MIAA Boys Division 1 Tournament Preview: Play Gets Underway With King Philip-Weymouth Facing Off In Prelim Game; SJP, Xaverian Top Two Seeds

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With the issue of no Super 8 Tournament aside, this new state-wide MIAA Division 1 Tournament, based on a new power ranking formula, projects to be a highly-competitive event, with a host of teams capable of winning it all. It should make for a great three weeks.

Here is a preview of the field by seed.

#1 St. John’s Prep (17-3-0)

The Eagles come at you in waves and have been getting scoring from many different players, always a key factor in the post-season.

Coach Kris Hanson: “Tournament success relies on several factors including focus, ability to keep emotions in check and puck luck. Keys will be a heavy forecheck, team depth, chemistry and a willingness to put the team first from day one.”

The well-balanced offense features junior Will Van Sicklin (24 pts), sophomore Jake Vana (21 pts), senior captain Tommy Sarni (19 pts), junior Ben McGilvray (19 pts), junior Jimmy Ayers (18 pts), senior Pierce Blaeser (17 pts), junior Cole Blaeser (16 pts) and sophomore Christian Rosa (16 pts).

Defensive leaders include senior captain Theo Vetere (10 pts), junior Aidan Holland (12 pts) and senior Jeff Melanson. Senior Payton Palladino is the primary goaltender.

#2 Xaverian (16-3-1)

The Hawks enter the post-season with a senior-laden group, and that experience could be a major factor.

Coach Dave Spinale: “This format in a March madness style will no doubt have upsets. We need to be prepared for that. We have a dedicated group and depth at all three positions. It is a team of high achievers in the classroom and athletically.”

Senior Braden O’Hara is Xaverian’s top scorer with 26 points. Senior Max Lockwood (22 pts), senior captain Jack Silva (17 pts), junior Gavin Moynihan (16 pts), junior Joe DiMartino (15 pts) and sophomore Will Irving (14 pts) are other top options.

On defense, Babson-bound senior Nolan Dion (17 pts) and senior captain Aiden Rodriguez hold down the fort in front of senior goalies Brendan Flanagan and Kevin Richardi.

Aidan Brazel
Hingham

#3 Hingham (18-3-1)

The Harbormen are sailing high coming into the tournament after a title at the Buddy Ferreira Classic. Perennially one of the state’s best teams, this year is no exception.

Bobby Falvey Hingham

Coach Tony Messina: “We need to stick with what got us here….strong team defense and timely scoring. We’ve been able to win a lot of tight games throughout the season and you can’t do that without taking care of your own end as a priority. Our strength of schedule made it necessary to be at our best every night and that will serve us well in the grind of the tournament.”

Billy Jacobus Hingham

An impressive offensive nucleus up front features junior Aiden Brazel (23 pts), junior Billy Jacobus (20 pts), sophomore Travis Rugg (19 pts), senior captain Sean Garrity (19 pts), senior Connor Walsh (17 pts) and junior Ace Concannon (15 pts).

Drew Carleton Hingham

Defensively, Hingham is deep with senior captain Bobby Falvey (22 pts), a Colby commit, senior captain Drew Carleton (11 pts), and juniors Charlie Even (13 pts) and Chase McKenna (9 pts). Senior Luke Merian is a veteran between the pipes, with freshman Keagin Wilson also seeing some time this winter.

Evan England Catholic Memorial

#4 Catholic Memorial (14-5-1)

The Knights are another team that gets scoring from many different sources. They will be looking to crank things up after losing their final three games of the regular season. CM did win the Catholic Conference championship this season.

Dom Walecka Catholic Memorial

Offensive leaders for CM have been sophomore Connor Fryberger, senior Evan England, junior James Koo, junior Brendan MacNeil, senior captain Ty Magliozzi and the impressive freshman tandem of Tyler Hamilton and Morgan Linehan.

Senior captain Tommy Goonan and junior Finn Burke are standout defensemen, while in goal, the Knights have senior captain Dom Walecka.

Evan Regan (9) has been a key forward for Austin Prep.

