Rhode Island Division I Team Previews

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STATE CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION

Mounties Look For Seventh Title in Eight Years

MOUNT ST. CHARLES (19-8-0)

Winners of six state titles in the last seven years, and now at 32 overall for legendary coach Bill Belisle, the Mounties will need to replace three-year starter Brian Larence in goal. That job should go to Zachary Vanasse, coming up from the junior varsity. “We need him to step up for us to defend the title,” said Mount co-coach David Belisle.

At forward, senior tri-captain Patrick Holmes (31 pts) is a returning All-State performer who will be an offensive catalyst along with senior tri-captain Justin D’Abrasca (21 pts). Senior Kevin Valentine and sophomores Jake Glod (11 pts), Daniel Allen (12 pts) and Joe Sanchioni (9 pts) will have key roles. New sophomores Jared Rudek and James Belisle should step in and be contributors right away.

On the blue line, senior tri-captain Keith Phaneuf (24 pts), also a returning All-Stater,  will be the anchor. Sophomore Tim Casilli (15 pts) will have a huge role, as will sophomore Jack Boisvert. Look for sophomore Jack O’Donnell to get some key minutes.

 LaSalle Bolstered By Lots Of Experience

LASALLE ACAD. (13-7-1)

Coach Michael Gaffney says his team will have lots of experience, which will only be a plus competing in the Cimini Division.

Some of that experience is in goal, where senior Tyler Walsh is back for his final year. He is considered one of the top netminders in the state and will backbone the Rams from his position between the pipes.

LaSalle also boasts four senior defensemen that will bring their leadership to the blue line in Joe Manown (13 pts), Nick Altieri (7 pts), Ben Aldrich and Ryan Kelly.

Senior Ryan Tracy will be a vital cog up front for the Rams. Seniors Tyler Glick and Nick Battista also return. Sophomore Evan McGreen is expected back as well.

Sentinels Welcome Challenge Of Cimini Division

SMITHFIELD (13-7-1)

The Sentinels welcome the elevation to the Cimini – State Championship Division, which will result in a more difficult schedule. “If we work hard, get good goaltending and have a scoring touch we can compete in our league,” said coach Bob Jackson.

Senior Mike Macera (38 pts) will be one of the divisions top guns. Senior Andrew Souza (13 pts) and sophomores Jim Varin and Brian Tobin are back as well. Newcomers looking to contribute at forward include junior Matt Simons, sophomore Luca Ragosta and freshman James Bellavone.

Smithfield returns four blue liners, which will help. Back are senior Mike Gaulin (10 pts), junior Dave Gaulin (8 pts), sophomore Rob Lombardi and Brian Greene. Freshman Logan Clavet hopes to crack the roster.

Senior Roger Laflamme and junior Evan Carlton will battle for the starting goaltender’s job.

 Bishop Hendricken Has The Horses To Compete

BISHOP HENDRICKEN (20-4-2)

The Hawks pretty much set the standard in the Cimini Division all season long, only to come up a bit short come playoff time, losing an epic three-game finals series to Mount. They will be right in it again this year.

A couple of talented forwards have moved on, but Hendricken still expects to rely on the likes of junior Reilly Miller (18 pts), junior Brandon Mitchell (10 pts), junior Brandon Waterman and sophomore Sam Milnes.

Sophomore Patrick Creamer (32 pts) had a huge freshman campaign on defense and is expected to be one of the team’s key players. Other defensemen who should be back include senior Steven Dumond (8 pts) and sophomore Bryce Dolan (10 pts).

In goal, veteran coach Jim Creamer is counting on senior Matthew Kenneally, who got the bulk of the minutes last winter.

 

MISSING: Cranston Co-op

ECCLESTON DIVISION I

 D-2 State Champ Cumberland Ready For D-1 Challenge

CUMBERLAND (27-1-0)

The prize for winning the Division II state title? A move up to Division I. The Clippers are more than ready for the task.

A nice nucleus of forwards return for coach Dr. Mark Andreozzi, including seniors Greg Wellington and Jack Wainwright, juniors Jake Salisbury andTrevor Whalen,  and sophomores Jimmy Cabral and Bryan Colburn. Looking for increased roles up front are seniors Zack Kay, Connor Clarey and Brandon McMillen.

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[/one_third_last] Senior Kyle McKenna will be a force on the Clippers’ blue line,  a group that also features senior Tom Malloy, junior Derek Bross and sophomore Andrew Rzemien. Juniors Salvatore Ciolino and Tyler Parker will press for time.

In goal, senior Leo Lake is coming off a bannder campaign where he allowed just 26 goals all season.

 North Kingstown Returns A Lot Of Offense

NORTH KINGSTOWN (17-6-1)

The Skippers also make the move to Division I and look forward to the challenge.

A host of production returns for coach Bob Nabb with the likes of senior Ryan Nabb (32 pts), junior Ben Wilson (24 pts) and sophomores Sean Stamp (40 pts) and Stephen Murphy (17 pts). Looking for increased roles are senior co-captains Carter Lyle and Ian Morgan.

Defensively, senior Matt Murphy and juniors Anthony Antonucci and Chris George form a solid blue line nucleus. No less than six sophomores and freshman are looking to make the jump for playing time on defense.

Junior Jared Parkins has been the Skippers starter in goal since his freshman season.

 New Era For Prout School

PROUT SCHOOL (13-7-1)

A bump to Division I is in store for the Crusaders, who appeared in two straight Division II state finals (2012, 2013).

Senior James Neri, junior Ben Alofison and sophomore Zack Gauvin are top returners up front for coach John Gaffney.

Sophomore Jimmy Burke will be a key blueliner in front of goalie AJ Gemma.

Rebuilding Year In Store For Eagles

BARRINGTON (6-10-2)

It could be a rebuilding year for the Eagles, who lost their top two lines and could skate as many as 14 freshmen.

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Senior Nick Graham, back from injury, will be an important forward for coach Derek Borek.

A pair of seniors – Jeff Sharver and Derek Carlson – will log a lot of minutes on the Barrington blue line. The Eagles alos welcome back two netminders in senior Aaron Shuman (1.92 gaa) and junior Colin Glegg.

 Solid Defensive Play Will Be Key For Coventry

COVENTRY (1-19-0)

The Oakers will skate eight freshmen, most of which will be playing up front, so it will be imperative for the team to play great defense until the younger players come along, reports coach Ken Bird.

 

That means key roles for junior defenseman Kurt Marquis and senior defenseman Mitchell Jones, playing in front of junior goalie Ryan Clifford.

 Robinson New Coach at Burrillville

BURRILLVILLE (7-14-3)

The Broncos will be under new management this winter as Bill Robinson has taken over behind the bench. He will have his club ready to

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go.

Leading the way offensively will be senior Chad Stone, coming off a 20-goal season. Other key forwards back are seniors Tom Libby and Joe White.

Senior Nick Koprusak (18 pts) headlines the Burrillville defense and also has some offensive capabilities. Two other seniors back on the back end are Ben Robinson and Pat McConnell.

 

MISSING: Lincoln

 

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