Rhode Island HS Hockey – Division 2 Preview: D3 Combines With D2 To Form 2 6-Team Divisions

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Kevin Stone, a Waltham High Class of 06 graduate, played lacrosse and golf before going into journalism at New England College in Henniker, NH. Kevin went to Framingham State and Middlesex Community College after that. He started doing freelance work in August of 2008, working for The Palo Alto Daily (Palo Alto, CA) and The Waltham Daily News Tribune, and worked for Patch.com until getting jobs with The Norwood Record and Metro West Daily News in 2012. Stone's been writing for the Metro West ever since and has since added The Boston Globe, HNIB, MassVarsity, The New England Football Journal and BostonLax to his already extensive resume.

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There will be a Division 2A and a Division 2B this season, as Division 3 teams have merged to form one division.

DIVISION 2A

SOUTH KINGSTOWN

Coach: Rick Angeli

The defending D3 champs have high expectations again this season.

Despite graduating three goalies and a 50+ point scorer, coach Angeli is confident that senior forwards Cody Granville and Eison Née – who combined for 106 points last year – can get back up to that level again. Juniors Dean Dwyer, Mike Peters and Nevin Dinonsie along with sophomore Declan Friedt will be relied upon for scoring depth too.

Robbie Dwyer is back on defense, as are juniors Shea Sullivan, Ethan Hood and Brad Wallin, along with sophomore Garrett Kirwin. There’s still a great nucleus in place from the title team, so Angeli hopes the high-level play can continue.

NARRAGANSETT

Coach: Ryan Meade

There’s a long list of returning players that coach Meade is expecting big things from this season.

Forwards Jacob Carreira, Sean Lyons, JD Abbott, Connor Gilmore and Mason Kosiorek are all back while defensemen Ryan Cormier, Mike Gazer, Jack Long and Jack Abrams are as well.

Goalies Mason Campbell and Ryan Monica should be battling for the top spot in the cage.

This team believes its ready to take on Division 3 offensively while it may be a bit of a work in progress defensively. How quickly the power play and penalty kill units develop will be important, too.

PONAGANSET

Coach: Michael Caramante

The Chieftains return a lot of players and look to make some noise.

Veterans up front are seniors Gunnar Baumann, Cam Kenny, Gerald Kent, Cam Wennerstrom and junior Jack Rebello.

On defense, senior Steve Veresko and juniors Riley Sirois, Thomas Mallette and William Cavanagh are back, as are goalies Austin Sirois and James Cavanagh.

DIVISION 2B

CRANSTON WEST

Coach: Matt Brannon

This is the youngest roster in the history of the program., according to coach Brannon.

The team does have junior Justin Drone returning, and he had 10 goals and 13 assists last season and was a Second Team All Division selection.

With only one senior on the roster, there will be some growing pains, but coach Bannon hopes to build a nucleus quickly and hopes to be a strong second half team.

NORTH SMITHFIELD

Coach: Ben Shatraw

Heading into the first season of a co-op with Johnston/North Providence, a positive environment and a balance between young and old is what Shatraw and his staff are looking at for 2023.

Offensively, it’ll be seniors Gansett Champagne, Brandon Boudreau and Logan Whitton leading the way. Junior Kayden Artuc and sophomore Nate Gravel will be looked at for scoring as well.

Senior defenseman Billy O’Connell is the veteran on the back line. New juniors Justin Espinal and Allison Benoit could see quality time. The starting goalie job is up in the air with no returners. Freshman Michael Tremblay is a candidate.

ROGERS/MIDDLETOWN/TIVERTON

Coach: Johnny Sheil

Leading scorers senior Johnny Lopes (12G/7A) and classmate Keaton O’Shea (11G/10A) return along with fellow seniors Patrick Bennett and Christian Berluti.

Senior defenseman Noah Leys and junior blueliners Brady Toner, Dylan Marvelle and Brady McCormack will be key contributors. Junior netminder Max Braun is also back but could be pushed by senior Patrick Stahl.

This is a very senior heavy team and that class will be relied upon a lot if this team is going to make a playoff run.

LINCOLN

Coach: Dylan Narodowy

The Lions should have tough in Division 2 under new head coach Dylan Narodowy.

The offensive attack will be spearheaded by returning seniors Nathan Turcotte, Jack Kye, Chase Hall and Derrick Wood.

Seniors Noah Desmarais and Carter Tillson will be joined by sophomore Jaden Bourski as keys on defense. Senior Nathan Goff is back in goal as well.

ST. RAPHAEL ACADEMY/PCD

Coach: Chris Librizzi

This co-op club lost a host of key seniors, so there will be a bunch of new faces in the lineup.

Key holdovers are senior forward Erik Liebegott, sophomore forward Tim Cedergren, sophomore defenseman Nolan Lambert and senior goaltender Riley Harrison.

WEST WARWICK/EXETER/W. GREENWICH

Coach: Justin Lake

After an 8-8-1, up-and-down season a year ago, the Knight Wizards are optimistic about this season.

Junior Keegan Gormley (8 goals,  20 assists) classmate Tyler Lacombe (11 goals 10 assists) and senior Dylan Waterman (14 goals, 6 assists) are back and hoping to spark the offense.

Defensively, juniors Tyler Usler and Aiden Feeney (West Warwick High School) are the key returners on the back end. In net, junior Brandon Marsella is joined by newcomer and classmate Mason Meloccaro. 

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