Brooks Will Be A Tough Opponent
A Small School semifinalist a year ago, Brooks is banking on another positive campaign. More balanced scoring and improved commitment to team defense will go a long way.
Coach David Ries will look for scoring from senior tri-captain P.J. Kelleher (12 pts), and the junior duo of K.J. Moore (27 pts) and Vito Bavaro (15 pts), recently committed to Sacred Heart. New junior Alex Vincent-Ouici will help. Sophomores Danny Philbrick and Jackson Allard and freshman Max Rand hope to contribute right away.
The rock on the blue line for the Bishops will be junior Connor Moore (16 pts), who has committed to Boston College. Senior tri-captain Chris White (15 pts) is a solid, three-year prep veteran. A new sophomore to the crew is Max Kahn.
Brooks is solid in goal with the return of senior Max Prawdzik, who played every minute of every game last winter.
Big Shoes To Fill At BB&N
The Knights have some big shoes to fill, including three All-League defensemen and two All-League forwards. Coach Terrence Butt is looking for a senior core of forwards to step up, and some newcomers to help fill the void on the blue line.
The offense will be built around senior returners Fuller Winton, Mike Harris and Dan Metzdorf.
Senior Alec Newell is a returner on defense, and he will be vital to BB&N’s defensive success. New junior Mike Bibbey should step right into a regular role.
Returning junior goalie Sihak Lee expects more of a prominent role between the pipes.
Groton Boasts Solid Group Of Forwards
A solid group of returning forwards will have the Zebras in the mix, as long as they are able to finish and put pucks away.
In senior Ace Cowans (56 pts, Vermont commit), coach Bill Riley has one of the league’s premier offensive players. Junior Mike Brown (49 pts) is also a top-flight prospect. Other key returners up front are juniors Matt Winter (19 pts) and Ward Betts (20 pts).
Senior Jason Cahoon and junior David Selden should log a bunch of minutes on the Groton blue line.
Riley reports the Zebras will have competition in goal this year after the graduation of Mike Pompa. Newcomer Matt Efros hopes to be in the mix.
Middlesex Should Be In League Race
The Zebras look to be in the thick of things in the Eberhart race, with some talented players at each position.
Leading the way offensively for coach Joe Mallen will be senior Eric Shaw (27 pts), committed to Brown. New junior Tabor Smith hopes to make an impact.
Senior Harrison Markell (19 pts) is a top prospect on the Middlesex blue line. Senior Justin White is another key returner on the blue line. New junior Nick Kender provides solid depth on defense.
The Zebras also return both goaltenders from a year ago in the junior duo of Derek Goguen and Tristan Collins.
Rivers Looks To Keep Momentum Going
The Red Wings won their final six games of the regular season to qualify for the playoffs and coach Shawn McEachern is banking on good goaltending and strong defense to continue that momentum.
The team will have a solid senior presence up front to lead the way, paced by Joe Sacco, who had a team-leading 12 goals last season. Hunter Dempsey, Sean Sullivan and Pat Daly will be vital parts of the offense.
On the blue line, seniors Matt Lombardozzi and Austin Rook will be counted on heavily
In goal, senior Ryan Colena is back, having played the bulk of the minutes in goal last winter.
Junior Christian Capello, sophomore Charlie Parsons and freshman Tyler Capello are three newcomers hoping to make a splash.
Solid Progress Made By Roxbury Latin
ROXBURY LATIN (10-12-1)
Solid progress was made last season by Roxbury Latin, and coach Mo Randall is planning on the team building on that success in this 2014-2015 season.
Senior captain Colin Molloy will be the backbone of the Roxbury Latin defense.
Staying Healthy Will Be Key For St. George’s
ST. GEORGE’S (5-15-3)
Health will be a key factor this winter for the Dragons, who had an injury-plagued season a year ago. “Our young guys will need to take steps forward,” said coach Justin Cerenzia. “We’ll once again ask a lot of our underclassmen, but with a year under their belt for most of them, they should be better.”
Senior veterans Gino Roy and Hunter Johnson will be called upon to carry the scoring burden for the Dragons. Junior Frederic Gregoire and sophomore Toby Almeida are back as well. Two new freshmen ready to go are Andy Ide and Matt Toner.
Junior Tim Baumann and sophomore Colin Felix will anchor the St. George’s defense. Freshman Jackson Clark hopes to have a role.
Sophomore Shane Conlon and junior Colin Seeley will handle the goaltending duties.
St. Mark’s Will Be Guided By Corazzini
ST. MARK’S (16-8-4)
Despite its impressive record, the Lions did not qualify for the post-season last year. The Lions return some talent and will definitely be in the mix, under the tutelage of new head coach Carl Corazzini.
Expect the offense to go through the fearsome threesome of senior Adam Lee (56 pts), and juniors Zach Tsekos (58 pts) and Luke O’Brien (50 pts). A newcomer looking to crack the roster is sophomore Tyler Rogers.
On defense, the Lions also have a nice trio of veterans to lead the way in senior Sean Bellefuille, senior Brendan Dawson and junior Peter Housakos (19 pts).
Ryan Ferland is a returning starter in goal for St. Mark’s.