Rhode Island Division 1 Preview: Circuit Welcomes Barrington, Now Has 8 Teams

Dom Nicastro
Dom Nicastro
Dom Nicastro is a veteran sportswriter and journalist whose credits include the Gloucester Daily Times, Salem News, Lawrence Eagle-Tribune and Boston Magazine. This is his seventh season working for Hockey Night in Boston Magazine. He covers boys Eastern Mass. Division 3 and Rhode Island. He can be reached via email at [email protected]

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Defending state champion La Salle returns some scoring.

Junior right winger Brayden Edwards (18-14-32), junior left winger John Devine (6-10-16) and junior defender Zenas Kennedy (7-18-25) can score. Goalie Justin Spencer returns as a senior after sporting a 1.30 GAA last winter.

Coach James Mello said the team is looking to capitalize on power play opportunities (31 power-play goals in 22 league/playoff games last winter). The team needs some younger players to step up and contribute on the scoresheet and continue to play tough team defense (13 goals allowed in 15 league games).

MOSES BROWN (14-7-1)

Moses Brown returns for its second season after entering the Ocean State’s Division 1 last season. Coach David Antonelli’s Quakers were solid last season. It will be tough to replace two of the top three scorers in RI hockey last year: Jake Studley (top scorer) and Jack Steckler.

Coming back for the team are junior forwards and tri- captains Dom Froio and Tyler King. Key returning defensemen include senior tri-captain Corey Olson and John Voll.

“We have great upper class leadership and top notch skill level in tri-captains Olson, Froio and King,” Antonelli said. “We are looking for additional scoring punch from ‘crafty’ freshman Aidan Darlington as well as securing our backline with Ian McCormack and Tyler Rose and have freshman goalie Jason Mandeville ready to go right from Game 1.”

Dylan Webber
Bishop Hendricken


Jim Creamer’s crew has a strong defensive team and a good senior class.

Matt Dumond, Mike Boscia, Jack Dean and Dylan Webber will power the offense, and Jon Barker, Cam Adamec and Cam Touissant are the returning defenders.

Newcomers Brady Berard and Jacob Ticey should have impacts for the Hawks.


Two-time defending D2 champ Barrington is feeling good after a state championship last winter. It returns perhaps the best scoring trio in the state: junior Jacob Andreozzi (6-18-24), junior Matthew Bates (9-12-21) and sophomore Matthew Spears (14-30-44).

Junior goalie Stephen Amaral is back in front of sophomore defensemen Owen Crain and Mike Cox.

The Eagles had a two-year run in 2017 and 2018 with a 46-5-3 record and two D2 championships. The team has no returning seniors, which “creates not only a huge void,” according to Coach Kevin Croke. But it also, he said, creates great opportunities for the younger players to step up and make their mark in Eagles hockey lore.


The father-son coaching duo of Bill Belisle and David Belisle will coach in their swan song season with the Mounties this year.  MSC will unveil a Selects program beginning in the 2019-2020 season that is expected to draw players from across the country. They have a fast team with two strong forward lines and experience on defense and returning goalie senior Ryan Forget.

Mike Canavan (senior center, 5-3-8) and Alex Pratt (junior wing, 6-4-10) are the leading returning forwards.

Senior captain Alex Gonfrade is a solid defenseman and had two goals and 10 assists last winter. Sophomore Brendan Donahue (1-5-6) and juniors Everitt Misto (0-5-5) and Chris Baxter (0-5-5) are solid blue line returnees.

The Belisles think Mount will be the surprise team in the division.


The Crusaders are led by a young group of returnees with sophomore forwards Ryan O’Donnell and Zack Bell and juniors Colin Bios, a defenseman, and Mitchel Lindley, a goalie.

“We need to have better d-zone, neutral zone play and goal scoring,” Prout coach John Gaffney said.

SMITHFIELD (13-12-4)

The Sentinels under coach Robert Jackson look to get better every day and make the playoffs.

Hogan Nelson, senior goalie, may be the centerpiece returnee. He finished second in the state in net last year. Ryan Falls (senior), Dylan Falls (junior), Sean Martin (junior), Rafael Negron (sophomore) and Charlie Dhosi (sophomore) are blue line returnees.

Seniors Joe Catarina, Pearse McCullough and Anthony Lombardi return up front.

* Burrillville also will compete in Rhode Island Division 1

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