Lawrence Academy just edged out St. Sebastian’s for the division title last winter. Both teams will be in the hunt again, as will a host of other clubs in what should be an exciting, competitive season.
BELMONT HILL (10-17-3)
Home Rink: Keller Rink at Jordan Athletic Center
A goal for the Hillies is to get back above the .500 mark this winter. Keys to accomplishing that are getting secondary scoring and solid special teams play.
The BH offense will center around junior Ryan McGuire (29 pts – Colgate commit) and senior Luke Khozozoian (28 pts). Other key returners for coach Jeremiah McCarthy include senior Liam Kelly, senior Zephan Kraus, junior Paul Halloran and sophomore Drew Blackwell. Sophomores Charlie Cave and Braden Reilly look to have an offensive impact.
Defense should be a strongpoint, anchored by junior Tyler Rubin, a recent commit to Princeton, and junior Will Killoran. Juniors Grant Litchfield and Brendan Murphy and sophomore Tom Goguen all should have increased roles. Sophomore Jack Bosco hopes to fit in somewhere.
The Hillies return both varsity goaltenders in juniors Michael Hauswirth and Charlie Lambert.
GOVERNOR’S ACADEMY (6-22-2)
Home Rink: Whiston-Bragdon Arena
Things appear to be on the upswing for the Govs, who have improved their depth and competitiveness at all positions.
Senior captains Mitch McGinn (27 pts) and Shane O’Leary (13 pts) head a strong returning group that also features junior Owen Fowler (36 pts – a UMass Lowell recruit). Also back for second-year coach Brian McGuirk are senior Sean Brown (21 pts), seniors Henry Carlson and Drew Chase, juniors Trevor Demers, Aaron Mulligan and Dane Whiston, and sophomore Ian Olenik. Youngsters added to that group include new junior Massimo Gentile and a talented group of sophomores in Kyle Elliot, Charlie Dean, Noah Bird and Thomas Huard.
On defense, seniors Brandon Boulos and Ryan Roskey and junior Dillon Passero return and will hold down the fort. The group will be bolstered with the arrival of junior Jack Pascucci, and sophomores Brendan Fitzgerald, Colin Elliot and Sean Thies.
All three goalies from last year’s club return with seniors Drake Wheelden and Joe Mansi, and sophomore David Palandjian.
LAWRENCE ACADEMY (20-3-6)
Home Rink: Grant Rink
A host of talented players has moved on, both to graduation and juniors (where last year’s top two scorers Sam Colangelo and Tyler Young now reside), but the coaching staff is very confident in both the returning cast and the new talent to the program. The Spartans were Keller Division champs and an Elite Tournament participant last winter and strive to get back.
Juniors David Sacco (29 pts – UNH commit) and Riley Duran (26 pts – Providence commit) are back and will power the offense for coach Robbie Barker. Also back are senior Connor Lovett (18 pts), senior Holt Oliphant (18 pts), senior John Riggins (16 pts) and senior James Broderick (returning from injury). Two new juniors ready to contribute are Anthony Cafarelli and Blake Humphrey (Providence commit).
Senior Matt Connor (11 pts) and junior Kyle Furey (10 pts) are top rearguards back. New junior Cole Teleki (Providence commit), junior Damien Carfagna and senior Jake Matthews will join the unit.
In goal, senior Brandon Milberg, who split time a year ago, is ready to take over full-time.
Home Rink: Arthur Valicenti Rink
The Tigers graduated four of their top five scorers, but that shouldn’t be an issue as they boast some of the top young players in the region. They are excited to play in their new home arena on campus.
Northeastern commit Sasha Teleguine is back for what should be a banner junior campaign for head coach Tony Amonte. Sophomore Nick Roukounakis and freshman Mike Stenberg are verbal commits to Boston University and Penn State respectively. Juniors Zach Glass and C.J. Monturio will have key roles. Freshman Joe Bennett looks for a big season. Added to the mix are new juniors Peter and Joseph Kramer, both committed to Providence. The brothers helped lead BC High to two straight MIAA Super 8 championships. Another new player to watch up front is Shane Taddia.
Senior Cam Mannion and freshman C.J. Foley are back on defense. Declan Loughnane, whose goal in the fourth overtime clinched the state title for BC High, joins the blue line group.
Senior Gavin Fitzpatrick, a returning starter, gives the Tigers a solid presence between the pipes.
MILTON ACADEMY (4-16-2)
Home Rink: Roberts Rink
After a stretch that saw four straight post-season trips, including two appearances in the Elite 8, the Mustangs took a step back last year. This winter, they enter the second season of a rebuilding phase and the feeling is that this club could make some noise.
Up front, junior Jeffrey Lee (23 pts) and senior Tyler Crist (21 pts) were two of the team’s top scorers last winter. Senior Shane O’Sullivan is primed for a bigger role offensively. Among the newcomers ready to make a splash are juniors Tanner Smith and David Chen, and sophomore Ethan Davidson.
Senior Max Cassella will have a lot of responsibility on the defensive side of things for coach Paul Cannata. A good group of new blueliners to the program includes junior Ethan Mistry, sophomore Matt Danziger, and freshman Chris Romaine.
Junior Chris Demers served as the back-up netminder last year and is back ready to challenge for the starting role in the cage.
Home Rink: Flood Rink
Ten seniors return for the Bulldogs, which will be a big plus. A key to success will be how well the team comes together this winter.
Four of those returning seniors will guide the offensive attack for coach Brian Day. Jack Cronin, a 44-pt scorer last year, has committed to Princeton. Casey Severo (39 pts), Robert Lapsley (19 pts) and Owen O’Connor (9 pts) will be tough to stop.
Seniors Pierce Kenney (16 pts), Colby Bailey (9 pts) and John DiNovi are ready for big years on the blue line, as is sophomore Aidan Lyons (19 pts). Senior Marc Smith (2.25 gaa) played all but 75 minutes of action in the Nobles cage last winter.
ST. SEBASTIAN’S (23-6-0)
Home Rink: Henry T. Lane Rink
During a season where the Arrows won 23 games and earned an Elite Tournament berth, they were blessed with scoring from a multitude of players. That will also be a key to any success that happens this winter.
Senior leaders up front this year for coach Sean McCann will be the dynamic duo of Liam Connors (43 pts – Boston University commit) and Connor Joyce (30 pts – Boston College commit). Junior Brendan Dumas (16 pts) and sophomores Timmy Delay (12 pts – Boston College commit) and Brendan Gorman will also dot the scoresheet on a regular basis.
The defensive nucleus will be built around the likes of senior Ryan MacDermott, junior Thomas Messineo and sophomore Will Elias, all returners. Senior Luke Garrity had a 2.58 gaa in the majority of playing time in goal last winter for the Arrows.
Home Rink: Travis Roy Arena
The Seawolves will be on the young side, so the veteran guys will need to lead the way for coach Gerry Dineen, especially early on.
A solid trio will lead the offensive attack in senior Connor Tobin (28 pts Williams College), junior Morgan Winters (34 pts – UNH commit) and senior Jake Cady (31 pts). A couple of newcomers to keep an eye on are junior Seth Bernard and sophomore Shane Lachance.
Junior Nick Dallaire will be an anchor on the blue line for the Seawolves.