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Billy Sweezey

Billy Sweezey
Nobles

Connor Sodergren

Connor Sodergren
St. Paul’s

Cam Bando

Cam Bando
St. Paul’s

Nobles Offense Will Be Potent

NOBLES (20-7-1)

A strong returning cast has the Bulldogs excited about big things this winter. “Our offense should take care of itself, but how well we play on the defensive side of the puck coupled with how smart we play with the puck will determine how successful we will be,” said Nobles coach Brian Day.

Nobles should be able to score goals, led by senior Miles Wood (54 pts), committed to Boston College and already a New Jersey Devils draft choice. Senior Cody Todesco (39 pts) is a threat, as are juniors Luke Stevens (22 pts, Yale commit) and Mike Fahie (30 pts, Brown commit). Sophomore Cam Burke (20 pts) had a breakout freshman campaign.

Defense is also strong. Senior Billy Sweezey (28 pts) is a cornerstone; he has committed to Yale. Senior Billy Carrabino (18 pts), senior Alex Hreib (18 pts) and junior Pat Murray all return as well.

And, the Bulldogs return a solid starting goaltender in junior Brendan Cytulik.

 

Hillies Will Be Their Usual Strong Selves

BELMONT HILL (16-10-4)

If the returning core from last season can take a step forward, and the new varsity players get up to speed quickly, then the Hillies should be in for a pretty solid season.

Offensively, coach Jeremiah McCarthy expects big things from this top two returning scorers in senior Charley Michalowski (28 pts, Dartmouth commit) and senior Charlie McConnell (21 pts). Junior Christian Faggas (11 pts) will be counted on more heavily. A pair of new sophomores – Sam Hesler and Christian O’Neill – look to make an impact up front.

Belmont Hill has a solid defensive nucleus with senior Charlie Barrow (15 pts) and juniors David Giunta (10 pts) and Brian Matthews (7 pts).

In goal, junior Matthew Barrow returns and eyes the starting role.

 

Cockrell New Coach At Governor’s Academy

GOVERNOR’S ACADEMY (3-23-0)

The Governors struggled last winter, and turn to former Kents Hill mentor Larry Cockrell to engineer a turnaround. “The keys for a successful season for us will be to establish a strong team culture that will carry over for years to come,” he said.

Reid Howland

Reid Howland
Governor’s Acad.

Returning forwards ready to go are senior Tucker Marr, juniors Brandon Benson, Peter DiFrancesco and Garrett Coley, and sophomore Griff Clark. New junior Reid Howland and Tao Ishizuka will be injected into the lineup.

Senior veteran Tyler Niven anchors the GA blue line. Junior Kyle Hoffman is another blue line returner. New sophomore Matt Connolly looks to help out.

Governors has a returning goalie in senior Mack Burton.

 

 

 

Solid Nucleus Key For St. Paul’s

ST. PAUL’S (20-9-1)

The Big Red came just one goal short of winning the New England Large School title last winter and the team certainly hopes to build of that success this year.

Coach Mark Bozek has a pretty solid nucleus to work with up front with senior Connor Sodergren (45 pts), senior John Laurito (31 pts, Army commit), senior Austin Ricci (28 pts) and senior Vincent Lima (15 pts).

Senior defensive cornerstones for St. Paul’s will be Cam Bando (13 pts) and Vincenzo Renda (15 pts).

In goal, senior Nathan Colannino played almost every minute last winter.

 

Arrows Will Be Solid On The Back End

ST SEBASTIAN’S (12-12-1)

With a proven goalie and the top four defensemen returning, the Arrows will be solid on the back end. A key may be if some offensive depth can come to fruition.

A go-to guy up front for coach Sean McCann will be senior Will D’Orsi (37 pts). Other key forwards back include senior John Rourke and sophomore R.J. Murphy.

On the blue line, senior Matt Doherty (24 pts) is a fine two-way performer. Sophomore Eric Jeremiah (16 pts) is coming off a superb freshman campaign.

Senior Danny Higgins gives St. Sebastian’s a solid presence between the pipes.

 

Thayer Needs To Replace 8 Key Players

THAYER (21-5-1)

The Tigers emerged as one of the top-echelon prep clubs last winter. Having lost eight key players from that team, this season will hinge on how the young players can adapt to the pace of a very competitive league.

There will be plenty for coach Tony Amonte to work with up front, led by senior veteran Lincoln Griffin (55 pts, Northeastern commit). Junior Monte Graham (21 pts) recently committed to Boston College. Juniors Ryan Pfeffer (31 pts) and Ty Amonte (27 pts) are key components as well. Two freshman hoping to see time up front are Tristan Amonte and Aiden McDonough, while freshman Cam Lamansky is a defensive hopeful.

Junior Mike Royer is a returning varsity netminder looking for a bigger role in the nets this winter.

 

Improvement The Focus For Mustangs

MILTON ACADEMY (7-16-1)

A team with its focus on improving are the Mustangs. Several new players will mesh with a small, talented core of returners. Coach Paul Cannata is looking for his team to have a rebound season.

Senior co-captain Sean Brennan, injured for most of last season, will be an offensive catalyst, as will junior Trevor Turnbull. A couple of newcomers ready to contribute are junior Andrew Dumaresque and sophomore Jack Bliss.

Senior co-captain Henrik Dion backbones the Milton defense. Look for new junior Colin van der Veen and sophomore Buddy Mrwoka to have blue line roles.

Cannata is high on returning senior goalie Drew Hotte, who helped keep an injury-plagued team competitive last winter.

 

Lawrence Academy Expects To Be Better

LAWRENCE ACADEMY (5-18-3)

Liam O'Sullivan

Liam O’Sullivan
Lawrence Acad.

It was a down season last winter for Lawrence Academy, which will be looking to put a few more wins on the board this season.

Two sophomores who will be integral to the offense for coach Robbie Barker will be returners Esbjorn Vold, a Norway native, and Cam St. Amand. Seniors Frankie Newman and Evan Dahl are back as well. A host of young newcomers ready to make their mark include sophomores Craig Needham, Sam Swanson and Matt Hayes, and freshmen J. J. Harding and Timmy Kent.

Richie Cardillo is a returning defenseman for the Spartans. Joining the blue line group is junior Liam O’Sullivan and sophomore Jamie Swiggett.

New junior Mike Robinson gives Lawrence a solid presence in goal; he has committed to the University of New Hampshire.

 

 

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Gary Demopoulos
Gary Demopoulos has been covering prep school hockey for the HNIB News for over 30 years, and has been the editor of the HNIB News since 2005. A former sportswriter and news editor at the Woburn (MA) Daily Times Chronicle, he has been the HNIB News' key reporter for Mens Prep School hockey since 1988, as well as womens hockey, both at the prep school and high school levels. for almost 20 years. Gary also helps organize and oversee HNIB's many summer tournaments and festivals for scholastic players.
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