Niagara Gazette — All three starting attack players are back, too. Jacob Farmer, who was an All-Class C athlete as a freshman, scoring 48 goals, will be leaned on most for offensive output. Zach Russell and Chase Feely join Farmer up front.
“I think they’re hungry,” Brayley said. “They want to show that (2012) wasn’t just a flash in the pan. And I think this team wants to prove that we belong right in the pack in Class C.”
Ted Lee takes over as coach of the Vikings, and he has plenty of tasks this season.
He has been handed a young roster from Chaz Bulera, under whom Lee served as an assistant for the past two years.
Lee foresees six sophomores receiving significant playing time. They, along with senior co-captains Brock Tetreault and Jack Gorman, face the challenge of replacing the production left behind by five seniors who were the core of a five-win team in Class B a season ago.
Gone are Danny Blocho and Codie Thomas, who provided a majority of the point production in 2013. Adam Heftka, the man-up specialist, leading defenseman Ty Gallagher and starting midfielder Chris Connors also graduated, paving the way for a new nucleus.
Tetreault and Gorman, a defensive midfielder, will be looked upon to help guide the squad during what Lee called a “learning season.” Defenseman Adam Bahgat and Tanner Morrow, who is on faceoffs, are two of the sophomore expected to contribute.
There is experience in goal, with Tyler Pyc taking the crease after starting as a sophomore.
“It’s going to be more balance,” Lee said. “We can’t rely on individual players as much. It has to be more team-oriented with numerous players contributing in many different places.”
The Vikings are 1-2 thus far.