The rebuilding program continues at Cambridge, where coach Chris Watson is hopeful his club can play well enough this year to qualify for the post-season.
Three senior forwards will play a major role in any success the Falcons have, as the club returns Domenic Freddura, Jake Heller and Ethan Brazo.
A new transfer, senior Nick Short, should have a key role on the blue line.
Medford fell just short of tournament qualification a year ago. Former Mustangs’ standout and NHL player Shawn Bates takes over at his alma mater and says he is looking for his club “to be competitive every night and [to] play in the State Tournament.”
Senior goalie A.J. Ansaldi and hard-working returning defensemen Will Brennan, Brian Whooley and Max Porrazzo provide stability in the back end. Brendan Hussey, Paul Zizzo and Nick Ulandey are the top returnees at forward.
A tournament team last winter, the Highlanders are looking to get back to post-season play in 2014 with a shot of returning players.
Senior captain Miles Bain leads a veteran group of forwards that includes fellow seniors Colin Hogan, Shane Lafee, John Mulcahey, Jonathan Botelho and Dan Matthews. Juniors Anthony Vallessio, Chris Carvalho, Austin Silvestri, Jonathan Lentini and sophomore Ryan Mercier all return as well.
On defense, senior captain Cam Alves will be the backbone. Sophomores Devon Alves, James Macrokanis and Corey McGlashing are in the rotation.
Two seniors – Tim Megnia and Taylor Sutherland – will handle the goaltending chores.
The Crimson Tide has its sights set on returning to post-season play after a one-year absence. Coach Alex Naumann welcomes a nice blend of seasoned veterans and promising freshmen.
Leading the way is senior captain and center Stephen Faia (12-12-24), one of the league’s premier players. Junior center James Liberge (7-9-16) is a proven commodity. Senior captains Chris Griffin and Alex Belluschi add to a veteran group up front.
The defense features the returning pair of senior captain Chris Roderick (3-9-12) and junior Bruno Machado. There is an open competition for the goaltending job. Depth will be provided by junior Ray Suppa, sophomores J.J. MacLaughlin, Gino DeSimone and Jacob Locke and a bevy of new freshmen.