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MIAA Boys D1 North Playoff Preview: 13 Teams Set Eyes On Sectional Title

St. Mary’s returns to the Sectional following as the top seed following a 5-3 1A play-in loss to Marshfield. A fair number of players remain from the Spartans’ 2017 D1 State Championship squad. Meanwhile, Winchester reached the 2018 Sectional title game while Andover and St. John’s Prep were 1A qualifiers a season ago.

A look at the field:

Damon Maribito
St. Mary’s

St. Mary’s (16-6-1)

The Catholic Central Large’s second-place club closed the regular season with an impressive 2-2 tie against 1A second seed Pope Francis and ranks among the division’s highest-scoring teams with 80 goals (plus-42 differential). Junior goalie Joe Purtell has crafted a sparkling regular with a 1.50 gaa and .936 save pct. to go along with six shutouts.

Davis Kinne
St. Mary’s

Freshman Davis Kinne (10-10-20) has been a revelation on defense, joined by senior captain Kyle Ouellette (3-10-13) and junior Alex Nazarian on back line protection detail. The forward unit features senior captain Colin Reddy (18-9-27), senior captain Nick Napolitano (12-11-23), sophomore Colby Magliozzi (6-10-16), senior Damon Maribito (6-11-17) and sophomore Brady Carpenter (9-5-14). The Spartans 5-0-0 against teams in the Sectional field.

COACH: Mark Lee

Quinn McCarthy

Melrose (12-4-5)

The Red Raiders ranked among the division’s higher scoring squads en route to a second-place finish in the Middlesex Freedom Division with 75 goals. Sophomore forward Brendan Fennell (18-22-40) put together a monster campaign. Juniors Cam Marks (11-17-28) and Andrew Calvert (7-15-22) and sophomores Quinn McCarthy (10-10-20) and Charlie Haggerty (9-10-19) add to the firepower.

Junior Joe Lucien (8-7-15), seniors Liam Crovo (3-5-8) and Adam Bain, and sophomore Will Pierce form the top four on defense in front of senior goalie Mark Dewling (1.88gaa, 1 SO). The Red Raiders posted a 2-1-3 mark against the field.

COACH: Vin Mirasolo

Winchester (14-7-0)

No surprise the Sachems finished in a second-place tie in the Middlesex Liberty Division – 17 seniors and juniors returned from last year’s group that reached the Sectional title game. The key to their post-season fortunes start with sophomore goalie Robert DiVincenzo (1.87 gaa), a two-year starter.

Luke Mix

Michael Martignetti

Michael Drew

Rob DiVincenzo

Nolan Butler

The forward group features senior captains Mike Drew (22-11-33) and Joey Lepore (11-17-28), senior Nolan Butler (7-5-12) and junior Ryan McCarthy (10-14-24). Senior captain Luke Mix (2-10-12), junior Mike Martignetti (3-6-9) and sophomore Nick Ciaccio are key operatives on the back line. The Sachems finished 2-3-0 against the field.

COACH: Bill Burns

Michael Feeney

Andover (12-6-2)

The MVC/DCL Champion Golden Warriors finished on a positive note, shutting out Winchester, 2-0, in the Bresnahan Division title game at The Newburyport Bank Classic. Senior goalie Alex Trottier has four shutouts to go along with 2.03 goals against average and .902 save pct.

Patrick Archambault

A balanced attack features seven double-digit scorers: sophomore forwards Shane LaChance (6-10-16), Sam Murray (5-8-13), and Steve Ingram (8-4-12), senior forward and captain Patrick Archambault (4-8-12), senior captain and swingman Matt Schuhwerk (4-7-11), junior forward Mike Feeney (4-6-10) and sophomore defenseman Tommy Tavenner (6-6-12). Juniors Evan Arpin and Jackson Gross are key defensemen. The Golden Warriors were 4-3-0 against the field during the regular season.

COACH: Chris Kuchar

Conor Quinlan

Burlington (13-7-2)

The Middlesex League Freedom Division champion finished as D1’s third highest-scoring team in the regular season with 81 goals and will be a tough draw. A deep and experienced group of forwards features the trio of junior Ryan O’Halloran (11-31-42), senior Connor Quinlan (20-17-37) and senior captain Joe Barbieri (10-13-23).

Ryan O’Halloran

They are supported by seniors Mitch Maida (8-10-18) and PT Hayes (13 points) and juniors Jacob Vozikis (5-6-11) and Cam Costa (5-5-10). Seniors Sean Savage (5-12-17) and captain Matt Tyman and junior Spencer Reith lead the defense in front of sophomore goalie Joe Trabucco (.908 save pct., 3 SO). The Red Devils compiled a 2-2-2 mark against the field.

Michael Tobin

COACH: Bob Conceison

Reading (12-6-4)

The Rockets’ sound performance at The Buddy Ferreira Classic should have them heading into the post-season on a high note. Senior captain Mike Tobin (9-19-28) and senior forward Brendan Donovan (11-11-22) fuel the attack for the Middlesex Liberty Division runner-up.

Matt Gallagher

Juniors Sean Barbera (12-8-20) and Kevin Donaghey (10 points) add to the mix. Junior goalie Dylan Emery (1.79 gaa, .919 save pct., 3 SO) has been outstanding. Juniors Matt Gallagher, Matt Fiorenza, Cam Lawthorne and Brandon Millerick and sophomore Charlie Miele provide the protection on defense. The Rockets were 2-2-1 against the field.

