This league features last year’s NEPSAC Division 1 champion Kent, as well as playoff participant Loomis Chaffee. With the new post-season format this year, every team in the Housatonic League should be in the running for a playoff spot.
Home Rink: Remsen Arena
A strong senior class will propel this group to success this winter. Head coach Ashley Bairos reports her club has excellent team chemistry.
Offensively, the Wild Boars will rely on senior Christina Tournas, senior Effie Tournas and sophomore Morgan Skoda to lead the way.
On the blue line, senior Delaney Dill and sophomore Sabrina Kim are two key returners. A trio of newcomers will bolster the defensive crew, including post-grad Mairead Kennedy, sophomore Juliana Bruno and freshman Cadence Secreto.
Home Rink: Class of 1993 Rink
This club just missed the post-season a year ago, picking up some nice wins along the way. The Big Green hopes to be in the mix again this winter.
A forward nucleus includes senior Christina Halloran and juniors Ella Chiang and Lisa Ito-Bagshaw. New sophomore Jackson Kinsler brings her talents in from Team Wisconsin.
Senior Aurora Devereaux and sophomore Sara Ito-Bagshaw are two key returning defensemen for coach Brooke Fernandez. New junior Keri Clougherty and freshman CC DesLauriers, already committed to the University of Vermont, will shore up the back line.
Home Rink: Schmidt Rink
The Bearcats took a big step forward last winter, narrowly missing qualifying for the D1 playoffs. Of their five losses, four came to playoff teams. Coach Corey Cooper is looking for some shared scoring from her club this winter.
Cooper will be looking to senior Sandrine Brien to spark the offensive attack, senior Emily Ferguson and senior Jelani Adorno to lead the defense and junior Maggie Hatch to be solid between the pipes.
LOOMIS CHAFFEE (15-6-4)
Home Rink: Johnson Savage Arena
A D1 semifinalist last season, expect the Pelicans to be right in there fighting for a spot in the new Elite Tournament. They will possess some good depth, and be strong and experienced on defense and in the net.
Offensively, Loomis saw top forward Jess Schryver and her 159 career points graduate (now at Northeastern), so a key will be contributions from across the line-up. Senior Jenna Donahue (37 pts – Dartmouth commit) is back, as is senior Anna Hurd. Two newcomers ready to contribute are post-grad Bobbi Rosa and junior Caroline Appleyard (Dartmouth commit), a transfer from Berkshire School.
Seniors Brea Bergeron (11 pts) and Jenna Stevens (Wesleyan commit) and junior Taylor Guarino (Yale commit) will be defensive catalysts for coach Liz Leyden.
The Pelicans also return both goaltenders, who split time last winter, in juniors Elinor Keehn and Grace Caligiuri.
Home Rink: Nadal Rink
The Lions won their final 10 games last winter, culminating in the school’s first NEPSAC D1 championship. They outscored their three post-season opponents by a 15-2 margin. While they lost some key players from that title team, be sure they have restocked the cupboard in a big way.
A host of forwards returns for coach Shawn Rousseau, including seniors Millie Sirum, Siena Smith and Ally Thanassi, juniors Mallory Mauracher and Mina Exnerova and sophomores Megan Woodworth, Taylor Jeffrey and Lillie Edwards. A talented group of newcomers features post-grad Kate Shaughnessy, who led Rivers to the D2 title last year, sophomores Caitlin Burke and Leila Nouri and freshman Aylah Cioffi.
Juniots Ella Crawford and Hannah Kent are back on defense. New senior Maddie Crowley-Cahill and sophomore Anika Curri join the fold.
Kent also returns both of last year’s goaltenders in senior Catie Boudiette and junior Juliette Roy.
Home Rink: Odden Arena
The core of returning players will set the tone this season for the Rhinos, who welcome a good group of young players to the stable.
Up front, senior Kristina Cornelio (17 pts) will be a sparkplug, as will senior Piper Desorcie (8 pts) and junior Kamilla Dompier, who moves up from the blue line. New junior Julia Laden will be involved.
Senior Olivia King (8 pts) will be a defensive backbone for coach Gretchen Silverman. New junior Ciara Halloran should see quality minutes.
Sophomore Jenna Gugliemi is a returning netminder for the Rhinos.
* Westminster will also compete in the Housatonic League this winter.