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Boys Prep West Independents: Gunnery eyes big season

Albany Academy (22-10-5) will be under new management this season, a year after advancing to the NE Large School title game. Stephen Needham has taken over behind the bench. He says his club will be very competitive and hard to play against.

Jonathan Scotto
Albany Academy

The Cadets return four senior forwards who will provide leadership in Liam Bove (22 pts), J.J. Fecteau (17 pts), Joe Pasquin and Chris Verstandig. Among the newcomers looking for varsity spots are post-grads Kevin Quinn and Jake Glod, seniors Jack Moore, Elliot Mitchell and David Cicak, and junior Sean O’Gorman.

Post-grad Tyler Lisieski is back for another season at AA on defense. Junior Zachary Mouzakes also returns on the blue line. Post-grad Curtis Judd will be in the mix.

In goal, Jonathan Scotto returns for a post-grad year. A new post-grad challenging for time will be Arthur Liebowitz.

Brendan Maloney
Berkshire

Replacing seven seniors will be a top priority for Berkshire (12-10-6) as the Bears hope to be a challenger in the West.

Ready to make big contributions up front are returning senior Jesse Lycan (13 pts) and the sophomore duo of Briggs Gammill (15 pts, Yale commit) and Jack Whitney. A deep crew of newcomers ready to challenge include senior Travis Pruden (from Germany), juniors Brooks Gammill and Thomas Horak, sophomore Jack Bavis and freshmen Hayden Riva and Oliver Cookson.

Defense will be a strongpoint with the returning senior triumvirate of Billy Zegras, Kevin Hurley and Mark Driscoll. Post-grad Brendan Maloney will step in immediately. New sophomore Cade Alami is a Providence commit. Also new to the program on the blue line is junior Aidan Metcalfe.

Senior Thomas Draper, who played every minute last winter, returns to give coach Dan Driscoll an experienced player between the pipes.

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Despite losing its top scorer and starting goalie to graduation, Brunswick (17-10-5) returns a good crop.

Seniors Christian LeSueur, Jack Forrest and Charles Shaffer will be the offensive nucleus for coach Ron VanBelle.

Senior Ryan Carmichael and Patrick Burkinshaw will be defensive cornerstones for the Bruins in front of goaltender Dan Dachille.

Canterbury (5-17-2) should have a bunch of new faces in the lineup, and veteran coach Paddy McCarthy is hoping the new energy will spark the team, resulting in some more Ws this winter.

Senior tri-captain Connor Amsley (24 pts) will be a mainstay on offense for the Saints. New senior Jericho Petkovich, a transfer from Albany Academy, will be an added plus up front.

Zach Pellegrino
Gunnery

On defense, senior tri-captains Connor Snowdy and Quentin Silverio will have key roles. Two newcomers primed to make solid blue line contributions are post-grads Steve Mullaly and Mike Parks.

A battle will emerge in pre-season to see who replaces the graduated Dan Seitz in goal. Seitz was a workhorse between the pipes last season.

Albert Washco
Gunnery

Team depth at all positions has the powers-that-be at Gunnery (21-11-0) optimistic about another season solidly in the playoff hunt.

The Highlanders will again be potent on the atttack, paced by senior returners Zach Pellegrino (30 pts), Albert Washco (38 pts) and Marc Gatcomb (26 pts). Junior Riley Brennan and sophomore Mark D’Agostino are two more solid pieces for coach Craig Badger. A quintet of new juniors slated for action include AIden Edwards, Artjoms Lapiks (Latvia), Jake DiGirolamo, Mason Beecher and Ryan Trom.

Marc Gatcomb
Gunnery

Two sophomores – Jimmy Rayhill and Hunter Sansbury – return with varsity experience on the blue line. Two juniors – Zack Conner and Erik Widenborg (Sweden) – and one sophomore – Alex Coady – will look for key minutes on defense.

Two new goalies hoping to win the starting job between the pipes are junior J.P Melia and sophomore Carmine Andranovich.

Harvey School (9-14-1) could fight a lack of depth, so staying injury free will be a key. Coach Alex Morse also wants his club to improve its power play efficiency.

Cian Keohane
Harvey School

Up front, senior Cian Keohane (26 pts) and senior Matthew Mutkowski will be relied on for timely scoring. Sophomores Tyler Lundy, Michael Martirano and Luke Baumgartner look for increased roles.

