A sampling of some top prep programs in the Mid Atlantic and Midwest regions..
Home Rink: Henderson Ice Center
New head coach Cory Whitaker reports her club, already into their season, is a club that has good overall speed and a high compete level. The Eagles will participate again in the Watkins Tournament at Cushing Academy in late December.
Leading the offensive attack are returning seniors Karmen Anderson and Cecily Hetzel and junior Maggie Groszek along with newcomers Zoe Lohrei and Emma Vinal, both juniors.
On defense, senior Abbey Marohn, a Northeastern commit, and sophomore Megan McKay will be key roles. New junior Sophie Berghammer is an added plus to the lincup.
GILMOUR ACADEMY (24-29-7)
Home Rink: Gilmour Academy Ice Arena
The Lancers actually get going in September, and after a recent weekend sweep of Culver Academy, stand at 11-13-8 on the 2019-2020 campaign.
Key holdovers from last winter’s squad at forward are post-grad Ruby McCall (a Sacred Heart commit), seniors Alexis Nyugen, Shannon Traynor, Jenna Salminen and Francesca Cappello, and sophomore Maggie Dean. New junior forward Julija Blazinsek hails from Slovenia, and new senior Atiana Garcia Reynell comes from Spain.
Senior Elijeanne Turgeon and juniors Quinn Hartmetz, Bridgit Terry and Isabella Sprang are all back for defense for coach Seanna Conway. Post-grad defenseman Beate Zagare brings her talents from Latvia.
The goaltending position is deep with junior Samara Walji teaming up with new senior Hope Crisafi (a Union College commit) and post-grad Kristiana Apsite, from Latvia.
HILL SCHOOL (21-9-2)
Home Rink: Eccleston/Hall Arena
It has been a steady climb upward for the Blues, now in their seventh season as a varsity program. The NEPSAC affiliate’s rugged schedule includes many top New England prep schools, including an appearance at the Exeter Tournament in December. This year’s club returns 15 players, including the team’s top 12 scorers.
An experienced forward cast includes seniors Caroline Goffredo (47 pts – Boston College commit), Jess Chiarrocchi (38 pts – Penn State commit), Jordan Hower (40 pts – Middlebury commit), Allie Corser-James (Chatham commit) and Elizabeth MacMurray (William Smith), and junior Gia Seravalli. New senior Cecilia Jenkins and freshman Rose Flaherty add to the mix.
A quartet of seniors – Jane McCarter (Bowdoin), Joyce Sun, Madison Morton and Nicole Fitzgerald (Utica) – form an experienced defensive nucleus for coach Ari Baum. New junior Alexa Davis (Cornell commit) is highly-regarded.
Senior Ryann Busillo and freshman Olivia Cimorelli will handle things in the nets.
Home Rink: Loucks Arena
Another NEPSAC affiliate member, the Big Red will again play at Taft’s Patsy Odden Tournament in December.
Offensive production will come from the likes of seniors Syd Cornell and Julia Wang, and sophomore Kyley Toye. Keep an eye on post-grad Bella Deluca (Williams commit) and new sophomore Nina Winborn.
Junior Gia Masarri and sophomore Holley Kiernan are back on defense for coach Nicole Uliasz. New sophomore Zoe Dupuis adds depth to the blue line crew.
Home Rink: Lake Placid Olympic Center
The Huskies stand a gaudy 24-6-3 as they head into Thanksgiving. This impressive club will be at the Watkins Tournament at Cushing Academy the weekend before Christmas.
Offensive production has come from returning players Aimee Headland (senior), Mackenzie Hull (junior), Iliana Smith (sophomore) and Ella Fesette (sophomore) and newcomers Ashlyn McGrath and Meggan Cramer, both juniors, and Kira Cook and Anna Pavlasova (Czech National Team), both freshmen.
Coach Trevor Gilligan has been getting solid defensive play from senior Madison Novotny and junior Marina Alvarez, along with post-grad Magdalena Erbenova (Czech National Team – Holy Cross commit).
Senior Emily Venne, a returning goaltender in the program, got off to a fast start.
PORTLEDGE SCHOOL (12-11-1)
Home Rink: Beaver Dam Winter Sports Club
With 12 letterwinners back, the Panthers are optimistic they will be right in the mix for WIHLMA supremacy.
Senior Emma Hayes (26 pts – Nazareth commit) will team with senior Ava Salerno (16 pts) and sophomores Brooke Godsell and Zoe Galanoudis to lead the offensive attack. Freshman Norah Morris will have a role.
On defense, Elmira commit Lexy Hoffman (15 pts) and sophomore Gia Santorello are key returners for coach Phil Hills. Sophomore Natalie Zarcone is a welcome addition on the blue line.
The Wildcats return a pair of netminders in senior Anna Hammid and sophomore Rachel Lohan.
RYE COUNTRY DAY (14-4-1)
Home Rink: LaGrange Field House
The defending WIHLMA Miran Division champions will count on the leadership from a strong senior class to be in the mix again this winter. The Wildcats lost no seniors from last year, but standout goalie MK Braun transferred to Berkshire.
Sophomore Caroline Keating (24 pts) and seniors Ryan Hammel (23 pts), Charlotte Price (20 pts) and Olivia Friedberg (12 pts) will power coach Elizabeth Bennett’s offense.
Senior Elizabeth Friedberg (18 pts) is an anchor on defense while new sophomore Emma Budke will take over in goal.