The Knights ended a playoff drought last season, Andrew Trimble’s first at the helm. This year’s goals are to enhance depth, become competitive with bigger schools, and return to the post-season.
In senior Chris Pollini (52 points), Kingswood has one of the division’s top returning scorers. Senior Matt Mitchell and juniors Josh Grasso (16 points) and Owen Richard (15 points) will look to build off their productive campaigns of a year ago. Alex Siegars will contend for the open goalie’s job while Andy Contrada adds to the attack at forward.
Coach Jerry Manchester will guide the Wolfpack through the final season of the partnership between the two schools. Despite graduating eight seniors, the ‘Pack will look to better last year’s first-round playoff exit.
Seniors Porter Carelli (10-12-22) and Dustin Lubinger (12-10-22) form a potent one-two punch at forward. Senior goalie Michael Donovan (2.69 gaa) returns to backstop the defense, fronted by veteran senior defensemen Connor Tierney and Nick Laurin. Senior Central Catholic transfer Justin Miedico figures in the mix.
Manchester anticipates a number of skilled freshmen to step in and contribute.
Despite the loss of a couple of players to the Junior ranks, coach Brian Gould said the Broncos will work hard as they endeavor to return to the post-season party.
Seniors Trevor Perron, Christian Gamst and Mike Silva; juniors Cam Blake, Patrick DeVito, Devin Herling and Brad Brock; and sophomore Cam Richall all return with experience. Sophomore Curtis Richall will likely get the call in goal.
Coach Steve Riker anticipates the Green Wave will still be playing in March — for good reason. A deep, experienced veteran group returns and includes senior goalie Luc Ravenelle (1 SO, 2.05 gaa, .898 save pct.), looking to build off a strong HNIB summer.
A balanced attack features senior Ben Henderson (8-11-19), juniors Cam Crowley (11-11-22), Mitchell Walsh (19 points) and Robert Markusic (13 points), and sophomore Kevin Lombard (10 points).
Juniors Tim Burke and Brad Bishop lead a defense that has been further strengthened by Nobles (ME) transfer senior Nick Hudson.
With a roster that returns virtually intact, second-year coach Rick Weber is hopeful the Warriors make a run at a post-season slot. There is experience across the board.
Senior forwards Mike Millerick (9-14-23), Brandon McGirl (8-12-20) and Chris Silver (8-10-18) return as the leaders on offense. Senior Charlie Hesser, who missed last season due to injury, juniors Casey Glynn (5 goals) and Michael Filiault, sophomores Amanda Nuttan and Brian Auffant and freshman James Nash will vie for time.
The quartet of senior Reno Fuller, juniors Matt Dzialo and Larry Fournier, and sophomore Will Saunders are back on defense. Three goalies – junior Kyle Farmer, senior Tyler Abrose and sophomore Morgan McGirl – return with experience.
PEMBROKE ACADEMY/CAMPBELL HIGH (9-9-0)
Five seniors graduated from last year’s PAC club that qualified for the post-season in its first Division 2 campaign. Coach Marc Noel said maintaining the momentum and remaining competitive is the goal this winter.
Top returnees are Casey Gut, Kyle Rainville and goalie Nick Berube. Otherwise, Noel and his staff will evaluate open competition during pre-season tryouts to settle all other open slots.
A third Championship Saturday visit to Manchester in four years is on the returning Tomahawks’ collective minds after bowing to rival Bedford in last year’s title tilt. At the very least, coach Kurt Mithoefer likes his squad’s chances of returning to the Final Four.
Defense will be a strong suit. Junior Jason Fortin (7-14-21), a two-year captain, possesses a heavy shot from the point and plays a physical style in all zones. Mithoefer said senior Mark Feeney has potential to emerge as one of the top defensemen in the state. Senior Evan McCormick brings a steady stay-at-home style to the mix
Junior forward Shane Foye (9-7-16) returns as one of the offensive leaders and a number of skilled freshmen have the opportunity to move into key roles. Senior Devin Gillis and junior Matt Brewster will compete for the goaltending job.
The Raiders learned on the job last year and are poised to make a major move this season. Coach Gary Smith dressed 18 underclassmen, including 10 freshmen. They may still be a year away but at some point that experience will pay off.
The defense will be built around junior goalie Joe Grout (3.13, .895), who had very respectable numbers last year, his first as a starter. Senior Dylan Gaudette (12 points) is the leader of a still-young group of defensemen made up off juniors Tanner Simms (14 points) and Jack Whitaker and sophomores Nate Kriplin, Cal Garland and Noah Gaudette.
Juniors Ryan Damren (6-7-13), Riley Sleeper (10 points) and Cam Broughton, and sophomores Tate Singleton, Brendan Kelley, Tj Barber, Nick Haidari and Cam Perron all return up front. A half-dozen freshmen could make contributions.
As always, look for the Grizzlies to be competitive and looking to improve upon last winter’s quarterfinal appearance under the direction of veteran coach Paul Roy.
Top returnees are forward Cory Kassaris, defenseman Griffin Barbaro and goaltender Ben Genest. Key contributions are also expected from A.J. Potvin, Nevin Houle and Connor Easton, up from the JV team.
The Red Raiders pushed State Champion Bedford to the limit in last year’s one-goal semifinal loss and coach Paul George’s experienced team seems every bit as well-equipped to reach the Final Four once again.
Senior captain Brent Phillips (20-26-46), a career 100-point scorer, leads what looks to be a potent offense. Juniors Justin Jewell (14-16-30), Zander Allen (9-14-23) and Kyle Carignan (8-7-15) are all looking to build off productive sophomore campaigns. Junior Alex Turgeon returns as the top defenseman.
The Bearcats will be young once again this year and could benefit from a bit of puck luck as it seeks a playoff berth. Coach Ron Siering’s squad suffered four OT losses a year ago.
The senior group of Ben Bailey, Ryan Cordeiro, Dakota Hippern, Nick Pridham, Heath DeButts and Quinn Blais will be counted for leadership on the ice and in the room. New senior Felix Nyquist joins that group. Seven freshmen could earn spots on the varsity roster.
OYSTER RIVER (12-6-5)
Hard work and discipline will be the major components to any success the Bobcats enjoy this season. Veteran coach Griff Richard is looking for a number of forwards to step up and fill an offensive void left by graduation.
Senior captain CJ Jerry (20-25-45 career) is a physical two-way player and the most polished returning forward. Senior captain Cooper Smith is a three-year regular and juniors Jordan Petrovitsis and Bryce Schultz will be counted on for increased output. Juniors Conor Deptula and Connor McDonough move up from the JVs.
Senior assistant captain Jeff Ahlgrim and junior Casey Aubin both enter their third season as regulars on the back line while junior Mike Titterington begins his second. Senior Pat Madden and junior Mike Doyon will compete for playing time in goal.
Can the two-time defending champs execute a three-peat? With a number of veterans who took regular shifts on both title teams, coach Marty Myers is confident his team will at least be part of the conversation come March. “We have a core group that certainly knows what it takes to get there,” Myers said. “Most are one-sport athletes — they’re dedicated to hockey and anxious to get started.”
The Bulldogs have ample depth up front where hard-working seniors Chris Viola, Nate Boyd, Neil Soucy, Dan Gregson and Ben Desrosiers return ready to fill the scoring void left by the graduation of a half-dozen forwards.
Senior Stevan Tempesta returns in goal while sophomore Alec Lindberg provides quality back-up. Senior captains Pat Gagliardi and Mike Dee return as anchors on a back line that also includes veteran junior Brett Silva.