MIAA Boys Division 3 Tournament Preview: Top Central Mass., Eastern Mass. Powers Take Aim In Inaugural Statewide Tournament

Jim Clark
Jim Clark
Jim Clark joined Hockey Night in Boston in December 2019, and has covered high school hockey in Massachusetts for more than three decades. He also covers high school hockey and is a multiplatform editor for the Boston Globe, and previously spent two decades as high school hockey reporter at the Boston Herald, where he also served as the high schools editor from 2000-06. Clark was honored by the Mass. State Hockey Coaches Association with its William Stewart Award for contributions to the sport in May 2019, and also received the Joel Perlmutter Award for media coverage in 2006. A graduate of UMass, he also spent eight years as sports editor/reporter at the Sentinel & Enterprise in Fitchburg, and has extensively covered high school hockey in Central and Western Mass. as well as Connecticut.

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The inaugural MIAA Division 3 boys’ hockey tournament is a good example of the statewide nature of the concept. Three of the top seven seeds are from Central Mass., and they all will be taking aim with some typical Eastern Mass. powers to try to come out on top when all is said and done March 20 at TD Garden.

The action begins Tuesday with a pair of preliminary-round games – Diman at Stoughton/Brockton (4 p.m., Asiaf), and Apponequet at Ludlow (6:50, Olympia).

Here is a look at each of the 34 teams, in order of seeding:

#1 Marlboro (17-1-1)

The season started a bit slow (tie vs. Sandwich) and ended with a rough patch (last-second overtime loss to Nashoba in the CMADA Class A final), but the Panthers can only hope to rediscover the magic in between that carried them to a 17-game winning streak and the top seed in Division 3.

Jeremy Lacroix Marlboro

Senior left wing Marcus Chrisafideis (30-25-55) has been one of D3’s top scorers all season, but he has had plenty of help from senior right wing Jeremy LaCroix (21-16-37) and senior center Mark Evangelous (12-24-36).

However, coach Mike O’Brien also points to the team’s depth that includes Quinn Conference All-Stars Anthony Giansanti at forward, senior Colin Tunnera and Luke Masse on the blue line, and junior Daniel Esteves in goal. Senior forward Braden Deckers and junior forward Sam Miele are others to watch.

O’Brien added that Chrisafideis, LaCroix and Evangelous all missed time at various points this season because of injury, but that others stepped up when presented the opportunity.

#2 Scituate (15-7-0)

The Sailors took home the Patriot League Fisher Division championship and earned a high seed as “a solid team that can roll four lines,” according to coach Brian Hurcombe.

Scituate has leaned on the senior play of captains Brendan Boyle (14-23-37), Ben Whitman (8-10-18) and Dylan McDonald (5-14-19), as well as forwards Dan Brown (12-10-22), Joe Cahill and Jack Ryan. That leadership also extends to the defense with senior captain Chris Sullivan (0-9-9) and Conor Spinale (0-8-8), and a strong last line of defense in senior goalie Cole Coyne (1.68 GAA).

Sophomore James Sullivan (21-14-35) and junior Teagan Pratt (10-19-29) also have emerged as top scorers for the Sailors.

Max DaSilva
Hanover

“We will look to outwork opponents, play good team defense and hopefully can get some bounces,” Hurcombe said.

#3 Hanover (13-7-1)

Zack Lee
Hanover

Coach Jonny Abban is hoping that the Hawks’ veteran core of 14 seniors will be able to ride their big-game experience on a deep postseason run. Eight of those players were on the squad two years ago when Hanover won the D3 South championship and was declared state co-champion.

“There’s some unfinished business,” Abban said.

Robbie Hanna Hanover

Among them are seniors Robbie Hanna and Max DaSilva, who have sparked the offense all season along with dynamic freshman Mikey Munroe. Abban says that Munroe “just has that extra hockey sense.”

