Mass. Boys HS Hockey – MVC/Dual County 1 Preview: League Back Intact For 21-22 Season

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After splitting last year into separate divisions (MVC, DCL) for scheduling purposes during the shortened season, the MVC/Dual County I is back. Central Catholic finished strong and is the early favorite, although don’t count out Waltham. Chelmsford looks to continue its upward trend. And, Shrewsbury joins the league this winter.

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ANDOVER (2-6-1)

Coach: Kevin Drew

MIAA Division: 1

The Warriors appear to be well-stocked and ready to rock and roll in the competitive MVC/DCL 1. A solid veteran group will be supported by a huge group of 15 newcomers looking to contribute across the board.

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Seniors Aiden Magner and Reuben Osborn, juniors Jonny Lynch and Braeden Archambault and sophomore Matt Trudell will be counted on drive the attack. Among the newcomers up front to watch are senior Kevin DeMichaelis and juniors Mikey Bourgeois and Nik Previte.

Senior defensemen Tyler Walles and Nate Byers and senior goalie JJ Quill return as the core on defense.

BILLERICA (2-3-0)

Coach: Jim Egan

MIAA Division: 1

Stocked with 11 seniors and a number of other regulars, this could be the season the Indians move back into serious contention in the rugged MVC/DCL 1.

 “[They are] excited to have the opportunity to get back on the ice together as a team. Our leadership group has been part of a rebuilding process and understands the hard work and commitment that is needed to compete in our league. We are all looking forward to a great, successful season,” said Egan, in his eighth season.

Talent abounds at forward as three full lines in some configuration are back. Seniors Chris Viscione, Paul Egan, Harrison Tucker, Jack Smith, Will Egan and Justin Cataldo all return. They will be joined by juniors Joe Tierney, Jameson Harrington and Jeff Babineau.

Senior Jeff Gutierrez and junior Ethan Cliff are both experienced goalies. Seniors Mike Riddle, Joe Harty and Anthony Giordano, junior Jack O’Connell and sophomore James Tucker return on defense.

CENTRAL CATHOLIC (8-1-1)

Coach: D.J. Conte

MIAA Division: 1

The Raiders took the MVC Cup last winter, putting the finishing touches on a season that saw lose just once. “We expect our netminding to be strong and will work hard to capitalize on a higher percentage of offensive opportunities created by a hard forecheck and winning 1-on-1 battles,” Conte said.

A talented younger group up front welcomes back juniors Sean Gray (11 pts), Cam Jankowski, Brandon Maiuri and Ben Furry, and sophomores Charlie Winship (6 pts) and Brady Rickenbach (5 pts).

Defensive catalysts will be returning senior Cam Marzilli and junior Max Lane.

Coach Conte has three options in net to call on in senior Michael Brothers, and juniors Nyco Cusick and Tim Briley.

CHELMSFORD (4-3-1)

Coach: Kevin Leonard

MIAA Division: 1

A good returning group has the Lions excited to continue its strong play from last season.

Up front, seniors Owen Flanagan, Jack Pelkey, Adam Lizine and Donovan Ryan will be joined by juniors Ben Morgan and A.J. Bongiorno and sophomore David Wood to power the attack.

A defensive nucleus has senior Colin Ryan, juniors T.K. Ervin and Cole Pelkey, and sophomore Manny Carvalho.

WALTHAM (6-0-3)

Coach: John Maguire

MIAA Division: 1

The Hawks are excited to play MVC teams again after facing off against DCL competition last winter, taking the DCL cup in the process. They will be a team to watch with experience at each position.

In the forward ranks, senior Jon Campana and juniors Drew Anderson, Kevin Dann and Nick George will be vital to any offensive success. Hoping to chip in on the scoresheet are senior Dan Caissie and juniors Will Curley and Phil Sarkissian.

A rock-solid defense leadership group is headlined by seniors Justin Cormier and Paul Leonelli, and sophomore Evan Cormier.

And, it doesn’t hurt to have a four-year starter in goal in talented senior Jack Perry.

WESTFORD ACADEMY

Coach: Bob Carpenter

MIAA Division: 1

Expect the Grey Ghosts to be inexperienced, especially after not being able to play at all last winter. “We feel we have the right combination of skill and determination to improve as the year goes on,” said coach Carpenter.

Ryan McCarthy will be a go-to guy up front. Looking to have impacts are senior Nate Lux and juniors Matt Haggan, Ben Mulgrew, Ryan Ratte and Ben Solari.

Senior Jason Brake and junior David Maclure should have key roles on defense. Junior Jon Doherty eyes the starting goaltender position.

SHREWSBURY (8-4-0)

Coach: Terry Virtue

MIAA Division: 1

This projects as a transition year for the Colonials and coach Virtue as 11 players graduated, taking most of the offensive production with them.

Senior James Millette returns in goal. Senior Cam Marques and sophomore Ryan Lambert look to be the top defensemen. Seniors Sean Butler, Connor Umile and Steven Colangelo and junior Carter Richardson are returning forwards shooting for increased production, as is sophomore Anthony Nuzzolilo.

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