Rhode Island Girls HS Hockey Preview: Can Anyone Dethrone LaSalle?

Gary Demopoulos
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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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LASALLE (19-8-1)

Home Rink: RI Sports Center

Three of the top five scorers and the entire defensive unit returns for the Rams, who enter the season as a favorite to repeat as Rhode Island state champions.

Two of those top returning scorers will propel the forward attack in junior Grayson Goolgasian (23 pts) and sophomore Anya Nichipor (31 pts). They lead a group of forwards that also features seniors Ariana DeSousa, Zoe Bergeron and Jenna DePetrillo and sophomore Patrice Dafonte. Among the newcomers coach Sean McNamara hopes can deliver some scoring punch are sophomore Carina Cardi and freshmen Hannah Haxton and Sofia Calabro.

Grayson Goolgasian
Anya Nichipor
Bitsy Walsh

Senior Krista Varrichione (17 pts) anchors a blue line that returns a trio of sophomores in Arianna Rodi, Jaiden Tonucci and Bitsy Walsh. Freshman Adrianna Dooley provides more depth at defense.

Senior Sarah Lisa and freshman Kate Grivers are battling in the pre-season for the starting spot between the pipes.

Katherine Barker
East Bay Co-op
Eilee Kopecky
East Bay Co-op
Ella Hanley
East Bay Co-op

EAST BAY CO-OP (17-3-0)

Home Rink: Portsmouth Abbey

The Eagles were a double OT goal in the deciding game of repeating as state champions last winter. The regular season champs are poised to challenge for the top spot again in 2020.

Junior Katherine Barker (39 pts), RI’s top scorer a year ago, is back to power the offense for second-year coach Mike Cox. Seniors Maeve Harrington (20 pts) and Madison Cornell, junior Marissa Leverault and sophomores Taylor Defreitas and Brigid Carlin all return as well. Looking to add their talents up front are senior Alexis Melnerich, sophomores Grace Stephenson and Yael Goldstein and freshmen Mallory Cox and Peyton Whitte.

Senior captain Ella Hanley and sophomore Sarah Yee (13 pts) are defensive cornerstones. Sophomore Layla Rappeleye is back as well. Freshman Samantha Yee will join the mix.

In goal, East Bay is solid with the return of veteran senior Eilee Kopecky (1.00 gaa).

Grace Davenport
Mt. St. Charles


Home Rink: Adelard Arena

The Mounties plan on being a serious player this season under new head coach John Lobisser, who is looking for an overall consistent effort from everyone on the club.

Senior Macee Salley and junior Mia Mollicone are key returning forwards. Also looking to contribute are sophomores Riley Trudeau and Maggie McMichael and freshmen Leah Laquerre, Erin Wiehn, Rachel Mahalaris, Mackenzie Lavallee and Shea Murphy.

On defense, freshmen Sophia Capone, Brooke Forget and Alexia Vercauteren all look for key roles.

MSC has a pair of talented goalies in returner Amelia Lambert and new sophomore Grace Davenport.


Home Rink:  Boss Ice Arena

A host of new players will be in the lineup for South County, which hopes to be in the mix.

A key forward for coach Sydney Collins is junior Victoria Gauvin. Junior Megan Cairns and sophomore Lucia Krekorian will have major roles on defense.

Newcomers ready to have an impact are freshmen Jade Shabo, Adora Perry, Erin McNamara and Melanie Morrison.


Home Rink: Cranston Veterans

Graduation hit big here, so this will be a rebuilding year for the Thunderbirds.

Seniors Ashley Smedberg, Kate-Lynn Bucacci and Elizabeth Amelotte will be kingpins up front for coach P.J. Bessette. Freshmen Davin Phinney and Mia Schenenga look to contribute. Junior Rose Caliri, last year’s second leading scorer, is out with an injury.

Juniors Ireleigh Bucci and Olivia Santurri will backbone the defense. Freshman Jeremi Morrison will help out. Senior Mali Lindgren projects to be the Thunderbirds goaltender.

WARWICK (3-10-1)

Home Rink: Thayer Arena

A good mix of veterans and newcomers will be the key if Warwick is able to improve this season.

Key returning forwards for coach Dave Tibbetts are Jillian Walsh, Olivia Monte and Faith Kennedy.

Defensemen who should log some big minutes are Ella Centracchio, Megan McCamish and Rose Flaherty. Returner Allison Rodrigues and freshman Mary Centracchio will handle the goaltending duties.

Jianna Truppi


Home Rink: Smithfield Municipal Ice Rink

New head coach Kerri Nadeau is looking for her team to play a complete game by sticking to the systems and adjusting to the other team’s play as needed.

A key forward will be junior Jianna Truppi (15 goals), joined by new freshmen Ava Pomposelli, Lauren Falls and Mia Sulley.

Junior Olivia Picard and sophomore Kristi Georgantis are defensive bookends. New senior Jacquelyn Mendes will bring immediate help.

In the nets, senior Asia Porter looks to be the starter.

  • Burrillville/Ponaganset/Bay View is also in the Rhode Island girls league.


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