Local ice hockey players honored with all-state selections

Published on Wednesday, 18 March 2020 20:54
Written by RYAN CHICHESTER

@ryanchichester1 

The Connecticut High School Coaches Association revealed its All-State selections for boys ice hockey on Wednesday and a number of area teams were represented by players who posted standout seasons and led their respective squads to state tournament berths. 

In Division II, WMRP’s Trevor Piecewicz was named to the first team after closing out his high school career on a high note. The defenseman was third on the team in goals with 11, and was third in points with 28 after posting 17 assists, tied for second-most on the team. Piecewicz helped WMRP reach the Division II state tournament, where they routed Eastern CT 5-0 in the first round before the tournament was canceled as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. 

Two members of the Eagles made the second team in goaltender Trevor Schad and forward Aaron Cholewa. Schad posted a save percentage of .900 and allowed just 2.0 goals per game, while piling up 322 saves. Cholewa led the team in goals with 34, helping pile on a team-high 50 points. 

Newington-Berlin’s Justin Stergos made the Division III first team after netting five goals on the season and finishing second on the team with 18 points. The defenseman helped the Indians to the Division III state tournament, where they were eliminated in the first round. But when healthy, Stergos and Newington-Berlin were one of the top teams in the division, and rode a 10-game winning streak during the regular season. 

The Indians had two entries on the second team in goalie Andrew Fogarty and defenseman Chris Brandon. Brandon, a senior, had three goals and nine assists on the year, while Fogarty allowed just 0.9 goals per game and racked up 165 saves after splitting time with Alex DiPaola. 

Hall-Southington took down Newington-Berlin in the conference tournament semifinals and forward Duncan Hollander was a big part of the Warrior-Knights’ success. Hollander was named to the Division III first team after helping Hall-Southington to a dominant 6-2 win over Staples in the first round of the state tournament before its cancellation. Teammate Cameron Perez was named to the second team, and will be back next year for his senior season.



Posted in New Britain Herald, Berlin, Newington, Plainville, Southington on Wednesday, 18 March 2020 20:54. Updated: Wednesday, 18 March 2020 20:57.