez and Matt Swort, add to the overall team experience and leadership.

With the defense taking care of business Trumbull will need to put its share of pucks in the net for the Eagles to have a chance, and that responsibility falls on the shoulders of Pierne.

“Alex has a lot of speed at the center position and he should have a big year,” said Maxey. “But he is going to need some help from our other young forwards for that to happen.

“Junior wingers Matt Sarosky and Nick Cirino have looked good in the preseason and they both should be ready to take the next step.

“Sophomore Michael Antoniou has all the tools to be a big time offensive player.

“Freshmen Brady Jensen and Reece Sowka will make an immediate impact on the top two lines. And we can always count on senior Sean Hopper to be the hardest worker out on the ice every night.”

Trumbull will also have sophomore Jack Fairfield, along with freshman Martin Birnbach, Will Guttman, Trevor Rochelle and Will O’Brien, vying for playing time.

“We beat Newtown 6-0 and then lost a tough 4-2 decision to Division I Notre Dame of Fairfield in the preseason,” said Maxey. “The team is working hard and we are getting better each time out on the ice.”