The Norton Lancers look to make some noise. Senior defenseman Troy Parker will be joined with junior Matt Loranger and sophomore Cam Trudeau on the back line.Jake Palin, Bob Trudeau and Jack Loranger should provide scoring.
“We put a competitive schedule that will allow us to compete, but we will certainly be challenged. The core of the team is comprised of mostly sophomores, but we will ride on the play of senior Troy Parker,” coach Kyle Heagney said. “We lost four key players from last year’s team. We need to figure out where our goal production is going to come from.”
Sean Chicoine brings back his team under a new cooperative program. The team was Mashpee/Upper Cape one year ago.
Seniors Aidan Sullivan (F), Collin Fader (F), James Hinesly (F), Pat Kampersal (D) and Josh Handler (G) are the team leaders. Juniors Ben Daigneault (F), Nick Simkins (F) and Andrew Vinitsky (D) also return, along with sophomores Pete Lucarelli (F), Joe Mackie (F) and Ari Purdy (D). Freshmen Josh Vinitsky (F), Will Wahtola (F), Cole Currie (D) and Michael Bartolomey (G) could make some noise this season.
“Establishing a cohesive group of hockey players that just came together through a recent co-op,” Chicoine said when asked about the keys to the season. “ Solid defensive zone coverage creating offensive opportunities.”
UPPER CAPE REGIONAL
Upper Cape, breaking away from its cooperative program with Mashpee, comes into the season with a fresh start. That fresh start includes new coach Peter Hathaway, who welcomes eight seniors, four juniors, nine sophomores and five freshmen to the program.
Sophomore goalie veteran Cam Johnson and freshman goalie Evan Dallacosta should each see time.
Seniors Robert Fluke, Cam Ventre, Matt Kelly, Eric Garrison, Patrick Burke, Nick White and Madison Reily are the bread and butter of the program.
Coach Hathaway is still feeling out his team but said he likes the senior leadership so far. Last year, the team had a losing record and showed need for much improvement in several areas.
“I’d really like to see us build a strong defensive team,” Hathaway said. “As far as expectations I would love to see us .500 or better and sneak into tourney.”
CAPE COD TECH/CAPE COD ACADEMY
Coach Jay Dalterio’s team last winter drew the No. 1 seed in the South with a 15-4-1 regular-season record. But it was a short stint. The team lost to Abington in the first round, 7-1.
This year, Dalterio welcomes back sophomore forwards Dan Crossen and Cole Therrien, who their coach expects to lead the offense. Senior defensemen David Carty and Mike Hinckley and junior Matt Hinckley will anchor blue line.
Newcomer junior Owen McCoubrey will get start in net.The team’s key for success will be discipline, Dalterio said.