With a host of returning players, Berwick is the favorite to repeat as champions of the Eastern Independent League.
Home Rink: Dover Ice Arena
Solid goaltending, strong leadership and scoring production will be keys to success for the Bulldogs, who aim to snag another post-season tournament appearance. The team lost just three seniors to graduation.
Plenty of scoring prowess abounds in the forward lines, led by seniors Brittany Foster (38 pts), Sidney Foster (22 pts), Delaney Kingsland (22 pts) and Rayne Zimmerman (19 pts). Freshman Charlotte Wensley put up 24 pts in a banner eighth-grade campaign. Junior Lindsay Goodman (19 pts) and sophomores Alex Kingsland (12 pts) and Reese Murphy are back as well for coach Kelly Souza. A couple of youngsters who will look to contribute are freshman Julia Cabral and eighth-grader Louise Roper.
Five defensemen also return in senior Tiffany Foster (17 pts) senior Annabelle Beaton (10 pts), juniors Ainsley Wescott and Hannah Beveridge and freshman Reese Fendelet.
In goal, sophomore Ellie Foye was the back-up last winter. She will battle for the starting position with freshman Bella Pomarico.
NEWTON COUNTRY DAY (3-13-0)
Home Rink: Daly Rink
The Falcons will be a young squad this year, one that should become more competitive as the season progresses.
Offensive production should come from the likes of junior Megan Raymond and sophomores Grace Connelly, Mary Mulroy and Liza Hayes.
Senior Hanna Matthews will lead the defense and serve as team captain for coach Gus Means. Juniors Ellie Forcier and Megan O’Brien and sophomore Megan Lovett return as well, as does junior goaltender Olivia Winchenbaugh.
Coach Means says that five impactful freshmen have joined the roster as well.
Home Rink: Johnson Rink
A good crew returns for the Highlanders, who will need some scoring balance if they intend to contend for the EIL crown.
Senior Katelyn Clarke (37 pts), junior Kate Hill (17 pts) and junior Kate Lucy (14 pts) should provide ample scoring for coach Jim MacLaughlin. Freshman Zarena Sawyer hopes to crack the lineup.
On defense, senior Addy Fenton (23 pts), senior Liz Zelten and sophomore Gabby Nagahama (11 pts) form the nucleus.
Senior Callie MacLaughlin is back after playing every game in the nets last winter. Freshman Maddie Santosuosso will press for time.
PORTSMOUTH ABBEY (4-14-2)
Home Rink: Portsmouth Abbey Rink
The Ravens suffered through an injury-plagued season a year ago. This winter, they look to get back to their winning ways.
Senior Alyssa Civiello and junior Avery Korzeniowski are pair of key returners up front for coach Kurt Carter. A couple of freshmen ready to contribute right away are Sara DeSousa and Danielle Longuemare.
Defensively, senior Lily Hovasse and sophomore Jacqueline Martin will be helped by new junior Elizabeth LePage and freshman Isabella DiReda.
Abbey welcomes a pair of new goaltender to the program in junior Hallie Kreppein and freshman Sofia Cebrero.