Junior Jude Brower (28 pts) is a solid two-way defenseman for the Cavaliers. Junior Brian Cicero logs key minutes as well. New sophomore Jimmy Metler looks to step right in.

In goal, junior Ryan Goodliffe is a returning starter for the Cavaliers.

Optimism is in the air at Millbrook (13-13-4) where the Mustangs return 15 players.

Devin Tongue
Northfield

Driving the offense this year for coach Vinnie Sorriento will be senior Zach Taylor (33 pts), senior Greg Koutsomitis (32 pts), senior Kevin Drevitch (22 pts) and junior Jake Gagnon (25 pts). Ready to contribute is new junior Jason Ruszkowski.

Michael Kennedy
Northfield

Senior Dan Dimon anchors the blue line for the Mustangs. New junior Owen Nolan will brings added depth at the position.

Defense will be a hallmark for Northfield Mt. Hermon (10-18-4) as the Hoggers should boast six blueliners ready to play the tough minutes.

Junior Devan Tongue (30 pts) will be an offensive catalyst for coach Kevin Czepiel. Returner Kyle Kazeroid will be a key forward. New junior Jack Quinn comes with high expectations. Post-grads Ben Stefanini and Nathan Masteralexis bring their talents to the front lines.

Junior Mike Kennedy (27 pts) likes to get involved offensively and will be a key. New junior Noah Heisler will be an impact player. Post-grad Josh Nelson brings his solid work ethic. Freshman Andrew Rodriguez looks for time.

Jared Beniers
Pomfret

Senior Eric Green is a returning netminder for Northfield.

Pomfret (16-9-4) had a banner season last winter, winning the New England Small School championship. This year’s edition will be younger (the top eight scorers have moved on), and coach Matt Goethals says they will focus on things they can control, like compete level and discipline within the team’s systems.

Billy Berry
Pomfret

Seniors Billy Berry and Jared Beniers, and juniors Sean Hurley, Noah Furman, Ryan Saunders and Dylan Weischelbaumer are returning forwards for the Griffins. The roster will be supplemented with newcomers Kyle Tomaso, Tyler Mitchell, Sami Hakkarainen and Tyler Bourque.

On the blue line, senior Nate Gentille, senior Alex Rondeau and sophomore Ryan Kosinski will team with newcomers Landon Krikorian, Willliam Gould and Nate Schuman, all juniors, along with sophomore Addison Aziz and freshman Corey Popowcer.

Junior Peyton Durand gives Pomfret some solid experience in goal. New junior Ian Uyeda joins the rotation.

Eddie Abrams
Rye Country Day

Rye Country Day (16-4-0) will go as far as its top line will take it. Coach Brett Farson says it will be a challenge to replace a pair of senior defensemen that backboned the club last winter.

That first line will include returners Will Dodge (47 pts, senior), Jack Kissell (26 pts, junior) and newcomer Josh Cohen (junior).

Will Dodge
Rye Country Day

Senior Eddie Abrams sported a 1.55 gaa in split duty between the pipes last winter for the Wildcats. Freshman Ryan Peacock will be in the running for some key minutes on the blue line.

A strong defensive core and experienced goaltending will be strengths for Williston (12-14-2) as the Wildcats again maneuver through a tough early-season schedule.

Seniors Sam Milnes (captain, 20 pts), Billy Smith (15 pts) and Brendan Hansen (10 pts) will be offensive leaders for coach Derek Cunha. A trio of post-grads, – Logan Geisness, Brandon McGill and Cam Jefferson – will be key contributors New juniors Cam Mariani, James Belleavoine and Hunter Sarro will make their presence known up front.

Greg Iverson
Williston

Cam Mariani
Williston

Cam Jefferson
Belmont

Brendan Hansen
Williston

James Belleavoine
Williston

The experienced blue line corps features seniors Connor Power, Connor Canterbury and Jake Durocher, along with juniors Tim Rego (15 pts) and Kevin Lassmann (12 pts). New junior Alex Berg rounds out the defense contingent.

In goal, senior Xander Rogers and junior Greg Iversen formed a solid tandem a year ago and are back for another season.

Gary Demopoulos
Gary Demopoulos has been covering prep school hockey for the HNIB News for over 25 years, and has been the editor of the HNIB News since 2005. A former sportswriter and news editor at the Woburn (MA) Times Chronicle, he has been the HNIB News' key reporter for womens hockey, both at the prep school and high school levels. Gary also helps organize and oversee HNIB's many summer tournaments and festivals for scholastic players.
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