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Bay State League Preview: Braintree depth key to success

CAREY DIVISION

BRAINTREE (14-7-2)

There may not be a deeper program in D1 than the Wamps. For starters, coach Dave Fasano welcomes back a dozen two- and three-year varsity players from last year’s BSC champion and South finalist. And, he has the luxury of drawing talent from two complete JV teams.

Aidan Flynn
Braintree

Dara Canavan
Braintree

Owen Cuddyer
Braintree

Shawn Leslie
Braintree

“We are looking to once again be one of the top publics. We again have over 90 kids trying out so we have the depth to compete; we like to think that with that many kids there’s no rebuilding I like our mix and make-up. With a couple of very talented forwards and a couple talented defenseman along with one of the top goalies around I think we will once again be right up there all year long,” Fasano said.

Senior all-star Owen Cuddyer (1.40 gaa) returns in goal and will be backed by senior Brendan Naughton. Seniors Steve Ceriani and Evan Bernard and sophomores Kyle Roche and Cam Mooney are back on defense.

Pay attention to senior captains Shawn Leslie (12-20-32), a returning all-star, and Dara Canavan (15-10-25), among the better forwards around. Juniors Aiden Flynn (8-12-20) and Jeremy Souza (10 points) and seniors Kyle Bombard and Sean Costello round out the Top Six.

Nate Nichols
Framingham

FRAMINGHAM (16-7-4)

The defending South Sectional champion lost a significant chunk of offense (47 goals) to graduation and, as coach Will Ortiz noted, will have to find a way “to write a new story.”  This much is certain – the Flyers will be fast and they will be fundamentally sound.

Much is expected of senior Alex Moore (2.03, .927), who had a stellar post-season run. He ranks among the division’s premier goaltenders and enters the season brimming with confidence.

Alex Moore
Framingham

Junior forwards Mike Tersoni (11-17-28) and Nate Nichols (18 points) are both proven commodities. Freshmen Darren Palma, Jared Shimelman and Thomas Chase could take regular shifts on defense.

“We are looking to our Juniors to step up to the plate and be the key contributors. The boys have put in the work in the offseason and are ready to get the process started,” said Ortiz.

BROOKLINE (4-15-1)

Second-year coach Mike Yanovitch has things moving in the right direction for the Warriors, who look to make some noise in the Carey Division this winter.

Nick Dahlborg
Brookline

Seniors Jared Tow and Jake Boyd, junior Nick Dahlborg and sophomore Chris Hernandez are key holdovers in the forward lines. Freshman Aidan Chin and newcomer Matt MacDougal will provde depth.

Junior Silas Reed and sophomore Zack Cohen will handle things defensively for the Warriors. Freshman Ellis Vish looks to get some quality minutes.

In goal, senior Felix Madsen-Hardy is a returner.

NEEDHAM (7-12-1)

Coach Mike Hoban pinpointed consistent special teams play as a key factor to a successful season for the Rockets.

Top returnees up front are senior forward Tom Fachetti, junior forward Tom Chmielewski and sophomore Kurt Brinkhaus. All will be counted on to increase their offensive output from a season ago. Senior goalie Dylan Jones and junior defenseman Trent Kamke anchor the defense.

NEWTON NORTH (5-10-5)

Effective forechecking will be crucial for the Tigers to compete effectively. Coach Jamie Gresser will rely on a small returning core group.

Senior Connor Flint and junior Lawrence Dupont are the top returning forwards. Senior goalies Mike Gresser and Kyle Sampson stabilize the back end while junior Henry Bonenfant is the top returnee among defensemen. Jack Campbell and Aidan Chamberlain provide depth.

WEYMOUTH (8-8-2)

Coach Pat Kennedy knows what it will take for the Wildcats to compete favorably and put themselves in position to contend for a title.

“We will look to work hard every game and. Players will need to work every day to get better individually as well as motivate teammates to succeed (and) play a fast, creative and selfless game,” he said.

Leading the way are senior captains Cam Gibbs, a forward, and Connor O’Toole and John Cipullo, both defensemen. Junior forward T.J. Keefe, sophomore forward Rocco DiFazio and sophomore goalie Tom Haley return as well. New sophomores Mike Swett and Matt Flaherty and freshman Jack Doyle, all forwards, could make an impact.

HERGET DIVISION

Tucker Green
Natick

NATICK (12-8-0)

The Redhawks reached the South quarterfinal round a year ago and coach Eric Kaplan is hopeful of duplicating that performance this winter. Despite the loss of 10 seniors, he will rely on the depth and experience of the returning upperclassmen to balance out the lines.

Seniors Al Arno (11-9-20), on the left wing, and Dillon Arno (4-15-19), at center lead the offense. Sophomore defenseman David Mega (10 points) will look to build on a strong debut campaign. Six-foot, four-inch junior Tucker Green also returns on the back line.

MILTON (7-13-2)

New coach Chris Watson steps into a solid situation as the Wildcats return a sizeable group of upperclassmen. He cites “good chemistry, attitude and effort daily” as the building blocks for success.

Seniors Garrett Allen, Tommy Noonan, Dylan McDougall and Nolan McManus will power a deep forward unit. New sophomore Ross Dexter provides depth.

Michael Siemering
Wellesley

Seniors Jack Doherty and Jared Carney return on defense while juniors John Driscoll and Mark Guerra will compete for time in goal. Junior Pat Cunniff, a transfer from Iowa, and new junior Mike O’Toole could bolster the back line.

Joey Siemering
Wellesley

WELLESLEY (15-6-1)

The Raiders reached the South semifinals a year ago. Veteran coach Paul Donato said playing “good team defense and keeping the score down” will be crucial for this year’s team as it tries to match that success.

To that end, sophomore goalie Drew Hubbard (1.35 gaa) returns as a high-end last line of defense after bursting onto the scene as a freshman. Senior twins Joey Siemering (11-10-21) and Mike Siemering (9-9-18), both forwards, spark the offense. Sophomore Drew Cohen is a player to watch.

Ryan Boyajian
Walpole

WALPOLE (23-2-1)

What a year last year was for the Rebels, who captivated fans across the state as they rolled all the way to the 1A quarterfinals. Fourteen players graduated but coach Ron Dowd said “if we can replace the key guys that we lost we will be OK.”

Rob Colburn
Walpole

A productive group of returning forwards includes senior captains Matt Morris (13-6-19), Tyler Page (12-6-18) and Ryan Birch, senior Cullen McGlynn and juniors Ryan Boyajian (19 points) and Conor Foley. Senior captain Rob Colburn and newcomers Liam Fisher and Mike DiCenzo form the core on the back line.

NORWOOD (8-10-2)

Mustangs coach Chuck Allen wants his club to be the hardest working team, and if so, they can improve over last season. A host of players are back.

James Piatelli, Sean Munro, Kyle McCue, Will Goffredo, Owen Gillis and Colin Ridge, all seniors, are back up front, along with juniors David Hayes, Colin Martin, Joe Spadorcia and Brandon Walsh, and sophomore Anthony Marchant.

On defense, seniors Matt Dolan, P.J. Hennessey, Tim Wagner, Thomas Gareri, Aiden Reardon and Dan Hoover return.

Junior Austin Reardon is a returning goalie.

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