Dominic has embraced the new role an Astros team that saw its three top goal-scorers from a season ago — future Division 1 college players Zach Sanford and J.D. Dudek and along with Brendan Philippon — leave to play elsewhere, breaking up what could have been the most dominant team in New Hampshire in years.
“If they were all back we would be champion favorite for sure,” said Corsetto. “You are of course disappointed to lose anyone from a championship team. I knew Zach and J.D. were going to go, but didn’t know about some of the other guys. I respect their decision and don’t want to make judgment.
“But, for me, there’s nothing better than playing for the school with your friends. When you go to a high school game, and there is a huge crowd, you have something you can’t get in juniors.”
Two seasons ago, however, Corsetto nearly saw his hockey career derailed, after suffering a serious concussion during a February matchup against Exeter.
“We were on the power play and I was skating through the neutral zone,” he said.
“Coach always told me to take it wide, but I took it up the middle and a kid’s elbow hit me in the forehead. It was a really tough process to go though.”
Corsetto did not return until the postseason, and played sparingly in the Astros’ upset tourney loss to archrival Londonderry.
A season later, he would experience an even more frightening moment during a January game against Concord.
“I was skating up the left side and wasn’t looking,” he said. “Then I picked me head up and a guy hit me. I was knocked out cold for a couple of minutes. It was scary. I had another concussion, but strangely even though I was knocked out the concussion wasn’t as bad as the one the year before.