Boys Prep Hockey – Lakes Region Preview: KUA, New Hampton Will Be Young; Holderness Looks For Repeat Success

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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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Kimball Union will have one of its youngest teams in years. Tilton looks to play an aggressive style. One new coach in the league is Billy Rivellini at Brewster Academy.

BREWSTER ACADEMY (11-16-1)

Coach: Billy Rivellini

The Bobcats have a new head coach in Rivellini, who feels this team will have more depth up front compared to last season’s outfit.

Patrick Green Brewster Academy

The catalysts up front will be senior Dalton Kane (40 pts) and senior Doyle Coughlin (36 pts), two of the top scorers from last year.

Senior Zach Glinski will be an anchor on Brewster’s defense, while senior Patrick Green has lots of experience in the nets.

HOLDERNESS (20-4-3)

Coach: Allan Thompson

An Elite 8 Tournament participant last year, the Bulls had an outstanding season. Of their four losses, three were to Kimball Union. Coach Thompson says that winning close games will be key this year, especially with a lot of new faces on the blue line.

The forward group will be deep, led by returning senior Aidan O’Connell, who had 27 pts last season. Other keys will be senior Max Charbonneau (24 pts), junior Jake Boulanger (14 pts), senior Thomas Duane and junior Kaden Freelove. A newcomer to watch will be Arsene Beauregard (Havelock, QUE). The Bulls also welcome new junior Max Tong (Winchester HS), and sophomores Jacob Duval (Austin Prep) and Luke Pazzia (Austin Prep) from the Mass. HS hockey ranks.

Graduation hit the blue line hard, but junior Colin Butters is back and will be a cornerstone. Senior captain Jackson Ehwa is a veteran presence. Newcomer Caden Herrington (CP Dynamo) should have a key role. New junior James Lawhorne (Reading HS) is in the fold.

Perhaps the top strength for the Bulls is in goal. Senior captain Evan Plunkett was outstanding last season and is joined by junior returner Kolin Belliveau and new junior Ryan Nolan (Seacoast Performance Acad.), both of whom made the National 17 camp this past summer.

KIMBALL UNION (28-4-1)

Coach: Tim Whitehead

Coach Whitehead will have his youngest team in a while, and a team that lost nine of its top 10 scorers from a year ago. But, don’t expect the Wildcats do backslide far, if at all.

The one of those top 10 scorers who is back is Jackson Krykostas (41 pts). The RPI commit will lead the offensive attack, along with senior Mike Sullo, senior AJ Noel and junior Kyle Murray-Smith. Three key junior newcomers up front are Jack Sadowski (Arlington, HS – UNH commit), Sami LeDrew (Halifax, NS) and Malcolm Baar (Washington, DC).

Seniors Tom Valentin-Lagarde and Matej Svoboda are back on defense, which welcomes in juniors Ian Ramsay (Nova Scotia) and Jack McMinn (Nova Scotia), and sophomore Andrew O’Sullivan (Mission Viejo, CA).

Senior goaltender Dan Heroux (2.05 gaa) has committed to the University of Vermont. Also back in goal is junior Colby Boyce.

NEW HAMPTON (12-17-2)

Coach: Connor Gorman

Even though the Huskies will have a good group of seniors, they will be on the young side, with as many as seven underclassmen who will play immediately. “Our coaching staff and returning players learned a lot from last year and some of the games we let slip away, which impacted our season greatly,” coach Gorman said. “We want to make sure that this season we are resilient and finish games.”

Senior leaders up front will be Matt Babineau (21 pts), Scott Lagos (22 pts) and Christian Day. Injected into the lineup will be newcomers like juniors Dylan McDougall (Rockland Nationals) and Ben Moalusi (University School), sophomore Connor Pierson (Boston Hockey Academy, and freshmen Cam Caron (Dracut HS) and Dylan Podergois (Golden Bears U14).

On defense, seniors Josh Sacco, Jackson Weglarz and Nate Novitsky all return with plenty of prep experience under their belts. Two freshmen hoping to pay immediate dividends are Marco Senerchia (Mt. St. Charles Acad.) and Harry Stubbert (Hillside School).

