Here’s a look at some prep school programs in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions
HARVEY SCHOOL (13-7-1)
Home Rink: Evarts Rink
Losing just one senior to graduation, the Cavaliers feel they should be a serious challenger for the Fairchester Athletic Association title this winter.
In the forward ranks, senior Jacob Ross (32 pts), senior Harley Cohen (24 pts), senior Luke Baumgartner (11 pts) and sophomore Samuel Ross (32 pts) will be catalysts for coach Alex Morse.
Senior James Mettler (58 pts) is also an offensive leader from his blue line position. Senior Tyler Lunny and sophomore William Welburn are two more key defensive returners. Sophomore Jake Hellinger looks for a big season in goal for Harvey.
Home Rink: Loucks Ice Arena
A solid nucleus returns for the Big Red and that group should be able to get the new players to the roster up to speed quickly. The Big Red looks forward to another top season in the Mid Atlantic Hockey League and as a NEPSAC associate member.
Up front, look for big seasons from senior Matt Manahan (41 pts), senior Mike Rocco (24 pts) and senior Trey Croddick (21 pts). Junior Marcus Sang looks for an increased role. New junior Alessio Raso and sophomores Kenneth Baek and A.J. Maner bring more power to the lineup.
On defense, coach Keith Dupee will rely on senior Lachlan Getz, senior Kaz Matsuo and junior Peter Poulianas to be leaders. New sophomore Kyle Baek will have a role.
Senior T.J. Semptimphelter is a veteran presence in goal.
WYOMING SEMINARY (13-9-0)
Home Rink: Toyota SportsPlex
The Blue Knights put up the most wins last winter since 2009. The result of that? a much tougher schedule. Also, Wyoming Seminary will be a NEPSAC Associate member for the first time.
Junior Brendan Ma (13 pts) and junior Ryder Kunin (14 pts) are Wyoming’s top two returning scorers. They will be asked to carry a lot of the load. New junior Kyle Folkerson should provide immediate dividends.
On defense, coach Dustin Good will rely on the talents of senior Anton Heikari and junior Doug McGuire. Brandon Rossetti is a junior new to the program that should step right in on the blue line.
In the nets, junior Chrstophe Beluse was a back-up last winter and will look to take over as the starter between the pipes.
GILMOUR ACADEMY (35-21-2)
Home Rink: Gilmour Academy Ice Arena
The Lancers have a deep club, which will be a big help in their quest for the school’s first Midwest Prep League title.
There is plenty of experience up front, led by the post-grad trio of Dominic Schimizzi, Anthony Nestico and William Robinson. Senior Rocco Testa-Basi and senior Jaron Ketterman are two more offensive options for coach Mike Chiellino.
Post-grad Jesse Galassi and senior Preston Watkiss are anchors on the Gilmour blue line.
Seniors Alex Houston and Aidan Rudolf are tasked to handle the goaltending duties.
Home Rink: Lake Placid Olympic Center
The Huskies feature plenty of new faces, as they return just three players from last year’s outfit that reached the semifinals at Nationals. Coach Chadd Cassidy says this year’s club will be young and a work in progress. Northwood, already well into its schedule, will be at the St. Sebastian’s Holiday Tournament in December.
Seniors Daniel Colabufo and Elijah Devereaux are two of the returning players. Both look to have big offensive seasons for the Huskies. Junior Ray Fust, from Switzerland, wants to have an impact season. Senior Cisco DellaQuadri looks to contribute.
On defense, senior Nate Boak is a solid returner. Also in the group are seniors Devon Jolley, Luke French, Zach Ellsworth and juniors Michael Leone and Jacob Guevin.
Taking care of things in goal are junior Kannon Flageolle and sophomore Johan Tremblay-Kau.
PRINCETON DAY SCHOOL (14-12-1)
Home Rink: Lisa McGraw Rink
With the graduation of their top two scorers, the Panthers will have to immediately identify some scoring options as they take on their Mid-Atlantic Hockey League schedule.
Junior Drew McConaughy is coming off a solid 19-point year and will be looked upon for scoring, as will seniors David Sherman (12 pts) and Stepan Goralenkov (13 pts). New junior Emery Oliver and sophomore Michael Sullo are ready to step right in and help.
Leading the way on the blue line for coach Scott Bertoli are senior Chris Cecila, and juniors Birch Gorman and Luke Antonacci.
SHADY SIDE ACADEMY (29-20-2)
Home Rink: Roy McKnight Hockey Center
Expectations are high for the Indians, who boast a veteran club.
A group of six returning seniors will be counted on to be offensive leaders for coach Jonathan Johnson in Michael DiMarsico, Will Laychur, Jake Mancz, Tucker Lamb, Eric Evensen and Ethan Agostoni. New junior Jake Straub brings his talents.
Senior Sawyer Smith, senior Chip Strano, junior Jean-Michael Gilbert and junior Romyk Soltys will be tasked with keeping opponents honest in the defensive zone. New junior Conor Morrissey will have a role.
A returning goaltender for the Indians is junior Carson Frye.
LASALLE COLLEGE HS (22-4-1)
Home Rink: Hatfield Ice
The Explorers will be field a young squad this winter as they look to stay in contention in the Mid-Atlantic Hockey League.
A trio of seniors – Nathan Benner, Ryan Ferry and David Brunner – will all have key roles up front for coach Wally Muehlbronner.
Senior Collin Kleiser, junior Andrew Budzynski and sophomore Nolan Woudenberg will be cornerstones on the blue line.
With the young club, the Explorers will rely heavily on senior goaltender Aidan McCabe.