#5 Austin Prep (16-3-2)

The Cougars look to make some noise in this their final year in the MIAA. They have their typical young team that works hard for the entire 45 minutes.

Coach Bill Pappas: “I knew we we going to be a young team this year, but this is nothing new to us. We welcome new young players to jump in and get the feel for high school hockey. I think we need to stay level-headed and, as we have been preaching the entire year, just take each shift and win your shift. We have found a way to win and I hope we continue.”

Jacob Duval
Austin Prep

Leading scorers for Austin Prep are freshman Luke Pazzia (17 pts), freshman Jacob Duval (16 pts) and sophomore Evan Regan (16 pts). Junior Drew Thibodeau (14 pts) and sophomore Noah Pineo (12 pts) are two more solid options.

A young rearguard group consists of sophomores Derek Daley (11 pts), Fischer Niehaus and Josh Williams., junior Robert McDonald and freshman Conor Griffin (10 pts). Senior Anthony Beaulieu got the bulk of the action between the pipes.

Jack Sadowski
Arlington

#6 Arlington (16-4-2)

The Spy Ponders hit a slight rough patch toward the end of the season, but had a solid season-ending win over Malden Catholic that sends them into the playoffs on a high.

Reed Malatesta Arlington

Coach John Messuri: “With our group we have to just do our best to win the first game. We cannot even consider the word ‘run’.”

Arlington always has a plethora of scoring options and this year’s leaders are sophomore Jack Sadowski, senior Reed Malatesta, junior Jake Russell, junior Stefano Sotiropoulos, junior Drew Fecteau and sophomore Brendan Hirsch.

Brendan Flynn Arlington

Senior Brendan Flynn and junior Ryan Gilbert have been leaders on defense in front of junior netminder Jake Davies.

Cam Fici
Belmont

#7 Belmont (17-1-3)

The Middlesex League Liberty Division champions have shown the capability of beating anyone this year. Defense has been outstanding, just 24 goals allowed in 21 games under first-year head coach Tim Foley.

Coach Tim Foley: “Knowing the skill, commitment and drive of the returning players I am not totally surprised at the team’s success. Between the whistles, the key has been a concentration on team defense, and structure in our own zone, and a controlled forecheck that is physical, structurally sound and can adjust. Special teams has been a key as well. We have given up just three power play goals, and scored six shorthanded goals.”

Shay Donahue Belmont

Up front, the Marauders are led by junior captain Cam Fici (34-10-44), one of state’s premier offensive threats. Senior captain Matty Rowan (30 pts) and junior Shay Donahue (25 pts).

On the blue line, juniors Peter Grace (14 pts) and Joe Gaziano (14 pts) have been solid, along with Theo Martin and Adrien Gurung. Junior captain Ryan Griffin has been one of the state’s best between the pipes as well.

#8 Pope Francis (12-5-2)

The Cardinals reloaded just fine after losing some key members from last year’s powerhouse. They are young, with just three seniors on the roster. Also, they get to play at home for the first and, if they win their opener, the second round.

Coach Brian Foley: “We feel we are playing our best hockey right now heading into the tournament. The players are excited for the playoffs and looking forward to hosting our first-ever state tournament game. This is a year with an amazing amount of parity and more teams capable of beating each other. The field is really tight and the team that ultimately wins the title will need a fair amount of good breaks to run the gauntlet in a single elimination format.”

Junior Josh Iby (31 pts) has been a leader up front, along with sophomore Derek Rhodes (18 pts), junior Ryan O’Leary (17 pts) and senior Jack Moltenbrey (15 pts).

On defense, sophomores Zack Buffone (11 pts), Jake Jarell (10 pts) and Bryce Russ (10 pts), and freshmen Matt Bolduc (12 pts) all like to get into the play offensively. Junior Colin Foyle and sophomore Wade Wegrzyn bring steady play as well. Senior Ryan Rhodes is highly-regarded and has had a strong year in the nets.

#9 Braintree (15-3-2)

The Wamps are another team with some quality depth and experience. They are certainly capable of making a deep run in the tournament.

