The Central/West League will feature two divisions this winter and now had eight teams, including Connecticut entrant Woodstock Academy, which will play in the Small Division
Home Rink: North Star Ice Sports
A lot returns for a team that won the CentralWest league last winter and stunned unbeaten Duxbury in the first round of the tournament. They will need to be watched.
Top forward Delaney Couture has graduated but there is still plenty of offense in the likes of senior captain Grace Felicio (37 pts – Manhattanville commit), sophomore Kaci Ryder (31 pts), sophomore Taylor Breen and sophomore Holly Catarius. Three new forwards ready to go are Maddie Mirva, Taylor Ryder and Olivia Cutting.
Senior captain Nora Louder, senior Olivia Cwalinski and sophomore Aislinn Bennett are a solid trio of defensive leaders for coach Frank Panarelli.
There is also strength in goal with senior captain Riley MacCausland (1.50 gaa) and sophomore Elie Sullivan.
ST PETER-MARIAN (13-8-0)
Home Rink: Worcester Ice Center
An independent in their first two seasons, the Guardians join the Central/West and look to make an early impression and qualify for its third straight post-season appearance.
Up front, freshman Emily Hamann fired home 32 goals as an eighth-grader and will be tough to stop. Senior Sena Alex and freshman Gretchen Swartz (27 pts) add offensive fuel.
On the blue line, coach Jay Monfreda will look to sophomore Olivia Lozoraitis and freshman Mia Kondylis for leadership. New freshman Emma Abysalh will contribute.
Sophomore Mia Dang is back in goal.
Home Rink: Olympia Ice Center
The Lancers have more depth than they have had in the past, giving third-year head coach Melissa Vandermyn a lot of options.
A forward nucleus features seniors Jordan Kowalski, Lexi Pfalxgraf and Ashley Barron, junior Joesphine Typrowicz and sophomores Kayla Russ and Aubrey Welch.
Plenty of experience returns on the back line with seniors Madison Manser and Jillian Croteau, junior Madison Fox and sophomores Regan Donohue and Samanthan Scanlon.
In the nets, junior Mackenzie Rae was the back-up last winter. She will vie with freshman Jane O’Connor for goaltending minutes.
Home Rink: New England Sports Center
The T-Hawks have made deep playoff runs the past two winters and return a veteran team with great chemistry and solid in all three phases of the game.
Seniors Amy MacGlashing (30 pts) and Ava Domolky (14 pts) and juniors Kerryn O’Connell (42 pts) and Heather Hodgkins (15 pts) form a formidable offensive braintrust for coach Mike Hodge.
Two sophomores – Sabrina Ferro and Jill Johannes – take care of matters on defense in front of sophomore goalie Lana Pacific (2.10 gaa).
Home Rink: Wallace Civic Center
A playoff berth is a goal for the Blue Devils. A key will be good seasons for the returning crew.
Leaders up front for coach Nancy LeBlanc are juniors Hannah Ericsson (16 pts), Alana Hoag (10 pts) and Kaitlyn Bremer (9 pts), and sophomore Molly Kimball (9 pts).
Senior Kaylee Dorion and junior Alice Mead will be keys on defense.
OAKMONT REGIONAL (0-16-2)
Home Rink: Iorio Arena – Cushing
New coach Brenda Cormier inherits a young team that looks to get on the road to improvement.
Senior Abigail Shea, sophomore Annaka Gendron and freshman Kelly Paquet will be vital skaters up front.
Junior captain Heather McHatton and sophomore Jordan Pond will log a lot of minutes on the blue line. New freshman Ashley Jorge could see time on both forward and defense. In goal, sophomore Ashley Boum returns as well.
- Auburn and Connecticut HS Woodstock Academy will also be in the Central/West Small Division.