Boys Prep West: Gunnery begins the Badger Era

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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In year one of his tenure, coach Brett Riley put together a solid season for Albany Academy (16-12-2). All signs point to the potential for an even better campaign in 2015-2016.

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Returning senior Kevin O’Neill (55 pts), a Yale recruit, and two-time captain Nick Boyagian (46 pts), back for a post-grad year, will drive the Cadets’ offense. A host of talented newcomers have arrived to bolster the forward lines in post-grad Jack Quinlivan, a recent Maine commit, post-grad Alex Aguirre, seniors Evan Pace, Race Bennett and David Cohen, junior Brendan Schneider and sophomore Jericho Petkovich.

Post-grad Alex Vukota returns for another year on the Albany blue line. He will be joined by several defensive newcomers, including brother Nick Vukota. Also in the fold are Justin Geary, Parker Schultz and Egan Wolford.

The goaltending will be handled by senior Giancarlo Ventre and newcomer Jacob Acton

With solid returners at each position, expect Berkshire (15-11-2) to be tough to beat, as the Bears usually are.

In senior Barclay Gammill (41 pts) and junior Northeastern commit Matt Koopman (35 pts), coach Dan Driscoll has a solid one-two scoring punch up front. They will get help in the scoring department from seniors Jared Renzi and Connor Shelleck, and juniors Ryan Keelan and Jack Lloyd. Post-grads Chris Googins and Sean Verrier add to the attack.

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Seniors Dan Driscoll (14 pts) and Chris Maratea will be leaders on the Berkshire blue line. Juniors Kyle Koopman and Drew Pitcher are two more experienced bodies in the defensive zone. New junior Kyle O’Connor adds depth.

The Bears also have a pair of experienced netminders in seniors Sam Merrill and Jimmy Graham.

Brunswick (26-7-0) had a breakthrough season last winter and although the Bruins lost some key guys, there is enough in the returning nucleus to keep them highly competitive.

Coach Ron VanBelle will get some serious production from senior Jack Stephenson (36 pts), senior Colin Slyne (26 pts) and junior Christian LeSueur (25 pts), who recently committed to Dartmouth.

Veteran seniors Max Fuld (33 pts) and Colin Bernard give Brunswick two skilled performers on the blue line. Senior Brian Ketchabaw is a returning goaltender for the Bruins.

Canterbury (8-17-4) was hit hard by graduation, so this is a club that should get better as the season goes along.

Seniors Travis Schneider (28 pts) and J.D. Pogue (16 pts) will lead things offensively for coach Paddy McCarthy. The Saints do welcome back senior Tim Decker between the pipes.

An experienced defense and depth at every position is what new head coach Craig Badger will start out with at Gunnery (20-6-2), one of the elite programs in prep school hockey the past few years.

Key holdovers for the Highlanders at forward will be senior Cameron Donaldson (32 pts) and senior Chad Varney (16 pts). A bevy of new junior forwards ready to contribute includes Gustaf Westlund from Sweden, Ethan Destefani, Albert Washco, Noah Williams and Lucas Prestamo.

A trio of seasoned seniors will take care of matters in the defensive zone. Josh Gagne (17 pts), Connor Dahlman and McKay Flanagan (10 pts) all should see a lot of minutes. New junior Alex Wilkins is hoping to have a big role.

In goal, senior Trevin Kozlowski, committed to Army, is coming off a tremendous junior campaign for the Highlanders.

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Northfield Mt. Hermon (14-15-1) finished just a shade under the .500 mark last winter and will look to good team chemistry and good team defense to be in the hunt this winter.

Massimo Luciani Millbrook
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Top players for coach Tom Pratt project to be senior forward Oliver Chau and senior defenseman Jamie Dorsey. Freshman defenseman Mike Kennedy will look for some minutes.

There is optimism at Millbrook (11-19-3), as the Mustangs return 16 players from last year’s outfit. Coach Vincent Sorriento thinks his team will be successful if they continue to improve and mature.

Senior forwards Luka Piccolo (28 pts) and Massimo Luciani (27 pts) will get the job done in the forward lines. New junior Tim Drevitch and brother Kevin Drevitch, a sophomore, should step in to major roles.

Senior Jed Raby and junior Alex Sheehy are a pair of experienced defensemen. Post-grad Ryan Walsh will be counted on heavily.

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Coach Matt Goethals got some on-the-job training in his first year behind the bench at Pomfret (7-18-0) and fully expects his team to be improved this season. There will be more depth as the Griffins have brought in a bunch of talent.

Seniors Andrew Shields, Andrew Douglas and Carter Miller, along with junior Chris Wright, are returning up front. Newcomers ready to challenge includes juniors Jon Beniers, Brandon Mitchell and Ben Alofsin, sophomore Reece Sowka and freshman Tucker Sheehan.

Senior Raph Guillebon is the top skater back on defense for the Griffins. He will get help from post-grad Matt Kenyon and new juniors Josh Labonte and Ross Sigal.

In the nets, new junior Kristian Hansen and freshman Peyton Durand will battle incumbent David Altman will battle for time.

An impressive incoming class will mesh with a solid nucleus of returning players to power Williston (13-11-2), whose schedule boasts six of the eight teams that made the New England Elite Tournament last winter.

Up front, senior Jack Kelly (24 pts) and juniors Nick Schofield (23 pts) and JoJo Carbone (14 pts) will be vital to any offensive success the Wildcats have. Talented newcomers include post-grad Ben Ventura. and juniors Brendan White, J.T. Chamberlain, Nick Day, Owen Sylvia and Steven Gower.

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Defensively, seniors R.J. Guardia and Brad Budman will be counted on heavily by coach Derek Cunha. Expect post-grad Michael Seibold to have a key role. Freshman bluelinerr Kevin Lassman hopes to chip in.

In goal, senior Shane Mason was a workhorse last year, playing 1,267 minutes.

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