Mass Girls HS Hockey – Tri Valley League Preview: Many Talented Clubs Look To Knock Off Westwood

Gary Demopoulos
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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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Two of the Tri-Valley League’s six teams have new coaches this winter, including defending league champ Westwood, where Lauren Hillberg takes over, and at Hopkinton/Dover-Sherborn, where Scott Hayes is the new guy behind the dasher. Teams will play each other twice for a 10-game league season.

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Krista Anderson
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Cassie McDonald
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Brenna Smith
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Last Year’s Record: 11-8-3

Coming off a post-season berth, coach Sarah Small feels this year’s edition of the Warriors could be one of the strongest the school has had.

Offensively, senior Krista Anderson (19 goals) will be asked to put the puck in the net again this winter. Sophomore Cassie McDonald (25 pts) will be a catalyst as well. Freshman Katherine Flippo looks to chip in.

Senior Brenna Smith and junior Brynn Leahy (12 pts) will be cornerstone blue liners. In goal, look for sophomore Katelyn Cardoso to have a big season.

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Katie Crews
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MEDWAY CO-OP

Last Year’s Record: 9-8-4

Blackstone Valley Tech joins the co-op this year, which is huge with the Ashland and Holliston districts on pause to early January. Once coach Karl Infanger has his team intact, this should be a pretty solid outfit.

Forwards hoping to show what they can do this winter include junior Maggie Lester (20 pts), sophomore Jenna Fitzsimons (17 pts), junior Katie Crews (11 pts), senior Olivia Givens and sophomore Dani Moriarty. Look for BVT’s Lily Turcotte, to open some eyes. Junior Caitlyn Codlin should be a factor.

Sophomore Emilie Infanger (13 pts) will be a key on the blue line for the Mustangs. Senior Nicole Moriarty and junior Kathleen Fitzgerald, two returners, hope to help out when they can return. New freshman Maggie Monaghan will get some minutes on defense. In goal, senior Jenna Shutt was the starter last winter for Medway.

NORWOOD

Last Year’s Record: 14-8-2

Graduation has taken some key players away from the Mustangs, including Tri Valley League MVP Allie McDonough and Allie Martin at forward, and veteran goalie Jenna Mazzola. Look for as many as seven freshmen in the lineup who will use this shortened campaign to gain valuable varsity experience for veteran coach Tim Coskren.

Senior captains Maeve Glavin and Kate Rogers are expected to lead the forward group with junior Marissa Cataldo and sophomore Morgan Roach, two of the team’s top scorers a year ago, back as well.

Sophomore Lily Newman, who saw some time a year ago, takes over between the pipes.

Maddie McLeish
Dedham

DEDHAM

Last Year’s Record: 12-8-2

Maille Crowley
Dedham

The Marauders only lost three seniors from last year’s club that qualified for the D2 state tournament. So, they are fully expecting to battle hard for the TVL title.

Offensive leaders for coach Christine Gurskis will be the senior trio of Madelyn McLeish (20 pts), Kassidy Hickey (26 pts) and Alexis Stec (19 pts). Expect sophomore Connie Doyle and freshmen Gianna Murphy, Ava Iantosca (19 pts) and Abbey Keyes to be heavily involved as well.

Cornerstones of the Dedham defense will be seniors Maille Crowley (21 pts) and Kate Coakley. Juniors Nieve Chaplin and Taylor Peckham and sophomore Ella MacDougall all return as well. Junior Katie Soucie is back for another season in goal.

Hannah Blomquist
Westwood

WESTWOOD

Last Year’s Record: 15-6-2

There is a change in management for the Wolverines, as Lauren Hillberg takes over behind the dasher. She says team chemistry will be important in this unique campaign.

Three of the top four scorers are back in senior captains Hannah Blomquist (36 pts) and Abby Crowley (22 pts), and junior Kendall Blomquist (23 pts). New freshman Tessa Jones is ready to contribute.

Senior Kathleen Reissfelder will be a defensive anchor in front of sophomore goalie Marissa Poma, a returning starter in the nets. Look for freshman blueliner Emma Peterson to have a key role as well.

HOPKINTON/DOVER-SHERBORN

Last Year’s Record: 1-16-3

Hopkinton takes over as the host school in this co-op, which also has a new coach, with Scott Hayes taking over the helm.

The team lost just six seniors to graduation, so improvement should be in the cards.

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