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Rochester Coalition looking to build on success

By Dickie Dunn, 08/29/18, 4:00AM EDT


The U15 Coalition enter the season with high expectations in the Beast League. Coming off a successful inaugural season the Roco 15's look to defend their regular season title. The team has a strong mix of players from last years U14 Coalition team and U14 State Champion Rochester Monarchs along with new players from the tier 2 national runner up Skaneateles Lakers. The team had 2 players at this summer’s Select 15 Festival (Kodi Dotterer, Charlie Russell). Three players competed this past spring at the prestigious WSI in Philadelphia (Giuseppe Fiorillo, Ryan Walsh, Josh Hall). The Coaches and the team are looking forward to a great 18-19 season!
The U16 Coalition enter the fall looking to build off the success they had in their inaugural season. The Roco 02's finished as the Beast regular season champions and finished ranked number 7 in the country eventually losing in the National Quarterfinal. The team has high expectations, returning 14 of 20 players from last year’s team. Three of the new players played last season with the U15 National Champion Junior Sabres (Blake Humphrey, Hunter McDonald, Zach Bookman). Bauer Morrissey is an exciting addition on the back end and the new forwards Cole Heintz and Connor Roach are coming from Philadelphia and Florida. Two of the players on the team played in the USA Hockey Select 16 Festival (Hunter McDonald, Grant Riley). Netminder Grant Riley recently attended the prestigious Warren Strelow National Goaltending Camp. Coaches and players are looking forward to another great season in the Beast!
The U18 Coalition enter the 2018-2019 season coming off a disappointing ending to a great year losing in the New York State Final to PAL Islanders 5-3. The team is composed of players from Salisbury (4), Gunnery (7), Millbrook (6), and one player Trinity Pawling. The team is returning many key players including two standout defenseman Luke Krys and Owen Nolan. Joining the defensive core this year, Jimmy Rayhill (Cornell), a strong skating defenseman from Gunnery. Up front, Murphy and Ruszkowski look to lead the way as the returners. Joining them is new Millbrook forward, Abraham, who looks to continue his success he had from his strong 16U year with Westchester Express. Kopek will be a big presence coming off his year in the NCDC league. The team should have solid goaltending with Salisbury newcomer Nick Haas, Guelph Draft pick, and JP Mella, Gunnery starter. Coach Quick and the U18 Coalition look forward to the strong competition and exposure in the Beast Series events.