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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Boys' hockey: South Windsor top northern team

Since losses to Fairfield Prep and Glastonbury, No. 6 South Windsor (9-2) has reeled off eight straight wins to emerge as the hottest team in northern Connecticut. This includes a 4-3 win over No. 9 Glastonbury, avenging a 3-1 loss to the Tomahawks on Dec. 22.
South Windsor coach Neil Rodman isn’t surprised by the big turnaround.
"I expect us to compete in each and every game," Rodman said. "The past few weeks, even though we have come out with some wins, we have not played our best hockey in all of those wins. Despite that, our strength is that we get a total team effort from the goal out in every game.
"The thing is I can’t really say that we have one or two top players. Lately it has been game to game with who is playing well. I can’t wait for the game that they all play well on the same night."
The Bobcats are led by a pair of talented alternating goalies Ryan Serksnas and Christian Marchi and speedy forward Joe Bonnizelli is among the top offensive players.
"Postseason wise, I see our team as a middle level Division I Team," Rodman said. "My goal for the rest of the season is to have our guys keep working to improve. We played Prep the second game of the season, and they totally dominated the game. If we continue to work hard and improve on the ice, and most importantly in the locker room, we can be competitive in the (CIAC Division I) state tournament and win our first round game and see what comes next.
"Hopefully we can be at our best when the post season arrives. We have more work to do as a team before we can be competitive with the best Division I teams like, Hamden, Fairfield Prep, New Cannaan, West Haven, and Notre Dame (West Haven)."

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