Ice hockey isn’t a sport that is flooded with local teams, but the three teams in the area all qualified for the postseason, so there is clearly a lot of talent. This 2017 All-Herald Ice Hockey Team was tough to crack, so the players on it stand out in a major way.
The Hall-Southington hockey team made it all the way to the state championship game in Division III before eventually losing to Woodstock Academy. That incredible playoff run, partnered with a successful regular season, has placed three Warrior-Knights on our team.
Senior captain Jeremy Fortin is the first of the Hall-Southington players to make this list as he played a big part in the co-ops first ever appearance in a state title game. The center led the team in points with 27 and was also named to the state All-Star team. Off the ice Fortin was also given the Hobey Baker award for character. He plans to play hockey in college but is unsure where he will be going.
The next Warrior-Knight is sophomore Nate Zmarlicki. On a team filled with seniors, Zmarlicki still found a way to stand out as he finished the season with five goals and 10 assists. The right wing had a standout game during the season where he had five assists and was named Player of the Week runner-up.
The final Hall-Southington player to make our team is Dusty Kilgore, who was also a team captain this past season. He played three varsity seasons with the team and put up big numbers in each of them and will end his career at the school on a high note.
The Newington-Berlin hockey team didn’t have a great regular season but did qualify for the postseason and played a classic first-round game against Hall-Southington that it lost in overtime.
The top player for the Indians was Alex Borselle and he is a shoe-in for our team. The senior was named team MVP, made all-conference and was also named to the Connecticut Senior All-Stars. The center finished with a whopping 45 points, which included 25 goals and 20 assists. Borselle was a three-time player of the game during the season and hopes to either play Division III hockey or club hockey at the next level.
Last, but not least, is Newington-Berlin’s Matt Roberts. He was a selection on last year’s All-Herald team and was another easy choice this season. The defenseman appeared in a team-high 21 games and was named all-conference as both a junior and senior and an All-State selection this season. Roberts was also named to the Connecticut Senior All-Stars and was given the Hobey Baker Award. Off the ice the senior earned high honors all four years of high school. He hasn’t decided on a college yet but plans to play club hockey wherever he ends up.