Mass. HS: Patriot League Preview

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FISHER DIVISION

Zach Taylor
Hanover

HANOVER (22-3-1)

The defending state champions and perennial playoff power are back for South play. Coach Jon Abban’s team beat Algonquin in the finals. Hanover has a couple of strong scorers from last year’s team returning. Connor Morris, a junior forward, had 11 goals and nine assists. Junior captain Zach Taylor pumped home 11 goals and 10 assists last winter. Senior captain Ryan Phillips and senior Ryan Mahoney will contribute.

Hunter Phillips
North Quincy

Senior captain Mike McGlame, and juniors Paul McCabe and Drew Cratty, will lead the defense, and sophomore goalies Sam O’Grady and Kevin Chandler will have to step up.

NORTH QUINCY (11-10-1)

Numbers could be an issue for the Red Raiders, but coach Matt Gibbons insists his club will still work hard and be stingy in its own end, which hopefully will lead to another playoff berth.

Seniors Austin Lee (co-captain, 18 pts) and Hunter Phillips (24 pts), and sophomore Kieran O’Driscoll (12 pts) will be asked to provide some solid scoring, while senior co-captain Kevin McDonald (12 pts) headlines the defense.

Austin Lee
North Quincy

Looking for bigger roles will be junior forwards Ethan Herman, Connor Donaghey and Johnny Norton, sophomore forward John Early, junior defenseman Chris Donaghey and senior goaltender Derek Bille.

PEMBROKE (14-5-4)

The Titans lost seven key members from last year’s Fisher Division champions, including four league all stars, so they will be in the midst of a rebuilding phase, although a solid core of returners is back.

Up front, seniors Cam Judkins (30 pts) and Zach Simpson (31 pts) will be the offensive aces for coach Mark Duffy as each look to reach the 100 career point mark.

Defensively, seniors Connor Pijankowski and Paul Schissel and junior Sam Brown from the core of the group. In goal, senior Justin Pijanowski is a returning starter, so that is a big plus.

PLYMOUTH SOUTH (10-6-6)

The Panthers will have a new look after losing 11 seniors from last year’s tournament-bound group.

Leaders for coach Mike McCosh will be the junior forward tandem of Dan Lincoln and Sean Colbert.

SCITUATE (15-9-1)

It was a memorable post-season run for the Sailors last winter, making it all the way to the D2 South title game. They hope to continue that momentum in the new year.

Coach Mike Breen will rely on senior leadership from the likes of captain Jake O’Brien, Ben Smith, Jake McCarthy, Brian Coughlin, Pat McCarthy and Mike Norton up front, and Tommy Marhoffer, Matt Loud and Ryan Loftus on the blue line. Scituate will need to replace the graduated Dave Sheehan in goal.

Two new players to watch are forwards Liem Walsh and Shane Comeau.

KEENAN DIVISION

DUXBURY (14-7-3)

Long-time Coach John Blake said the defending Patriot League Keenan Division champions will have a fair number of new players in new roles but is confident “this team will get better as the year goes along.”

Duxbury features depth and experience on the back line where captains Hunter Smith and Matt Campbell and sophomore Ted Griffin all return. Seniors Lee Kennedy and Nick Stewart will compete for time in goal.

The Green Dragons will take a balanced approach on offense, led by senior forwards Jack Demio and Evan Craig and junior forward Drew Violandi.

PLYMOUTH NORTH (3-13-4)

A handful of one-goal losses hurt the Eagles last winter, so they will need to find a way for more consistent scoring.

That task will fall on the likes of seniors Nate Fleet (16 pts), Matt Murphy and Declan Tierney, and junior Brendan Figueroa. New guys ready to add to the mix are Jake Harrington and Brian Kingsbury.

Three seniors – Josh Kierstead, Max Barrows and Kolton Michaud – should see a lot of time on the blue line for coach Tim Drew.

Junior Monty Gray looks to be the man between the pipes for the Eagles.

WHITMAN-HANSON (6-10-4)

A young team looking to be better in the second half of the season, the Panthers will need to buy into the concept of total team defense, according to new head coach Chris Googins.

The Panthers will rely on senior Cullen Humfryes and juniors Alex Uva and Kory Howard to do the job offensively.

Senior Zack Pike leads the blue line crew, while in goal, either senior David Perry or junior Ricky Welch will get the nod.

QUINCY (6-10-2)

Pat Quirk
Quincy

The Presidents will rely heavily on their returning experienced players. They hope to use their speed and size to their advantage.

Seniors Pat Quirk and James O’Leary, and sophomore Dan O’Leary will be go-to guys up front for coach Ted Walsh.

Three experienced rearguards are back in seniors Owen Lynch and Josh Campbell and sophomore Griffin Lynch. New junior Tommy Feeney will be a big help.

SILVER LAKE (2-13-5)

New coach Dan Scott takes over a program looking for some more wins. The Lakers did just graduate one player and have 16 incoming freshmen to the program.

Seniors Josh Chapman (15 pts), Colby Gilbert and Jimmy McKenna, all captains, will fuel the offense, along with sophomore returners Alex Heffernan (12 pts) and David Marani.

Defensemen Will Felix, Nick Iarossi, Liam Kelliher and Kegan Thompson are all back, as are junior goalies Aiden Maguire and Patrick McCormack.

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