Home Rink: The Bog
Looking at the Green Dragons’ roster, it is logical to think that, just perhaps, the reigning Division 1 state champions actually arrived a year early as they claimed the program’s third state championship in coach John Blake’s 17 years at the helm. With a dozen returning seniors, Duxbury ranks among this year’s D1 favorites.
After dropping a Division 1A play-in game to Xaverian, 4-2, Duxbury returned to the Division 1 tournament and toppled Wellesley, Barnstable and Franklin in the South sectional before knocking off North champ Winchester, 3-1, for the state championship.
“This is one of our biggest senior groups in some time. This group decided to stick together and play for their town/high school as opposed to leaving for prep or club hockey,” Blake noted. “We have the experience. We will need to be ready for a challenge every night as teams will be gunning for us after winning the state championship. We are banking on strong leadership from our captains and seniors to lead the team and develop chemistry.”
Senior Captain Ben Cheney and seniors Friend Weiler and Zack Stewart return to lead the forward unit. Senior Captain Ben Luscko and senior Nick Demio anchor the defense in front of senior captain and goalie Steve Pisani.
PLYMOUTH NORTH (11-7-3)
Home Rink: Armstrong Arena, Plymouth
The Blue Eagles made a return to the Division 2 South tournament last season and look have the pieces in place for another potential postseason run.
Coach Tim Drew’s team should be strong in its own end, beginning with three-year starter Jack Arnold in net. A strong veteran defense includes seniors Connor Macleod (1-4-5) and Tristen Vogelsang (1-5-6), juniors Joe Lawrence (1-2-3) and Jamie Keep, and sophomore Matt Venetta.
Offensively Drew will be looking for his team to continue to work hard to score more goals, leaning on seniors Jake Fleet (8-6-14) and Jason Norwood (4-9-13), as well as sophomore Kevin Norwood (2-6-8).
Drew says that Dylan Ingemi, a senior who didn’t play last season, will be a nice addition to the lineup along with sophomore forward Brayden Jones.
Home Rink: Quincy Youth Arena
Quincy looked poised for a good postseason run a year ago before being upset as the No. 4 seed in Division 2 South by North Attleboro. Now coach Ted Walsh will have to replace a talented group, focusing on a total team effort with strong forechecking and solid defensive zone coverage.
Senior captains Ryan Quirk, Jack O’Brien and Tommy Macpherson will be counted on to lead the offense for the Presidents, with senior captain Brendan Bailey and sophomore Zach Galligan providing the most experience on defense.
Walsh will be looking for contributions from sophomores Cooper Hernon, Timmy Kelly and Danny Freeman, as well as freshmen Cam Quigley and Will Martin.
“This year’s team features a lot of unknowns given its inexperience,” Walsh said. “However, we’ve been very excited to see this young group come together as a team and work relentlessly toward another successful season for the Presidents.
SILVER LAKE (8-11-4)
Home Rink: Hobomock Arena, Pembroke
The Lakers qualified for the Division 3 South tournament last season under the MIAA’s “70 percent rule”, but now coach Dan Scott is hoping the team can take a bigger step forward with 10 seniors, which he says is the most he’s had in his four seasons.
Senior captains Kevin Cardarelli (14-10-24) and Nick Solari (4-11-15) are two of the key veterans up front, and they will be joined by senior Bobby Guilford (5-7-12), junior Sam Dilley and sophomore Tyler Mason (4-4-8).
Defensively the Lakers should be strong as well with senior captain Greg Wolff (2-6-8), junior Cam Cavicchi (2-3-5) and sophomore Jake Generazo. Sophomore Grady Sullivan started all 23 games in net last season and could be poised for a big year.
However, Scott said senior newcomer Connor Bradford will challenge for playing time in goal. Other new faces for the Lakers are a pair of freshman defensemen, Aidan Dunphy and Ryan Solari, as well as sophomore forwards Mark Kelleher, Gavin Sampson and Brett Evans.
“We should be strong up front with the top six all having contributed at the varsity level,” Scott said. “We do have a great mix of younger guys too. We look to have our freshmen and sophomore classes contribute too. So it’s a good mix of experience and some young hungry players.”
Home Rink: Rockland Ice Arena
Chris Googins enters his fourth season in his second stint at W-H needing to replace a couple of key players from last season, so he will be counting on numerous players to step up and fill the void.
Seniors Chris Stoddard, Adam Solari, Ed Collins and John Hagan will be key forwards for the Panthers, along with sophomore John Ward. Defensively W-H looks solid with senior Reed Watson, juniors Kevin Willis, Jack Allen, Mike Savicke and Josh Pike, and sophomore Sean Doucette all back.
“The key to the Panthers finding success is going to be consistent efforts and not taking periods off,” Googins said. “The league is very competitive and it’s essential to show up and play every night.”
Junior Bob Siders and sophomore Erik Dean also return to battle it out in goal. W-H got a nice boost with the addition of alum and former coach Joe Bina to the staff as goalie coach.