December 16, 2013

From NEHJ: 2013-14 boys prep capsules

By Hockey Journal Staff

Evan Smith leads the Salisbury charge. He scored a team-best 19 goals last season. (Dave Arnold/New England Hockey Journal)
 

INDEPENDENT SCHOOL LEAGUE

KELLER DIVISION

Belmont Hill

Coach: Jeremiah McCarthy

2012-13 result: 23-4-2

Players to watch: Ryan McConnell, G; Will Golonka, F; Matt Melanson, F; Joe Welch, F; Charlie Michalowski, F; Tyler Granara, D; Danny Kelly, D; Charlie Barrow Jr., D; David Giunta, D; Brian Matthews, D

Outlook: The defending ISL champions will be without a pair of “elite” talents in Carl Hesler (Dartmouth ‘14) and Mike Najjar (Middlebury) this season, according to McCarthy. Future UConn Husky Golonka is the leader of the team’s returning offensive corps, thanks to scoring an impressive 24 goals and 42 points last year.

Defense is expected to be a strength with Granara and Kelly leading the way and proven netminder McConnell returning after compiling a stellar 21 wins last year. “We will rely heavily on our goaltending, defense and special teams early in the season,” McCarthy said.

Governor’s Academy

Coach: Leon Hayward

2012-13 result: 11-11-5

Players to watch: Nick Nonis, D; Ted Zimmerman, F; Colton Lafata, F; Jonathan Ellis, D; Zach Mirageas, D; Tyler Niven, D; Liam Moore, G; Michael Major, F

Outlook: The Red Dogs will not have the services of any of their top six scorers from a season ago, including current BCHL scoring machine Ryan Scarfo and Northeastern freshman Nathan Ferriero.

Former NU standout Hayward is the team’s head coach and will be looking for an especially balanced scoring attack to contribute as a result of their losses. “We will be young up front, but (have) good depth and experience on the back end,” Hayward said. That back end will end with goaltender Moore, who will look to find his way as the main man at the varsity level as just a sophomore.    

Lawrence Academy

Coach: Robbie Barker

2012-13 result: 10-14-3

Players to watch: Cam Knight, D; Brendan Flanagan, D; John Stratton, G; Jake Rainer, F; Mike Snow, F

Outlook: Barker, a former University of New Hampshire player, Robbie Barker is entering his first year as head coach at his alma mater and will look to a veteran defensive corps to anchor the team. With three forwards having graduated to college programs, “inexperience could be a factor in the early season” as the Spartans might have to endure some growing pains.

With the regular season right around the corner, Barker also has been impressed with the “team’s attitude and a strong work ethic.”

Milton Academy

Coach: Paul Cannata

2012-13 result: 13-8-2

Players to watch: Drew Hotte, G; Conner Wynne, D; Chad Malinowski, D

Outlook: Cannata will be looking to Hotte, Wynne and Malinowski as anchors for a team that graduated a trio of talented senior forwards, including two who have moved on to Wesleyan in Elliott Vorel and Cole Morrissette.

The Mustangs will be looking to stick above the pack in the ISL and return to the New England large school tournament again.

Noble and Greenough

Coach: Brian Day

2012-13 result: 11-15-1

Players to watch: Miles Wood, F; Cal Burke, F; Cody Todesco, F; J.C. Brassard, D; Jake Mercier, D; Billy Sweezey, D

Outlook: In a league that requires a complete team buy-in day in and day out, Nobles is looking to its strong group of experienced players to lead the way after finishing just below .500 a season ago.

“We have a good core returning and are going to add some new faces to the mix,” Day said. “How successful a season we will have will depend significantly on how well the group comes together and how hard we play for each other.”

St. Paul’s

Coach: Mark Bozek

2012-13 result: 9-16-1

Players to watch: Luke Babcock, F; Cam McCusker, F; Vince Renda, D; Connor Sodergren, F

Outlook: After a season that fell under expectations last year, the Big Red will look to bounce back in 2013-14 with a solid cast of characters, including four captains who have played for the varsity team since their ninth-grade years.

