R.J. Tolan is preparing for his rookie season behind the Wentworth bench. He seems pleased so far by what he’s seen. “Our depth up front will be our strength. We’ve got Matt Koehler returning, and he was our leading scorer last year, and we’re just going to find out how things go, as they go along!”
Along with the junior Koehler, and his lofty stats (16G 11A 27 pts. in 25 games) he’ll have help from senior Ryan Singer and sophomore Joey Sides. These three are extremely effective on the power play, and Tolan wants to see more of that.
On defense, junior Phil Gabriele returns, along with sophomores Greg Demerjian and Rob Pagani. Junior Alan Keeso is back again for the Leopards, and his experience last year, in which he played the bulk of the minutes, should be beneficial not only to himself, but his teammates as well.
Tolan knows that the league he is joining is one that is continually evolving. “Over the past few years it’s become very competitive. The coaches have done a great job recruiting.” Tolan will be assisted by new coaches Michael Bertoni and Kevin Crowder, both of whom played college hockey;, at UMass Boston, and Northeastern University, respectively.