Coach Dave Fasano: “Solid team defense and our depth of being able to play four lines and six defensemen each game will be a key. We have 11 guys with double-digit points so if we continue to get balanced scoring from our top three lines and solid team defense we will be in good shape.”

Up front, senior Garrett Coughlin (15-13-28), juniors Nolan Leonard (18-10-28), Nick Fasano (7-15-22), Charlie DiMartino (10-10-20) and Kyle Hutchinson (9-8-17), and sophomore Larry Graziano (7-10-17) all are double-figure point getters, as is senior Deni Tabaku (7-6-13) and Owen Flynn (12 pts)

A veteran defense features senior captain Danny Keegan, seniors Ryan Norton and Colin Gaffney, and junior Drew Coady. Junior Jack Fitzgerald will be in the nets.

#10 Marshfield (15-5-2)

The Rams have shown that they can play with anybody. They did win the Ed Burns Coffee Pot Classic and will be a factor.

Coach Dan Connolly: “The keys for us have been having three lines that can score, and playing solid defense. We play seven defensemen in front of (goalie) Brady Quackenbush. We feel we have a pretty deep team.”

Offensive consistency has come from senior Nick Souretis (33 pts), senior captain Dan Kane (15 pts), and the sophomore group of Cam McGettrick (31 pts), Will Doherty (24 pts), Tommy Carroll (17 pts) and Ryland McGlame (16 pts). Junior Jake Hemingway (16 pts) has played up front and on the blue line.

Other keys to the deep defensive group are senior Chris Finneran and juniors Connor Merrick, Jake Reisman and Nate O’Brien. Quackenbush has been steady in goal.

Owen Keefe
Malden Catholic

#11 Malden Catholic (11-9-0)

The Lancers have made it to the post-season for the first time in a handful of years and are ready to show what they can do.

Nick Julian
Malden Catholic

Coach Chris Kuchar: “We are happy to be back to where Malden Catholic has been so many times before. We are super excited for the opportunity. These older players have gone through a lot. From a 1-19 season to a Covid season and now qualifying for the State Tournament. We’ve been in every hockey game we’ve played this year and our schedule is one for the strongest in the state. We are hoping that both of those factors will prove beneficial for us in the tourney.  The deeper you go the harder it gets, so our focus is one day, one shift at a time and build off of the things that earned us a bid.”

Will Fosdick
Malden Catholic

Key forwards for Malden Catholic are sophomore Seamus Condon (22 pts), junior Dan Zizza (17 pts), sophomore Joe Gaffney (15 pts), senior captain Nick Julian (12 pts), junior Will Fosdick (12 pts) and senior Evan Foskett (6 goals).

Defensively, sophomore Owen Keefe (26 pts) is among the state’s top rearguards. Senior Owen Delvalle (12 pts) is another important cog. Junior Brendan Zinck and sophomore Nick Hubbard have provided solid goaltending.

#12 Reading (11-9-2)

Don’t be fooled by the Rockets’ overall record. They play one of the toughest schedules in the state. Six of their nine losses have come to teams above them in the power rankings.

Coach Mark Doherty: “We are looking forward to the tournament. Any team can beat anyone. I’d like to see us more consistent, but if we are on our game we have a shot against anybody.”

Seven different forwards have hit double-figures in points, led by junior captain Evan Pennucci (23 pts). Senior Jake Donovan (17 pts), senior Mike Dufton (15 pts), sophomore Cam Fahey (15 pts), junior Robbie Granara (15 pts), junior Mark Boyle (14 pts) and sophomore Laz Giradina (11 pts) are other key options up front.

A sound defense has senior captain Zach Micciche (10 pts), sophomore James Lawhorne (11 pts), senior Nicky Palermo and junior Mikey Miele. Two veteran seniors – Franklin Zessis and Alec Sullivan – have split time in goal.

Ryan Flaherty
BC High

#13 BC High (7-12-1)

Under the old format, the Eagles would be on the sidelines. Instead, they have a new life. Also, don’t look at the record. No one should take this group lightly.

