Boys Prep Hockey – ISL Eberhart Division Preview: St. Mark’s Stocked Up Front; Dragons Look To Contend

Gary Demopoulos
Gary Demopoulos
Gary Demopoulos has been covering prep school hockey for the HNIB News for over 30 years, and has been the editor of the HNIB News since 2005. A former sportswriter and news editor at the Woburn (MA) Daily Times Chronicle, he has been the HNIB News' key reporter for Mens Prep School hockey since 1988, as well as womens hockey, both at the prep school and high school levels. for almost 20 years. Gary also helps organize and oversee HNIB's many summer tournaments and festivals for scholastic players.

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Defending champ St. Mark’s will enter the new season as favorite again and it remains to be seen which of the other clubs will put up the biggest challenge.

BB&N (4-18-1)

Coach: Anthony Moccia

After some marked improvement last winter in coach Moccia’s first as head coach, the hope is to continue the upward mobility. “This should be the strongest team to date in the last five years,” coach Moccia said. “We will have a chance to compete and win some big games this year. This season will be a great test to see what this team and program is made of.”

Five seniors return in the forward ranks, and the quintet – Daniel McNeill, Paul McNiff, will Rice, Alex Sandell and Danny Talacci – are ready to show improvement. New sophomore Aidan Hurley (Belmont Hill transfer) will fit right in. A new freshman in the program is James Ferreira.

Senior Caleb Hu is a top returning blueliner for the Knights. New junior Manny Carvalho (Chelmsford HS) and freshmen Scott Crabtree and Ryan Clay hope to make their mark.

Senior David Maillio is back between the pipes after pretty much splitting time last winter. New freshman James Potter will press for time.

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BROOKS (11-9-4)

Coach: Dave Ries

Playing good team defense and spreading the offense around a little will be keys this winter for the Bishops.

Owen Christopher Brooks

Brooks does return its top two scorers in seniors Will Rassier and Jeremy Emch. Other key returners up front are seniors Brett Niland and Owen Christopher, and junior Tanner McFaul. Brothers Joe (junior) and Griffin (sophomore) Bucci join the ranks.

Seniors Jake Lipari and Nick Heaslip, and junior Cam Smith are all back on the blue line and will get the job done. Two new juniors – Connor Herlihy (Worcester Academy transfer) and Scotty Moritz (Dallas Stars Elite) – will make their presence known.

There will be a new face in goal, and newcomers Ethan Simpson (junior – Toronto Marlies) and Ethan Roy (sophomore – Cardigan Mountain) will vye for the position.

GROTON (1-15-2)

Coach: Bill Riley

The Zebras were down somewhat a year ago, but are focused on having a high compete level which could translate into some more victories.

Six forwards are back in the fold, including senior Henry Pomeroy, juniors Allen Fang, Ryder Cavanaugh and Devin Fitzgerald, and sophomores Zach Baker and Angus Frew. A new freshman to watch is KJ Ni (LA Jr. Kings).

Senior Brayden Haggerty, junior Christian Armaly and freshman Alejandro Hassan are holdover blueliners for coach Riley. Sophomore Jason Mah (Cardigan Mountain) and freshman Connor Wig (Xaverian) will look for time.

In goal, senior Mike Pelletier is a returning varsity netminder. Junior Ethan Ramonetti (E. Northport, NY) will be in the mix.

MIDDLESEX (7-13-3)

Coach: Bobby Jay

A handful of freshmen got valuable playing time a year ago. They are now experienced sophomores, and that, along with senior leadership, will make the Zebra tough to play against.

Coach Jay returns three of his top four scorers from a year ago in junior Bryan Tang, junior Tedy O’Keefe and senior Andrew Almieda. Sophomores Matt Egan and Owen Crann each contributed to the scoresheet last winter as well. New sophomore Dylan Capelli looks to contribute.

A young defense has sophomore Zach Miles, senior Brody Scott, junior Luke Taylor and sophomore Nolan Marsters all back. A freshman looking for minutes is Austin Sheu.

With two seniors have graduated, sophomore Caio Bernardini will look to take over in goal for Middlesex.

RIVERS (13-9-2)

Coach: Freddy Meyer

With nine seniors having graduated, and defenseman Ollie Chessler moving on to the USHL, the Red Wings lost most of their scoring punch. Nevertheless, the team returns a solid group and will be right in the mix in the Eberhart Division.

Alex Fookson Rivers

A host of forwards ready to step up their game for coach Meyer are seniors Mark Herlihy and Stephen Mortarelli, juniors Tyler Karp, Brett Stone, Jacob Kulas, Cayden Miceli and Charlie Kantaros, and sophomore Will Hatten.

A stout defense will boast seniors Luke Swaim (10 pts), Alex Fookson and Matthew Meade, and juniors Chris Sullivan and Nick Perniola.

Rivers also returns a pair of goalies in junior Brendan Nee and junior Jason Delahoy.


Coach: David Cataruzulo

The Foxes will be on the young side, but have some experience. A key will be if the team can generate some consistent offense.

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Up front, senior captain Patrick Schultz and junior Jake Novak will be catalysts.

RL should be strong on the blue line, led by returnees like senior captain Will Matthews, senior Tait Oberg and junior Vincent Jaeger.

Junior stalwart Evan Zhang is back to handle the bulk of the goaltending duties.

ST. GEORGE’S (13-7-4)

Coach: Jeff Dwyer

A good mix of senior leadership and talented younger players will make the Dragons extremely hard to play against, especially with a pair of solid netminders.

Key returners in the forwards ranks for coach Dwyer are senior Ben Buckley (21 pts) and junior Troy Hayes (14 pts). A group of talented fowards new to the program are junior Take Pecknold (Fairfield, CT), sophomore Colin Walsh (E. Greenwich, RI) and freshmen Ryan Magaletta (Southboro, MA) and Max Donatelli (Barrington, RI).

Joining returning junior Jake McIntosh on the Dragons’ blue line are sophomore Everett Baldwin (Rumford, RI) and freshmen Payton Tracy (Fort Myers, FL) and Owen Draddy (Charlotte, NC).

St. George’s’ strength in goal comes from a pair of junior standouts in Ryder Shea and Matthew Dellarusso.

ST. MARK’S (20-6-2)

Coach: Carl Corazzini

Deep and talented in the forward ranks, if the Lions can get strong defensive play, a repeat run to the Eberhart Division title and a post-season berth could be in the cards.

Sophomore Richard Gallant piled up 43 points as a ninth-grader last winter and is regarded as one of the top 07s in the country. Junior Andrew Gibbons (36 pts) has committed to Air Force. Senior Jimmy Lyver (25 pts) and junior Austin Borrgaard (15 pts) are coming off solid seasons. Also back are seniors Damon Myers, Ben Croft and Sebbie Johnson, junior Jonathan Balzarini, sophomore Drew Carr and freshman Evan Nee.

Seniors Maddox Lizotte and Justin Pare, and junior Calvin Beard are back on the blue line. New junior Gannon Austin (Winchester) and freshman Jack Taylor (Framingham) look for time.

In the nets, senior Charles Watson is back, and will battle with fellow seniors Harlan Jackson and Jeevan Anand, and newcomer Alex Tarves for time in goal.

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