WATERVILLE, Maine -- With the top 10 scorers all back on the ice, the Colby College men's hockey team will have winning expectations heading into the 2016-17 season.
"We seem to have a group determined to explore their potential to lofty heights," Colby head coach Blaise MacDonald said. "We have a great group of seniors that are doing a wonderful job of leading and setting the course for the season. Like all seasons, you must be willing and able to adjust to your environment and circumstances and move forward on a consistent basis."
"We return many players that played in big moments and played big quality minutes, so this experience should serve us well," MacDonald said. "I do think our greatest asset is our quality depth across the board and this will lend itself to competitive practices and competition to see who is in the line-up on the weekends."
Seniors Colin Reilly (2 goals, 4 assists, Pelham, N.Y.) and Scott Fenwick (2 goals, 2 assists, Quispamsis, New Brunswick) also return as forwards along with juniors Griffin Fadden (1 goal, 1 assist, Concord, Mass.) and Phil Klitirinos (Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec). Sophomores John Rourke (1 goal, Wellesley, Mass.) and Zack Hale (1 assist, Minneapolis, Minn.) also return.
Geoff Sullivan (pictured, Topsfield, Mass.) was fifth in scoring with two goals and 13 assists. He will bring senior leadership along with Burton and Kai Frankville (1 goal, 2 assists, La Jolla, Calif.). Juniors Michael Decker (2 goals, 9 assists, Algonquin, Ill.), Dan Dupont (2 assists, Wallingford, Conn.), and Andrew Reis (Burlington, Ontario) will play major roles. Sophomore Thomas Stahlhuth (3 assists, St. Louis, Mo.) also returns.
Tucci is one of six first-year players to join the veteran team. Mark Leprine (New Fairfield, Conn.) is the one first-year player to join the defense. Kienan Scott (Spokane, Wash.), JP Schulen (Longmeadow, Mass.), Paddy Daley (Sudbury, Mass.), and Robert Cerepak (Saddle River, N.J.) are forwards.