“We are going to need to reassert ourselves in the prep hockey picture,” Bozek, a former star at Wesleyan, said of his club. “How well we play together as a team this year will dictate how successful our hockey season will be.”

St. Sebastian’s

Coach: Sean McCann

2012-13 result: 14-11-3

Players to watch: Corey Ronan, F; Will D’Orsi, F

Outlook: The top two scorers — defenseman Noah Hanifan (U.S. National Team Development Program) and forward Tommy Kelley (BU) — as well as defenseman Dalton MacAfee (BU) are no more for the Arrows, who will look to continue their strong tradition with some different faces leading the charge.

Thayer Academy

Coach: Tony Amonte

2012-13 result: 15-9-1

Players to watch: Jon Barry, D; Lincoln Griffin, F; Bob McGovern, G; Adam Gaudette, F; Neil Conway, F; Monte Graham, F; Ty Amonte, F; Casey Carreau, F

Outlook: Amonte’s Thayer team is returning a great deal of experience and depth, while having to cope with the loss of just one graduating senior. Northeastern commit Griffin is set to anchor a Tigers offense that will be able to roll three lines deep against its opponents.

Sophomore Graham, who has skated at wing, also will have the opportunity to return to his natural center position his season. Amonte is expecting a strong season from returning goaltender McGovern, who stands tall at 6-foot-4.

EBERHART DIVISION

Brooks School

Coach: Dave Ries

2012-13 result: 18-7-5, won Piatelli/
Simmons tournament title

Players to watch: Ian Speliotis, F; Connor Moore, D; Max Prawdzik, G

Outlook: Brooks won its second consecutive ISL Eberhart Division title and captured the New England Piatelli-Simmons (small school) tournament championship last season, but 10 seniors from that very successful team were lost from the program.

Among that group of ten, six are competing in NCAA sports as freshmen, including reigning ISL Most Valuable Player Mitch Nylen, who currently plays on the blue line at Sacred Heart. Coach Reis is expecting sophomore Connor Moore to take the next step and fill Nylen’s void.

The Bishops also return one of the region’s top netminders in junior Prawdzik, who was named honorable mention ISL All-Eberhart team last year. On the offensive,  Speliotis returns for his senior season after scoring 22 goals as an all-league selection in 2012-13.

Buckingham, Browne & Nichols

Coach: Terrence Butt

2012-13 result: 16-8-3

Players to watch: Cam O’Neill, F; Connor Hegarty, D; R.J. Caruso, D; Brien Diffley, D; Bobby Mullins, F; Steven Grinsztein, G

Outlook: With seven seniors back, the Knights are expected to be a much more balanced, deeper team this season. Tri-captains Hegarty (an eight-goal, 36-point scorer from the blue line), Caruso and O’Neill will lead the veteran group after all three were named all-league performers.

Butt is excited to infuse a talented crop of newcomers into “a team that has been knocking on a championship door for the past three years.”

Groton School

Coach: Bill Riley

2012-13 result: 7-16-2

Players to watch: Ace Cowans, F; Mike Brown, F; Jason Cahoon, D; Matt Pompa, G; P.J. Johnson, D

Outlook: After failing to quality for tournament play in 2012-13, the Zebras have a strong nucleus returning and hope to turn the tide this season.

A healthy, bigger, stronger Cowans is expected to return to full form after battling through a wrist injury as a sophomore. Riley is also expecting big things from Brown, a power forward type who was the team’s leading scorer as a ninth-grader.

Pompa’s return between the posts also will be a key factor for Groton. Riley sees only big things to come for the netminder he named a tri-captain this year.

Middlesex School

Coach: Joe Mallen

2012-13 result: 15-7-5

Players to watch: Justin Ferreira, F; Eric Shaw, F; Mike Menter, D; Harrison Markell, D 

Outlook: Ferreira, who finished last season ranked third in all of New England with 52 total points (30 goals), will anchor a group of returning forwards that also includes Ben Franks and Shaw, a Brown commit.

