The Cape & Islands League will again feature two divisions – the Atlantic Division and the Lighthouse Division. Teams are anxious to get going with their seasons.
The prime objective for the Clippers is clear: “Just get through the season and give the best experience we can for the entire team especially the seniors,” said coach Paul Moore.
Senior marksman Stone Devlin (18-17-35), a center, leads a solid core of veteran forwards. Seniors Max McDonald (6-12-18) and Harry Hennessy (4-6-10) and junior Darren McDonald (9-14-23) were steady contributors last season.
Sophomore goalie Jake Braga (2.25 GAA) is back in goal and senior Saint John Paul transfer Gunnar Stevens provides a second option. Junior Tommy Peterson (10 points) is the top returnee on defense.
Though a bit short on experience, coach Tim Grace says the Raiders have a great mix of seniors and underclassmen and will play with high energy and speed.
Senior Dillon Huntington (10-7-17) leads the forwards with senior defenseman Will Martone (3-14-17) and goalie Connor Huggins (2.41 GAA, 3 SO). New to the program, all from the Boston Advantage, are sophomore forwards Liam McCarthy and Shea Semprini and sophomore defenseman Carson Nickulas.
“We will try to make this season as normal as possible, continue to get better and gain experience,” Grace said.
Drew Locke, a former player at Harwich/Provincetown, takes the reins of the Warriors after serving as an assistant the last five seasons.
His first team will be a young one with one three seniors — center Collin Underhill, left wing Clayton Hussey, and defenseman Ethan Keeney.
However, 15 players overall return from last year’s squad. Juniors Noah Clarke and Zach Roberts, as well as sophomores Sam Weiner and Peter Murphy join Keeney on the blue line. The returning forward group also includes juniors Hayden Boucher, Jack Burns and Cam Viprino, and sophomores Daniel Deering, Logan Valine, Cooper McIntire and Cam Taylor.
Sophomore Kevin Wright is poised to take over in goal.
Coach Jordan Mohre hopes his Blue Knights can open some eyes in this abbreviated season, but adds that they will be looking to build chemistry and team bonding with new faces throughout the lineup.
However, plenty of experience returns to compete, led by the senior trio of center Mike Barrasso and left wingers Rob Cardillo and Jack Greeley. Sophomore center Colin McIver also is back, giving Sandwich depth and experience down the middle.
The blue line will be anchored by seniors Colin Norkevicius and Tim Clark, as well as junior Drew MacKinnon.
Sophomore Mitchell Norkevicius, a transfer from Mount St. Charles, could move into the starting role in net. Junior center Caleb Richardson (Tabor) is another transfer, and Mohre is particularly high on the potential of freshmen Josh Itri and Chris Cardillo.
Coach Lew Alberti has a strong class of nine seniors as the Dolphins will try to make strides on the ice and in the win column.
Thomas Julian (16-8-24) is the top returning scorer and leads the forward group along with fellow senior Griffin Feeley (2-7-9). Senior Colby Cavatorta returns to the ice after missing last season with injury, and sophomore Aidan Powers (2-2-4) also is back.
Senior goalie Mason Sheehan (3.26 GAA) will backbone a defense with seniors Zaq Quenneville (4-4-8) and Zack Weber, as well as sophomore Cam Cavatorta (1-2-3).
Alberti says D-Y will be looking for more depth scoring this season. Freshman defenseman Andrew Popovitch, and forwards Max Mingo (freshman) and Aidan O’Reilly (sophomore) will aim to pick up some of that slack.
Martha’s Vineyard (12-8-2)
Coach Matt Mincone has the luxury of bringing back nearly his entire roster from last season, with 16 returnees overall among the 18 players.
The key players in that veteran group with be senior forwards Hunter Meader (23 points) and Aiden Marek (13 points) — both wingers — and junior center Cam Geary (10 points). Senior Elias Gundersen (6 points) is the top returning defenseman, with junior Graham Stearns back in goal. However, junior Oliver Lively is a transfer from Proctor, and Mincone says he and Stearns should be the best 1-2 combination he’s had in his 20 seasons behind the bench.
“We should have experience and good combinations to find the net more often, along with being responsible in the defensive zone,” Mincone said.
Third-year coach Scott Corbett expects the Whalers should be one of the stronger teams in the league this season, and for good reason.
Start with league MVP James Culkins, who returns in net and should be ably backed up by senior Boden Corbett. Culkins is one of five C&I All-Stars back this season. Senior Alex Freeman, another returning all-star, mans the blue line along with junior Evan Belanger.
The Whalers offense should be potent with junior Hudson Perry (C) and seniors Marsh Hickman (LW) and Jack Gammons (RW) — all C&I All-Stars last season. Juniors Cole Evens (RW) and Cosmo Tedeschi (C) also return.
Junior right wing Riley Williams and freshman center Colby O’Keefe are newcomers to watch. Junior Porter Corbett and freshman Mike Culkins round out the defense.
* Mashpee/Monomoy and John Paul II will both be in the Lighthouse Division this winter as well.
- Kevin Doyle also contributed to this report