Mass. HS Hockey: Patriot League team capsules

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NORTH QUINCY (9-9-4)

The toughest schedule in five years await the Red Raiders, who think the rough road will prepare this team for the post-season. Coach Matt Gibbons feels his team should be in every game this winter in Division 2.

 

A good group of forwards will be led by senior Robbie Cameron (14 pts), the team’s second leading scorer last winter, and senior Andrew Currie, who scored 11 goals. Sophomore Tim Glynn expects to improve on a solid freshman campaign.

 

North Quincy will have one of Division II’s best goaltenders with the return of senior Nolan Greene, a Patriot League all star.

 

HANOVER (7-10-3)

Things are looking up at Hanover, where the Indians return their top five scorers and a solid defense. Coach Jonathan Abban is looking for this squad to have a rebound season.

 

The Indians return a host of players, including Drew Caldwell, Matt McDougall, Patrick Nevins, Mike Proctor, Matt Randall, Tyler Smith, Noah Clapp, Jack Mahoney, Nick Joy, Landon Hasenfuss, Colin Mahoney, Stephen Cocce, Matt Bear, Mitch Beard, Jack Maguire, Tyler Powers and Ernest Meads.

 

QUINCY (5-11-4)

The Presidents are under new management with Ted Walsh taking over the fortunes. He is hoping Quincy can have a productive season.

 

A trio of forwards – Mike Pugsley, Pat Donovan and Mike Gendreau – will be asked to lead things offensively.

 

There is also some experience on defense with the return of seniors Jim Brennick, Matt Davis and Matt Kozlowski.

 

WHITMAN-HANSON (9-9-3)

Another young team in Division 2 are the Panthers, who will have only two seniors on the club. Coach Joe Bina reports that team strengths should be on defense and in goal.

 

Junior Zack Burke will have a big role offensively for Whitman-Hanson.

 

On the back line, senior Andy Shepardson (4 pts), junior Nick Villanueva (8 pts) and sophomore Liam Sweeney (11 pts) form a solid defensive cornerstone. Senior Mike Bonavita started 10 games in goal last winter and should be ready for full-time duty this season.

 

PEMBROKE (14-8-5)

There will be lot of opportunities for younger players to move up, as the Titans lost 11 seniors to graduation. And, the Titans move up to Division II status this winter.

 

Senior Matt Benting and junior Adam Tripp will be a pair of forwards that will provide leadership and scoring for coach Mark Duffy as the team transitions to a younger lineup.

 

SILVER LAKE (16-6-3)

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Ryne McNeilly

Silver Lake Regional High School is a tourney-tested club that despite the heavy loss of seniors looks for more success.

 

The Lakers, under coach Brandon Hall, went into the third round of the postseason one year ago and finished 16-6-3. Senior defenseman Ryne McNeilly, an all-star, is back. Liam Smith, Matt Marani, Brendan Guilderson, Kyle Hoxie, Peter Hermansen, Matt Hill and Adam Gay also return.

 

“We lost 10 seniors from last year,” Hall said. “But have many returning players with varsity experience and the deep tournament run from last year.”

 

DUXBURY (14-4-5)

Fifteen players return from last year’s Patriot League championship squad, the league’s lone Division 1 entry. The Green Dragons are seeking third consecutive league title and will once again test themselves with a challenging non-league schedule in preparation for tournament play.

 

Senior captains Nick Marrocco (16 points), Trevor O’Brien, Mike Doyle and Matt Murphy all return at forward. Senior Tyler Powers, junior Shawn Errasti and sophomore Mat Hammel provide experience on the blue line while junior Tucker Kelly takes over in the goal.

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