Lot Of Firepower Back In Cushing Fold
Returning more scoring player for player than any year since he took over the program, coach Rob Gagnon is confident his team will be able to score goals. Throw in a strong core of returning defense and talented goaltending, and you have a recipe for success.
Up front, you may not find a more talented trio than junior David Cotton (51 pts, Boston College commit) and seniors Bailey Conger (41 pts, St. Lawrence commit) and senior Jake Simons (46 pts). Seniors Dan Eruzione (27 pts), Steven Marsico (20 pts) and Max Hegge, along with juniors Max Brainin (12 pts) and Brent Hill (11 pts) give the Penguins some firepower. Sophomore Dakota Mulcay is another returner. Several newcomers hope to make an impact, including junior Jeff Morgan.
Seniors Patrick Horrocks (11 pts), Trevor Kacz and Jack Carroll form a solid nucleus on the Cushing blue line. Junior Ben Barton is back as well. New junior Matt Dillon hopes to contribute right away.
Between the pipes, senior Joey Daccord is a solid veteran presence that will be counted on.
Dexter Will Be A Force
With talent all around, expect Dexter to be a force throughout the season, a team that will be in the running for the Elite Tournament berth.
Senior Ryan Donato, a second round pick of the Boston Bruins, piled up 78 points last season and is expected to lead the Dexter offense, with a lot of help from returning seniors Sam D’Antuono (34 pts), Matt Brazel (27 pts) and Brian Green, and juniors Kevin Hock (36 pts) and Jack Donato (20 pts). New junior Patrick Daly will contribute right away.
Boston College recruit Luke McInnis is in the fold and will be a defensive rock for coach Dan Donato, joining an impressive returning group that includes seniors Jack Ouellette and Andrew Olevitz, junior Ryan McDougall and sophomore Sean Keohan.
New sophomore Liam Moore is in line to take over in goal for Dexter.
Northfield Will Cause Opponents Fits
NORTHFIELD MT. HERMON (20-10-2)
The Hoggers are coming off a solid campaign that resulted in a playoff berth in the Large School Tournament. If they can stay healthy and be resilient, this should be another impressive season.
At forward, senior standout Ben Freeman (46 pts, UConn commit) will be the go-to player. Senior Peter Owen-Hayward (13 pts) will be another vital cog. Look for new junior Oliver Chau to have a role.
Senior Alden Weller and junior Jamie Dorsey stand to be keys on the blue line for coach Tim Pratt. In goal, senior Conor O’Brien (.932 save %) is coming off an All-New England season.
Defensive Play Holds The Key For Exeter
PHILLIPS EXETER (23-5-3)
As usual, Exeter will be a force offensively. Ultimately, who rounds out the Big Red defensive core will be an important part to the team’s success, according to head coach Dana Barbin.
Senior co-captain Ted Hart (a Providence commit) will spearhead the Exeter offense, along with fellow co-captain Sterling Weatherbie. Juniors Devin Moore, Andy Espinoza and Stanley Brenner should all have increased scoring roles as well. A trio of post-grads – Max Roche, Mitchell Shennette and Robert Durst – will be offensive keys as well, along with new junior Ben Solin.
Defensively, juniors Peter Christie and Trevor Cosgrove will be two of the league’s top rearguards. Junior Jordan Haney is also back.
Post-grad Bryan Botcher projects to take over in goal for Exeter, with new sophomore Nick Moore also in the mix.
Seawolves Expect To Be Competitive
Is improvement in the cards for the Seawolves? “I believe we have the pieces to be very competitive this season,” said coach Gerry Dineen. “How quickly our new players can adjust to the increased pace of play will be key.”
Returners who will lead offensively are senior Wiley Knight (13 pts) and junior Ben Taylor (14 pts). Juniors Nick Godin and Symon Trembley and sophomores Eddie Hannon and Alex Cabana will be counted on to produce up front.
Senior David Almeida and juniors Bobby Stickles and Brett Dineen form a solid trio on the Tabor blue line. New junior Michael Ryan should be able to step right in.
Senior Riley Whitham saw the bulk of the action last season in goal for Tabor and projects to do so again this winter.
Berwick Starts Season With New Coach
BERWICK ACADEMY (15-10-1)
Interim head coach Andy May takes over for the departed Andy Lathrop behind the bench for this season and inherits a club that will be tough to play against. Good defensive play and solid team goaltending will be keys to success.
Seniors Connor Tully, Connor Ronan and Garrett McDonald are key holdovers up front for the Bulldogs. Two post-grads – Jake Gross and Brent Phillips – will provide some offensive flair.
On the blue line, senior Liam Darcy, a UNH recruit will be the leader, along with senior Chris Michaud. New junior Keith Jordan will add depth.
Senior Joey Lazzaro played just about every minute in goal last winter for Berwick and is back.
Lumberjacks Graduated Top Three Scorers
The Lumberjacks graduated their top three goal scorers from a year ago, so an obvious need will be to find some scoring punch amongst the returners
and new players to the program. Hebron should be sound on the defensive side.
