New Hampshire D-2 Team Previews: Dover Looks Solid

Kevin Doyle
Kevin Doyle
Kevin joined HNIB in 1990 and is a Senior Writer and Director of the Northern New England and Mass/R.I. High School Division camps. A veteran editor/writer of 40 years in the print and digital mediums, he has edited and produced original content and coordinated production for local and global publications and websites. He holds degrees from Merrimack College and Boston University and won multiple industry awards as Sports Editor of The Daily News of Newburyport and News Editor of The Amesbury News. He is the 2016 recipient of the North Shore Lifetime Commitment From the Community award presented by Moynihan Lumber and a 2017 Newburyport High School Wall of Fame inductee. He resides with his family in Portsmouth, NH. Email him at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @kdoyle40

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Dover (17-5-0)

The Green Wave begins the season with a target on its back as the majority pick of coaches in the division as the team to beat. It’s an understandable choice as coach Steve Riker welcomes back a deep, experienced group.

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Senior keeper Luc Ravenelle is the backbone of this team, looking to improve upon a junior campaign when he won 15-of-16 starts while posting a 2.25 gaa and .914 save pct.  Senior Robert Markusic (7-9-16) anchors a defense that will also include mobile junior Francesco Pozzi of Trento, Italy and physical senior Brady Chamberlain.

Senior Cam Crowley (27-17-44) and junior Kieran Lombard (12-20-32) power the forward group. Sophomore Greg Stohrer was limited to six games last season due to injury but will move right into a feature role. A quartet of talented freshmen will add depth at forward and on the back line.

 

Keene (5-11-2)

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A last-minute loss in the season finale knocked the Blackbirds out of post-season consideration last year. Now a year older and more experienced, coach Kyle Macie is confident his club can turn last year’s close losses into wins and take the next step this winter.

Senior captains Mark Rodenhauser (F), Collin Stroshine (D) and Peter Brown (G) return as team leaders. Sophomore forward Jason Langevin led the team in scoring as a freshman. Developing secondary scoring is a priority and the Blackbirds should be bolstered by an ample influx of talent from the Keene Youth Hockey Midget team.

 

Hollis/Brookline Derryfield (na)

HB returns with a new co-op arrangement after a year spent playing a junior varsity schedule. The Warriors will be under the direction of former Merrimack High School coach Kurt Mithoefer.

Mithoefer aims to quickly build team unity and chemistry while stressing a physical style. Stout defense and system execution will be the key to success as the Warriors seek to prove themselves to be a post-season contender right out of the gate.

 

Windham (14-5-0)

The Jaguars go it alone for the first time this season – Pelham moved to Division One in a new co-op arrangement with Alvirne – and coach Jerry Manchester thinks they have what it takes to be in the mix of teams seeking to succeed Bedford as D2 champion.

Junior center Chad Desautels (14-25-39) and senior wing John Monohan (12-7-19) lead the attack. Senior Vinny Forgione and junior Jack Crowley are the most experienced defensemen in front of goalie Christian Bassi, who takes over on a full-time basis this winter. Sophomore wing Danny Donovan and sophomore defenseman Brandon Madigan add depth.

 

Spaulding (15-5-0)

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The Red Raiders return a large contingent from last year’s semifinal squad that ripped off nine straight wins to open the season. Coach Paul George says continued growth in all phases will make Spaulding a tough club to contend with.

Justin Jewell (14-19-33), Zander Allen (15-16-31) and Kyle Carignan (11-16-27) supply plenty of firepower on the forward line. Experienced defensemen Kam Kondrup (10 points) and Alex Turgeon (5-10-15) will be joined by newcomer Ashton Langis. The goaltending job was still being contested during pre-season.

 

Somersworth/Coe Brown (6-10-0)

New coach Bryant Lausberg takes over a young team with only five seniors that will learn as it goes. The immediate goal is to develop strong team chemistry and solid leadership.

Top returnees include junior defenseman Cole Gagne, junior forward Will Ohrenberger (3-17-20), junior forward Ryan Bailey, and rugged sophomore forward Tucker Arnold, the owner of a booming shot. Sophomore Casey Pridham missed all but seven games last year due to injury and is projected as a top six forward. Two players are vying for the goaltending job.

 

Timberlane (3-17-0)

Second-year coach Steve Costa is looking for the Owls to play a disciplined style and to move back into the playoff picture. Thirteen players return with experience and ready to take positive strides.

There is depth at forward with seniors Brian Roberts and Tim McLaughlin and juniors Sean Crowley, Alex Passafiume and Scott Berthel all back. Senior Doug Vailancourt and juniors Jared Spang and Ryan Lewis form the defensive nucleus in front of senior goalie Chris Leondires and junior keeper Aaron Smith. Depth will come from a large group of underclassmen.

