New coaches and programs highlight the beginning of the winter, but by season’s end the Garnets should – as usual – be in contention for several Section crowns.
The expectations for the Garnets in 2010-11 remain the same as always, according to head coach Jason Friesen. Skate to the Section championship game, win the title, and move on to the State tournament. It may sound bold, perhaps lofty even, but those goals are based on the precedent of a wildly successful run.
Friesen’s Rye teams have posted a combined 63-33-9 record over the last four seasons, with three Division II Section championships. After dropping the title at the end of the 2008-09 campaign, the Garnets bounced back to win it last year in convincing fashion. The skaters thrashed a senior-laden Yorktown squad 7-1 at West Point.