Avon Old Farms and Salisbury are scheduled to renew acquaintances this weekend, playing a three-game series, similar to the series the two teams played back in November.
The teams faceoff tonight (6pm) and Sunday (12noon) at Salisbury, and on Saturday at Avon Old Farms at 3pm. Salisbury won two of the three games played right before Thanksgiving.
Meanwhile, Trinity Pawling has a pair of games scheduled at The Hill School, slated to play Saturday evening and Sunday. And Winchendon School is slated to take on Williston on Friday evening.
Here is a look at the four teams:
AVON OLD FARMS
The Winged Beavers had a 24-win season in 2019-20 and like most prep programs that are looking to play, they hope to be able to get in as many games as they can through mid-March.
Forwards who return from last year’s powerhouse include seniors Brendan Willliams, Jason Siedem, Tim Heinke, P.J. Neal, and Tyler Gordon, juniors Chris Aube and Liam Verdoni and sophomore Nick Capasso. Junior Connor Brazil and sophomore Alex Pelletier will look to be key contributors, as will senior Aidan Patterson, junior Chris Aube, sophomore Joe Odyniec, and freshmen Tate Pecknold, Joe Connor and Charles Blanchard.
Senior Chase Ramsay is a key returner on the blue line for coach John Gardner. A rebuilt blue line also features seniors Jake Geraci and Tim Duffy, juniors Seth Robinson, Rufus Gray and Aidan Kwok, sophomore Jordan Palmer, and freshmen Magnus Turcotte and Hudson Miller.
In the nets, senior Conor Callaghan is back after playing almost every minute last year between the pipes. Junior Will Prince is another Winged Beavers goaltender.
The defending Elite 8 champions were very impressive during a six-game stint in November (they also played three games against Canterbury).
Up front, seniors Tommy Rooney, David Chen, Sam Deckhut and Dean Bauchiero got off to a great start in those November games, as did juniors Connor Driscoll, Jackson Ebbott and Ryan Walsh. Junior Cole Eichler, junior Cam Bergman and sophomore Ben Poitras are more key parts offensively for coach Andrew Will.
The Crimson Knights always have a deep blue line, and this year is no exception. Seniors Jake Lammens and Calum Chau both return from last year’s title club and have been very involved offensively so far, each with six points in those six November games. Junior Liam Lesakowski, new to the Knights this winter, also has six points (2-4) and stands an imposing 6’4″. Senior James Patrick, senior Fritz Wright, junior Dane Westen, junior Billy Moloney, juniot Tye Scott and sophomore Justin DeLucia also are in the group.
Junior Austin McNicholas, from Clarence, NY, and junior Andrew Palena, from Trinity, FL, are Salisbury’s two goaltenders.
The Pride is looking forward to getting into game action, feeling that the extended pre-season work was beneficial. “We’ve used our time wisely on the ice, the weight room, on the track, and in the film room,” said coach Robert Ferraris. “Our players are getting faster, stronger and smarter every day.”
The offensive nucleus will feature junior Jack Musa, a Boston University commit, along with seniors Jack Gorton and Jared Mangan, juniors Tyler Fogu, Adam Franasiak and Kyle Stober. Two post-grads who will slot right in are Carson Block and Dean Simeone.
A veteran defense boasts returners Jack Kircher, Dean Rocco, Michael Fritz and Sam Nichols, all returners from a year ago. Add to the mix JJ Ford, a post-grad blueliner.
Senior Cam Carroll is a returning goaltender for the Pride.
The Wapiti are excited to get on the ice and compete, are are very grateful for what coach Brian Troy calls an extremely supportive school.
Three seniors back from last year’s club – Nolan McDonough (30 pts), Jake Black (41 pts) and Paden Hicks (29 pts) will be vital to the offensive attack. A trio of post-grads ready to go are Joe Bova, Ian Worthley and Mac Casper.
Two more seniors – Will Cohen (17 pts) and Matt Gallagher (11 pts) are back to lead the defense. A post-grad to watch is Zenas Kennedy, the Player of the Year last season in Rhode Island for his LaSalle club. Senior Jake Fillion is primed for a bigger role in the nets.