The new Southeast Conference will consist of three programs who have past ties to the defunct Old Colony League or Big 3. The new league features Dartmouth, Bridgewater-Raynham and Durfee.
Home Rink: Hetland Memorial Arena, New Bedford
The Indians graduated seven seniors off last year’s team that reached the Division 3 South quarterfinals, but coach Michael Cappello still welcomes back a strong group from that team.
“Last year’s freshman and sophomore classes played key minutes and that experience should pay off,” Cappello said.
Speed and skill should be the key for the Indians across all three lines. Seniors Angelo Nicolosi (33 points) and Payton Allen (25 points) lead the returnees along with sophomores Damien Medeiros (18 points) and Reid Martin (16 points).
Defensively the Indians will look to senior Luke Sylvia, and juniors Kyle Charbonneau and Sam Canniff.
Sophomore Nick Howarth transfers into the program, and junior J.P. Kerney could step into the starting spot in net after playing a handful of games for the Indians last season.
Home Rink: Bridgewater Ice Arena
The Trojans will play as an Independent quad this season and sixth-year coach Dave Patrick is taking a “wait and see” approach as to how things shake out.
Juniors Ryan Concannon, Eddie Perry and Kyle Wilcox return at forward. The defense will be formed around the quartet of seniors Owen McCoy and Pat Rennie and juniors Ben Kmito and Brian Dale. Newcomer Richie Popson will challenge for the goaltender’s job.
Home Rink: Driscoll Arena, Fall River
The Hilltoppers remain low on numbers, but coach Kevin Robinson says his team “plans to work hard and maintain a consistent compete level” as it jumps into a new league this season.
Robinson will lean on a pair of goalies – junior Xavier Arpa and freshman newcomer Cheyanne Dutcher — saying the duo will need to continue to come up with big saves to keep the Hilltoppers in games.
In front of them, Durfee will have good leadership in the defense with senior captains Andrew Saunders and Maddie Collins – the latter of whom comes from Westport as part of a co-op. Junior assistant captain Noah Currin is another reliable veteran blueliner.
Offensively the Hilltoppers will look to senior assistant captain Jacob Martins, as well as juniors Ethan Beaulieu and Ethan Neto. Newcomers to the program along with Dutcher are freshman forwards Alex Gurley and Andrew Medeiros.