Boys Prep Hockey – West Independents Preview: Brunswick Has Experience; Pomfret, Gunn Must Rebuild Offense

Gary Demopoulos
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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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ALBANY ACADEMY (6-16-1)

Coach: Matt Alvey

Now in its second season behind the Cadets bench, Alvey will have a solid group of returners back. Albany also is a member of the new Two Nations Prep Hockey League, which should be interesting.

Up front, senior Austin Jerzak returns as the team’s leading goal scorer from a year ago. Seniors Jack Dalto and Luke Kurdziolek look for increased scoring roles. Newcomers to watch include Alex Marasciulo, Mike Malatino, Lorenzo Marra, Brady Hubbard, Danny Spade and Ryan Wead.

Senior Jack Darby will be a defensive anchor, along with returning juniors Leo Letta and Carter Sturgeon. New senior Marty Mageletts will have a big role on the blue line. Pressing for time will be junior Finn Lehtovirta, sophomore Rocco Marinucci and freshman Olivier Tellier.

A deep goaltender’s position has seniors Will Mizenko, a returning varsity netminder, and Devin Shakar, and juniors Caleb Murray and Logan Webber.

Evan England Berkshire

BERKSHIRE (12-10-3)

Coach: Dan Driscoll

A nice mix of returners and newcomers will allow the Bears continue to play their hard-nosed style of play, giving opponents fits.

Senior Tanner Marsh, and brothers Stanley (senior) and Walker (sophomore) Bright are top holdovers in the forward ranks for coach Driscoll. New seniors Evan England (Catholic Memorial), Clay O”Donnel (Bishop Kearney Selects) and Jaden Davis (Lac St. Louis) will be counted on for production. Sophomore Evan Regan (Austin Prep) is ready to challenge for big minutes.

There is solid experience on defense with the return of veteran rearguards Liam Bard (senior), Burke Bogardus (senior) and Nico Pasquale (junior). New sophomore Josh Williams has transferred in from Austin Prep.

The Bears return both varsity netminders in seniors Cole O’Donnell and Danick Leroux

BRUNSWICK (21-8-1)

Coach: Mike Kennedy

The Bruins return five of their top six forwards, four veteran defensemen and both varsity goalies from a team that reached the Large School championship game. “So the squad is deep and experienced at every position, more so than most Brunswick teams of the past,” said coach Kennedy.

Seniors James Shannon and Eli Friedman both notched 40 points a year ago. They will be bolstered up front with the likes of juniors Drew DellaSalla (Harvard commit), Brendan Giles, Sean Gibbons and Luke Drury.

The defensive core will feature seniors Sloan Farmer, Niko Cadoret and Collin Eschricht, and junior Cooper Cleaves. In goal, senior Brendan Holahan saw the majority of minutes in the Brunswick cage last winter and is joined again by senior Will Baker, gving the Bruins a solid 1-2 goaltending tandem.

Kennedy anticipates a handful of talented newcomers to add depth to the club.

CANTERBURY (7-14-4)

Coach: Paddy McCarthy

The infusion of a group of new players with a high compete and skill level could help pay dividends for the Saints, who will be led by a small but strong senior class.

Cole Dickson Canterbury

Four of those seniors will be instrumental to the success up front for coach McCarthy. Jed Brazo is coming off a huge 41-point season for Canterbury and is joined by Jake Kloss, John Bagg and Stephen DiBiase. New juniors Colin Watson (Whitehouse Station, NJ) and Ryan Stratton (Camilllus, NY) and sophomore Sam Ciapa (Baldwinsville, NY) look to contribute.

On the blue line, senior Jason Fisher should step into a bigger role. New junior Jake Stevens (Newton, NJ) and sophomore Cole Dickson (Hopkinton, MA) will battle for minutes.

In goal, junior Mitchell Stenger is primed for increased minutes.

FREDERICK GUNN SCHOOL (22-13-0)

Coach: Craig Badger

Despite losing their top five scorers, the Highlanders expect to nevertheless to be deep up front, and likely score by committee. Defense and goaltending should be strongpoints, according to coach Badger.

Kyle Smyth is a key component to the front lines, along with fellow seniors Peter Unger, Michael Pizzo and Mike Markowski. A host of newcomers looking for ice time includes seniors Paul Tolllet (Little Caesars) and Dylan Thorn (Seacoast Performance Acad.), juniors Lefty Markonidis (BB&N transfer), Connor Ferguson (Penns Elite), Alex Loguercio (Andover transfer), Marko Goich (Team Illinois) and Antonio Donohue (NJ Titans), and freshman Tucker Mears (Cleveland Barons).

Seniors Jason Fritz, Will Welburn and Christian Wood, and impressive sophomore Luke Calabria all return on the Gunn blue line, to be joined by seniors Mikey Ryan (Team Illinois) and Luke Orr (Valley Wildcats), and sophomores Blake Stant (Mid Fairfield) and Jake Pellicane (Mid Fairfield).

