Two of the stronger programs in this division – Melrose and Stoneham – have joined forces as a co-op team that immediately will be in contention for a league title. The rest of the group – Burlington, Wilmington, Wakefield and Watertown – hope to challenge in the league and for a D2 post-season berth
Home Rink: Stoneham Arena
These two programs join together to form a co-op program that has the potential to be pretty solid.
Offensively, Stoneham’s top four scorers from a year ago have graduated. Freshman Ava Krasco projects to have a bigger role up front for coach Colleen Martin, who returns behind the bench. Junior Marissa DiPlacido (Stoneham), senior Emma Lynch-Galvin (Melrose), junior Emily Waden (Melrose) and sophomore Itia Figueira (Melrose) will be key contributors.
Junior Katie Oro, sophomore Kaylee Cronin and freshman Gabriella Sacco are Stoneham players back on defense. They will be joined by senior Marie Maher, junior Hannah Connoly and junior Sydney Kroon from Melrose.
A new goalie will be in place following pre-season workouts.
Home Rink: Stoneham Arena
Solid play in all three zones and some balanced scoring will be keys for the Warriors this winter.
Offensively, seniors Hope Melanson, Erin Heffernan and Annabella Forziati and sophomore Kayli Porter will be the scoring nucleus for second-year coach Chrissy Weeden. Freshmen hoping to have an impact are Grace Seabury, Reaghan Hammersley, Cara Donato and Katherine Taylor.
On defense, seniors Sarah Melanson and Carestin Stewart and sophomore Olivia Johnsen should log some key minutes. Freshmen Charlotte Rossicone, Caroline Melanson and Ava Gustafson add some depth to the unit.
Sophomore Abby Boudreau returns in goal for the the Warriors.
Home Rink: Ice Palace
The Red Devils return 15 players that gained some good experience last winter. They also will have 10 eighth-graders on the roster.
Key returners up front for new head coach Rick Sheehan are senior Morgan Arrigo, juniors Shannon McDonald and Alexia Hamilton and freshman Grace Shanahan. Junior Ava Petrone can play either forward or defense.
Defensively, it will be junior Sydney Shinopoulos and freshmen Abby Sousa and Lizzy Boulos leading the way.
Goaltending duties will fall on senior CC Phair and junior Colleen McMakin.
Home Rink: Ristuccia Arena
The Wildcats will be somewhat small on numbers again this winter, but they will be competitive in every game.
Juniors Zoe DeRose (14 pts) and Ida Bishop (13 pts) will power the offense, along with freshmen Gabby Daniels and Katelin Halley and seniors Payton Fuller and Gina Bertolami.
On blue line, key players for coach John Lapiana project to be senior Bridget O’Shea, junior Maria Hernandez, junior Amanda Mercier and sophomore Kiley Flynn.
Senior goalie Melanie Hayden is back.
- Watertown has a new coach, as former Red Raider star Erika Kelly takes over as head coach.