Rhode Island HS Hockey – Division 2 Preview: Defending Champ Rogers/Middletown/Tiverton Needs To Replenish Roster

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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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A look at the teams in Rhode Island Division 2 hockey. New coaches include Dave Cannon at Narrangansett/Chariho.

ROGERS/MIDDLETOWN/TIVERTON (10-2-2)

The defending Division 2 champions got hit hard by graduation, especially up front, so coach Johnny Sheil is hoping to get a bunch of new scoring options.

There are some key forwards back with the return of Matty O’Hagan (18 pts), Zach Scheffler (10 pts), Evan Agren (15 pts) and Brayden Swannycamp. New juniors David Silvia and Austin Silvia will add some punch to the offense.

Defensive leaders are Dylan Marvelle, Brady Toner and Will Warren.

A key for the Hurricanes is the return of senior goalie Max Braun, a first team All Division and second team All State selection a year ago.

NARRAGANSETT/CHARIHO (15-6-2)

New head coach Dave Cannon inherits an offense that should be able to score. He feels team chemistry will be key with the new coaching staff in place.

Up front, juniors Mason Kosoirek and Conor Gilmore, and sophomores Ethan Travis, Preston Abbott and Brady Grislis will lead the attack, which will be bolstered by a strong class of freshmen.

Junior Michael Gazzero keys the Gulls on defense.

Cannon can choose from three varsity goalies in senior Mason Campbell, senior Ryan Moricas and sophomore Morgan Campbell.

COVENTRY (5-10-1)

Having lost 14 players from last year’s group, building team chemistry will be must with all the new faces in the lineup.

A key forward for the Oakers will be junior Jack Horseman, who put up 14 points a year ago.

Coach Joe Stringfellow will rely on sophomore Ethan Almeida on defense, while senior Billy Whelan, out injured last year, is back to man the nets.

CRANSTON WEST (3-12-1)

The Falcons went through a rebuilding process last winter, but did sneak into the playoffs as the last seed and pulled an upset in the first round. Having graduated no one from that team, this will be an experienced lot.

Coach Matt Brannon’s braintrust this winter will be led by senior forwards Justin Drohen (19 pts) and HarryWoolohosian (12 pts), junior Devin DeAngelis (11 pts) and senior Jared Prior.

WEST WARWICK/EXETER/WEST GREENWICH (5-8-3)

A strong senior group, couple with some promising young additions, gives this club some great depth. Coach Justin Lake feels he will have a fast skating team this year.

Guiding the fortunes up front for WWEWG will be senior Tyler Lacombe (28 pts) and senior Keagan Gormley (17 pts), both captains. Prout School transfer Logan Addison, a sophomore, and freshman Maddox Schlude will need to be watched.

Senior captain Tyler Usler (11 pts) and senior Aiden Feeney (13 pts) are two solid defensemen to build around.

A senior also returns in goal with Mason Meloccaro in the fold.

Jack Rebello Ponaganset

PONAGANSET (13-6-2)

An older and experienced group that has been together for years is what coach Michael Caramante will have to work with. They will be a strong, fast and physical group that looks to improve on last winter’s solid run.

Up front, seniors Mason Caramante, Jack Rebello, Austin Kenney, Nick Flori, Alex Wildgoose, Liam Dixon, Will Dwyer and Riley Nelson all return, as do juniors Jake Steinkamp and Garret Scott.

On defense, the Chieftains return seniors Thomas Mallette, Austin Amaral, Alex Wildgoose, Will Cavanagh and Riley Sirois, along with junior Troy Gerbi.

Junior Bootie Boisvert will be in goal.

PORTSMOUTH (16-3-1)

It was quite a solid first year behind the bench last winter for Greg Cunningham, as the Patriots reached the state final. With some talented players back, they look for a return.

Portsmouth does have its top goal scorer back in junior Shane Temple, who put home 19 goals. Senior captain Hayden Krzych (15 pts) is another key returner up front. Ready to contribute are freshmen Hadrian Doughtry, Jonah Endrusick, Chase Pascoe and Lucas Roberts.

Senior Dan Biello, a team captain, and senior assistant captain Steve Madden lead what should be a stingy defensive group. Hoping to crack the rotation are freshmen Luke Brule and Rafe Dionne.

Junior Johnny Cabral, last year’s back-up, moves up to the starting position in goal this season.

SOUTH KINGSTOWN (12-5-1)

The Rebels should be able to put the puck in the net with senior leadership guiding the way.

Nolan Quirk
South Kingstown

Seniors Ethan Hood (14 pts), Sean Dwyer, Michael Peters and Nolan Quirk, junior Declan Freidt and sophomore Brady Quirk form the nucleus of the offensive attack for coach Anthony Simeone. Freshmen James Tolmie and Anthony Palazini will add depth.

On defense, seniors Brad Wallin and Shea Sullivan, and juniors Garret Kirwin and Nico Nastsi all return to lead the defense. Junior Don McKiernan is also in the blue line mix.

Junior Luke Gordon (2.32 gaa) is back in goal after seeing the bulk of time last year.

LINCOLN (12-5-2)

Having lost five of their top six scorers, Lincoln will need do develop some new options to carry the offense.

That task will go senior Jack Fiske, junior Adam Alfieri and sophomores Tyler Almeida (could play some defense), Domino Costa and Nick Pelosi.

Coach Dylan Narodowy will look to get solid defense from senior Ian Popovich and junior Jaden Bourski, the Lions’ top returning scorer.

In goal, Lincoln can turn to either junior Matthew Harmon and sophomore Keian Fox.

MT. HOPE/EAST PROVIDENCE

This co-op program is looking to be competitive in the Division 2 field.

Coach Richard Dionne will look to sophomore forward Nathan Carpenter, sophomore defenseman Ethan LaBollita and senior netminder Kayden Carney to have solid campaigns.

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