That top line all earned Patriot League All-Star honors along with senior defenseman Zack Lee.  Hanna, DaSilva and Lee are captains along with senior forwards Quinn Brown and Tyler MacDermott, and senior defenseman Thao Lanagan.

Chase Carney Lynnfield

#4 Lynnfield (16-3-1)

It’s already been a historic season for the Pioneers, who captured the program’s first Cape Ann League championship since 2005. Now the Pioneers will look to add some elusive postseason hardware to the mix – Lynnfield hasn’t won a state title since 1996.

Senior captain Chase Carney (31-22-53) has been a dynamic leader of the offense, centering a top line with seniors Will Steadman (10-11-21) and Aidan Burke (11-23-34). Coach Jon Gardner has gotten scoring depth from seniors Tyler Scoppetuolo (6-5-11) and Janssen Sperling (3-3-6), sophomore Joe Raffa (3-2-5), junior Nick Lucich (2-3-5) and sophomore Jarett Scoppetuolo (1-5-6).

Drew Damiani Lynnfield

Junior captain Drew Damiani (13-29-42) is a dynamic two-way player on the blue line. Seniors Patrick Barrett and Owen Kennedy, as well as junior Lucas Cook round out the top four.

Senior Phineas Mitchener has gotten the majority of the time in net, backed up by senior Evan Fitzemeyer.

#5 Hopedale (17-1-0)

The Raiders nearly ran the table for a second consecutive season before being derailed by Nashoba in the CMADA Class A semifinals, but coach Mike MacQuarrie is looking forward to building upon that postseason experience.

Senior Cam Collins (25-22-47) has emerged offensively this season, while linemates Brady Butler (19-18-37) and Jake Frohn (5-32-37) have played key roles throughout the lineup. Sophomore Sean McGee (12-17-29) also has been a solid performer, and senior Tyler Lane (6-6-12) has come on strong on a line with Collins after returning from a broken hand.

Defensively, MacQuarrie says the Raiders have been solid all season in front of senior Johnny Tomaso, who has allowed only 17 goals in 16 games. Senior Matt Girard (2-12-14) is the physical, vocal leader on the blue line, with junior Joey Mahoney (2-10-12) adding a solid presence.

“We have played great to solid D all year and will need to play great D if we want to advance in the playoffs,” MacQuarrie said.

Pari Lykourinos Medway

#6 Medway (17-3-0)

There hasn’t been much secret to the success of the Mustangs, whose 24 goals allowed are tied for the second fewest in the state in any division.

Coach Derek Harrington believes senior captain Evan Monaghan is “one of the top five goaltenders in the state.” Monaghan has 15 career shutouts and Harrington believes he is “a shut-down goaltender that can carry us deep in the playoffs.”

Team speed and experience – eight players with at least three seasons of varsity play – will be other key factors for the Mustangs.

Senior Alex Infanger is a four-year player and has led the team in scoring the last three seasons. Infanger is a captain along with senior Jack Carr, another four-year starter. Junior Pari Lykourinos has emerged as another top scoring threat this season.

Joe Scanlon Nashoba Regional

#7 Nashoba (16-3-0)

The Wolves surged through their Central Mass. schedule under interim coach Matt Biggs, including a big victory over previously unbeaten Marlboro to capture the inaugural CMADA Class A championship.

The reason is obvious – Nashoba has been carried by a dominant first line of senior right wing Billy Johns (18-27-45), left wing/center Kameron Pierce (19-21-40), and center Joseph Quinn (15-28-43).

Assistant captain Joseph Scanlon (9-15-24) has been a staple on the top defensive pair, according to Biggs. The coach added that senior Jack Peterson (2.27 GAA) “found his stride the second half of the year [and was] fantastic in the CMADA tournament.”

The Wolves will miss defenseman Dillan Lowe (out for the season with a knee injury), and Biggs says “our secondary lines have been imperative in embracing their roles and adding depth.”

