Starting this weekend, the Lakes Region teams look to embark on a league-only schedule that will carry teams through late March. Hope is for each team to play the other twice for a total of 14 games, although Vermont Academy is still awaiting clearance from the state.
Kimball Union @ Tilton
Proctor @ New Hampton
St. Paul’s @ Brewster Academy
Here is look at each team:
Last Year’s Record: 25-8-2
The Wildcats have been on the ice and in the gym since September but look forward to their Lakes Region slate coming up over the next several weeks.
Senior Liam Walsh (11 pts) and senior Bryce Bolllman (15 pts) are two key returners from last winter’s 25-game win club that also welcomes back Jaiden Moriello. Other players to watch up front for coach Tim Whitehead are Matthew Maltais (junior), Will Blackburn (junior) and Thomas Pichette (senior) – all natives of Quebec.
On defense, senior Nick Bernardo (16 pts) and junior Conner Chalmers (10 pts) will have key roles. Look for junior Bobby May to have an increased role. New juniors Adam Cardona and Duncan Ramsay will be key blueliners.
Holdover Colby Boyce will be joined in the crease by new junior Charlie Schenkel.
Last Year’s Record: 16-5-5
The Rams are defending Lakes Region champions and are embracing the fact that they will be playing some games this winter and getting the players, especially the seniors and PGs, some exposure.
In the forward ranks, senior Jack Gray, junior Matt Berardi and junior Ben Muthersbaugh, are back from that championship club. A lot of new talent to the school this year includes post-grads Johnny Hagan, Ryan Pomposelli, Sean Walsh and Garrett Alberti, and junior Leo Piandes.
Andrew Woloszyn (senior) and Conor Lally (senior) are defensive cornerstones for coach Brooks McQuade. Post-grad Matt Fiorenza is another key part. Newcomer Noah Liethman (junior) will have a role.
Junior Gavin Kiley is a returning netminder, joined in the rotation by new junior Clement Labillois.
Last Year’s Record: 12-15-0
With a host of players back from last season’s club, the Pelicans should be a very formidable opponent.
Coach Danny Murphy has a solid group up front, led be returning junior J.T. Halliday (33 pts), senior Owen Sweet (28 pts), junior Cooper Flinton (25 pts) and senior Owen Stadheim (23 pts). Senior Malcolm Bussey and junior Fitz Frechette are back as well.
An active blue line will feature senior captain Jack Hepp (15 pts), senior Bryson Russell (16 pts), junior Caid Cox (12 pts) and sophomore Mick Frechette.
Sophomore Rocco Bryant and junior Callum Welch will handle the goaltending.
Last Season’s Record: 4-24-2
The Bobcats will look to show some improvement this year, albeit in the tough waters of the Lakes Region.
“Our goal is to improve on our skill set every day and to compete, both internally in practice and externally during games,” said Brewster coach Mike Doyle. “We need to enjoy being on the ice and push ourselves to become better hockey players and teammates.”
Seniors Brady Hoff (22 pts) and Reed Currie (10 pts) are offensive sparkplugs. Post-grad Carter McWilliams and new sophomore Doyle Coughlin look to have big roles.
Junior Grady Pierce will be vital to any defensive success for Brewster. Expect post-grad Nick Demio to step right in.
Returning senior goalie Sam Livecchi started the majority of games last winter for the Bobcats. Joining the goalie rotation will be new sophomore Patrick Green.
Last Season’s Record: 13-14-1
Always a tough team to play against, that should be the case again this year for the Bulls.
Coach Alan Thompson will look to senior Jake Waterman (15 pts) and junior Cooper Boulanger (12 pts) to provide leadership up front. Post-grad Brendan Doyle is a welcome addition to the forward ranks, as are junior Sean Senier and junior Nick Messina.
Veteran seniors Adam McNabney (14 pts) and Garrison Gagnon (14 pts) should have a lot of responsibility on the Holderness blue line. New junior Jack Hutchins is ready to go.
Now a sophomore, Evan Plunkett emerged as the starter in goal for the Bulls as a freshman last year and is ready for an even better winter.
Last Season’s Record: 21-10-4
The Huskies lost their top seven scorers, but have restocked in a big way with a bevy of talented youngsters that second-year coach Connor Gorman says should get significant minutes.
“We are taking this year day by day, practice by practice and game by game,” Gorman said. “Our mindset is to get better in every facet and never take for granted the opportunity we get to play as it can be taken away very quickly. We are very excited about the group of players we have here.”
Seniors Ronny Paragallo (25 pts) and Marek Pechr and junior Alex Lodbell are three key returners up front from last winter’s 21-win club. They will be supported by the likes of new juniors Trevor Castino, Alex Moeller, Evan Moore, Jake Terra and Josh Schonland, and sophomores Matt Babineau, Nick Townshend and Gavin Brandon.
On defense, senior Zack Goode is a solid presence, while sophomores Nathan Novitsky and Jackson Weglarz both saw varsity time as ninth-graders. Post-grad Ben Luscko brings his skills, as does new junior Gavin Connelly.
In goal, senior Lucas Brine, a native of England (committed to Arcadia), returns to the fold. New junior Colin Androlewicz will battle for time.
Last Season’s Record: 15-11-2
Despite a big win in the Lakes Region semifinals over Kimball Union, the Hornets missed out on a New England playoff berth. With things obviously different this winter, a key will be to get the best out of each day.
“We are trying to make the most of a challenging landscape by developing our players and maximizing our opportunity every day,” said Proctor head coach Mike Walsh.
The Hornets do return last year’s top scorer in talented senior James Tepper (34 pts), along with another big producer in senior Cooper Rice (28 pts). Also back are juniors Bryson Martin and Jack Robinson. Post-grad Ben Baxter, sophomore Nolan Davis and freshman Avan Pyle add quality depth.
Senior Matt Hynes and junior Alex Keskintepe have lots of experience on the blue line. New sophomore Colin Kwak and freshman Max O’Connell will press for time.
Senior Mike Gilerman, who saw some action last season, is ready for a bigger role between the pipes.
Last Season’s Record: 2-27-0
Things are definitely on the upswing at Vermont, where the Wildcats are primed to surprise some people. They hope to be able to participate, as being the league’s only school located outside of New Hampshire, current Vermont state guidelines don’t allow for interstate competition.
“In a very tough year with a lot of uncertainty, our boys are excited to be able to skate and potentially play some games,” said Vermont coach Dan Allen. “We have 12 new players and a good group of returning players who will look to lead us.”
Post-grads Andrew Peloso (19 pts), Jack Luzzi (13 pts) and Reily O’Connor (11 pts) all played with the Wildcats last winter and are back for another prep year. Junior Cody White (13 pts), junior Quincy Green and sophomore Thor Martin look to have increased roles. New to the program and ready to chip in right away at forward are juniors Liam Lucas, Philippe Longchamps, Colin Merkle, Danny Caputo and Hunter DeMarco, and sophomore Connor Peet.
Post-grad Charles Gagnon is a key on the blue line, where the Wildcats welcome post-grad Brendan Spinale, post-grad Nathan Powers, senior Christophe Petit and juniors Jordan Bernstein and Leighton Geraghty.
A big plus is the return of senior Mason Kucenski between the pipes.