FLUSHING — Flushing and Carman-Ainsworth will continue to join forces on the ice this year, where they saw a great deal of success just a season ago. Several of those players have graduated from high school, leaving the Raiders with a few holes in the roster. Although their roster may be a bit shorthanded, new coach Ben Guzak is confident that his squad will work hard enough to fill those voids.
“We had a bunch of seniors that graduated this year,” said Guzak. “We have seven seniors this season that will lead our hockey team and I expect all of our seniors to contribute to the team. We have a pretty short roster, only 13 players, but they really make up for it with heart.”
During the off-season, the Raiders graduated forward Matt Nagy, defenseman Michael Livingston, forward Hunter Miller, defenseman Nick Brazeal, defenseman Joseph Anderson, forward Kevin Wilson and goaltenders Chad Bundy and Casey Bradshaw. That’s a lot of talent to fall from your roster in one year. However, there’s still plenty of power left for Flushing/Carman- Ainsworth to make some noise this season.
A pair of seniors that made a huge impact as juniors a year ago, forwards Jordy Makranyi and Mickey Montpas, will be back to add some more offensive firepower to the Raiders’ arsenal. Dewey Miller, Daniel Olson and Drew Sanborn will also be expected to contribute to Flushing/Carman- Ainsworth’s success this season.
“This is a really hard working squad and I am quite encouraged with what I’ve seen so far,” added Guzak. “Based on what I’ve seen so far, I think we will do pretty well this season. They are a tight group. (They) play hard and play together.”