Twenty games in - Why Not Us?

Taking a look at your Boston Colonials at the season quarter mark!
by Gary Graves | December 24, 2023, 1:11 PM ET

We are at the quarter mark of the season, so let’s look at your 2023/2024 Colonials after 20 games.

A surprise to both ownership and fans, the team roared out of the gate with a 7-3 start in the first 10 games which included wins over the Tigers and Revolution stirring up excitement in the New England area and beyond.

The winning didn’t stop there, the team kept on doing well by beating teams like the Grunge and also having a successful Canadian Conference swing with wins over the Slammers, Sonics and Rockies.

HC Rand Pecknold recently quoted as saying “This team believes in one another, they are committed to playing defense, they have bought into the system and just want to win!”

While the team may have cooled a little by losing the last two games, still close out this 20 game stretch with an impressive 13-6-1 record and sit in 6th place in the World Conference and 9th overall in the league!

Let’s break down the numbers after 20 games:

  • .675 winning %
  • +13 goal differential
  • 4th best team penalty kill
  • Tim Stuetzle is 2nd in the league in points with 28
  • Luke Evangelista is 6th in rookie scoring with 15 points
  • Andrei Svechnikov is 2nd in the league in assists with 19

The expectation for this team was to improve on last year’s basement dwelling season and maybe complete for the final 8th playoff seed in the World Conference. However, this team now believes it can make the playoffs and players have adopted the slogan “Why not us?” as seen on t-shirts around the locker room.

The team offence is there, the defense has been decent especially with the additions of defensive forward Blake Lizotte and defenseman Jacob Middleton via in-season trades. The goalies have been winning by committee with no clear-cut starter.

The team has a bit of a tough matchup ahead when the play the Revolution on the road in a few days so let’s hope the team continues their success over the next 20!

Prospect update (Snapshot of the organization’s up and comers):

Dalibor Dvorsky – Impressive numbers following an early season move from the SHL to the OHL with 34 points in 20 GP and now off to represent the Slovaks at the WJC!

Matyas Sapovaliv – 36 points in 27 GP for the Saginaw Spirit and also off to the WJC and most likely top line with Team Czechia!

Oliver Bonk considered a steal as a 2nd round pick in 2023 draft has put up solid numbers with London in the OHL with 30 points in 28 GP is also off to the WJC for Team Canada!

In addition, Noah Warren will also represent Team Canada and Noah Ostlund will be with Team Sweden and expected to be a huge contributer for them!

To close out this report, both D Jeremy Hanzel with 26 points in 27 GP and D Justin Kipkie with 25 points in 33 GP are doing well in the WHL!

So may good things happening in Boston!

#WhyNotUs

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