Coach John Flaherty: “It is always important to be playing well down the stretch. We faced a lot of adversity early on and set a team goal to be playing our best hockey down in Falmouth. I think we did that. We need to continue doing the little things that brought us success the last few games. Every team in this tournament is good and anyone can be beat on any given night.”

Aidan McDonnell BC High

A talented offensive nucleus features senior Aidan McDonnell (14-12-26, junior Ryan Flaherty (9-18-27), sophomore James Marshall (17 pts) and freshman Joe Feinberg (10 pts). Secondary scoring has come from seniors Brendan Burke and Rick Robinson.

Juniors Matt Cox (10 pts) and Nolan Hurley, senior Michael Mann, and freshman Pete Luecke have had good seasons on the defense. In goal the Eagles have seniors Jack Burke and Ray Carabin.

#14 Wellesley (12-2-6)

The Raiders like to play a defense-minded game, and that has worked very well. Wellesley is the only team to knock off Belmont this season.

Brody Sharpe
Wellesley

Coach Paul Donato: “We are a very resilient team that has fallen behind in some tough games and fought back to salvage a tie or win in many of our games. Our defense has been great this year and it has been a team defense. We feel like we are a team that when we get the lead we maintain the lead. We hope to get the first goal in each game and then as a team commit ourselves on the back end.”

Senior Adam Berg leads the Raiders with 15 goals, with junior Robbie Marshall (10 goals) and junior Sean Maxwell (9 goals) not far behind. Junior Ben Stavridis, freshman Brody Sharpe and senior Sean Burke all figure in the offense as well.

On the blue line, senior Quinn Wayman and sophomore Kyle Parker have been very steady. In goal, it will be junior Reagan O’Neil.

Brady Bullock
St. Mary’s

#15 St. Mary’s (10-7-5)

The Spartans have had a nice second half of the season, going 6-1-3 and winning the Cardinal Classic. They hope to continue that momentum into the post season.

Coach Mark Lee: “This was a very young St. Mary’s team at the start of the season. We were hoping with some high-leve game experience the team would get better as the season went on. We just need to continue being that hard-working blue collar team.”

Owen Giangrande St. Mary’s

Look for junior Brady Bullock (19 pts), sophomores Dan Domeniconi (17 pts) and Jack Carpenter (10 pts) and freshman Cam McGonigle (11 pts) are offensive threats.

Senior co-captain Jake Desmarais (20 pts) and senior Eric Toto (13 pts) are blue line standouts for the Spartans, while senior Owen Giangrande has done the bulk of the goaltending.

Max Tong
Winchester

#16 Winchester (10-8-3)

The Red & Black endured a four-game losing streak during the second half of the season, but all to teams above them in the power rankings. They did close their regular season with a win over Arlington.

Liam Doherty Winchester

Coach Gino Khachadourian: “To make a deep run we will have to continue to play the way we finished off the season, with a tight game against Hingham and win against Arlington. Our compete level has to be through the roof as well as being able to manage the game the way we know we are capable of.”

Trevor Mahoney Winchester

Junior Max Tong, senior Mike Cashell and sophomores Danny Collins and David Strong have been offensive leaders for Winchester.

Senior Liam Doherty is a cornerstone on defense, along with senior Trevor Mahoney, senior Jack Duncan and sophomore Cole Dente. Sophomore Max Lowenberg has seen the bulk of the time in the nets.

Michael Brothers
Central Catholic

#17 Central Catholic (10-8-4)

The Raiders are young but have consistently improved over the course of the season, highlighted by road wins over Austin Prep and Catholic Memorial.

Coach D.J. Conte: “Our senior captain, goaltender Michael Brothers, has been a stalwart of the defensive core.  He is reliable and consistent in difficult games and we are confident he will carry the team, as he has all year, deep into the post season.  Our offense continues to improve each game. If we can care for our defensive zone responsibilities, I know we will be successful offensively.”

Junior captain Sean Gray and sophomore Brady Rickenbach had been the leaders of an offensive group that also features junior Andrew Duval and sophomore Charlie Winship.

A staunch defense is anchored by senior Cam Marzilli and junior Ben Furry, while juniors Easton Morse and Max Lane, and sophomores A.J. Songini and Jake Lydon all see regular time as well.

