As with many leagues across the state, it was a scramble for some schools just to get on the ice as the calendar turned to 2021. The TVL had planned to have just intradivision games among the Large and Small Schools, but with a couple of teams on pause into the first week of January, schedules got scrambled and some crossover matchups were possible.
There also will be new coaches behind the benches this season at Dover-Sherborn/Weston, Holliston, and Norton.
Mike Dutcher, who was an assistant the past two seasons under Dan Geary and previously also was an assistant at Framingham, takes over the Panthers program.
Senior Nico Quatromoni, a four-year starter in goal, will be the backbone after posting 8 wins and a 2.47 GAA last season. Junior Ryan Dutcher (1-9-10) is the top returning player on the blue line, and coach Dutcher expects he will log big minutes to lead a talented but inexperienced group.
Holliston should have some experience at forward, led by seniors Christian Scheeloch (10-12-22), Hunter McElhinney (7-9-16) and Joe Williams (3-10-13). Kevin Balewicz also returns from injury for his senior season. Junior Trevor Fanara (5-8-13) and sophomore Nick Larche (3-5-8) also are back among the forwards.
“After graduating a large group of seniors, several players have an opportunity to get significant ice time,” Dutcher said. “They will need to seize the opportunity for us to be successful.”
The Hillers put together as good of a regular season as any team in the state a year ago, only to have it all come crashing down when the No. 1 seeds were upset by Bishop Stang in the Division 3 South quarterfinals.
Coach Chris MacPherson lost a good chunk of talent off that squad, but still returns sophomore forward Pavit Mehra. He had 33 points a season ago and is poised for even bigger things this season. Sophomore Joe Carrazza also returns, and MacPherson expects seniors Aidan Walsh, Geoff Tocco and Quentin Barnes to step into bigger roles this season.
On defense, captain Ronnie Shamus and fellow senior Cam Jerrett lead a young group with junior Mike Berman, sophomore Drew Morse and freshman Cole Dickson.
Senior goalie Collin Norred and sophomore Jack Lang are back.
Strong defense will be a key to the season, according to 13th-year coach Toby Carlow. With that, the Warriors will count on the play of seniors Aidan Parker (3-5-8) and James Wilder (4-6-10) on the blue line, as well as senior goalie Garrison Schilling (2.18 GAA, .898 SP).
Sophomore Ryan Dolan, a transfer from St. Sebastian’s, will help shore up the blue line along with freshman Zack Palmer.
Medfield also brings back some experience and scoring punch at foward with senior center Phil Parker (15-11-26) and fellow seniors Sam Palmer (7-10-17), Mike Vachon (10-6-16) and Chris Lawson (5-11-16).
Carlow says a focus of this shortened season will be getting new players quality experience for the future.
Entering his fifth season with the Mustangs, coach Chuck Allen has a veteran team back that he hopes will be right in the mix in the competitive division.
The strength should be on defense with five veterans back – seniors Jack Lydon, Jared Shea and Brendan Gillis, and juniors Kyle Leger and George Tolman – in front of returning senior goalie Brendan Bartucca.
Seniors Jake Russo, Nick Spadorcia, Tom Dooley and Mac Sharkey return at forward along with juniors Myles Kidd and Bryan Metayer, and sophomore Conor Lydon.
Ed Carroll and Kevin Broderick will be newcomers to watch for the Mustangs.
“The Streak” will have to take a one-year hiatus this season – Westwood has qualified for the postseason every year since 1983, but with no MIAA postseason in 2021, coach Matt Sebet is focusing on winning the TVL Large.
“Focus on what we have the ability to control, winning hockey games,” Sebet said. “We’re being given the opportunity to have a season so we have to take the positives out of that.”
The Wolverines return the majority of their forward lines intact with 11 returnees overall. Seniors Nick Horsfall (C, 9-15-24), Johnny Nolte (RW, 8-10-18), Colin Fahey (RW, 10-5-15) and Declan Guarino (C, 5-7-12) all are coming off solid 2019-20 seasons, and Horsfall and Fahey will serve as captains this year. Sophomore left wing Danny Sullivan (6-5-11) also is back.
Defensively Sebet will rely on the senior trio of captain Kevin McGough (1-2-3), Robert Dyson (0-2-2) and John Techeira (0-2-2). Senior John Stacey and junior Declan O’Leary are the goaltenders.
Entering his 11th season, coach Michael Roman was hopeful of getting the Clockers on the ice at some point, but entering the first full week of 2021 the school still hadn’t gotten clearance to resume sports as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Entering his fifth season, coach Joe Robidoux hopes that the addition of fellow TVL member Millis as part of a co-op will provide an influx of talent. Blackstone-Millville remains part of a program, as well.
Senior center Brad Swain (20 points) is the offensive leader for the Blackhawks. Senior forwards Thomas Mailhot (Bellingham) and Roger Belanger (BMR), and junior Jameson Eldridge (Bellingham) provide depth at forward.
Defensively Robidoux will look to Bellingham seniors Brennan McCann and John Todd, as well as the Blackstone-Millville tandem of senior Ethan Larkin and junior Kyle Peloquin.
The Marauders broke through last season with their most victories since 2000-01.
Now turning the page on the calendar, fifth-year coach Dan Lynch will be counting on senior captain Bill Parr to lead the way. Parr, who is headed to Bridgton for a post-graduate year, is “an outstanding prospect who possesses great leadership and skill,” according to Lynch.
Senior defenseman Griffey Moulton also returns along with sophomore Kevin Cronin on the blue line. Senior center Matt Sollis is back at forward, and Ian Stapleton is a newcomer to watch.
Alex Marlow, who played for Weston when it was skating on its own, takes over as coach of the co-op program this season.
A total of 11 players return from last season, including five on defense led by seniors Billy Rooney and Eli Kaplan. Junior Caden Popiel, and sophomores Henry Hamblett and Ben Schroeder also return to the blue line.
Seniors George Herlihy, Standish Carothers and Thomas Higgins are the top returning forwards, along with junior Connor Burke, and sophomores Ian Chang and Thomas Sacco.
Filling the void in goal will be a key for Marlow and D-S/Weston.
Coach Derek Harrington will be chasing his third TVL Small championship in as many seasons as head coach after previously serving 17 years as an assistant.
The Mustangs should have one of the better 1-2 combos around in senior Evan Monaghan and junior Alex Infanger. Monahan (1.77 GAA, .928 SP, 7 shutouts) continues the line of excellent goaltending at Medway, while Infanger (10-18-28) is the top returning scorer from his left wing spot. Senior captain Cole Theodore (11-11-22) also returns along with a trip of right wings – juniors Jack Carr (6-7-13) and Sean Murphy (5-7-12), and sophomore Pari Lykourinos (2-7-9).
On defense, Monaghan will be supported by senior Nick Zanella (1-7-8) and sophomore Nathan Girard (1-8-9).
Harrington is high on a pair of sophomore newcomers – defenseman Kavveh Bahery and center Danny O’Brien.
Mike Donovan, who previously was an assistant at Mansfield, takes over as coach of the Lancers this season.
He inherits a young program with only three seniors, led by captain Mike Whalen at forward, Joe Fasolino on defense, and Colin Lyons in net. Steve D’Ercole is another returning forward who will be on the second line.
Juniors Max Sherman and Palash Raina, and freshmen Anthony Santangelo, Dylan Cummings, Josh Cohen and Danny Lennon are other forwards to watch. Juniors Connor Cohen and Jake Braga join Fasolino on the blue line along with promising freshman Connor Heagney.
Sophomore Sam Grolnic and freshman Adam D’Errico will vie for playing time behind Lyons in goal.