 

Goffstown (13-6-0)

The Grizzlies welcome back a solid veteran core poised to move into contention for the division crown. Coach Paul Roy says his hard-working group will need to improve on special teams.

Top returnees include senior captain Connor Easton and junior keeper Colin Holt. Mason Mable, Ian Gately and Sam Greenwood will all be counted on for solid contributions while big things are expected from sophomore defensemen Nick Nault and Oliver Gunski.

 

Merrimack (11-9-0)

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Merrimack

New coach Matt Davis inherits a solid veteran nucleus supplemented by a large influx of freshmen class. The Tomahawks are solid on the back line and in goal and Davis is confident they will be an upper tier club.

Senior Matt Brewster returns in goal backed by freshman Greg Amato. Seniors Jason Fortin and Aidan O’Brien provide blue line protection. Senior Shane Foye, juniors Ryan Downey and Aaron Tupper and sophs Tucker Twardosky and Jeff Gerhard form the nucleus of a deep forward group. Defensemen Kyle Robbins, Tyler Tiano, Isaiah Kepnes and Greg Bourque and forwards Alex Whitney, Hunter Burke and Josh Bartholomew are all freshmen to watch.

Winnacunnet (3-15-0)

New coach Chris Myers is looking forward to the season and has a single goal in mind – for the Warriors to play with energy and dedication and up to their ability in all three zones.

Top returnees are senior forwards Rob Warren, Casey McGlynn and Mike Filaunt, senior defensemen Larry Fournier, Blake Wasson and Matt dzialo, and junior goaltender Morgan McGirl.

Kingswood (7-12-0)

New coach Michael Potenza lost only one senior from last year’s tournament qualifier and inherits a seasoned group to work with. His goal is to finish in the division’s upper third.

The Knights figure to get consistent offensive production from senior forward Josh Grasso and junior forwards Austin Chasse, Sam Bonenfant and Owan Gonya. Senior Owen Richard projects as the top defenseman. There will be ongoing competition in the pre-season to determine the top goaltender.

Pembroke/Campbell

The good news for coach Marc Noel is that he will have a full roster this winter. Nevertheless, it will be a rebuilding campaign as 10 freshmen will be suiting up and learning on the job.

Senior goaltender Shane Mailhott will provide a stalwart last line of defense and junior captain Trevor Roche will be counted on for leadership both on and off the ice.

Lebanon (8-11-1)

This will be an intriguing season for coach Gary Smith’s group as it transitions from a younger team to a more balanced, veteran squad. Replacing graduated First Team All-State goalie Joe Grout is a tall order. Junior Ryan Dube and sophomore Chad Fazio are the top candidates.

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Defense projects as a strength, built around rugged senior captain Tanner Simms. Senior Jack Whitaker and juniors Nate Kriplin and Noah Gaudette complete that group. Senior captain Ryan Damren (10-10-20) leads a forward group that includes slick sophomore Nate Garipey (7-17-24).

Seniors Cameron Broughton and Riley Sleeper and juniors Brendan Kelley, TJ Barber, Nick Haidair, Cam Perron, Tony Vaitkunas and Cormac Coyle, and sophomore Nate Damren return with experience.

 

Portsmouth- Newmarket (11-5-1)

Following the most successful season in program history, the Clippers have entered into a new co-op arrangement and bumped up a division. Coach Al Brandano plans to roll three lines and believes qualifying for playoffs in their first D2 season is an attainable goal. A bevy of veterans return and will be supplemented by a large contingent from Newmarket.

The forward unit is dynamic and features seniors Andrew Trout, Spenser Young and special teams whiz Jack Williamson; juniors Jack Alden, Jack Spitzer and John Witkowski; and sophomore Beau Arsenault.

Junior Luke LaCroce and sophomore Oscar Kozikowski are top defensemen. Replacing standout graduated goalie Brady Marchewka is a top pre-season priority.

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Oyster River (8-10-1)

It could be tough for opponents to find the back of the net this season against Oyster River. Coach Griff Richards’ club returns substantial experience and leadership.

Start with senior captain Casey Aubin (10 points), senior Mike Titterington, and junior Grif Snow, all defensemen. Senior goalie Mike Doyon (2.59 gaa, .910 save pct.) looks to build off a strong junior campaign. Senior captain and forward Jordan Petrovitsis (18-23-41) and sophomore Zak Lanoue (5-9-14) provide a strong foundation for the offense. Junior Porter McManus also returns with experience.

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