A trio of returning forwards are capable of putting up some decent numbers in seniors Andrew Kulge (24 pts), Jeremie Piche (20 pts) and Anthony Petrov (17 pts). New junior Ryan Boucher hopes to chip in.
Post-grad Sean Munzing will be a vital performer on the blue line for coach James LeBlanc. New junior Alex Benetos will battle for time in goal.
Huskies Turn Coaching Reins Over To Friedman
KENTS HILL (9-16-5)
Former Boston University star and pro player Doug Friedman takes over the reins of the Huskies and looks to get this program back to its winning ways.
Keys up front for the Huskies project to be senior Kenny Britton (14 pts), senior Dominic Bretton-Veillette and junior Mark Snyder. A pair of juniors new to the program that will help out offensively are Ian Semon and Matt Henderson.
Senior Kevin Rodgers is a defensive holdover and will be joined by a host of newcomers on the blue line in senior Cullen Smith, and juniors Danik Roy, Felix Beaulieu and Joel Pottruff.
The Huskies also return a pair of netminders in juniors Sebastian Hogye and Bill McLaughlin.
Izzi Named New Coach At Moses Brown
MOSES BROWN (5-14-1)
New head coach Lou Izzi is ready to turn around the fortunes of the Quakers. “We need to become a better team defensively and we need to utilize our better depth at forward,” he said.
Three seniors – Colton King (11 pts), Tyler Poland (15 pts) and George Panichas – will be vital to the offensive attack. Izzi is hoping someone from a group of newcomers like junior Anthony D’Arcangelo and freshmen Matt Fawcett, Jacob Studley and Adam Towey can produce right away.
Moses Brown is looking for strong goaltending from senior Anton Zemba, who projects to take over the starting role in the nets.
NYA Ready To Take The Next Step
NORTH YARMOUTH ACADEMY (6-19-1)
With the majority of the team returning intact from last season, North Yarmouth Academy will have another year of experience under its collective belts, which can only be a plus.
Senior Bradley Potter (41 pts, Bowdoin recruit) will spearhead the offensive attack for coach Eric Graham. Junior Josh Chapman matched Potter’s 41-point effort last season. New sophomore Bobby Murray could pay immediate dividends.
Defensive anchors project to be juniors Nick Demers and Tristan Plummer. New sophomore Johnny Busolin will step in right away.
Sophomore goalie Jeremy Thelven played the bulk of the time in goal last winter for the Panthers and is primed for a breakout season.
Phillips Andover To Stress Good Team Defense
PHILLIPS ANDOVER (16-7-4)
The Big Blue are coming off a nice season that saw them reach the Large School semifinals. To stay at that level, Andover will need good team defense and consistent scoring from both returners and new players.
Up front, coach Dean Boylan will rely on production from seniors John Festa and Zach Weinger and junior Gordon Coulter. Post-grad Jack Orne will be asked to contribute, as will new juniors Tyler Levine and Collin Nugent.
On defense, look for senior Kyle Moss and junior Payton Jancsy to be anchors. The Big Blue welcome no less that three post-grads on the blue line in Joey Harrington, Drew DiGeronimo and Rob Bakerian.
Andover is solid in goal with the return of senior Erik Wurman, a starter last winter.
Pingree Hopes To Be On The Upswing
A solid returning nucleus should go a long time in helping Pingree produce some more victories this winter.
Junior Mike Riley (21 pts) will be an offensive catalyst for coach Gino Khachadourian. Senior Ryan St. Pierre will have a key role. Newcomers J.T. Chamberlain (sophomore) and Alex DelVento (freshman) will help the attack.
In their own zone, the Highlanders will look to juniors Christian Kukas (12 pts), Ryan Lovell (11 pts) and Matt Cavanaugh (9 pts) to be leaders.
Senior Chris DeVito is back for his senior campaign in goal. He was a workhorse last winter, logging a total of 1,289 minutes between the pipes.
Ravens Have Just Three Seniors
PORTSMOUTH ABBEY (5-12-1)
Leadership will be a huge factor in the success of the Ravens this winter, as the roster will boast just three seniors.
Sophomore Shayne Simpson (27 pts) will certainly be an offensive sparkplug for coach Paul Ranalli. Junior Ben Quick is a returning forward, and freshman Danny Sliney hopes to be a factor.
Senior co-captain Bobby Cloughen and junior co-captain Jack Murphy will be cornerstones on the Portsmouth Abbey blue line.
The Ravens will have a new starter in goal, with senior Aidan Cain and sophomore Bailey Strangis battling for the position.
New Era Begins For Worcester Academy
WORCESTER ACADEMY (6-17-0)
Guy Angers takes over as head coach of the Hilltoppers and feels that strong team defense will be a recipe for success.
The forward group does have some experience, led by seniors Jeff Coutu, Aaron Kline, Chris Lannan and Stanislav Zanevsky. Added to that group are post-grads Mike Ferraro and Tristan Goodwin.
Senior Nick Correia will be an important cog on the Worcester blue line and will be helped by post-grad Connor Donahue.
Senior Calum Hepburn will battle for the starting goaltender’s job.
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