#8 Danvers (9-7-4)

Coming off a tumultuous offseason with a coaching change, the Falcons persevered and battled through the tough Northeastern Conference.

Balanced scoring has been key for first-year coach Kevin Fessette, as seniors Jacob Ryan (6-9-15), James Thibodeau (8-7-15) and junior Trevor McNeill (6-9-15) all share the team lead in points. They are followed closely by senior Connor Horn (5-9-14), senior Aidan Lanphere (6-7-13), sophomore Michael DeLisio (5-7-12) and sophomore Caleb White (5-7-12).

Horn and Bobby Joyce (3-6-9) lead the defense in front of freshman goalie Brayden Holt, who has been a big find for the Falcons.

“This year we seem to be more of a defensive-oriented team, which is great. Many have been contributing,” Fessette said.

Justin Gouveia Bishop Stang

#9 Bishop Stang (17-2-1)

Despite a couple of losses late in the season, the Spartans positioned themselves well for a playoff run with an unbeaten streak that at one point reached 26 games dating back to last season.

Quinn Pine
Bishop Stang

The top line of senior left wing Justin Gouveia (25-21-46), senior center Jack Jedrey (11-21-32) and sophomore right wing Quinn Pine (20-19-39) have carried Stang all season, and senior defenseman Seamus Marshall (12-13-25) also has stepped up as a big contributor from the blue line.

Adyn Simmons Bishop Stang

Junior left wing Adyn Simmons (9-6-15) and sophomore center Aidan Cousineau (8-3-11) have added key scoring throughout the season.

Coach Ken Gouveia has been able to rely on the standout goaltending tandem of senior Matt Dore (1.10 GAA, .949 SP) and junior Brayden Bennett (1.14 GAA, .947 SP), who have split the playing time almost evenly.

#10 North Reading (14-4-2)

The Hornets have the championship of the Jeffrey Hayes Memorial Tournament, as well as a season split with Lynnfield, on their resume already, but hope to add more from the postseason.

Despite having the lowest numbers in the program in years, coach Brian McAuliffe says the quality has been top notch with contributions throughout the lineup.

Cole Lopilato
North Reading

McAuliffe says the team defense has carried the way, led by senior captain Matthew Ryan (9-12-21), along with seniors Joseph Collins, Cole Lopilato, and freshman Max Foristall. Senior captain Sam Elliott and freshman Blake McMeniman have successfully split time in net all season.

Senior captain Andrew Daley (17-11-28) leads the Hornets from the forward ranks, along with seniors Nicholas Albano, Landon Phillip and Dean Rooney, as well as junior Matt Young.

Andrew Ladd Medfield

#11 Medfield (11-6-1)

To navigate through the tough Tri-Valley League, first-year coach Zach Barrows has leaned on the top goaltending tandem of senior Jack Stanton and junior Andrew Ladd.

Barrows adds that the senior leadership, starting with forward and captain Liam Ladd, has paved the way for the Warriors.

“I think our success this season stems from the incredibly positive culture our seniors and captains have created,” Barrows said. “They put the team first in all situations, which I think will serve us well as we head into the playoffs.”

#12 West Springfield (18-3-0)

The Terriers finished with one of the best records among Western Mass. teams, although they fell short in the inaugural PVIAC Class A championship game against Longmeadow.

Coach Rick Williams’ team will look to bounce back quickly, sparked by senior goaltender Kaden Navone and his seven shutouts. Defensively the Terriers have gotten strong play in front of him from senior Chase Navone (2-8-10), senior Cam Collette (12-11-23), junior Luke Castor (8-9-17) and senior Daniel Spaulding (3-5-8).

Junior Christopher Torres (22-13-35) and sophomore Owen Hall (20-12-32) have been the top-scoring duo this season for West Side.

#13 Nauset (12-7-1)

The Warriors persevered through a bumpy season, including the sudden dismissal of coach Drew Locke in early February, and did enough in their Cape & Islands battles to earn a home game for the opening round. JV coach Jake Pickard stepped into the void in Locke’s absence.

