Patriot League: Plymouth schools join the circuit

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HANOVER (20-6-0)

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The defending Eastern Mass. champion Hanover Indians are back this year after a 20-win season one year ago. They lost six, including the state-title matchup against Shrewsbury.

Key returnees include: senior forwards Tom Martin, Tyler Powers, Joe Maguire, Ernie Meads, Alex O’Dowd and Andrew Zwart, juniors Landon Hansenfus and Trevor Doucette, junior goalie Noah Clapp, and defensemen Mike McGlame (sophomore) and Shane Fallon (senior).

“We need to find our scoring touch early on,” Hanover coach Jonathan Abban said. “We should be solid in net and defense.”

PEMBROKE (11-11-2)

A lot of new faces will be have to be put in position in order for the Titans to compete for a league title. There is still a decent returning nucleus with which to build.

Coach Mark Duffy has last year’s leading scorer back in senior captain Adam Tripp (28 pts). Seniors Conor Gallagaher (13 pts) and Tom Waterfield, junior Joe Birolini and sophomores Cam Judkins (12 pts) and Zach Simpson all have varsity experience.

Senior Nick Devitto, juniors Dan Bowen and Billy Hickey, and sophomore Conor Pijanowksi are back on defense. Senior Mark Indelicato has returned from the Bay State Breakers. A starting goaltender will emerge from senior Cam Deegan and sophomore Justin Pijanowski.

 

SCITUATE (10-9-2)

The Sailors hope to be a factor in the Patriot League race, and then the post-season after that.

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Senior captain John Loud leads the offensive attack for coach Mike Breen, along with brother sophomore Matt Loud. Two juniors returning are Ryan Gee and Brendan Greeley.

On defense, senior James McGowan and sophomore Cam Francis will log big minutes in front of senior captain Owen Francis between the pipes.

 

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QUINCY (11-9-2)

The Presidents were post-season players last winter, and with some hard work, could find themselves tourney bound again.

It helps to return your top two scorers, which Quincy does in senior Pat Freeman (30 pts) and junior Brian O’Callaghan (28 pts). Another key player for coach Ted Walsh will be senior rearguard Brandon Beal.

NORTH QUINCY (10-8-4)

If the team’s younger players can generate some more offense, and the Red Raiders play their usual strong team defense, a return trip to the post-season could be in the cards.

Up front, coach Matt Gibbons will expect decent production from senior co-captain Mike Finn and junior Timmy Glynn (15 pts).

Senior co-captain Matt Monahan and junior Matt McDonald will anchor the defense in front of new goalie Kevin Doherty, who will replace two-time league all star Nolan Greene.

 WHITMAN-HANSON (6-11-3)

Only three seniors graduated for the Panthers, although even with their experience, will still be a young team.

Two forwards to be leaned on heavily for production by coach Joe Bina will be senior Zach Burke (14 pts) and senior Ryan Duclos (9 pts). Freshman Korey Howard could contribute right away.

On defense, senior Nick Villanouava (12 pts) and junior Liam Sweeney (13 pts) will be anchors. Junior Dylan Thomas and sophomore David Perry will be in the goaltending mix.

PLYMOUTH SOUTH (16-6-1)

Like their counterparts from North, the Panthers join forces with the Patriot League. They will have several holes to fill in their lineup.

“We need to have a good defence,” said coach Mike McCosh. “Coming into a new league will be tough for a young team.”

 PLYMOUTH NORTH (2-11-7)

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There will be new leadership here with Tim Drew taking over the head coaching duties. The team has a nice amount of seniors and “I am looking for some great leadership from them,” the coach said.

Up front, seniors include Chris Lovell, Brian Fanning, Cory Caraher, Cullin Cosgrove, Sean Colb, Joe Durand and Darren Fleet.

Defensively, Andy Serino and Tyler Russell will have key roles. The team also has a senior goalie is Steven Murphy. Newcomers Phil Cronin and Nate Fleet hope to contribute.

SILVER LAKE

Brandon Hall’s Silver Lake club is looking to lean on the shoulders of senior forward Brendan Guilderson, junior forward Tyler Gillen, senior defenseman Jon McClintic and Adam Gay and senior goalies Kyle McDonald and Alex Crone.

Freshman defender Eric Travers looks to make an immediate impact.

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“We have a lot of returning forwards and defense,” Hall said. “We’re a veteran team from front to back. The team is looking to rebound back to the tournament. We have 12 seniors hungry and determined. It’s a hard-working, talented group of kids.”

DUXBURY  (16-4-3)

The Green Dragons will have a decidedly different look this season. Eleven seniors graduated from last year’s 1A squad and only four players return that took a regular varsity shift. Coach John Blake’s club will have to learn on the fly.

Senior captain Jack Griffin (13 points) and junior forward Kevin Corcoran (16 points) will lead the offense. The defense will be built around senior captain Shawn Errasti (10 points) and senior captain Tucker Kelly (2.1 gaa) in net.

As the only D1 team in the league, the Dragons have always sought out a competitive non-league schedule. This year is no different with dates against Xaverian, Hingham, Braintree and Marshfield. Duxbury will also seek to defend its Buddy Ferreira Classic title in February.

 

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