With only six seniors back from last year’s South semifinalist, the Green Dragons have one of their youngest teams in quite some time. But, they will play their typically tough schedule and long-time coach John Blake anticipates continued improvement on the road to March.
The trio of senior captains and forwards Kevin Corcoran, Cam Christenson and Brian Brockwell will provide the spark on offense. The defense will be built around returning junior goalie Nick Stewart and defensemen Joe DeMartino, a senior, and Matt Campbell, a junior.
Fifteen seniors have moved on, leaving plenty of opportunities for returning underclassmen and freshmen to grab spots. “We need to be strong from the back out, given the lack of experience up front,” said coach Ted Walsh.
Junior forwards Pat Quirk and James O’Leary both had 13 points last season and will have increased offensive responsibilities. Looking to step in are juniors Sam McGahey, Scott Parrish and Shamus McBride, and Mike Tervakoski.
The Presidents do return four blue liners, led by junior Owen Lynch (12 pts). Also back are seniors Mike Calnan and Brandon Nunnink, and junior Josh Campbell.
Last season’s backup between the pipes, senior Chris Connolly, projects to take over the starting goaltender’s job.
PLYMOUTH NORTH (9-8-4)
Another team hit hard by graduation, the Eagles will need to play good team defense, taking care of business in the defensive zone.
Coach Tim Drew’s offense will be driven by returning seniors Ryan Furtado (8 pts) and Dylan Figueroa (9 pts). Senior Luke Whalen, and juniors Max Barrows, Kolton Michaud and Josh Kierstead all return on the Plymouth North blue line.
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It was a struggle last winter for the Panthers, who are hoping hard off-season work will pay off with some more wins.
Senior Liam Sweeney (13 pts) and senior Jared Pendrak (9 pts) are two key returning forwards for coach Joe Bina. Senior Kyle Bina is back after missing last season with an injury.
On the blue line, junior Zack Pike will be a cornerstone. New sophomore Ryan Lincoln will be a help as well.
SILVER LAKE (8-10-2)
The Lakers made the tournament and had a short stay, finishing at 8-10-2. Senior forward Andrew McNeilly returns and is expected to be a leader. Junior forwards Josh Chapman, Colby Gilbert and Jimmy McKenna should provide scoring, and sophomore defender John Evans is a solid returning blue liner.
Freshman forwards Alex Heffernan and Andrew Johnson are newcomers to watch.
“We’re a young team focused on speed and transition offense and consistent play,” Silver Lake coach Brandon Hall said. “We expect maximum effort out of this young group.”
PLYMOUTH SOUTH (16-5-1)
Ten key players have moved on, so there will be a lot of new faces on the Panthers bench this season. Coach Mike McCosh says his team must play good team defense to be successful.
Players expected to lead the club this winter are senior forwards George Thurston and C.J. Gustafson, sophomore forward Sean Colbert and senior goaltender Finn McKee.
NORTH QUINCY (6-10-4)
Numbers are a problem for the Red Raiders, who nevertheless do return 10 seniors. “This is a motivated group,” said coach Matt Gibbons.
Senior forward Tim Glynn (22 pts) will be an offensive catalyst for North Quincy. Senior Garrett Kulig hopes to contribute after being injured the past two seasons. Junior Austin Lee and sophomore Ethan Herman should have increased roles.
Senior Matt McDonald (12 pts) anchors the defense in front of returning senior goalie Kevin Doherty (2.40 gaa).
Jonathan Abban’s always-solid Hanover club comes back after another monster season last winter at 18-4-2.
The Indians return senior goalie Noah Clapp, one of the captains along with senior forward Landon Hasenfuss. Senior forward Trevor Doucette, senior forward Dan McDougall, senior forward/defenseman Colin Cleaves, junior defenseman Mike Mcglame, sophomore forward Connor Morris, sophomore forward Zach Taylor and junior forwards Alex Wisnes, Ryan Phillips and Ryan Mahoney are key returnees.
Senior forward Brett Parker and forward/defenseman Nick Joy are welcome additions.
The team needs to build off success from the last two seasons, which included a state-championship appearance in 2014, Abban said.
Scoring goals was a bit of an issue last winter for the Titans, so if they can rectify that, and take care of things in their own end, they could be a presence in both the league and Division 2 South.
Patriot League All Star, senior Joe Birolini (16 pts), is one key forward back, along with juniors Zach Simpson (24 pts) and Cam Judson (20 pts). Looking to make an impact are senior Jacob Marani and sophomore Shane Murphy.
Defensively, senior rock Billy Hickey (Patriot League All Star) will be a force. Senior Dan Bowen and junior Connor Pijanowski also have valued experience.
In goal, coach Mark Duffy expects a healthy competition between juniors Justin Pijanowski and Brendan McLaughlin.
The Sailors are certainly looking for a rebound season after struggling in 2014-2015. Veteran coach Mike Breen does have the luxury of a big cast of returners.
Up front, senior Brendan Greeley and juniors Jake and Pat McCarthy are back, as well as sophomore David Murray. They lead a deep group.
Senior Jack Falvey, junior Cam Francis and sophomore Devon Brown will be solid blueliners for Scituate. Senior David Sheehan is a returning senior goaltender.