Tonawanda News — The Blue Devils (2-2-0, 1-2-0 Federation) return most of their roster and Knight is trying to turn that roster into a group of hockey players that work hard.
“We’re trying to take on the personality of a hard-working every day hockey team,” he said. “A team that goes out there and works hard every shift, that finishes every check, that back-checks hard into our own zone, that supports our goaltender, and that’s tough to play against. That’s the team we want to be. We’re young and have only three seniors.”
Kenmore West is led by its captain, three-sport senior Tommy Ryan. He scored a hat trick against North Tonawanda earlier this season and Knight said he’s the total package.
“He’s a quiet guy but he leads on the ice,” Knight said. “We double-shift him when we can. He plays power play, penalty kill, he’s very smooth. He’s a natural athlete. Hockey isn’t even his first sport. You know you have somebody that’s not going to just throw the puck away. He’s confident, strong, takes the body and will knock someone down in front of the net. He’s an all-around great athlete.”
Junior Sean Guetti mans the net for the Blue Devils and has started since his freshman year. He’s an all-around, quality net-minder, who is technically sound and very good at playing the angles in net, according to Knight.
The Blue Devils will lean on their keeper a ton this season.
“He competes well, he doesn’t stay back in the crease and let people creep in on him and he’s not afraid to get out there and push a guy out of his way,” Knight said. “He’s very level-headed and he’s calm and cool in the net. He doesn’t let things rattle him. We’re fortunate to have him back as a junior.”