KUA Needs To Replace Top Three Scorers
KIMBALL UNION (26-6-5)
It was quite a first season behind the bench for Tim Whitehead, as his Wildcats won the NEPSAC Small School title. To achieve similar success, KUA must replace its top three scorers and top two goalies from last winter’s club.
A nice offensive core still exists, led by senior Jack McCarthy (Brown commit), seniors Brendan Riley and Dom Franco and juniors George Sennott and Nic Hamre. New junior Patrick Shea is a Maine recruit, while new senior Connor Jean will be a help up front as well.
Junior Ben Finkelstein and junior Dennis Cesana will be anchors on the Wildcats blue line. Expect new juniors Jake Massie and J.J. Layton to step right in and contribute.
New junior goaltender Elijah Harris comes highly regarded; he has committed to Brown. Post-grad Oscar Flory is also in the mix.
Bobcats Look To Have Say In League Race
BREWSTER ACADEMY (10-11-3)
The Bobcats hope to be a factor in the Lakes Division race in this the second year of coach Jay Anctil’s tenure behind the bench.
A key holdover up front is senior Josh Jordan (20 goals). A bevy of new forwards to the program ready to contribute are juniors David Fiset-Ross and Jeremy Beaudoin, sophomore Liam Lynch and freshman Joe Rotondi.
Brewster should be strong on the blue line, as the senior duo of Julien Choiniere-Denicourt and Alex Marcinkiewicz returns. Junior Matt Fuller is another solid defensive returner. New junior Sam Provost provides additional talent on the back line.
Senior Kevin Lacroix is a returning goaltender. He saw some time last winter.
Keep An Eye On New Hampton
NEW HAMPTON (14-17-2)
A program on the rise are the Huskies under second-year coach Casey Kesselring. “We need the core of returning forwards to take the next step and provide more consistent offense,” he said. “We need to get the new defense and goalies comfortable in our system and have them contribute right away.”
There is some punch up front with the return of seniors Joe Smith (29 pts) and Pierce Lamberton (25 pts), and juniors Trevor Mallett (28 pts) and Cole Anderson (23 pts). New sophomore Robert Herrman hopes to help out.
Senior Hunter Gorski is a returning blue liner to build around. A good group of new defensemen that need to produce include post-grad Will Conroy, sophomores Mark Leach and Luke Albert, and freshman Blake Howard.
Junior Akseli Isotalo and sophomore Thomas McLarnon will battle for time in the Huskies cage.
Proctor In Line For A Solid Campaign
Everything points to a solid season for the Hornets, provided they get solid goaltending, which shouldn’t be an issue.
Top goal scorer Hunter Luhmann has moved on, but there is still some significant scoring prowess up front. Junior Jake Pappalardo recently committed to Maine and will be tough to stop, as well senior Derek Britner, junior Derek Tillotson, and seniors Jack McMahon and Connor Fries. New sophomore Tate Singleton looks to add some production as well.
A pair of sophomores, Reilly Walsh and Matt Slick, will be key performers on the Proctor blue line for coach Mike Walsh. New sophomore David Quast adds to the defensive mix. New senior Nick Albano will be a help, offensively as well.
Senior Beau Collins and junior Connor Simpson both return in goal for the Hornets, giving them a solid 1-2 punch in the cage.
Vermont Wants To Build On Last Year’s Success
VERMONT ACADEMY (15-12-3)
Coming off a solid campaign, Vermont is hoping to improve even more this season. “Solid team chemistry and strong team defense will be points of emphasis for us to build on last year’s success,” said coach Chris Davidson.
The Wildcats should put some numbers on the board, as senior Cam Wright (48 pts), and juniors Justin Cole (36 pts) and Houston Wilson (31 pts) all return after having productive seasons. Newcomer Jeremy Nadeau-Fortin will be an added plus.
Junior Will Riedell (12 pts) will be a defensive anchor for Vermont.
New junior Josh Bolding, from Calgary, will be in the mix for the goaltender’s job.
New Rink Under Construction At Holderness
The Bulls will be nomads to some extent this winter. With a new rink under construction on campus, the team will play home games this winter at nearby Plymouth State University.
Coach Allie Skelley will count on the likes of senior Fred Cyr and juniors Ryan Steele and Tyler Slusarcyk to be offensive leaders. New junior Logan Clarke brings his offensive talents.
Senior Ben Luz will be the defensive catalyst for the Bulls. New sophomore Ben Antonucci looks to have a key role. In goal, senior Mark Michaels is back for another campaign.
Lot Of New Faces At Tilton
The Rams waved goodbye to a large graduating class, so newcomers project to play a key role, both offensively and defensively.
Holdovers Justin Goldman, Nunzio Morretti and Nick Waring will be counted on for leadership and production in the forward lines. The group will be bolstered by no less than five post-grads in Connor Irving, who led Beverly (MA) HS to a state title, Kyle Hillick, Liam Manning, Eric Hilldebrand and Johnny Orlando.
Andrew Herrmann should get the call in goal for coach Patrick Norton.
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