MID ATLANTIC PREP HOCKEY LEAGUE
It was a less than stellar season last winter at Lawrenceville (3-20-2) but with a solid group back, things should be on the upswing this winter.
Five senior forwards – Jake Neeb (13 pts), Jared Katz, Steven Bray, Ryder Griffith and Peter Regan – along with junior Jake Robertson, all return up front for coach Etienne Bilodeau. Post-grad Conor McDonough will be a help. And, freshmen Nikita Nestorenko and Matthew Manahan look to chip in right away.
On the blue line, senior Peter Burke and junior Pito Watson project to be cornerstones of the Big Red defense. Senior Andrew Kapell is another rearguard back in the fold. New junior Tristan Duncan and freshman Lachlan Getz bring added depth.
New junior Karl Szabo should be a solid presence between the pipes. Freshman T.J. Semptimphelter will be in the mix.
Contributions from younger players could dictate how things go this season for Portledge School (7-7-0), which has some impact upperclassmen.
Up front, junior Ross Mitton (23 pts) returns; he is committed to Northeastern. Senior Scotty Osani (14 pts) is back as well and will have a key role.
Defensively, sophomore Marshall Warren (8 pts) has already committed to Harvard and will be the workhorse out there for coach Jon Sandos. Two new guys to keep an eye on are Declan Conway and Spence Evans.
Senior Anthony Porrino is back in the nets for the Panthers.
With their top six defensemen, starting goalie and top scorer all back, Princeton Day School (15-6-3) is very optimistic heading into the season.
The top scorer is junior Tyler Coffey (32 pts). He will spearhead an offense that will also feature senior Keith Asplundh (15 pts), junior Russell Friedman (16 pts) and sophomore Coby Auslander (17 pts). New sophomore Ty Eastman and freshman Cade McLaughlin hope to contribute. Ryan Lisk and Jack Mascali also return with varsity experience.
Headlining the group of those six returning defenseman is junior Nic Petruolo (16 pts), along with senior Gianluca Travia and junior Eric Sherman.
In goal, senior Logan Kramsky played just about every game last winter for coach Scott Bertoli.
Another team with a solid returning core is Wyoming Seminary (9-12-2), where there is excitement for the upcoming season.
At forward, coach Michael Dennis will rely heavily on the production of a trio of seniors in Fredrick Allaire (25 pts), Charles Antoine-Rousseau (18 pts) and Marc-Antoine Sauve. New guys looking to get on the scoresheet include post-grad Ryan Deas, junior Tristan Bidaux and sophomores Dylan Roebuck and Connor Dennis.
Two seniors – Alexandre Sabourin and Richard Zemanek – will be defensive cornerstones for the Blue Knights, to be joined by post-grad Michael Semenza.
Goaltending will be handled by senior returner Simon Bowyer and new junior Nicholas Salois-Ishak.
MIDWEST PREP LEAGUE
With a lot of speed and skill in the forward group, and solid goaltending, the key to this season for Gilmour Academy (28-31-2) will be if the Lancers can get the solid defensive play needed.
Key returners up front for coach Mike Chielino are Nick Hawkins and Daniel Menges. A host of talented newcomers ready to contribute include Kyle Warren, Ryan Candia, Jake Colosanti, Jayden Mrakic, Lauri Pajari, Rory Callihan, Brett Reed and Nick Bruno.
Jack Sullivan and Dan Lau are cornerstone defensemen for Gilmour. Donny Dickens will have a role.
In the nets, Michael Carr and Kasper Urbaniak are more than capable of handling the duties.
Shady Side Academy (27-12-4) set a school record for most wins in a season last year, but could be in a bit of a rebuilding mode this winter with only three seniors on the roster. Coach Jonathan Johnson does feel he has one of the best incoming classes he’s had.
Up front, senior Cole Stine, junior Jarrett Fiske and Spencer Smith will be key contributors for the Indians. New sophomore Matt Cottiero is ready for a big role.
Senior Mac Ference will be the backbone of the blue line crew. New junior Jackson Clark will be solid. A trio of freshmen – Connor Ausec, Sawyer Smith and Chip Strano – will look for quality time.
Junior Jarrett Fiske is a returning goaltender for Shady Side.
With a rugged schedule, remaining healthy will be vital to success at Stanstead College (32-18-0). Last year’s club suffered many key injuries.
Coach Dan Poliziani will look to senior returners Liam Stagg (captain) and Buster Larsson to carry the offensive attack. Key newcomers are post-grad Nicholas Salamon, seniors Eric Johansson and Tanner Tarbell, junior Azzaro Tinling and sophomore Andrew Amousse.
Senior Axel Cote will be the quarterback on defense for the Spartans. A newcomer to watch is junior Axel Arnred from Sweden.
In the nets, senior Antii Jaara returns from last year’s Stanstead College varsity.
With players from all over the place, including Israel, France and Austrailia, a key for Bridgton Academy (18-14-5) coach Mike Warde will be to integrate everyone together.
At forward, post-grads Kade Kaminski and Tom Villante, and seniors Kaiden Tubbert and Alexandre Jeanjean are slated to have key roles.
Defensive leaders are senior Mathieu Chateauvert and post-grad Liam Sullivan. Post-grad goaltender Brendan Williams will provide solid play between the pipes.
Hill School (11-12-4) will be young, having graduated 18 players over the last two seasons.
There is still some production back for coach Chris Bala. Seniors Tony Levesque (14 pts) and Brandon Picard (27 pts), as well as junior David Hill (19 pts) and sophomore Tyler Paquette, already committed to Penn State, will be leaders. Post-grad Gilford Daley brings his talents, while new sophomores C.J. Duvall and Alex Kiviniemi look for roles.
Sophomore Wade Ashford is back on the blue line for the Blues. A host of new rearguards in junior Kurt Reger, and sophomores Ville Wilpola, Jay Luce and Ethan Hempel look for quality time.
Senior Drew Hutchinson is a returning netminder, and will be pushed by new sophomore Justin Ha.
Coming off the greatest season in school history, expectations are high for Northwood (45-5-0). The Huskies did get off to an impressive 12-2-1 start heading into the first week of November.
Leading the way up front for coach Chadd Cassidy will be senior, and St. Lawrence commit, Kaden Pickering, senior Aleksi Peltonen and senior Jack Dugan.
On defense, senior Jesper Peltonen will be an anchor, while a lot is expected of newcomers Christian DiCesare, and A.J. DiCesare, both seniors, and junior Shane McGrath.
Senior Matt Petizian is back for another seaon in goal for the Huskies.