Boys Prep Hockey – Lakes Region Preview: KUA Will Be Tested In Competitive League

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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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The Lakes Region actually was able to play some games last winter, unlike most prep schools. Nevertheless, the eight teams are looking forward to a full year this winter. There is one new head coach in the league with Brian Allen taking over at Vermont Academy.

BREWSTER ACADEMY

Coach: Mike Doyle

With 15 new faces, adjusting to the pace of prep hockey will be a big challenge. “The quicker we can come together on the ice, the more successful we will be,” said Doyle.

Patrick Green
Brewster Acad.

Senior Conor Humphrey and junior Doyle Coughlin are a pair of returning forwards. Two post-grads joining the fold up front are Brendan Carney (Fairfield HS) and Bobby Winter (Fairfield HS).

On defense, seniors Grady Pierce and Axel Keller will have key roles. Post-grad Tyler DiBurro (Central Catholic) will jump right in.

Junior Patrick Green is a returning netminder, joined in the rotation by post-grad Kyle Harvey (Xaverian).

HOLDERNESS

Coach: Alan Thompson

Strong offensive depth will dictate how successful the Bulls will be this winter.

Leadership in the forward ranks will come from a quartet of returning seniors in Cooper Boulanger, Nick Messina, Sean Senier and Quinn McCarthy. Sophomore Evan Vaillancourt should have a bigger role. New juniors who will chip in are Aidan O’Connell (Central Catholic) and Max Charbonneau out of Quebec.

Cornerstones of the defensive unit for coach Thompson are senior returners Jack Hutchins and Cooper Warrington. Post-grad Jared Shimelman (Framingham HS) and senior David Brandes join the rotation.

Junior Evan Plunkett looks forward to a full prep school campaign this winter.

NEW HAMPTON

Coach: Connor Gorman

The Huskies are excited about having a normal season to play this winter. “We were fortunate with what we did last year, but nothing beats a normal prep season,” Gorman said. “We have stressed to the guys that we can’t play as if we’re making up for lost time. If we bring a competitive mindset every day, we will be fine.”

A veteran crew up front will feature senior Trevor Castino, senior Josh Schonland, senior Alex Lobdell, senior Alex Moeller and senior Jake Terra, and junior Matt Babineau. Expect a lot from post-grad Matthew Sullivan (Thayer) and new juniors Scott Lagos (Braintree HS) and Christian Day (Boston Hockey Academy).

Senior David Helledy and juniors Nate Novitsky and Jackson Weglarz are all back on the blue line. New junior Josh Sacco (Worcester Jr. Railers) should pay immediate dividends.

Back in goal is senior returner Colin Androlewicz. New junior Nate Zerenner will be in the tandem as well.

Bobby May
Kimball Union

KIMBALL UNION

Coach: Tim Whitehead

With five Division 1 commits on the roster heading into the season, be sure that the Wildcats will be their usual powerful club.

Senior Matthew Maltais, committed to Nebraska-Omaha, is a key returning forward for Whitehead along with senior Jaiden Moriello and senior Will Blackburn. New senior Tyler Wishart comes highly-regarded, as he is committed to Cornell. Speedy junior Jackson Kyrkostas will make his presence known.

Colby Boyce
Kimball Union

There is also good experience on defense with seniors Bobby May, Duncan Ramsay (Vermont commit) and Conner Chalmers back in the fold. RPI-commit Kareem Alazem only adds to the talent.

In the nets, returning junior Colby Boyce will team up with new junior Daniel Heroux, already committed to the University of Vermont.

PROCTOR

Coach: Mike Walsh

With a young club, the returning players will need to take a step to provide the necessary leadership to new players to the program.

Jack Robinson
Proctor

Senior Jack Robinson, junior Nolan Davis and sophomore Tyler Gwatkin are returning forwards for coach Walsh. Reading to show what they can do are senior Mitchell Lacamera, junior Nick Marrocco and sophomores Jack Fickenshire and Carter Dougherty.

On defense, the nucleus for the Hornets features juniors Cam Gwatkin and Colin Kwak, and sophomore Max O’Connell.

Proctor returns experience between the pipes with senior Donald McCarthy back. New sophomore Caden Pasqualone will press for time.

ST. PAUL’S

Coach: Danny Murphy

The Big Red will thrive on grit, hard work and discipline in order to be successful in the Lakes Region.

Babson College recruit Sam Sibold leads a host of returning forwards for coach Murphy, a group that also includes seniors J.T. Halliday and Mike Stoddard, juniors Matt Grady, Bryce Terry, Ryan Doherty and Dylan Biggs, and sophomore Josh Halliday. Looking for a key role are new sophomores Jack Roberts (Cardigan Mountain) and Lino Viau.

Seniors Jake Sullivan and Caid Cox, and sophomore Christian Yi will team up with new sophomores Conley Bohan (Cardigan Mountain) and Brad Cox to form a deep blue line unit.

Two varsity goalies return – senior Callum Welch and junior Rocco Bryant – which is a key for the Big Red.

Kyle Lonigro
Tilton

TILTON SCHOOL

Coach: Brooks McQuade

The Rams have been tough to play against the last few years and should be again this winter, as coach McQuade feels he has another solid group.

Returning forwards Leo Piandes, Matt Beraldi and Kai Tsoar will be relied on heavily for offensive production, aided by a large group of newcomers – post-grads Kyle LoNigro and Conor Kelly, seniors Nick Brennan and Matthew Hale, and juniors Nick Fontaine and Aidan Dres.

Noah Leithman and Liam Scanlon are a pair of returning blueliners. New junior Andrew Tice should step right in.

In goal, senior Ryan Melia looks to have a big season.

Tommy Martin
Vermont Academy

VERMONT ACADEMY

Coach: Brian Allen

New head coach Allen thinks his Wildcats will be very competitive this year. “We have some talented forwards who will help create offensively for us and four defensemen who will be able to shut plays down and move pucks,” he said.

In the forward ranks, a trio of seniors – Liam Lucas, Quincy Green and Hunter DeMarco, junior Phillipe Longchamps and sophomore Brady Walsh all are back from last winter’s abbreviated season. Post-grad Luke Dube (Danbury Hat Tricks) and new juniors Joshua Swan and Jack Pattison will join the fold.

Aidan Healey
Vermont Academy

Three more seniors – Jordan Bernstein, Leighton Geraghty and Jason Shapiro – return on the VA blue line. Post-grad Jake Burgess (South Shore Kings) and junior Billy Durand will bolster the defensive group.

Two post-grad goalies will battle for time: Tommy Martin (Fairfield Prep) and Aidan Healey (Marshfield HS).

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