COACH: Mark Doherty

Matt Livingston

Billerica (10-6-5)

Coach Jim Egan’s squad finished on an 0-3-1 skid and will look to regain the momentum that led to a third-place finish in the MVC/DCL 1. The Indians’ offense features senior forwards Ryan Brouillette (10-7-17), captain Joe Lamarca (5-7-12), Anthony Lamarca (6-6-12) and freshman Alexander Coulot (4 goals).

Senior captain Matt Covino (4 goals), senior DJ Fantasia (4-6-10) and junior Matt Livingston (6-7-13) provide a strong two-way presence on the blue line in front of junior goalie Connor Feeney. The Indians posted a 3-3-2 mark against the field.

COACH: Jim Egan

Patrick Moran
St. John’s Prep

Jack Gilligan
St. John’s Prep

Ned Malolepszy
St. John’s Prep

Ryan Bradley
St. John’s Prep

St. John’s Prep (10-7-3)

The Eagles finished in the middle of the Catholic Conference pack but hit the post-season playing their best hockey, having won 6-of-7. Junior forward Ryan Hart (9-9-18) and junior forward and captain Patrick Moran (5-9-14) lead the offense. Juniors Ned Malolepszy (7-6-13), Matt Taylor (6-7-13) and Ryan Bradley (6-5-11) and sophomore Zach McKenelley (7-6-13) contribute to a balanced attack.

Senior captain Tyler Raposa, junior captain Jack Gilligan (2-6-8), junior Josiah Brown (3-7-10), junior Will Perry and sophomore Jack Riley (2-6-8) form the core of a stout defense. Junior Jake Essensa (12 games, 2.50 gaa) and freshman Jackson Irving (8 games, 1.50 gaa) have emerged as reliable options in goal. The Eagles were 2-1-1 against the field.

COACH: Kris Hanson

Westford Academy (10-8-2)

The Grey Ghosts ran second in the MVC/DCL One this season, sparked by the emergence of freshman goalie Colin Winn (1.80 gaa, 2 SO). Juniors Jason Bunyon (12-10-22) and Kyle Wizst (8-10-18), senior captains Tyler Guillmette (8-11-19) and Kevin Bruskiewitz (4-10-14), senior Alex Sepe (8-5-13) and freshman Ryan McCarthy (6-5-11) drive a balanced attack.

Senior captain Mike Mucci (4-11-15), Junior Kevin Egan (3-9-12), senior Max Sears and junior Dan Marshall form the core of the defense. The Grey Ghosts compiled a 4-3-1 record against the field.

COACH: Bob Carpenter

Ben Pitts

Chelmsford (9-8-4)

The Lions, out of the MVC/DCL One, scored just 38 goals and will lean heavily on senior captain and goalie Drew Blodgett, who put up stellar regular-season numbers: 1.79 gaa, .935 save pct., and four shutouts. Senior captain Jared Huggins, senior Brett Nolan and junior Mike Regan lead the defense.

Offense comes from junior forwards Christian Gastonguay (7-6-13), junior Bobby Turner (7-5-12), junior Ben Pitts (7-4-11) and senior captain Chad Lizine (4-4-8). The Lions finished 1-7-1 against the field.

COACH: Kevin Leonard

Jake Moniz
Bishop Fenwick

Bishop Fenwick (10-9-1)

All but finished in early February, the Crusaders won their final five games to qualify, tying for third in the Catholic Central Large. Junior forwards Ian Worthley (11-5-16) and Nick Muzi (6-13-19) paced a balanced offense that hit its stride down the stretch.

Senior captain Derek DelVecchio (6-8-14), juniors Tom Estella (6-5-11) and Jake Murphy (5-6-11) and sophomore Matt Moniz (13 points) add to the mix. Senior captain Trey Deloury (10 points) anchors the defense in front of senior captain and goalie Jake Moniz. The Crusaders were 0-2 against the field.

Jacob Grossi-Hogg

COACH: Jim Quinlan

Newburyport (10-10-1)

Cade Beauparlant

The Clippers qualified on the season’s final day, taking a win-or-go-home battle with St. John’s of Shrewsbury, 4-3. The forward trio of senior Jacob Grossi-Hogg (18-20-38), junior Ben Reynolds (14-20-34) and senior Pat Leary (10-9-19) drives the offense. Sophomore forward Ryan Archer (5-8-13) and senior forward Mike Twomey (10 points) add depth.

Sophomore defenseman Owen Pence (5-14-19) has enjoyed a breakout campaign and leads the defense with seniors Cade Beauparlant and Thomas Greene. Sophomore Jackson Marshall (2.64 gaa) mans the goal. The Clippers were 1-4-0 against the field.

COACH: Paul Yameen

Jared McDonald

Medford (8-8-3)

No single forward stands out for the Mustangs, who rely on balanced production from senior Cole Brennan (9-9-18), junior Jared McDonald (9-9-18), senior Ryan Mann (6-9-15), and senior Brian Paone (5-8-13). Senior Matt Kivekas and junior Chris Freeman anchor the defense in front of junior goalie Chris Freeman. The Mustangs posted a 1-1-0 record against the field.

COACH: Shawn Bates



Wednesday, Feb. 27

Andover vs. Medford, at Ryan Rink, 7 pm

Reading vs. Bp. Fenwick, at Stoneham Arena, 8 pm

Thursday, Feb. 28

Billerica vs. Chelmsford, at Chelmsford Forum, 5 pm

Burlington vs. Newburyport, at O’Brien Rink, 6 pm

St. John’s Prep vs. Westford Academy, O’Brien Rink, 8 pm


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