New Jersey HS Hockey: Colonial Valley Conference Preview

Gary Demopoulos
Gary Demopoulos has been covering prep school hockey for the HNIB News for over 30 years, and has been the editor of the HNIB News since 2005. A former sportswriter and news editor at the Woburn (MA) Daily Times Chronicle, he has been the HNIB News' key reporter for Mens Prep School hockey since 1988, as well as womens hockey, both at the prep school and high school levels. for almost 20 years. Gary also helps organize and oversee HNIB's many summer tournaments and festivals for scholastic players.

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Coach: Dan Bergan

The Ravens won the CVC Tournament last winter and know they will have a target on their backs. They are a team that features excellent depth, high hockey IQ and good overall team speed.

The offensive nucleus for coach Bergan will feature Charlie Pallitto, Jack Battistelli, JP Sferra, Marcu Gallichio and Daltan Tilghman. Joining that group will be freshman Zach Duggan.

Book-end defensemen are Luke Gensinger and Ray Corneau. New sophomore Jack Morgan will be a solid addition.

Goaltending duties will go to junior Carmen Capone and sophomore Zander Wiley.

Will Celli
Notre Dame


Coach: Mike McVey

The Irish scored 51 goals in eight games in last year’s short season and the group that was responsible for much of that is back. If Notre Dame can get sound defensive play, they will be in the hunt.

Mike McVey
Notre Dame

The offense will be built around senior Will Celli (28 pts), senior Michael McVey (18 pts) and sophomore Trey Guire (11 pts).

Drew Werthman
Notre Dame

An experienced blue line is highlighed by senior Drew Werthman (7 pts), senior Teagan Brush and junior Ty Watson.



Coach: John Patterson

In this year two of the three team co-op, there is some optimism with a large group of returning players. Goaltending play could be a big asset.

Scoring is expected to come from a group that includes junior Colin Phillips, junior Nikitz Kuzmin, junior Brendan Colantoni, sophomore Ashton Truelove and sophomore Colin St. John. Add in newcomer Zachary Meseroll.

The defensive core features a pair of seniors – Ryan Thornton and Anatoli Gischler -, and a pair of sophomores – Austin Kolczynski and Justin Allen.

Returning junior Troy Callahan will team with newcomer Mason Caruso to form what should be a solid goaltending tandem.


Coach: Andrew Dudich

The Cardinals hope to be in contention in the division, and make a run at getting into the state playoffs.

Forward catalysts will be senior Jason Keller, and juniors Ryan Kocheran and Michael Pirone.

Coach Dudich also returns three key defensemen in juniors Nate Kocheran and Gillian Kibbey and sophomore Kamil Szumigraj. Nick Chetti is a returning goalie.

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