Despite graduating a bunch of talent, Berwick (23-3-3) still returns a strong core that looks to build on last years’ momentum that saw them post more wins than any other D2 club.
The offense will be built around senior Alyssa Hulst (50 pts), who could play forward or defense. Junior forward Anna Cosentino is also back after a 25-point campaign. Senior co-captain Siobhan McDermott is a solid player in all three zones for coach Patrick McNulty.
A return to the post-season was the highlight of last winter for Canterbury (15-7-1) and you can bet the Saints are looking for a repeat trip in March of 2016. A key will be to replace the scoring lost to graduation.
Coach Peter LaVigne has a number of options to pick up the scoring pace. Senior Maddie Blauth (28 pts) returns to lead the forwards, a group that also includes senior Mary LaVigne, juniors Emily Martino (24 pts), junior Mary Kate Martino (13 pts), and sophomores Ariella Hass (16 pts), Gillian Schullery and Victoria Body. Newcomers hoping to help out are sophomores Clara Tomann and Stephanie Proteau and freshman Nikki DeCola.
Senior Maura White (15 pts), junior Kara Santoro and sophomore Gabby Vitelli are all returns on the Saints blue line. Freshman Erin Mushlit is new to the program.
Juniors Chelsea Allain and Sinead O’Donnell are returning goalies. While freshman Jami Procanik is a new arrival.
Half of Greenwich Academy’s (4-12-2) roster will be freshmen and sophomores, according to coach Moe Tarrant, who says his team has upgraded the scoring and that defense will be the strength of the club.
Offensively, senior co-captain Charlie Johnson and junior Meaghan Keating will be cornerstones for the Gators. New sophomore Stephanie Lane has a penchant for scoring goals, which will help.
Senior co-captain Kate DeFrino will anchor the blue line. Newcomer Bobbi Roca will see time either at forward or defense.
In goal, freshman Courtney DeNaut already has varsity experience.
A strong offensive core returns at Hebron (19-9-0), which is coming off a nice 19-win campaign of a year ago.
Up front, coach Katie Ftorek will again bank on the scoring prowess of sophomore Eliza Beaudin (35 pts) and junior Lauren Rousseau (20 pts).
Senior Kiana Melvin (12 pts) is a top blue liner and will log a lot of minutes on the Lumberjacks blue line. Newcomer Taylor Leech, a senior, will be a huge addition on defense.
New goalie Emily Town will be in the hunter for the starting position between the pipes.
Holderness (12-14-0) welcomes a new head coach in Chris Day, who is back for his second stint behind the Bulls bench. Days says he is looking to build on the growth the program had last year.
Sophomore Grace Parker and junior Nicole Johnson are two key holdovers up front. A couple of up-and-coming freshmen – Darby Palisi and Lauren Steele – look to dent the scoresheet.
Senior Kyra Borsoi, juniors Jordyn McGuire and Sydney Parker, and sophomore Phoebe Day form the nucleus of the Holderness defense.
In goal, senior Annie Smyth-Hammond is a returning varsity performer.
Added offensive punch and a solid work ethic should be enough to get Kents Hill (0-15-3) a number of victories this winter.
A pair of seniors – Sarah Arseneau and Riley Kirk – will be joined by junior Allison Frechette and freshman Hannah Johnson to give coach Meghan Toomey some options up front.
On defense, senior Emma McDermott is a top returner. New freshman Nevin Sabatini looks to get some key minutes.
Senior Sophie Boulet gives the Huskies a solid presence between the pipes.
A New England finalist in 2013, Millbrook (11-10-0) is looking to get back to the post-season. Coach Ed Allen is looking for a good amount of energy from his club.
Up front, seniors Breanna Babiarz, Carly Weigold and Taylor Ham will be called on the carry things offensively for the Mustangs.
A blue line leader for Millbrook should be senior Jill Koop.
New North Yarmouth Academy (8-11-2) coach Amy McNally says she has a team that is determined, committed and tight-knit group that will focus on a strong work ethic.
Returning senior Keeley Bartolini will be an offensive catalyst for the Panthers. Freshman Emily Demers should have a big role.
Veteran senior Jenna Block will be a blue line leader. New junior Callie Sturgeon will help out defensively.
New junior Savannah Shaw will vie for key minutes in the NYA nets.
Despite losing nine players from last year’s squad, the outlook is still good at Pingree (7-15-0). The Highlanders must improve offensively, as they scored only 30 goals last winter.