Nauset has been led offensively by a pair of juniors – Dan Deering and Cooper McIntire. Senior Cooper Giuliano, junior Logan Valine and sophomore Luke Matczynski have added scoring depth.

Senior captain Zack Roberts, and juniors Julian Krivos and Sam Weiner have been solid manning the blue line in front of freshman goalie Mathew Swanson. Roberts and his fellow captains, senior Cam Viprino and junior Pete Murphy, have provided solid leadership all season.

Cam Caron
Dracut/Tyngsboro

#14 Dracut/Tyngsboro (14-6-0)

As the co-op team gets ready to face Dual County/Merrimack Valley 3 rival Methuen for the fourth time this season, coach Jeff DuRoss will continue to lean on senior goalie and alternate captain Andrew Kazanjian (2.29 GAA).

Drew DuRoss
Dracut/Tyngsboro

Junior captain Tommy Workman (13-22-35) is the top scorer for the young D/T squad, followed by sophomore Mikey Desmarais (18-13-31) and freshman Cam Caron (15-15-30). Two more freshmen – Drew DuRoss (8-13-21) and Nate Freelove (3-15-18) – also have played key roles.

Defensively D/T will look to senior alternate captain Dion Bottiggi (0-5-5), juniors Jacob McDougall (1-8-9), Joey Wilkie (1-5-6) and Colby Forestell (0-5-5), sophomore Chase Allen (0-2-2), and freshman TJ Greenwood (2-6-8).

DuRoss says D/T has been clicking at 33 percent on the power play, which could make a difference in a tight tournament game.

Jalen Chu Cambridge

#15 Cambridge (8-6-6)

The Falcons have been in tight games almost every time out this season, evidenced by their six ties, which were the most in the state.

Defense has been the focus for coach Mark Marfione with sophomore Jalen Chu (6-14-20) and senior Chris Gould (7-10-17) as the leaders. Juniors Fionn McGowan and Oliver Ransom have rotated in goal all season and both will get opportunities in the tournament.

Fionn McGowan Cambridge

Senior Lou Targoff has a team-high 16 goals and is part of a strong, well-rounded senior group both academically and athletically – along with Gould, and forwards Emmett Wiley, Zeno Menotti and Ruggero Botto.

“We have some top-end talent who work hard, but also a lot of guys who work real hard and play disciplined,” Marfione said.

#16 Bedford (11-6-3)

The Buccaneers’ hopes begin from the back end and build out, as coach Brian Seabury will lean on the strong play of senior goalie TJ Mead as well as senior defenseman Ittai Wiseman.

“We really rely on a defensive game and concentrate on an above average power play,” Seabury said.

Offensive sparks for the Buccaneers will be junior center Chris Woo, sophomore forward James Naylor, and junior forward Nick Tatarzuk.

Dave Egan
Essex Tech

#17 Essex Tech (14-3-3)

It was a breakout season for the sixth-year program under veteran coach Mark Leonard, winning the Commonwealth Athletic outright for the first time as well as emerging victorious in their first State Vocational Championship appearance.

Jonathan Daley Essex Tech

Leonard, in his third season with the program, cites the Hawks’ “good mix of size and speed, and excellent goaltending.”

Senior captain David Egan (24-16-40) has been a workhorse and enters the tournament with 98 career points. Senior captain Jonathan Daley (6-19-25) also has been an offensive leader along with sophomore Logan Casey (7-13-20) and freshman Brady Leonard (12-7-19).

Kyle Mahan
Essex Tech

Junior Kyle Mahan (1.43 GAA, seven shutouts) has been a stalwart in net, and the Hawks have been bolstered in the defensive end by freshman Riley Sobezenski (6-7-13), senior Luke Thibodeau (1-10-11), junior Cam Doherty (2-7-9) and sophomore Armani Booth (2-6-8).

