The Bulldogs had a nice regular season last winter, then put it all together in the post-season, making it all the way to the D2 state final at Boston Garden. An early-season focus will be to add more offense to Canton’s already stingy defensive style.
Juniors Maggie Malloy (23 pts) and Lauren Fitzpatrick (16 pts) and senior sparkplug Kendra Farrelly (14 pts) will be relied on to produce offensively for coach Dennis Aldrich. Two freshmen ready to help out are Maria Femia and Lizzie Tassinari.
Junior Katie Trerice is a solid returning defenseman, while the Bulldogs have a solid presence between the pipes with senior veteran Colleen Kelleher (5 shutouts), who played every game last winter.
With as many as 15 freshmen, including a pair of goalies, at preseason workouts, the Panthers will be young and will look to strong leadership from the upperclassmen. Coach Margie Burke expects her team to be competitive in this the first year of a girls Hockomock League.
Junior captain Regan Patterson will be a vital cog to Franklin’s offensive attack, along with seniors Jackie Connelly, Maddy Hinckley and Caroline Hedvig.
A young defense will look to senior Jill McLaughlin for leadership.
Looking to be competitive in this first year of the Hockomock League are the Black Knights, who hope a few new players added to the lineup will be a plus.
Up front, seniors Ellie Kashian and Krista Michienzi, and junior Katie Widrow, are back to pace the forward lines, which should be bolstered with the arrival of freshmen Haley Nelson and Morgan Lessa.
Junior defenseman Julia Russell led Stoughton in scoring last year. Senior Sarah Widrow is also back on defense for coach Richard Grasso.
MANSFIELD/OLIVER AMES/FOXBORO (14-6-1)
A third straight trip to the post-season is a goal for the Warriors, who also feel they will be a player for the inaugural league crown.
Offensively, senior captain Catherine Luciano (25-12-37) will be the leader for coach Mike Dalton. Also back are juniors Isabelle Shanteler (21 pts) and Mackenzie Fraser (19 pts). Captain Kayla Dalton, a senior, will have a key role as well.
Junior Denea Reager holds down the fort on defense. Senior captain Kerran Holmes (1.63 gaa, 5 shutouts) is back in goal for the Warriors.
KING PHILIP (11-10-2)
With a good mix of all four grades, the Warriors may be a bit on the smaller side, but will have some speed.
Senior Kyleigh Remmes (15 pts) and junior Meghan Gorman (18 pts) will spark the offense for coach Jack Unger. Newcomers ready to go are sophomore Abby Carr and freshman Avari Maxwell.
Defense will be a strongpoint with tri-captains Jessica Daniels (13 pts), Nicole Connor (11 pts) and Katie Crowther securing the blue line. New freshman Marin Cormier will have a role.
The Warriors also return a tested goalie in junior Lilly Potts.