The Mustangs bowed to North finalist Wilmington in double OT in the Sectional quarterfinals last year, capping a stellar debut campaign under Shawn Bates. Repeating that success will be a challenge as graduation thinned the ranks.
Bates will count on a core group of returnees to lead the way. As many as eight freshmen could take regular shifts in a year Bates says will involve “a lot of coaching and teaching.” Senior Brendan Hussey is the leader of a forward unit that includes junior Max Porrazzo and sophomores Brendan Ciarlone and Gino Ramasci. Seniors Ryan O’Keefe and Justin McDonald return on the back line. Three players are competing for the goaltending job.
Former Boston University star Jason Lawrence takes over the fortunes of the Crimson Tide and will look to heighten the compete level of his squad right away.
Goal scoring will need to come from the likes of senior James Liberge, and sophomores Marc Faia and Ray Suppa. Senior Chris Durkin will be important to the Everett blue line.
It’s not often the Harbormen miss the post-season. Last year was one of those years. With few proven scorers, Coach Tony Messina says a tourney berth will require tight defense and good goaltending coupled with the emergence of consistent offense by both returning players and new underclassmen.
Top forwards are senior captain Jack Forbes and Dan Shea, senior Ethan Iaria, junior Billy McNally and sophomore Matt Demelis. Senior captain Mike Saleski, senior Nico Droster and sophomore Marc O’Rourke will patrol the blue line. Juniors Andrew Ehler, back from B.C. High; and Matt Personeni, back after missing a year due to health issues, will compete for the goaltending job.