In the nets, senior Ryan Crowshaw returns ready for a big year. New junior Mitchell McCusker (Islanders Hockey Club) will be in the mix as well.

HOOSAC (1-20-1)

Coach: Brett Welsh

With a big incoming class, the Owls are banking on the ability to improve on last season’s record under new head coach Brett Welsh.

Seniors Alexi Parent, Cole Elwood and Jacob Bryceland, and juniors Noah Jimbo and Samuel Turkowitz are key holdovers at forward for the Owls. Newcomers ready to challenge include senior Eliot Lauzon (Ulysse Prep), juniors Avery Hilton (Skipjacks U16) and Landen Gill (NJ Jr. Titans), sophomores Barrett Kelly (Boston Hockey Acad.) and Eita Yokosa (China), freshman John Doran (Bethlehem, NY U14) and post-grad Nathaniel Haley (Jr. Bruins).

Post-grad Jimmy Jones and senior Ben Naples are cornerstones on defense. New blueliners are post-grad Davis Carpenter (Potomac Pirates), seniors Elias Dahlstrand (Queen City Royals) and Matthew Oleksiw (Trinity College), junior Logan Kearley (Calgary Bulls) and sophomore Justin Cai (Ashburn Extreme).

Senior Trey Thompkins is back in goal, joined at the position by new senior Daniel Norton (Northwood) and junior Miles Mittentag (Florida Alliance).

MILLBROOK (10-11-3)

Coach: Vincent Sorriento

Coach Sorriento is excited for the season to start, as he anticipates his club having speed and maturity in all areas of the roster.

The Mustangs will need to get consistent production from the likes of returning seniors Dan Urban and Connor Koropatnicki, and junior Dale Campbell. New senior Reese Judson (Herndon, VA) joins the forward lines.

Senior Zack Walsh, senior John McLachlan and senior Sam Renaud form a solid defensive trio for Millbrook. New junior Reed Pettipas (Rothesay, NB) adds quality depth.

Senior Gabe Vassallo and junior Tyler Spokane, both back-ups a year ago, will battle for minutes between the pipes.

NORTHFIELD MT. HERMON (15-8-3)

Coach: Kevin Czepiel

The Hoggers are coming off a solid campaign and will look to at least duplicate that this winter.

Bobby Lachance Northfield

Senior Frankie Hipp (28 pts) will be a key catalyst in the scoring department. Others back include senior Maverick Chedel, senior Cade DeWolf and sophomore Oliver Morris. Post-grads Jacob Fletcher, Joe Dable and Bobby Lachance add to the mix up front.

Tommy Adams Northfield

Defensively, senior Josh Furman and junior Jack Turowsky will be vital to the cause.

New junior Tommy Adams and sophomores Luke Laurino and Kyle Bolduc form the goaltending trio.

POMFRET (16-6-4)

Coach: Matt Goethals

The Griffins powered their way to the New England Small School title last season, but lost eight of their top nine forwards and pretty much the entire defensive corps. A host of newcomers are in the fold and they could hold the key as to how much success Pomfret will have this winter.

Senior Aidan D’Urso brings his 22 points back for another season and will be an offensive leader for coach Goethals. Senior Cam Geary, junior Jesse Heinberg and sophomore Luke Corrigan are back as well. The group of incoming forwards features seniors Riley Frost (Hun School) and Hudson Loh (St. George’s), juniors Louie Marcellino (CT Rangers) and Brooks Pearce (Windy City Storm) and sophomore Will McLean (Burlington HS).

Colin Birch
Pomfret

On the blue line, senior Ben Bundy is the lone holdover. He welcomes in post-grad Colin Birch (Walpole HS), senior Nate Rabadam (Jr. Flyers), and sophomores Sheldon Rothfleisch (Mid Fairfield) and Tyler Milrad (Hamden HS).

Workhorse Kellen Beauton has moved on between the pipes, opening the door for junior Zach Bloxam to stake his claim to the starter’s role.

WILLISTON (8-16-0)

Coach: Derek Cunha

Expecting to have a balanced lineup with a nice combination of returners and new players, the Wildcats look to compete hard against one of the toughest schedules in the prep ranks.

Sam Faulkner Williston

Up front, Jayson Alegria is coming off a junior year where he contributed nine goals. Fellows seniors Perry Gaudreau, Riley Van Son, Brayden Deschamps and Emmanuel Damianakis return a year wiser as well. Post-grads Sam Faulkner (Barrington HS) and TJ Sullivan (Melrose HS), junior Nick Nader (Kuper Academy) and sophomore Olivier Lapointe (Academie St. Louis) bring there talents in.

Danny Keegan Williston

Experience on the blue line comes from seniors Brady Clark, Jimmy Dunn and Cooper Conlin, and junior Wes Haynes. Post-grad Danny Keegan (Braintree HS) will bring immediate help, as will new junior Alexandre Pellerin (College de Levi).

Junior Jake Henry saw some decent time between the pipes last season and is joined in goal by post-grad Tyler Kirk (Syracuse Nationals).

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