Coach Paul Moore is hopeful the Clippers can offset the graduation loss of 15 seniors from last year’s tournament team. To do so, the returning core veteran group will have to mesh with promising newcomers.
Senior wing Tyler McKenzie (8-13-21) and sophomore center Nick Champani (5-5-10) will lead the offense. Junior Kevin Duarte takes over as the primary goalie after appearing in 11 games a year ago. Top defensemen are senior captain Chris Parkinson and junior Max Romano. New players looking to make an impact are sophomore Jake McKenzie and freshman J.P. Turner, both centers.
Graduation and transfers stripped the Rams of much of their Top Three offense from last year’s 1A quarterfinalist. Success for coach Dan Connolly’s club this year will be determined by the strength of the defense.
Senior goalie Nevan Costello (1.91 gaa) returns along with seniors Chris Sullivan and Eddie Everett, juniors Kevin Buckley and Colin Burns and sophomore Jon Jordan on the back line. Junior Brendan Finneran and sophomore Charlie Kolar will press for time.
Among the top returning forwards are seniors Owen Degust and Brendan Hannigan, junior Paul Rork and sophomores Max Burum, Tim Doyle and Kevin Moriarty. Juniors Sean Kennedy and James Kolar look to step into regular roles.
NAUSET REGIONAL (12-7-2)
More offensive production from more sources will be a key to succes this winter for the Warriors, who look to return to the post-season.
Junior Myles Walther (12 pts) and sophomore Austin Hirschberger (12 pts) will spearhead the offensive attack for coach Sal Manganaro. Also expected to contribute are juniors Ben Winslow and Shane Silva, and sophomores C.J. Still and Jack Avellar.
Junior Cam Hull (10 pts) leads the blue line crew. Senior Carraig Weatherup and junior John Purcell are back as well.
In goal, junior Chase Holm, who saw the majority of time last year, is back between the pipes.
Coach Jordan Mohre is looking forward to turning things around and getting the Blue Knights back into the post-season tournament. He says the team needs to find consistency within the lineup and players to step-up into larger roles.
Up front, senior Sean Boden is a returning ACL All Star. Also back are senior Jack LaRochelle and juniors Andrew Childers, Sean Connolly and Jack Hemeon. New junior Caleb McDermott should step in with a role.
Sophomore Kevin Carrera will anchor things defensively, with help from new senior Steve O’Brien. In goal, sophomore Joe Raspante is a returning starter.
DENNIS YARMOUTH (5-12-2)
New head coach Lew Alberti takes over the fortunes of the Dolphins and is looking for good team chemistry and senior leadership.
Senior Will Terrio (18 pts) will lead the offensive attack. Senior Billy Egan anchors the defense, returning from an injury plagued season, and junior Connor Medeiros returns in goal.