Mass. Boys HS Hockey – Patriot League Keenan Division Preview: Marshfield Primed For Big Year; Duxbury, Silver Lake Strong

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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With a bunch of players returning from what was a pretty good club a year ago, Marshfield looms as a Keenan Division favorite. Both Duxbury and Silver Lake should be strong. Plymouth North has a new head coach in Sean Coady.

MARSHFIELD (17-5-2)

Coach: Dan Connolly

With a good amount of experienced players returning, the ingredients are in place for a banner season for the Rams, the defending Keenan Division champions.

Offensive firepower will come from the likes of junior Cam McGettrick (31 pts), Ryland McGlame (17 pts) and Tommy Carroll (17 pts). Also back from the forward group are seniors Jack Croft and Owen Burke, juniors Steve Faria and Will Arnone, and sophomore Sammy Holte (10 pts).

A veteran defense features senior captain Jake Hemingway (17 pts), senior Connor Merrick (9 pts), senior Jake Reisman, senior Nate O’Brien, junior Mike Bekerian and junior Shane Keeler.

Senior captain Brady Quackenbush (1.71 gaa) is back to solidy the goaltending position. Junior Kevin Murphy is back as well.

Here is coach Connolly and Marshfield players talking about the upcoming season:

SILVER LAKE (18-5-0)

COACH: Dan Scott

After a tremendous last season where they had the most wins in single season, coach Dan Scott expects his team to come out strong once again in what is an always tough Patriot League.

Aidan Dunphy
Silver Lake

Senior captain Aiden Dunphy (43 pts) will be a difference maker for the Lakers and coach Scott is looking forward to one last season with him. “Aiden (Dunphy) will lead the way for us this season,” said Scott. “He is a dangerous in the offensive end and is a great all-around player who makes a difference at both ends of the ice and set the example for others to follow.

The offensive attack will be lead by senior captain Ben Cronin, senior Brandon Cavicchi and junior Patrick Murphy along with some talented young sophomores that Scott is looking to step up this year.

Along with Dunphy, who will anchor the defense, senior captain Liam Tompkins is back as well as senior Connor Donahue and sophomores Toby Morin and David Solari.

Newcomers to the Lakers include sophomore forwards Cole Hingston, Cullen Stone, Jason Katapodis, Cam Cardarelli and Braden Steidinger. Sophomore Shane Hackett will also be in the mix.

In net, Scott will have three players competing for the spot in junior Chris Stone and sophomores Strummer Beals and Andrew Renner.

“If we take care of all three phases of the game, we should be able to compete with anyone in the tough Patriot League this year,” said Scott.

DUXBURY (14-10-1)

COACH: Mike Flaherty

Looking to build off their tremendous season from last year, coach Mike Flaherty is hopeful that experience will be on their side.

“We want to be strong defensively and play fast offensively,” said Flaherty. “We are upper class heavy with some really good experience, so we need those upperclassmen to take that next step and lead by example.”

Two key forwards that Flaherty will turn to for offensive production are senior Aiden Harrington (25 pts) and senior Wyatt Glass (16 pts), both of who were key in last season’s success. The Dragons will also welcome a transfer junior from Vermont Academy in Brady Walsh.

On the blue line, look for senior Brendan Bonner (18 pts) and junior Michael Hussey (10 pts), both huge assets for the Dragons.

In net, look for senior Sam Mazanec who posted a 2.04 GAA last season and will be a huge threat in goal this season.

WHITMAN-HANSON (9-12-0)

Coach: Rob Peters

Though they are a smaller program, don’t count out the Panthers as they will be ready to compete this season. Coach Rob Peters is pleased to have a decent amount of returners back and hopes that will likely play a role.

Matt Solari
Whitman-Hanson

“Most of our players have been with each other the last two seasons,” said Peters. “We also believe we have a good core group coming up into our program from JV and we are very excited about that. We strive on discipline, compete level and the topic of buying in. We may be a smaller program that plays in a big pond, but it makes us stronger and hungrier.”

Alex Ethier
Whitman-Hanson

Peters will return his top line in senior Matt Solari (32 pts), junior Luke Tropeano (26 pts) and senior Joe Culley (12 pts). “As a group, a line and one unit we will look for them to all make huge steps and make some serious noise for us,” said Peters.

The Panthers should also get key scoring from juniors Zakk Spano and Alex Ethier.

Returning on defense is junior David Osis who was played a major role over the past two years as well as junior Caden Sheppard. In goal, look for junior Nolan Munroe who was the back-up goalie last season.

** Plymouth North has a new head coach in Sean Coady. No information was available as of post time

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