Derek Goguen —a second-year player — will be the team’s returning goalie and has been joined by Tristan Collins to provide a very solid duo. Menter and Markell will be the anchors on the blue line for a team that was very strong last season.

Rivers School

Coach: Shawn McEachern

2012-13 result: 17-9-2

Players to watch: Miles Gendron, F/D; Joe Sacco, F; Steve Van Siclen; F

Outlook: Numerous coaches noted Rivers will be a favorite to contend for a title in the ISL, thanks to some strong returning players from last year’s team that advanced into the New England Small School Tournament. A UConn commit, Gendron is a great player for McEachern’s team that plays at both ends of the ice.

Roxbury Latin

Coach: Mo Randall

2012-13 result: 6-17-0

Players to watch: Max Ginsberg, F; Albie Giandomenico, F

Outlook: Offense was hard to come by for the Foxes last season, but the good news is that only two of their top 10 scorers last season were seniors. A wave of underclassmen will have to continue to develop if a turnaround season is going to happen.

St. George’s

Coach: Justin Cerenzia

2012-13 result: 9-12-5

Players to watch: Hunter Johnson, F; Gino Roy, F; Tim Baumann, D; Frederic Gregoire, F; Nic Ambrozic, F

Outlook: The Dragons return a large majority of last year’s team and have lost only three players to graduation, but the bulk of the team’s returning cast are underclassmen.

“The talent level we have here is higher than it has been in some years, but they’re primarily freshmen and sophomores,” Cerenzia said. “We are headed in the right direction and anticipate being improved and much deeper than we have been recently.”

Cerenzia is looking to junior Johnson to be a leader up front this season, showing off his explosive offensive talent in all three zones and gifted skating ability.

St. Mark’s

Coach: Scott Young

2012-13 result: 10-16-2

Players to watch: Luke O’Brien, F; Bobby Dray, F; Sean Bellefeuille, D; Owen Allen, F; Derek Osik, F; Peter Housakos, F; Zach Tsekos, F; Adam Lee, F; Ryan Ferland, G

Outlook: St. Mark’s endured a definite rebuilding season with six freshmen in the lineup regularly over the course of last year, but Young hopes the team will be able to take the next step and compete for the Eberhart title.

The team finished well below .500 in 2012-13, but posted a 10-9-1 record over the final 20 games of the season, showing great improvement over time.

This year, the Lions have added a talented group of older players to give the team an extra level of leadership.

FOUNDERS LEAGUE

Avon Old Farms

Coach: John Gardner

2012-13 result: 16-9-4

Players to watch: Sam Levin, F; Jackson Tucker, F; Cody Doyle, G; Sam Loizeaux, D; T.J. Dockery, D

Outlook: One of the most storied programs in the New England prep ranks, Avon fell to Cushing Academy in the large school championship and will aspire to flip the result  this year.

“This year’s team has an experienced defensive corps and goaltending (with both  Doyle and Tucker Weppner returning),” Gardner said. “Success will depend on developing a consistent scoring attack.”

The Winged Beavers’ solid group of youngsters will be aided by a junior varsity team that was outstanding last season as well as a few prized recruits, including freshman defenseman Ryan Ashe.

Last year’s leading scorer Nick Hutchison was lost to the USHL, while defenseman Griff Martin is in his first year at Union College.

Choate

Coach: Pat Dennehy

2012-13 result: 14-9-3

Players to watch: Max Daigle, D; Owen Powers, F

Outlook: Choate has a strong returning cast of 17 players entering the new year but will look to fill the void of six seniors who proved to be very valuable leaders.

“Our league has traditionally been very strong and I don’t imagine this year will be any different,” 10th-year head coach Dennehy said. “If we can be successful in our league play, then we should be involved in the conversation late in the season.”

Deerfield Academy

Coach: Brendan Creagh

2012-13 result: 11-11-2

Players to watch: Trevor Yates, F; Sam Lafferty, F; Camil Blanchet, F/D; Jake Kahler, G

Outlook: The Big Green will be inexperienced in goal, as Adam Ellison and Jake Thoubboron, who split starting duties last season, both graduated. Couple that with losing a number of steady blueliners and it appears it could be a tough year on the ice for Deerfield.