#18 Chelmsford (15-5-1)

The Lions enjoyed a much improved campaign in 21-22 under coach Kevin Leonard, going 8-3-1 in the always-tough MVC/Dual County Large.

Coach Kevin Leonard: “We have a special group that worked hard throughout the off-season and have continued that all year. Our guys have played unselfish and hungry hockey regardless of the opponent. I think they realize how special this group is.”

Senior Owen Flanagan (19-10-29) and junior Ben Morgan (10-29-39) have driven the offense all season for the Lions. Senior Jack Pelkey (10-11-21), senior Adam Lizine (10 goals) and junior A.J. Bongiorno (12 pts) have been keys as well.

Leading the way on the blue line are seniors Colin Ryan (14 pts) and Cole Pelkey and junior T.K. Ervin. In goal, look for freshman Mark Bierwirth to get the call.

Dylan Marchand Franklin

#19 Franklin (13-8-0)

The Panthers are tough to defend with offense coming from several different sources. They have been a tough opponent all season.

The many different options up front include seniors Dylan Marchand, Dom Lampasona and Justin Magazu, junior captains Ryan Socchio and Ben Jarosz, and sophomores Ben Patterson and Anthony Lampasona.

Cole Pouliot-Porter
Franklin

The Panthers defense is built around senior captain Aidan Hunt, junior Liam O’Rielly and sophomore Logan Marchand. Sophomore Cole Pouliot-Porter is having an impressive season in the Franklin nets.

#20 Milton (14-7-0)

The Wildcats roar into the tournament with seven straight wins.

Jimmy Fallon
Milton

Coach Chris Watson: “I think the biggest thing that has led to the late season success was we set small goals to achieve along the way during these seven games.  I think we just need to take it one game at a time, similar to what we have done over this 7 game win streak to close out the season.  You can’t look beyond your next opponent, and once we know who that exactly will be, they will be our focus and we will put all our effort into trying to win that one, and worry about what comes after that if we are successful in that first tilt.”

Ryan Dexter
Milton

Junior captain Jimmy Fallon (35 pts) is having a tremendous season. He is aided up front by junior Owen McHugh (22 pts), senior Owen Radley (23 pts), junior Declan Walsh (17 pts) and senior Shea Donovan (11 pts).

On defense, senior Joe Pender, junior Andrew Hunt and junior Liam Flaherty have been solid. Senior captain Ryan Dexter backbones the Wildcats from his goaltending position.

#21 Archbishop Williams (12-8-1)

The Bishops are young, but don’t count them out.

Jackson Sylvester Archbishop Williams

Coach Chris Cunningham: “As a young and inexperienced team we have had some growing pains over the course of the year. We have had success when we are focused and work hard as a team. We need to be hard on pucks in 1v1 battles and play sound positionally in all three zones. If we outwork our opponents and are hard to play against we can maximize our offensive zone opportunities.”

Shamus O’Toole Archbishop Williams

Senior veteran Jackson Sylvester (28 pts) is the catalyst up front for the Bishops. Sophomore Matt Deminico (24 pts) has been a solid contributor, as have sophomore Sean Murphy (17 pts) and junior Shamus O’Toole (10 pts).

Junior Matthew Keenan, sophomore TJ Cooper and freshman Rob Cibotti are mainstays on the blue line. Junior Nick Bucella has been ABW’s starter in goal.

Mike Arsenault Woburn

#22 Woburn (9-7-4)

The Tanners play hard for a full 45 minutes and are battle-tested from playing in the tough Middlesex League Liberty Division.

Junior Jackson Powers (23 pts) is Woburn’s top scorers. He gets help up front from juniors Ryan Scalesse (12 pts) and Derek Santullo (12 pts) and senior Derek Baccari (9 pts).

Larry Parece Woburn

Senior Mike Arsenault (22 pts) is one of the ML’s top rearguards. He leads a group that includes juniors Larry Parece, Nick Leuzzi and Connor Walsh, and sophomore Hayden Laprade. Jeremy Barreto should get the call in goal.

