DERRY — While the puck may now be lost somewhere in the world of unidentified practice equipment, Pinkerton’s Dominic Corsetto isn’t about to lose any sleep over its whereabouts.
After all, he doesn’t need a piece of rubber to remind him of living every young hockey player’s dream. Not with some terrific memories, along with a nifty gold medal and championship plaque.
“That goal was the perfect way to cap off an amazing season,” said Corsetto. “I never thought it was going to be my goal that gave us a championship. It was crazy.”
One season ago, Corsetto wrote his name into Pinkerton Academy and local hockey lore by scoring the game-winning goal in the Astros’ 3-2 Division 1 state title game victory over Manchester Memorial.
But while he may have claimed the ultimate achievement in high school hockey, Corsetto made the decision to return to Pinkerton for another run with the Astros this season, even as so many of his championship teammates made the decision to jump to either junior hockey or prep school.
“I’m afraid to think about where we would be without him,” said Pinkerton coach Casey Kesselring. “He is our go-to guy when we need a goal, and he makes sure everyone is accountable. He has the tenacity you don‘t see too often, and he is exactly the kind of person you want your team to look up to. He has a nearly-unanimous pick for captain.”
After an Eagle-Tribune All-Star campaign last season, Corsetto has stepped into the role as captain and No. 1 option for his squad, scoring a team-high 11 goals for the Astros who sit at 7-4-3.
“He has stepped up a lot as a player and leader,” said his brother, sophomore Gio Corsetto. “He is the guy we go to when we need to big play or need advice. He knows what it takes to be successful.”