Mass. HS Boys Hockey – Tri-Valley League Preview: Handful Of New Coaches This Year

Jim Clark
Jim Clark
Jim Clark joined Hockey Night in Boston in December 2019, and has covered high school hockey in Massachusetts for more than three decades. He also covers high school hockey and is a multiplatform editor for the Boston Globe, and previously spent two decades as high school hockey reporter at the Boston Herald, where he also served as the high schools editor from 2000-06. Clark was honored by the Mass. State Hockey Coaches Association with its William Stewart Award for contributions to the sport in May 2019, and also received the Joel Perlmutter Award for media coverage in 2006. A graduate of UMass, he also spent eight years as sports editor/reporter at the Sentinel & Enterprise in Fitchburg, and has extensively covered high school hockey in Central and Western Mass. as well as Connecticut.

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The race for the postseason will be interesting this season throughout both sides of the Tri-Valley, which has its teams distributed across Divisions 2-4 under the new MIAA alignment. New coaches also dot the landscape with half of the Large Schools – Holliston, Hopkinton and Medfield – having new faces behind the bench along with Bellingham from the Small Schools.

The Large Schools should be a tight race with Norwood, Medfield, Hopkinton, Westwood and resurgent Ashland all capable of winning the title. Medway and Dedham should be strong again among Small Schools.


ASHLAND (1-5-1)

Coach: Michael Roman

The Clockers took their lumps in 2021, but Roman is hoping a strong group of upperclassmen can help the team make a push for the top of the TVL.

Seniors Derek Sheth, Jack McGoff, Jack O’Brien and Dom Boccelli will be the leaders at forward, joined by juniors PJ Kissane, Jake Kaveney and Mark Milko. Roman expects junior Anthony Rodriguez also will be a strong addition to the offense.

Top blue liners for Ashland will be juniors Aydin Fish, Jackson Riva and Jack Reardon, playing in front of sophomore goalie Connor Reidt.

Roman believes simple fundamentals at both ends of the ice will be key. “We have to outwork the other team each and every shift,” he said.


Coach: Derek Bedard

The Panthers turn to new coach Bedard behind the bench this season as they look to battle their way back to the top of the TVL.

No other information from Holliston was available.


Coach: Scott Hayes

MIAA Division: 2

Hayes, formerly the girls coach of Hopkinton’s co-op program, takes over the reins of the Hillers boys this season. With graduations and transfers, the Hillers will take on a different look from the squad that reached the D3 state final just three seasons ago and was one of the top contenders in 2019-20.

Senior defensemen Manoli Barris and Michael Berman will be captains along with junior forward Joe Carrazza. The Hillers have only six seniors total with JJ Bianchi also on the blue line, and Alex Durand, Spencer Horgan and Callum Greenwood at forward.

Jack Lang, the only goalie on the roster, is among the junior group with defensemen Drew Morse and Ryan Brennan, and forwards Derek Crowe, Izak Peterson, Charlie Purpura, Ryan Teitel, and Vasilii Zolotarev.

Adding depth will be sophomores Jake Adams, Declan Durocher, Wyatt Iantosca and Joe Scardino at forward, Rocco Horgan and Danny White on defense, along with freshman Parker Winn.

MEDFIELD (6-2-2)

Coach: Zachary Barrows

MIAA Division: 3

A new era begins for the Warriors as Barrows takes over behind the bench.

He inherits a group featuring nine seniors with experience throughout the lineup. Among them are forwards James Davignon II (C), Liam Ladd (LW), Connor Nee (RW), Michael Pelkey (RW) and Andrew Scier (C), as well as defensemen Patrick Donovan and Maxwell Sherman.

Juniors Kevin Arthur (C), Ryan Dolan (D), Matthew Guindon (LW), William Perachi (RW) and James Tyer (RW) add depth, along with sophomores Richard Bradbury (D), Owen DuRoss (LW), Brook Alex Ferreira (D), Charlie Hardiman (RW), Gavin Marmai (LW), Zachary Pamer (D) and Michael Perachi (D).

Freshmen Joseph Nee (C), Jack Gwaltney (C), Benjamin Lusby (D) and John Sanderson (LW) will get varsity experience this season.

The goaltending trio will be seniors Jack Stanton, Tyler Shu and junior Andrew Ladd.

Myles Kidd Norwood

NORWOOD (7-3-0)

Coach: Chuck Allen

MIAA Division: 2

George Tolman Norwood

Allen sees the potential for a very competitive season for the Mustangs, with the ability to roll four lines.

Senior center Myles Kidd is a returning TVL All-Star and will spark the forward lines with senior wing Bryan Metayer. Junior wings Kevin Broderick and Conor Lydon, along with junior center Sean Dittmeier, also are back.

Seniors George Tolman and Kyle Leger, and sophomore Eddy Carroll will be the top returning defensemen for the Mustangs.

Senior Ethan Barrows and junior Michael Walsh will vie for playing time in net.

WESTWOOD (3-5-1)

Coach: Matt Sebet

MIAA Division: 2

Despite finishing below .500 during the abbreviated 2021 season, the Wolverines enter 2021-22 looking to continue their incredible streak of qualifying for the tournament each year since the early 1980s.

To do so, Westwood will need to get contributions from throughout the lineup, beginning with a class of eight seniors – including returnees Rylan Conley, Zach Conway, Matt Foley and Conor Jacobs at forward, and Ben O’Brien on defense. Senior Declan O’Leary (2.67 GAA) also is back in net, and Jonas Braunfelds and Paul Marino are new seniors to the roster as Sebet says the Wolverines will build from the net out.

