It was a close battle for league supremacy last winter, with Rivers holding on for the title. Expect the Red Wings to be in the middle of things again, along with St. Mark’s and Groton. Also, keep an eye on St. George’s and Roxbury Latin.
Home Rink: O’Brien Arena
The Zebras had a nice campaign a year ago that resulted in a post-season berth. Heading into this season, coach Bill Riley feels his club’s defensive unit is as strong as it has ever been, and the group as a whole has all the tools to get better each day.
Seniors Marc Borghi (28 pts), Luke Beckstein (26 pts – a Kansas State baseball commit) and Gabriel Lamothe (17 pts) spearhead the offensive attack, along with junior Ronan Doherty (16 pts) and Aidan Garcia. New junior Will Molson and sophomore Max Noll are in to add to the arsenal.
A solid quartet of rearguards – juniors Thomas Dempsey (21 pts) and Trey Whitehead (16 pts), senior Eamon McNamara and sophomore Wes Turner – will form the defensive nucleus. New sophomore Bryan McLachlan arrives from the LA Jr Kings program.
In goal, senior Kevin Clark is coming off a solid season where he fashioned a 1.80 gaa. New sophomore Tommy Giroux is also in the mix.
ROXBURY LATIN (12-10-1)
Home Rink: Hennessy Rink
The emergence of secondary scoring from some of the underclassmen will be vital for the Foxes if they look to contend in the division.
Senior Joey Ryan (20 pts – Boston College baseball commit) and junior Bobby Luca (20 pts) will carry the load offensively for coach David Cataruzolo. Senior Sam Ginsberg is another key offensive player.
The defense will be deep. Senior Dante Cuzzi, juniors Peter Frates (15 pts) and Will Murphy (14 pts) and sophomore Connor Berg (11 pts) all return from solid seasons with a another year of experience under their belts.
Senior Mikey Jones is a three-year starter in the Roxbury Latin cage.
ST. MARK’S (19-10-2)
Home Rink: Gardener Arena
Deep and skilled, the Lions, who reached the semifinals of the Small School Tournament a year ago, will be a tough out for anyone.
Coach Carl Corazzini welcomes back six of the team’s top seven scorers from a year ago, including senior Danny Ciccarello (51 pts), senior Von Mabbs (22 pts), and juniors Brendan Gibbons (34 pts) and Jackson Coutu (28 pts). New junior Trevor O’Brien will fit right in, as will new sophomores Cam Sullivan and Peter Maro.
In senior Tucker Hartmann (37 pts) and junior Ian Moore (36 pts – Harvard commit), St. Mark’s has as solid a defensive duo as anyone. Junior Jake Oblak is another key returning blue liner. New sophomore Luke Sullivan adds to the blue line unit.
A new starting goaltender will emerge from pre-season workouts.
Home Rink: MacDowell Arena
The Red Wings return their top three scorers, which will be a plus as they look to repeat as Eberhart Division champions and qualify again for the post-season.
Expect plenty of scoring from the likes of senior Phillip Tresca (Yale commit), senior Matt Cormier and senior Michael McEachern. Coach Shawn McEachern also will look for production from returning guys like junior Ryan Bell, junior Will Conway and sophomore Ziv Deener-Chodirker.
Rivers lost some top blue-line talent to graduation, but do return a solid defensive nucleus in seniors Ryan Rahbany and Pat Lawn, and junior Sam Amato.
Two strong goalies also return for the Red Wings, both of whom saw considerable playing time last season, in senior Casen Janko and sophomore Conor Sullivan.
Home Rink: Brooks School Arena
A plethora of forwards return for the Bishops and as a group, they will need to fill bigger roles in order for this club to improve.
Junior Michael Bencivengo led the team in scoring a year ago and looks to improve on his 23-point campaign. Ready to step up are returners Parker Sondag, Stephen Higgins, Alex D’Orio, Charlie Alcorn and John Fritz, and junior Jake MacKinnon.
On defense, coach Dave Ries welcomes back juniors Sam Telsey and Tucker Hill. New junior Kevin Golden and sophomores C.J. Beals and Kyle Pelletier all have potential to play key minutes on the blue line.
The Bishops will have depth in the nets with returning senior Jon Carafotes and sophomore Jake Inzirillo, and new freshman Andrew Heinze all battling for time.
Home Rink: Nicholas Athletic Center
In year two of a rebuilding phase, team defense and solid special teams play will be huge in helping the Knights on the road to improvement.
Up front, senior captains Dan Addonizio and Will Taft head a cast of returning forwards that consists of fellow seniors Nick Wang, Quinn Serpa and Liam McGuirty and junior Ryan Loughran.
Senior tri-captain Matt Bulman, junior Tim Donovan and the sophomore triumvirate of Jack Rorick, Tom Sheft and Henry Grabowski return on the blue line. A new starter in goal will need to emerge following the graduation of all-ISL netminder John Day.
A host of freshmen – forwards Joey Curtatone, Danny McNeill, Alex Sanderl, Danny Talacci and Jamie Weyerhaeuser, defenseman Caleb Hu and goalie David Mallio – look to make their mark.
Home Rink: Pratt Arena
Youth will be served at Middlesex this winter, as the Zebras saw eight seniors graduate, including goaltender Joe Stanizzi, one of the top netminders in prep school hockey last season.
Junior Kyle Heath (28 pts) will be a focal point of the offense for coach Joe Mallen, along with senior Cedrick Paradis and senior Colin Craig. A newcomer to keep an eye on is sophomore Aidan Tripp.
Defensively, senior Ben Friedman will be an anchor. Sophomores Joe Freeman and Rex Mabbs took regular turns on the blue line as freshmen. New sophomore Jayden Mullins adds to the mix.
Given the task of taking over in goal for Middlesex will be new junior Jordan Busner and sophomore A.J. Finta.
ST. GEORGE’S (14-16-0)
Home Rink: Howard Ice Rink
The Dragons were on the young side last winter, and with a host of skilled returners from the club, including last year’s top four scorers, keep an eye on the Dragons.
Junior Ben Jenkinson (48 pts) and senior Michael Dimascolo (37 pts) form a solid 1-2 scoring punch for coach Jeff Dwyer. Junior Shane Mulhern and sophomore Jack Almeida also return up front. Sophomore Matt Kursonis is another key offensive leader. New sophomore Collin Patterson and freshmen Donovan Frias and Julian Frias add depth to the formidable group.
Senior Dima Piskun and sophomore Ryan Buckley are back on the blue line. New junior Zach Bell will look for solid time.
In the nets, returning junior Owen Hipple and new junior Colin Freitas will battle for time.