Sunday Sports: Coaching changes for north country hockey teams

Sunday Sports: Coaching changes for north country hockey teams

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - When the Watertown Wolves open their 2019-2020 season they will do so not only with a new 3 year contract with the city but also with a new head coach behind the bench.

Wolves owner and Federal Hockey League Commissioner, Don Kirnan told WWNY Sportscaster Rob Krone via text Saturday that Trevor Karasiewicz has left the team for a new coaching position in California with a Junior Hockey League Team.

Karasiewicz took over the team for the 2017-18 season after Phil Esposito stepped down and led the Wolves to a 29-12 record and their 2nd Federal Hockey League Championship. But last season, the Wolves slipped to 24-26 in the regular season, finishing 3rd in the league and lost to the Elmira Enforcers in the opening round of the Federal Hockey League Playoffs.

Karasiewicz was 53-38 in his second season behind the Wolves bench. There's no timetable for when a new head coach will be named.

Last weekend, the St. Lawrence Saints officially introduced their new hockey coach at Reunion Weekend in Canton and they didn’t have to look far for their new leader behind the bench.

Brent Brekke made his first public appearance last Saturday as the 15th head coach in the history of the Saints Hockey Program.

Brekke comes to Canton from up the road in Potsdam, where he served one season as an assistant with the Clarkson Golden Knights.

It was a nearly 2 month search that involved a number of candidates, but for those involved in the process, Brekke stood out.

Brekke replaces Mark Morris, who was fired after 3 seasons at the helm of the Saints and inherits a Saints Program that is looking to return to prominence in the ECAC.

Brekke feels his 2 decades of experience as an assistant at the college level is just what the Saints need.

Brekke's belief is success on the ice is a direct result of the type of players the program produces off the ice, in the classroom, and the community. And with the refurbished Appleton Arena set to open in the Fall, there's a new air of optimism around St. Lawrence Hockey for the 2019-2020 season.

Saturday night in Carthage, the Revolution opened their 2019 Northeastern Football Allaince season against North Country. In the first quarter, the Revolution strike as Manuel Grice hits Zach Todd for a 49 yard touchdown. Revolution go on top 6-0. Tigers tie it up when Nash Botella picks off the Grice pass and takes it in for 6, knotting the game at 6. Late in the first it was Grice to Todd again, putting the Revolution back on top 14-6 after 1.

In the second quarter, the Revolution add to their lead as Grice finds Ajay Proeung for the score. 21-6 Revolution at the half, Carthage goes on to beat North Country 27-6.

Saturday night at the Alex Duffy Fairgrounds, the Watertown Rapids saw their 4 game win streak come to an end as they lost to the Utica Blue Sox 12-4 in a battle for 1st place in the PGCBL West Division. The loss dropped the Rapids record to 5-2 on the season, with their only 2 losses coming on Saturday games.

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