Junior Danny Sullivan (4-5-9) was one of the top scorers last season and returns with forward Thomas Hamilton and defenseman Paul Dyson. Sophomore defenseman Ryan Pezzuto also is back, and Sebet said finding more scoring punch will be a big key to the season.

This season the Wolverines add juniors Steven Colantuoni, Kevin d’Entremont, David Solomon and Matthew Vanderydt, sophomores Gavin Cox, Brett Hobson, Max O’Brien and Jake Quinn, and freshmen Cole Gustie and John Quinn.



Coach: Brad Kwatcher

MIAA Division: 4

Previously an assistant with the Blackhawks, Kwatcher steps into the top spot behind the bench this season for the co-op, which also gets plays from Blackstone-Millville and Millis.

Kwatcher believes his defense will be the team strength, led by sophomore Ayden Guilman (BMR) and senior Kyle Peloquin (BMR). Both goalies are back for their senior seasons, and Kwatcher expects it will be a tough battle between Connor Henchey and Shawn Rafus (BMR).

The forward lines will be younger, but Kwatcher likes the potential with seniors Jameson Eldridge, Delacy Atkinson (Millis) and Colin Fornaro (Millis), sophomore Sean Brown, and juniors Liam Keating and Brady Pelletier. Freshmen Nathan Gervais and Colin Sherman also got playing time last season and flashed potential.

“One of the things that we had [last season] was great team chemistry and great sportsmanship,” Kwatcher said. “We also have young talent that just started to shine at the end of last year and we are excited to see what they will bring this year.”

DEDHAM (2-3-2)

Coach: Dan Lynch

MIAA Division: 4

The Marauders should be one of the contenders in Division 4 this season under veteran coach Lynch.

Brendan Stamm Dedham

Senior captain and forward Brendan Stamm was a TVL All-Star last season and leads a deep forward group with seniors John Doyle, Tyler Monaghan and Sean Reynolds, as well as juniors Christian Patjane, Jack Sollis, Ryan Benoit and Aidan Mahony.

Senior captain Gavin Keogh will lead the Marauders defense with senior Ian Stapleton and juniors Dylan Stec, Will Whitney, Kevin Cronin, and sophomore Robert Petrucci.

Dylan Stec Dedham

The Marauders will go with senior Nick Cotto and freshman Eamonn Stephens in net.

Stephens is among  a group of nine freshmen who will suit up for Dedham this season – defensemen Richard Gillis and Nick Moreno, and forwards Colin Ward, Ryan Laughter, Jason Allen, Brian Dunne, Ben Bogie and Ryan Wilmar.


Coach: Alex Marlow

MIAA Division: 4

As he enters his second season behind the bench of the co-op, Marlow – himself a former Weston player – will have a good mix from both schools.

Senior forwards Caden Popiel (D-S) and Connor Burke (Weston) will be the captains, with juniors Finn Maher and Thomas Sacco of Weston as alternates.

Forward Marcus Roman (D-S) is the lone other senior, but the next two classes are strong. Other juniors include forwards Ian Chang (Weston), Joey Perdoni (Weston), Crossan Carothers (D-S) and defensemen Matthew Korbin (Weston) and Henry Hamblett (Weston).

All three goalies – Andrew Goldstein (Weston), Griffin Sipp (D-S) and James Cashman (D-S) – come from the sophomore class, which also includes forwards Max Nilt (D-S), Andrew Marden (D-S), Matthias Sarnblad (Weston) and Jack Cahill (Weston), and defensemen Cole McEwen (D-S), Calvin Roman (D-S) and Sawyer Garzone (D-S).

Freshmen forwards Brayden McKenna (D-S) and Sam Hinkley (Weston) round out the roster.

Pari Lykourinos Medway

MEDWAY (7-2-2)

Coach: Derek Harrington

MIAA Division: 3

Coming off another TVL Small championship, the Mustangs opted up from their original Division 4 alignment to test themselves further against D3 competition. They should be one of the contenders right out of the gate, thanks to the 1-2 punch of returning TVL All-Stars Alex Infanger and Evan Monaghan.

A senior goalie, Monaghan (1.48 GAA, .912 SP) remains one of the top goalies in Eastern Mass., regardless of division. Up front, senior center Infanger (9-7-16) leads a group that includes juniors Pari Lykourinos (RW, 7-7-14), Luke Frauton (C, 0-3-3) and Jackson Bridges (RW, 3-1-4), and seniors Jack Carr (RW, 2-3-5), Ryan Gagnon (LW, 1-4-5) and Nathan Van Saun (RW, 1-0-1).

The Mustangs also have a solid blue line in front of Monaghan, featuring seniors Sean Murphy (5-7-12) and Anthony Rossi (0-1-1), and junior Thomas Creonte (1-0-1). Sophomore Henry Eaton moves up from JV.

Mike Whalen Norton

NORTON (5-4-1)

Coach: Mike Donovan

MIAA Division: 3

The Lancers, who remain a co-op program with Sharon, will have a “good core of returning players” according to Donovan as he enters his second season behind the bench.

Start with senior center and captain Mike Whalen, one of the team’s two returning TVL All-Stars, who will be joined by senior center Max Sherman to form a solid start up the middle. Senior captain Connor Cohen will move from defense to wing to shore up the forward lines.

The defense still will be solid with senior captain Jake Braga, the other TVL All-Star from 2021, back along with sophomore Connor Heagney.

In net, the Lancers also return sophomore Adam D’Errico and junior Sam Grolnic.

Donovan expects junior Liam Coffey and sophomore Josh Giguere to contribute on defense tis season, with freshman forward Maxwell Sheng another newcomer to watch.

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