#18 Dighton-Rehoboth/Seekonk (20-1-0)

The Falcons are another team that nearly ran the table for the second consecutive regular season. Now they will be looking to prove the power ratings wrong as they take their lofty record on the road.

With 120 goals in 21 games, D-R/S has the top scoring offense in the state, regardless of division. Much of that has come from senior Devin Dailey (25-28-53) and junior Liam Fecteau (19-29-48), with senior Noah Bastis (9-16-25) next in line.

Adding scoring depth for coach Tom Fecteau have been seniors Evan Pereira (9-9-18), Rowan Jordan (3-13-16) and sophomore Aidan Boothe (4-7-11).

Senior Ryan McCarthy (7-18-15) is a two-way threat on the blue line in front of sophomore goalie Sam Bastis (1.80 GAA).

Owen Kneeland Methuen

#19 Methuen (12-6-2)

Despite being the lower-seeded team, the Rangers have to hope their regular-season success – they won their first league championship since 1998 and went 2-1 vs. Dracut/Tyngsboro – can carry over to the tournament.

Danny Field Methuen

Junior Owen Kneeland was named Dual County/Merrimack Valley 3 MVP after posting 14 goals and 22 assists. Senior captain Danny Field (9-9-18) was an all-conference pick, and junior Jack Allard is the team’s top goal scorer.

The Rangers also have been backed by breakout freshman Owen O’Brien in goal.

#20 North Middlesex (10-7-1)

Led by junior Aaron Scarelli (1.83 GAA, .935 SP), the Patriots are another team hoping to ride hot goaltending to a deep tournament run.

Coach Steve Trundle also believes NM’s team speed could be a factor.

Junior alternate captain Jimmy O’Keefe (9-21-30) is the top scorer, followed by senior captain Ryan Lavery (12-8-20). Senior alternate captain TJ Murphy (4-13-17) is the third-leading scorer while patrolling the blue line. Sophomore Gavin Petrucci (0-4-4) and freshman Tyler Cunio (0-2-2) are other Patriots to watch, along with junior captain Connor Lavery (6-4-10).

Senior defenseman Tyler Dunbar was a  Roy Conference All-Star along with O’Keefe, Ryan Lavery, Murphy and Scarelli.

#21 Pembroke (4-16-0)

Despite taking their lumps on the win-loss record in the Patriot League, veteran Titans coach Mark Duffy believes his team will be battle-tested as it enters the postseason.

Senior Anthony Birolini (20-12-32) was named a PL All-Star for the second time and skates on right wing alongside all-star sophomore center Brendan Abban (10-13-23) and sophomore left wing Brandon Perry (5-15-20). Senior captains Kyle Picariello (2-10-12) and Jaden Curtis (2-5-7) anchor the second line with senior Cody Cantino (4-3-7).

Senior captain James Indelicato (1-19-10) is the top blue liner in front of junior goalie James Stone.

“We are looking forward to a return to the tourney and believe our best hockey is in front of us,” Duffy said.

#22 Groton-Dunstable (7-10-1)

The Crusaders got off to a rough 1-6-1 start to the season, but recovered by going 6-4 down the stretch to punch their ticket to the tournament.

Junior forwards Carter Amidon (13-9-22) and captain Cole Beigel (9-12-21) are the top scorers, followed by senior Hunter Woolfrey (7-4-11). Coach Brendan McCann also points to junior forward Jerry Fang (4-4-8) as a player to watch. Beigel, Amidon and Fang were Roy Conference All-Stars. Seniors Dylan Cianci (2-3-5) and Matt Lesser (2-3-5), as well as junior Jarrett Arsenault (2-2-4), provided depth up front.

McCann says the team defense has steadily improved throughout the season, led by sophomore all-star Jack Van Pelt (6-7-13), juniors Colin Flood (1-6-7) and Preston Southwick (1-5-6), senior TJ Sannazzarro (1-5-6) and freshman Cullen O’Malley (2-3-5).

