Mass. Girls HS Hockey: Hockomock League Preview: King Philip. MOA Look To Challenge

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Gary Demopoulos has been covering prep school hockey for the HNIB News for over 30 years, and has been the editor of the HNIB News since 2005. A former sportswriter and news editor at the Woburn (MA) Daily Times Chronicle, he has been the HNIB News' key reporter for Mens Prep School hockey since 1988, as well as womens hockey, both at the prep school and high school levels. for almost 20 years. Gary also helps organize and oversee HNIB's many summer tournaments and festivals for scholastic players.

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Defending league champ Canton figures to be strong again, but the Bulldogs will be seriously challenged by Franklin, Mansfield/Oliver Ames/Foxboro and a deep King Philip squad. Stoughton/Sharon looks to continue on its improvement track.

CANTON

Last Year’s Record: 19-1-4

The Bulldogs are defending Hockomock League champions and were an MIAA Division 2 co-state champion after last season’s state finals were abruptly cancelled due to the pandemic. They have returned to their old digs, calling the Canton Metropolis Rink home again after six seasons.

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[/one_fifth_last] Leaders up front for coach Dennis Aldrich are senior captains Maria Femia (17 pts), Lizzie Tassinari (15pts) and Ellie Rae Roberts (9 pts), and junior Tess Khoury (16 pts).

Canton took a big hit on the blue line, so a lot will be expected of junior captain Allie McCabe, sophomore Maya Battista and junior Kylie Martone.

Goaltending will not be an issue with the return of sophomore Carolyn Durand, who fashioned 13 shutouts last winter.

Amanda Lewandowski
Franklin

FRANKLIN

Last Year’s Record: 7-9-5

The Panthers had a strong second place showing in the league a year ago and there looks like is enough in the cupboard for another competitive year.

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Franklin

The top three scorers return for coach Margie Burke in seniors Amanda Lewandowski (21 pts) and Libby Carter (15 pts) and sophomore Lyndsey Atkinson (19 pts).  Senior Maddy Dolan, senior Katelyn Brown, junior Maggie McCaffery, sophomore Molly Hurley and junior Olivia Stoller provide solid support.

Defensive leaders will be junior Katie LeBlanc and sophomore Shaw Downing. Senior Gabby Colace is a veteran presence in the nets.

Alex Ledin
Mansfield/OA

MANSFIELD/OLIVER AMES/FOXBORO

Last Year’s Record: 10-9-1

With only two players lost to graduation, the Warriors will have plenty of veteran leadership. “This team needs to quickly rekindle the chemistry and success it developed for the stretch run last season,” said coach Roy Bain.

Kylie O’Keefe
Mansfield/OA

The top line of sophomore Reese Pereira between Curry College commit Alex Ledin and Elly Waryas returns intact for the Warriors. A second unit featuring Kylie O’Keefe (a Johnson & Wales commit), Samatha Ledin and Emma Garland is back as well. Senior Tess Luciano and senior Lily O’Brien also return with another year of experience.

All of the team’s blueliners return, including senior Emma Pereira, Julia Muttart, and seniors Meghan O’Hara and Melissa Shanteler.

In the nets, junior Jess Widdop is a returning starter. She will be joined in the position by freshman Kate Callanan.

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KING PHILIP

Last Year’s Record:  10-11-1

With what projects to be three balanced scoring lines and four returning defensemen, things are pretty optimistic for the Warriors, who look to battle for league supremacy.

The junior trio of Morgan Cunningham (16 goals), Sydney O’Shea (20 pts) and Jen Daniels (16 pts) and senior captain Avari Maxwell (17 pts)  are the team’s top four returning scorers for coach Ken Assad. Seniors Nicole Brady and Olivia Donovan, junior Meg Sherwood and sophomore Kat Precobb are all back as well. New freshman Kelly Holmes should have a role.

On the blue line, senior assistant captains Libby Curran and Gabriela Trujillo, and junior Alison Donovan form a solid trio, bolstered by the arrival of sophomore Brielle Heron and freshman Mara Boldy.

Sophomore Mallory Johnston saw some action last winter and looks forward to a big year in goal for King Philip.

STOUGHTON/SHARON

Last Year’s Record: 3-15-1

The Black Knights are looking to make some improvement this season under coach Rich Grasso.

Key players to keep an eye on are seniors Morgan Lessa and Haley Nelson, and junior Zofia Bangs.

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