Brendan Quinn Lincoln-Sudbury

#23 Lincoln-Sudbury (14-4-2)

The Warriors will look to open some eyes in the D1 bracket this winter after some highly successful runs in D2. They have a young team.

Coach Matt Carlin: “Keeping our poise as a young team has been a key to winning five overtime games and several close games during the season. Like most teams we wil need outstanding goaltending to go deep in the tournament. With the caliber of teams we will face starting with Marshfield we will need to do a much better job finishing our Grade A scoring chances.”

Frankie DeTraglia Lincoln-Sudbury

At forward, senior captain Brendan Quinn (18-11-29) and junior Frankie DeTraglia (10-17-27) are forces and tough to defend. Senior captain Ben Chwalek (13-11-24) has been a key contributor, as has junior Sean Cullen (16 pts).

Drew Oblak Lincoln-Sudbury

At defense, junior Drew Oblak and sophomores Matt Mahoney and Thomas Kinzfogel will be asked to do the job, while junior captain Logan Herguth is a rock in the L-S cage.

#24 Framingham (11-8-3)

First-year head coach Dan Riva will have the Flyers ready to go. They own an early-season win over Pope Francis and finished strong with the Cahoon Cup title with a pair of shutouts.

PJ Farese Framingham

Coach Dan Riva: “Playing a tough regular season schedule helps identify our strengths and weaknesses and gives us an opportunity to address those and prepare for the speed and intensity of the post season. Hockey is a game of mistakes and the team that can minimize mistakes has a good chance to win.  To limit our mistakes we’ll need to make the best decisions we can make and then execute on those decisions as best we can.”

Joe Ferrante Framingham

The team has some talent up front with the likes of seniors PJ Farese (22 pts), Caleb Patrick (20 pts) and Joe Ferrante (11 pts), junior Daven Nichols (21 pts) and sophomores Noah Albright (13 pts), Jeremy Auren (12 pts) and Brendan Peck.

The Flyers are very young but talented on the blue line. Juniors Will Garretson and Justin Nichols are the elder statesmen. Sophomore Troy Huber has been excellent in goal.

Justin Cormier Waltham

#25 Waltham (8-7-6)

The Hawks like to play a low-scoring, close-to-the-vest style with their strong defensive crew.

Jack Perry Waltham

Coach John Maguire: “We need to continue to get strong goaltending from Jack Perry and hopefully score a couple of goals to advance.”

Perry is Waltham’s veteran in the cage, a senior three-year starter. He is fronted by solid crew led by senior captain Justin Cormier, the team’s leading scorer with 14 points, along with senior captain Paul Leonelli and sophomore Evan Cormier (11 pts).

Up front, production can come from the juniors Kevin Dann, Phil Sarkissian and Drew Anderson, senior Jonathan Campana and freshman Dylan McKay.

#26 Natick (10-9-3)

The Redhawks could be an intriguing team in the post-season. A strength of the team is their deep defensive crew.

Coach Bill Lacouture, Jr: “Natick’s success in the tournament will come from playing physical and aggressive hockey with discipline in playing the systems.”

Senior captain Ryan Cormier (12 pts), Matt Haskell (25 pts) and freshman Sam Hubbard (22 pts) will be offensive sparkplugs for the Redhawks. Senior Nick Verna (15 pts) and Jack Hubbard (11 pts) will be factors as well.

Nick Haswell (14 pts) and James Carr (20 pts), both senior captains, headline things on defense. Senior Tim Cushing and freshman Jason Danahy have both seen considerable time in net.

Mark Wilson
Bishop Fenwick

#27 Bishop Fenwick (7-9-4)

Coming out of the Catholic Central League, be sure that the Crusaders will be a formidable opponent. Seven of their nine losses came by one-goal.

Top point-getters for Fenwick are junior Manny Alvarez-Segee (18 pts), senior Mark Wilson (14 pts), junior Max Vieira (14 pts), senior Nick Wesley (11 pts) and junior Chris Stevens (10 pts).

Senior captains Mike Faragi and Kinn Muniz anchor the defense, a group that includes sophomores Matt O’Connor, Cam Anderson and Anthony Sasso. In goal, look for senior Dillon Bloom.