Junior Alex Hillenberg (3.00 GAA, 11 games) and sophomore Caden Woolfrey (2.11 GAA, 7 games) have split time in goal.

#23 Triton (5-14-1)

The Vikings, who went on a run to the D2 North final two seasons ago, hope to recreate that magic again. But they will need to find their scoring touch after managing only 34 goals in 20 games this season.

Senior captain Cole Daniels centers the top line with junior Andrew Johnson and freshman Josh Hersey. The all-freshman second line of Luke Sullivan, Connor Rumph and Mason Colby has been solid for coach Ryan Sheehan.

Senior captain Cam Murray and sophomore Jack Lindholm lead the defense. The Vikings have leaned on junior Wes Rollins as well as senior Evan Piscitelli in net.

#24 North Quincy (4-16-0)

Matt Gibbons has been encouraged by how the Red Raiders have stuck through the ups and downs of the season, with the prospect of postseason play as a big motivator.

“I would say we are one of those teams that this new format helped – clearly,” Gibbons said. “We talk a lot about process and sticking with the process to continue to grow and improve. Clearly the wins don’t show that, but this team has improved throughout the year.”

One of those wins came against No. 2 seed Scituate, showing that NQ has the potential to upset the bracket. Sophomore Aidan McGuinness emerged later in the season in his first year as the starter in goal. Gibbons has leaned on the top line of juniors Noah Kearney, James Rogers and Vinny O’Leary, and says Johnny Lynch (11-10-21) has been the team’s backbone from the blue line.

“This format has given this team an opportunity and that’s all we can ask for is an opportunity at this point,” Gibbons said. “I am very excited to see what the boys will do with that.”

#25 Southeastern (13-7-0)

The Hawks enter the postseason off another unbeaten run through the Mayflower League.

Coach Mark Cabral has been able to count on a balanced scoring attack led by seniors Nolan Sturdevant and Thomas Mondeau, as well as junior John Whalen.

Senior captains Matt English and Keagan Bunker anchor the defense in front of senior goalie Ryan LeBaron.

The Hawks remain a co-op team with Bristol-Plymouth, although Bunker and LeBaron are the last remaining players grandfathered in from the previous co-op with West Bridgewater.

#26 Taunton (7-9-4)

Taunton is another team that benefitted from the power ratings to get into the tournament, and the Tigers hope their tough Hockomock League schedule will pay dividends.

Connor McGrath Taunton

The Tigers have gotten solid play from freshman goalie Cam Tomasczycki, and coach Kris Metea says converted forward Colton Scheralis (3-10-13), a junior, has carried the team from the back end while possessing the most skill on the team.

Junior Connor McGrath (13-13-26) and senior Nathan Fernandes (11-13-24) have been the offensive sparks for Taunton, with contributions from sophomore Conner Goranson (8-4-12) and senior Loren Corcoran (7-11-18).

Jack Watts
Foxboro

#27 Foxboro (10-10-0)

The Warriors battled through an up-and-down season, winning three of their last four games to reach the .500 mark.

Senior captains Jack Watts and Matt Grace have carried the offense, along with senior alternate captain Ben Ricketts. Senior Tom Marcucella and freshman Brett Axon have been other top forwards for coach Mark Cedorchuk.

Senior alternate captain Dylan Pothier is the leader on defense along with junior Alex Coviello. Senior Josh Marcoux and junior Trevor Marder both have seen regular action in goal.

#28 Middleboro (7-11-2)

The Sachems and coach Scott Drevitch will take their balanced offense on the road as they take aim at high-powered Hopedale in the opening round.

Freshman Sam Steinman (12-4-16) and senior Duncan Youngclaus (9-6-15) are the top scorers, followed closely by sophomore James Joyce (4-9-13), senior Josh Murphy (4-8-12) and junior Jake Jordan (2-8-10).