Junior Abby Dirks (co-captain), who spent half the season last year on defense, is a full-time forward this year and will be counted on to contribute, as will sophomores Ryley Jordan and Jacqui Van Stry. Three freshmen ready to help the cause are Mackenzie Vasque, Alex Robertson and Rachel Tammaro.
On the blue line, seniors Nicole Khachadorian (co-captain) and Cara Cahill will be the cornerstones. Freshman Izzy DiAdamo provides solid depth.
Back for a third varsity year in the nets for coach Sarah Carpenter is junior CeCe Purcell.
Portsmouth Abbey (12-4-1) made some good strides last year and hopes to keep the momentum going.
Coach Kate Reardon has a pair of solid scorers to count on up front in senior Madison McCann (25 pts) and sophomore Abbey Luth (22 pts).
Juniors Remy Chester and Diana Oakes will the leaders on defense for the Ravens, in front of returning starter in goal – Jena Villeneuve.
A good nucleus back from last year’s 15-win club could mean another playoff appearance for Proctor (15-9-2).
Senior Alexis Fagan and junior Addy Shannon are intregal to the Hornets offense, which get a boost from the arrival of newcomers Bridget Fagan (junior) and Laura Horsley (sophomore).
A deep blue line group will be led by seniors Taylor Methven and Jamie Dee, and sophomore Kiara Vazquez.
Coach Corey Cooper also welcomes back the team’s two goaltenders from last winter in the senior duo of Ari Tortellot and Lexi Tilton.
Rye Country Day (5-9-0) will have just a pair of seniors in the lineup when the puck drops on the new season.
One of those seniors – captain Charlotte Fleischman – will spearhead the offensive attack for coach Courtney Doucette. Junior Olivia Weaver and freshman Catherine Appleyard will have key roles as well. Eighth-grader Elizabeth Friedberg wants to be an immediate contributor.
Freshman Katherine Holtby will be a key on defense for the Wildcats. Eighth-grader Olivia Friedberg, Elizabeth’s twin sister, looks for time on the blue line.
In goal, freshman Annie Hauser already has some varsity experience.
Southfield (16-7-2) advanced all the way to the New England D2 title game last winter and despite graduating some key players from that club, should have enough to challenge again this winter.
At forward, senior Meghara McManus, committed to UNH, will be the offensive leader for coach Julie Pesta. Sophomore goalie Kelly Lavelle gives Southfield a solid choice between the pipes.
A group of freshmen looking to contribute right away include forwards Cindy Giandemenico, Lea Marrs and Cathering Gowing, and defensemen Elliette Leahy and Cait Freda.
Under new head coach Ben Tefft, Tilton (5-15-0) strives to be tough defensively. The Rams have many new faces on the roster this season.
Junior Riley Nichols and sophomore Tia Raspante will be offensive catalysts. New senior AnnMargaret DiSicsio brings her scoring talents.
On the blue line, senior Stasia Bogacz and sophomore Morgan LeBaron are key holdovers. Post-grad Bri Gallagher will be a welcome addition to the Tilton defense.
In the nets, coach Tefft will have two options, returning sophomore Ally Joly and new junior Mary Clare Hanley.
At Vermont Academy (8-16-1), coach Stephanie Boulay has a good number of returning players. She says strengthening up special teams will be a focus in the early going, along with neutral zone transitional play.
Junior forward Chloe Aurard (from France) is already committed to Northeastern. She and junior Brianna Wood and sophomore Frederique Creighton will drive the Wildcats offense.
New sophomore defenseman Lotti Odnoga hails from Hungary.
Junior Anais Aurard and freshman Sarah Jacobelli will handle the goaltending chores.
Winsor School (4-8-0) has a new coach in Krystyn Elek who hopes to have the Wildcats be a going concern in the EIL.
Scoring should come from returning senior Maslen Ward and junior Michaela O’Connor. New senior Ann McDonald will help out as well.
Senior defenseman Grace Eysenbach and senior goalie Hailey Yetman will be keys for Winsor on the back end.
With depth up front, strong defense and excellent goaltending, everything points to another successful season at Worcester Academy (18-8-2), a playoff team for the past two seasons.
Senior co-captains Jennifer Manning (30 pts) and Timary Malley (15 pts, also could play defense) will be involved offensively, as will senior MaryKate Drinkwater (15 pts) and sophomore Micaela Sindoris (20 pts). Two veteran newcomers ready to add to the scoring are post-grad Michaela McNamara and senior Elizabeth Barberio.
Coach Kevin Zifcak will have the very capable senior Hannah Lowe and senior Moira Mullaney handling things on the blue line.
Junior goalie Julia Pelletier is a more-than-capable netminder with a lot of prep school game experience already under her belt.