Mass. Boys HS Hockey – Patriot League Keenan Division Preview: Duxbury, Whitman-Hanson Hope To Challenge Marshfield

Alexis Demopoulos
Alexis Demopoulos
Alexis is a 2017 graduate from UMass Lowell who currently works covering hockey for Hockey Night in Boston as well as the Worcester Railers JHC & is a sports reporter for the Daily Times Chronicle in Woburn.

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Marshfield went a perfect 14-0-0 in Patriot League play and is a prohibitive favorite for another Keenan Division crown. Duxbury should be strong, and Whitman-Hanson and Plymouth North should be improved. Silver Lake has a new coach in Connor Foley.

MARSHFIELD (20-4-2)

MIAA Division: 1

Loaded with returners from a club that reached the D1 quarterfinals and lost by just a goal to eventual state champion Marshfield, the pieces are in place for what could be a highly successful campaign.

The forward group is loaded with experience, starting with seniors Tommy Carroll (26 pts), Cam McGettrick (25 pts), Ryland McGlame (28 pts), Steve Faria (12 pts) and Teddy Devoe (12 pts). Others back include seniors Will Arnone, Bennett Ewell and Matt Garland, juniors Sammy Holte and Jack Doherty, and sophomores Brendan McLaughlin and Ben Berian.

Seniors Michael Bekerian (10 pts) and Shane Keeler lead a defense for coach Dan Connolly that also welcomes back senior Drew Dargan, juniors Jack Kenny and Joe Rotondo, and sophomore Joe Merrick.

In goal, senior Kevin Murphy was solid in part-time duty (1.08 gaa) and is ready to take over the #1 spot. Junior Liam Fullam is in the mix.

Will Attalah
Duxbury

DUXBURY (18-6-2)

MIAA Division: 2

Michael Hussey Duxbury

The Dragons are always in the mix and this year should be no different as they return a solid group. “We are looking to be strong defensively once again and we will need some forwards to take the next step and provide for us offensively,” said head coach Mike Flaherty.

Flaherty will turn to four seniors in Brady Walsh (17 pts), Chris Gillis (13 pts), Will Atallah (12 pts) and David Pittenger (8 pts) to lead the offense. Sophomore Liam Kailher, a transfer from Plymouth South will be a contributor as well.

David Pittenger Duxbury

Senior Michael Hussey (24 pts) will be key on the blue line for the Dragons along with sophomore Tucker O’Neil (12 pts). Joining them will be junior David Mulvey, who is new to the team this season.

After graduating top goalie Sam Mazanec, the Dragons will turn to senior goalies this season in Colin Kertanis and Anthony Rabeni.

Panthers Return Seven Of Top Nine Forwards

WHITMAN-HANSON (10-10-1)

MIAA Division: 2

The Panthers will have an experienced older team mixed with some young new talent and coach Rob Peters is excited to watch his team build off of last year’s success.

“Even though we lost two big pieces up front, we are returning seven out of our nine top forwards,” said Peters. “We have some young talent coming up from JV that we are excited to see play at the varsity level and help fill the depth chart and make us stronger up front as well as on the back end.”

Peters will have experience up front with senior Luke Tropeano (30 pts) leading the way. He, along with seniors Alex Ethier (13 pts), Zakk Spano (11 pts) and sophomore Zach Boss (15 pts) will make up a core part of the Panthers offense. A couple of players that Peters expects to make an impact are sophomore Chris Ryan and senior Connor Shields, who missed most of last season with an injury.

Senior David Osis (10 pts) will be a big part of the defense along with senior Caden Sheppard, who returns from an injury last season. Junior Domenic Visocchi and Sophomore Pat Ryan will also be key on the blue line.

In goal, the Panthers will have senior Nolan Munroe (3.08 GAA) and sophomore Nicholas Zaccaria (3.55 GAA) sharing the time.

“Having an older team will allow us for some great chemistry, work ethic and compete level,” said Peters. “All three things we stress highly in our program to help show success.”

SILVER LAKE (16-8-1)

MIAA Division: 2

With new head coach Colin Foley taking over for Dan Scott, he hopes to continue building the program with continued success. Foley coached the Whitman-Hanson/Silver Lake girls varsity team last season and is excited for his new role. With some big pieces having graduated, Foley has a large junior class and only a few seniors with a lot of new roles to be involved.

“The team’s style of play and roles are going to look different due to some pieces graduating that were relied upon last season,” said Foley. “I am excited to see who will step up and fill those voids.”

A key forward that Foley is going to rely on is senior captain Pat Murphy, who he hopes continues his offensive power after finishing with 20 plus points last season.

On defense, junior captain David Solari will be their rock. “David is someone who helps allow us to build up on our attack from the defensive zone,” said Foley. “He is a good skater and we will rely on him to be our rock of the defense.

Junior captain Strummer Beals will be back for another season in net after his fantastic sophomore season and coach Foley will look to him to pull them through games when needed.

“Success for our team is everyone buying in and committing to each other,” said Foley. “The more the team can come together and play as one cohesive unit, the more success we will have.”

Sean Hallissey Plymouth North

PLYMOUTH NORTH (8-15-0)

MIAA Division: 2

TJ Cohane
Plymouth North

Though they play in a tough Patriot League, expect Plymouth North to have a solid season with a number of players returning.

Senior captain Sean Hallissey will be a big contributor for the Eagles this season on offense as well as seniors Logan Greeley and Sam Jarvis. Junior captain Justin Smith will also play a large role along with junior Andrew Walsh.

Sam Whiting Plymouth North

As for the defense, juniors TJ Cohane and Sam Whiting will log a ton of minutes on the blue line.

The Eagles have experience in net with senior captain Kaiden Bono returning for another season between the pipes.

** Gary Demopoulos contributed to this post

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