South Shore League Preview: Defending Champ Rockland Will Be Young

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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ROCKLAND (20-3-3)

It was another sensational season last winter for the Bulldogs. This year, they bring back senior forward Evan Gormley (11-5-16) and senior forward Nick Blonde (3-7-10). Senior defenseman Brian Goode (3-11-14) is back, and sophomore defender Nick Leander (1-1-2) is back.

“We are a very young team this season, adding in eight eighth-graders with three freshman and four sophomores, so we need our seniors (five of them) to really carry us,” Rockland coach Mike Flaherty said. “Good thing is our upper classmen have had great success so they can lead the way.”

Sam Taverna
Middleboro/Hull

MIDDLEBORO/HULL (9-8-4)

Expect to see the usual hard-working, tough-to-play-against style from the Sachems as they eye a return to the post-season.

Senior Ian Yeskewicz (23 pts) and sophomore Jake Dagesse (21 pts) are offensive leaders for coach Scott Drevitch.

On defense, look for senior Garrett Donohoe (10 pts) and junior Sam Taverna to have big roles.

EAST BRIDGEWATER (9-11-0)

The Vikings get back senior right winger Nick Fabrowski (15-16-31). Senior center Pat Powers (2-7-9) and senior winger (5-4-9) are also back, and junior Tim Sherman (6-0-6) leads the defenders.

“We’re looking for one of our freshman goalies to step up with the loss of senior Hunter Dempsey due to an off-season injury requiring surgery,” new head coach Chuck Bailey said. “We’ll also be looking for some secondary scoring from some of our younger players. We’re hoping freshman Sean Noonan is ready to make the jump to a first or second line this season. We have four solid defensemen that should effectively support the two freshman goalies.”

Jack Fitzpatrick
Cohasset

COHASSET (4-13-3)

Philip Mahoney’s Skippers have a solid scorer back in senior center Matt Lund (8-15-23). Sophomore winger Bernie Mulcahy also returns, and freshman winger Danny Talacci and junior center Joe Losordo also return.

On the blue line, Cohasset returns junior Jack Fitzpatrick and sophomore Michael Powers. Sophomore goalie Kieran McHugh is back.

“We were very young and inexperienced last year,” Mahoney said. “We need to play with more composure and discipline.”

ABINGTON (10-9-3)

Abington heads into the season with a sour taste in its mouth – last March’s tourney loss to eventual Eastern Mass. champion Hanover. The team had won three in a row before that.

Coach Brian Smith’s team is young, primarily composed of sophomores and juniors. Seniors Joe McCarthy (defense), Matt Long (defense) are back. Drew Wilson and Brady Christoforo are the goaltenders for the Green Wave.

NORWELL (10-7-2)

Norwell returns to the ice this year after a quick tourney exit last year – 4-2 first-round loss to Bishop Stang. Coach Jim Casagrande’s team has a lot of experience led by senior captains Sam Williams and Eddie Fettucia (forwards) and Charles Dole (defense).

Senior Owen Ebsary will be a key forward for the Clippers, while sophomore Sean Ennis and senior Andrew Slekis return between the pipes.

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