Chris Glionna, entering his third year behind the Suffolk University bench, is excited about his team’s chances this year, and especially about a return to the playoffs. “We’ve only been there once since 1992, and I’d like to make the jump this year. Offensively, we can score with anybody. John Rocchio is one of the best in the league.” Rocchio led the team in scoring last year as a freshman, despite missing two games late in the year, and amassed 15G-16A-31pts. along the way. He’ll skate on a line with Dan Pencinger, a sophomore, and junior John Barbosa. Pencinger led the team in assists last year with 17, while Barbosa led way the on the power play, with 4 goals. Glionna feels that this line can be as strong as any line in the league.
Between the pipes, Greg Blais and his .890 save percentage have graduated, and Blais is now playing in Europe. Transfers Kevin Adam, from Salem State, and Sean Bertoni from UMass Boston will be counted on this season. Both started for their respective teams last season, and will be counted on the provide stability deep in their own end. ]
The Rams will be leaning on three other transfers who they hope will add leadership. Mitch Sabo (Lawrence University) will join Brian Meyers (Morrisville State College) and defenseman Tim Recio (UMass Boston.)
One absence that will be felt is the temporary loss of perhaps the Rams best two-way player, Alex Holson, who is sitting out the first semester.