Senior Nate Zerrenner will be joined by new sophomore Andrew Knox (Rockets Hockey Club) in the nets for the Huskies.

Finn Connor Proctor

PROCTOR (8-16-0)

Coach: Mike Walsh

Looking to take a step forward this year, the Hornets return a solid core of veteran players.

Proctor returns its top two scorers in junior Avan Pyle (18 pts) and junior Ty Gwatkin (17 pts). Also back are senior Nic Marrocco (13 pts), senior Maks Watton (12 pts) and junior Nolan Davis. Post-grad Jon Groth (Newburyport HS) and new junior Finn Connor (St. Thomas Aquinas) should have key roles.

Senior returns Colin Kwak (13 pts) and Cam Gwatkin will be the defensive anchors for coach Walsh. Junior Max O’Connell (13 pts) will be a big part of the blue line. New sophomore Kevin Delaney (Denver) looks to crack the rotation.

Back in goal after seeing the bulk of the minutes last season is junior Caden Pasqualone.

ST. PAUL’S (9-14-1)

Coach: Danny Murphy

The Pelicans will be on the young side this winter, so it will need to be disciplined and play team hockey in all three zones.

The team’s senior contingent will be focused at forward, where Matt Grady, Bryce Terry, Ryan Doherty, Jack Michaud and Dylan Biggs all return, along with junior Lino Viau. This will be the offensive nucleus. Junior Jonas Eisman, sophomores Patrick Cooley, Matt Vohra and Jack Stadheim, and freshman Harry Dermody look to make an impact up front for coach Murphy.

On the blue line, Conley Bohan, Brad Cox and Christian Yi, all juniors, return with a solid year of prep experience under their belts. The group adds junior Mathieu Goldenbert and sophomore Avery Ferraris to the fold.

Senior Rocco Bryant is a returning varsity goaltender and will be challenged for time by new sophomores Treva Murphy and Blake Turchon.

TILTON (13-10-1)

Coach: Brooks McQuade

If the team can buy in and apply to a team-first mentality, the Rams will be a formidable opponent for anyone. “We will be tough, aggressive and disciplined,” said coach McQuade.

Returners up front are seniors Nick Fontaine, Quinn Booth, Aidan Dres and Kai Tosar, and juniors Sam Neville, Aidan Dryjowicz and Ben Boucher. Post-grads Alex Walsh (Jr. Bruins), Joey O’Brien (Wakefield HS), Keegan Knight (Exeter HS) and Braden O’Hara (Xaverian) and new junior Danny Storella (Stoneham HS) fortify the unit.

Four seniors – Andrew Tice, Derek Greer, Patrick Poirier and Aidan Rufa – are back and join with post-grads Brennan Pecoraro (Canton HS), Tyson Sylvia (Harwood HS, VT) and junior Cam Quigley (Quincy HS) to take care of the defensive side of the ice.

Senior Conor Waldron had a 2.65 gaa in limited action last season in goal, and is joined in the goalie battle by senior Ben Ashton and new junior Sawyer Russell (New Brunswick).

VERMONT ACADEMY (4-21-1)

Coach: Brian Allen

Now in his second year at the helm, coach Allen has brought in a bunch of new talent, after the team graduated 14 seniors. Improvement should be in the cards.

Mathison Hole Vermont Acad.

The Wildcats to return two of their top three scorers in senior Jack Pattison and senior Josh Swan. Returning senior Phil Longchamps is ready for a bigger offensive role. A quartet of new sophomores hoping to jump in are Cole Robinson (Seacoast Performance Acad.), Tristen Ayojiak (RM Roughriders), Lucas Sinacola (CT Chiefs) and Logan Sinacola (CT Chiefs). Another newcomer to watch is Ivan Miascedenkov (Elite Hockey Academy)

Returning on the blue line are seniors Billy Durand and Thor Martin, and junior Reval Suleymanov. New junior Mathison Hole (Brooks School) will be a welcome addition.

New junior Owen Wilgos, newcomer James Mikos and returning sophomore Declan Ginty will battle for the starting goaltender’s spot.

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