The Gryphon’s start
the season with three all-star’s – Milne, Pankerichan and Moscatelli plus
fourth year long bomber Mott. Three of
these players have been together for four years so this is their last chance to
make an impact at the national level. It
appears second year player Petrella will round out the starting five. While there is a lot of talent among these
five players the team will be extremely small.
The first player off the bench will be McCarthy who ads a bit of size
and will make an impact as a freshman.
Bering will be counted on against opponents with size but the four
position remains a weak spot for the Gryphon’s.
It is not obvious if any player further down the bench will contribute
many minutes but MacNeil has played well on occasion. The success of the season rests heavily on
the wonky knee of Moscatelli who needs to get back to last year’s early season
form for the Gryphon’s to challenge the best.
The team’s fortunes will also ride on their ability to hit the open
three – this means they will win a couple of games they shouldn’t and lose a
couple they shouldn’t. It is tough to
make the case for the Gryphon’s finishing in front of Western and Windsor but
as Bill Russell said, “that is why they play the games.” I’d really like to make a trip to Ottawa in
March, Gryphon’s need to be no worse than 6-2 at Christmas to keep that hope
alive which means no stumbles at home and some key road victories.
PRESEASON PREDICTIONS 2008/2009:
END-OF-SEASON STANDINGS 2008/09:
1. Western 19-3
2. Windsor 15-7
3. McMaster 13-9
4. Guelph 10-12
5. Waterloo 10-12
6. Laurier 9-13
7. Brock 8-14
8. Lakehead 6-16