Expect a great battle again in the Eberhart Division, which saw two of its teams – Brooks (Large School) and St. Mark’s (Small School) win New England prep titles last March.
For Brooks (21-5-4) to have a similar type season, the Bishops will need to replace League MVP and All New England goaltender Max Prawdzik. Junior Johnny Trotto, last year’s backup, will get the chance during pre-season workouts.
Coach Dave Ries does return some production in the forward ranks, Seniors Vito Bavaro (24 pts), Jack Goodwin (22 pts), Henry Cormier (22 pts), Alex Vincent-Quici (13 pts) and Paul Capozzi (11 pts) are all prep hockey veterans, as are junior Danny Philbrick and sophomore Max Rand. New juniors Lewis Evans and Niko Price, and freshman Mitchell Nenninger look to contribute.
On defense, senior Colin Stevens (17 pts) will anchor things, along with senior Ford Hatchett and junior Max Kahn. Freshmen Owen Borek and Michael Hughes hope to crack the blue line lineup.
With a year more of experience and some new older guys, BB&N (9-18-1), which may have had the youngest team in prep hockey last winter, could see a much-improved and balanced attack.
Senior leaders up front for coach Terrence Butt are Chris Butler, Mark Addonizio and Joe DeSimone. New junior Bernie McGovern should pay immediate dividends in the scoring department.
Veteran defenseman Mike Bibbey, a senior, will be vital to the Knights defensive unit. New junior Joey Gilbert will be an added plus.
Senior returner Sihak Lee will be workhorse in goal for BB&N.
Strong goaltending and up-front depth will be the keys to success for Groton (11-11-3) this winter. Coach Bill Riley expects his team to be challenged with a great schedule.
Senior forward Mike Brown (55 pts) will be on of the Eberhart’s top forwards. He will get offensive help from senior Matt Winter, coming off an injury-plagued junior season, and sophomore Chris Brown (36 pts). New sophomore Santeri Hartiainen from Finland will bring his talents each game.
Returning junior Matt Mullen and new junior Tim Bukowski will have important roles on defense for the Zebras.
Senior Matt Efros is back in goal. He got the bulk of the minutes in the nets last season for Groton.
Middlesex (6-14-2) fully expects to be improved this winter, buoyed by a host of new faces in the lineup.
A trio of seniors – Tabor Smith, Matt Banks and Chase Davenport – will be catalysts up front for coach Joe Mallen. Junior Joe Feeney is a newcomer who will contribute.
Book-end seniors Matt Daly and Nick Kender will highlight the defense for the Zebras, while coach Mallen is confident in a big season from junior Derek Goguen in goal.
Great senior leadership, fast forwards and strength on the blue line are the calling cards of this year’s Rivers (14-12-5) squad, not to mention the return of a pair of experienced goaltenders.
Up front, senior Christian Capello will be a vital cog offensively for coach Shawn McEachern.
A strong defense will feature the likes of junior Michael Young, a UConn recruit, senior Frank Boles, committed to Holy Cross and senior Mike Gurska.
Sophomore Aidan Porter and senior Peter Ciccarelli both got some varsity time last winter for the Red Wings between the pipes.
Cataruzolo New Coach At Roxbury Latin; Mo Randall Had Served As Coach The Past 39 Seasons
Former assistant Dave Cataruzolo moves up to head coach at Roxbury Latin (14-8-2), taking over for long-time mentor Mo Randall. “A more balanced scoring attack will be necessary in order to reach our full potential,” Cataruzolo said.
Senior Ronnie Lestan (38 pts) will have a huge role up front for RL, as will junior Max Ginsburg (22 pts) and sophomore Jimmy Duffy (21 pts).
Defensively, sophomore Mike Callahan (16 pts), one of the league’s top rearguards as a ninth grader last year, recently committed to Providence. Junior Bryan McGrath (.914 save %) should get the call in goal for Roxbury Latin.
Improvement could be in the cards for St. George’s (7-13-2), which has a solid core of juniors and seniors. Coach Justin Cerenzia is fully optimistic that it can happen. He’s glad to be back behind the bench after missing the majority of last season after a freak injury on the bench.
If senior Frederic Gregoire can stay healthy (he’s missed most of the last two seasons) he will be one of the division’s premier forwards. Junior Toby Almeida (20 pts) and sophomore Matt Toner (15 pts) are two other offensive weapons for the Dragons. Two freshmen to keep an eye on are Zane Cowan and Lukas Washco.
Senior Tim Baumann (14 pts) and junior Colin Felix (20 pts), who has committed to UMass Amherst, form quite a solid tandem on the blue line. Freshman Nico Menconi looks to have a role.
St. George’s is also blessed with a pretty good goaltending tandem in senior Colin Seeley and junior Shane Conlon.
It was quite a first year behind the bench for coach Carl Corazzini, whose St Mark’s (23-4-3) club won the New England Small School title. A good group returns from that championship club.
Senior Zach Tsekos (54 pts) will spearhead the offense; he is a Sacred Heart commit. Other keys up front for the Lions are senior Luke O’Brien (51 pts), senior Derek Osik (25 pts) and senior Owen Allen (25 pts).
Senior stalwart Peter Housakos (36 pts) will be counted on heavily on the St. Mark’s blue line. A host of newcomers, including junior Michael Nantais, sophomore Logan Stewart, and freshmen Colby Bailey and Henry Thrun, will battle for playing time.
And last, but certainly not least, is returning senior Ryan Ferland in goal. Corazzini labels his netminder one of the best in New England.