Freshman Lincoln Molind has played nearly every game in goal for Middleboro.

#29 Northbridge (5-11-2)

The Rams hope to come out of Central Mass. and be a spoiler in the tournament from a low seed.

Sophomores Brett Flanders (8-11-19) and Joe Sullivan (11-5-16) have been the offensive sparks for coach Ryan Neville, with sophomore Jack Nummela (4-8-12) also cracking double-digits in points. Junior Chase Falcon (2-1-3) is another forward to watch.

Neville says the Rams’ physical and disciplined play in the defensive zone has been a plus, led by juniors Derek Lewis (2-1-3) and Patrick Schrafft (0-6-6), as well as senior captain Luke Lange (2-1-3).

Junior Zach Menard has been in net for the bulk of the season.

#30 Old Rochester/Fairhaven (11-11-0)

The Bulldogs finished third in the South Coast Conference between powers Dighton-Rehoboth/Seekonk and Somerset Berkley, and now take aim at the postseason.

Senior goalie Thomas Galavotti will be a key player for the Bulldogs, backed by a veteran defense. Coach Zack Ledogar’s team also can put pucks in the net, averaging nearly four goals a game this season.

Colin Alessi Stoughton/Brockton

#31 Stoughton/Brockton (10-10-2)

In the third season of the co-op program, the move has paid dividends for longtime coach Dan Mark – who lead Stoughton players into the tournament for the first time since 2006.

Junior goalie Chris Andrade has posted a 2.38 GAA while getting the bulk of the action for the Boxer Knights. Senior captain Josh Greenspoon (3-5-8) leads the defense, while Stoughton/Brockton has gotten strong production from junior forward Sean Farley (14-8-22), senior Colin Alessi (10-11-21), senior captain Joe McNulty (8-7-15) and junior Charlie Caputo (12-13-25).

Mark says the team’s ability to roll four lines and rotate through five defensemen regularly will be a key to their postseason success.

#32 Ludlow (13-6-1)

Longtime Lions coach Paul Rivest likes how the balance of his top lines, as well as the team’s strong work ethic, have given them an opportunity to open the inaugural statewide tournament on home ice.

Senior forward Brandon Gomes (19-23-42) has been the top scorer, followed by junior Ben Corbin (17-17-34) and sophomore Alex Gomes (24-8-32). Junior Sam Cocchi (8-14-22) and sophomore Ryan Kurz (9-13-22) have provided good depth to the forward lines.

On defense, sophomore Brice Pereira (1-12-13) and junior Nolan Wikar (6-6-12) have added offense while also playing support for senior goalie Tyler Charest (2.51 GAA).

#33 Apponequet (10-8-1)

The Lakers, who are a co-op with Old Colony, take the road after qualifying for the tournament with a winning record out of the South Coast Conference.

Senior Jake Smolinsky has been steady in goal all season for coach Ed Botelho, and senior defenseman Sean DelGiudice is the top blueliner.

Offensively, look to junior Will Harrop to lead the way for the Lakers.

#34 Diman (9-9-0)

Despite starting the season with only 17 skaters, and entering the postseason with only 11 skaters and two goalies, first-year coach Marc O’Connor and the Bengals are excited about the opportunity to play in the tournament.

“It has been a tough season, but the players here have really pushed through a lot of adversity to get here,” O’Connor said.

O’Connor says that resiliency has been a team strength, led by senior captains Ethan LaForce (19-12-31) and Connor Faria (10-2-12). Sophomores Bryce Medeiros (8-31-39) and Jacob Almeida (21-11-32) have been the biggest contributors on offense for the Bengals, along with senior Ethan Carreiro (6-12-18).

Junior Connor Santos (0-12-12) and freshman Evan Barbosa (11-11-22) has been offensive sparks from the blue line in front of junior goalies Cam Mattos and Aidan Monaghan.

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