#28 Falmouth (12-8-2)

The Clippers took home the title in the Cape & Islands Atlantic Division and travel to Austin Prep for a first round game.

Kevin Coyne Falmouth

Coach Paul Moore: “With strong team defense and timely goaltending I think we can surprise some teams. Defense is the strength of our team.”

Tommy Peterson Falmouth

Falmouth will look for offensive production from the senior trio of Daren McDonald (34 pts), Kevin Coyne (26 pts) and Cole Johnsen (12 pts), and junior Matt Quinlan (13 pts).

Captains Tommy Peterson and Kyle Souza are defensive leaders for the Clippers, as is junior Connor Hennigan (12 pts). Junior Jack Braga has been the primary starter in goal.

#29 Arlington Catholic (8-10-2)

The Cougars have a tough road to hoe with an opening round matchup with Catholic Memorial.

Associate Coach Jim Hunt: “AC needs to play well in the defensive zone in order to succeed in the tournament. As we know, most tournament games depend on solid defense so the Cougars will be focused on their own end first, then switching to an aggressive forecheck to generate offensive chances.”

Tom Peterson Arlington Catholic

Leading scorers this season for the Cougars were senior Myles Galluzzo (13 pts), junior Nolan Mallett (13 pts), senior captain Brady O’Connor (12 pts) and senior Alex Costa (12 pts).

Senior captain Tommy Peterson, junior Ryan Noonan and sophomore Pat Mozuch are keys on the blue line. In goal, senior Luke Ramsey has been stellar, keeping the Cougars in every game.

#30 St. John’s Shrewsbury (5-14-1)

The overall record may not be intimidating, but the Pioneers did go 2-0-1 in their final three games.

Coach Michael Mead: “The team definitely looks forward to showing what we are capable of. Our won-loss record is not where we would like it to be but we competed every night. Entering the playoffs we must have solid goaltending and strong team defense.”

St. John’s will need to get scoring from senior Evan Parente (14 pts), junior Jack Beauregard (8 pts) and sophomore Luke Gerardi (16 pts).

Juniors Andrew Brown and Zach MacLeod will need to stand tall on defense in front of senior goaltender Liam Tenney.

#31 Andover (7-10-3)

The Warriors limp into the post-season on an 0-4-2 run, but everyone is 0-0 at this point and Andover will be ready to go.

Assitant Coach Peter Loring: “Our team is focused on taking care of all the little details in order to win on Wednesday. The boys are focused and prepared. Our team knows that effort and energy are top priorities.”

Offensive leaders for Andover are junior Braeden Archambault, sophomores Joe Bucci and Matt Trudell, and freshman Griffin Bucci.

Junior Tyler Lareau and freshman Colin Rowe have had solid seasons on the blue line. Senior captain Tyler Walles and Graham Dalton will see some good ice time. JJ Quill is expected to handle the goaltending duties.

#32 Weymouth (6-13-2)

The Wildcats got new life when an error was discovered by the MIAA after they released the D1 bracket. Originally out, Weymouth is in, and playing in Monday’s prelim game vs King Philip.

Coach Pat Kennedy: “We need to continue to do the little things to help us succeed. Effectively blocking shots, winning races and puck battles and staying positive.”

Scoring this season has come from junior Ryan Kane (19 pts), sophomore Jack Browning (16 pts), junior Ryan Gaudiano (15 pts) and senior Jimmy Flaherty (10 pts).

Luke McDonald and Dave Pittman are a pair of senior defensemen.

#33 King Philip (9-8-3)

The Warriors finished the regular season on a 4-1-1 run, including a Songin Tournament championship.

Coach Paul Carlow’s offense is bolstered up front by seniors Nolan Feyler (22 pts), Shaun Fitzpatrick (21 pts) and Sean Crowther (15 pts), and junior James Boldy (17 pts).

Defensively, sophomore Brad Guden (21 pts) is a catalyst, offensively as well. Sophomore Sam Naggar has been impressive. In goal, junior Kyle Abbot has been a mainstay.

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