Hotchkiss School

Coach: Michael Traggio

2012-13 result: 6-20

Players to watch: Wiley Sherman, D; Roberto Cellini, F; Louis-Phillipe DeCourcy, G

Outlook: Senior Sherman, a recent Boston Bruins draftee, will lead a Hotchkiss team that lost eight graduating players from last season and will be expected to compete in a very solid Founders League race again.

“Our expectations for the season are to continue to improve our compete level, and build upon progress made last season,” Traggio said.

Kent School

Coach: Dale Reinhardt

2012-13 result: 18-7-3

Players to watch: Steve Morrissey, G; Lewis Zerter-Gossage, F; Brendan Soucie, F; Mitch Allen, F; Max Kaufman, F; Bennett Morrison, D

Outlook: Holy Cross alum and former pro Dale Reinhardt takes over the reins of the Kent program from Matt Herr, who left the school for a position at USA Hockey.

Soucie will serve as the team’s captain after recently announcing his commitment to play collegiately at West Point. According to Reinhardt, who joins Kent after three years as an assistant at New Milford, Conn.-based Canterbury School, the team’s strength will be its depth up front, with Soucie leading the way.

Last year’s team fell just short in the Elite Eight tournament, falling in the championship to powerhouse Salisbury School.

“We really do have a very deep group of forwards,” Reinhardt said. “I am very fortunate to be walking into the group I have here. The team is really strong top to bottom. We’ll be contending, trying to get back to where (they finished) last year.”

Kingswood-Oxford

Coach: Ben Adams

2012-13 result: 4-16-1

Players to watch: Conor Keenan, F; Tyler Difrancesco, D; Sam Kelly, F; Tristan Morin, F; Chris Carley, G

Outlook: After struggling to find the win column for much of the 2012-13 season, Adams’ outlook for the season is promising, with a strong group of juniors coming to the team as well as an influx of freshmen and sophomores having gained more experience.

The biggest key for K-O will be replacing departed goaltender Anthony Giordano, who is now a part of the Washington Jr. A Nationals, but Adams now has a trio competing for the starting job.

Loomis-Chaffee

Coach: John Zavisza

League: Founders

2012-13 result: 13-11-1

Players to watch: Alex Esposito, F; Cory Swift, F; Matt O’Donnell, D; Jamey Cox, G

Outlook: The net belongs to Cox after the graduation of Danny Tirone, who played the bulk of the minutes and excelled last year. After jumping from 2-24 in 2011-12 to 13-11-1 last year, Zavisza is looking for continued improvement from his squad, especially with a lot of returners from last season.

Salisbury School

Coach: Andrew Will

2012-13 result: 21-5-3, won Stuart/
Corkery tournament title

Players to watch: Evan Smith, F; Will Toffey, D; Mitchell Smith, F

Outlook: Evan Smith is the team’s leading returning scorer and comes into his senior year after leading the way with 19 goals and as many assists in all 29 games for last season’s title-winning squad.

“Even though we lost many key contributors from last year’s team, we have a very solid nucleus of players returning,” Will said. “We’re excited to see who steps up to contribute to our offensive production ... and we’re extremely excited about our group of blueliners and feel strongly that they will be one of our team’s strengths.”

The team lost defenseman Ryan Segalla (UConn) and forward Matt Pugh (Tufts) to collegiate hockey, so those two will be key departures after last year’s very successful run.

Taft School

Coach: Dan Calore

2012-13 result: 11-10-2

Players to watch: Easton Miller, F; Cole Miers, F; Joe Lissak, G; Matt Liebers, D; Ross Colton, F; TJ Shultz, D; Marcus Mollica, F

Outlook: After cracking the .500 mark a season ago, Taft is looking to stand above the crowd in a strong Founders League crop again this season. Calore is expecting his team’s competition to be very difficult and was quick to point out the strong cast of talent the league will feature.

The team will open the season without four key players from last year’s roster, including current Cornell freshman Ryan Coon and Andrew Gaus, who is spending this season in the USHL before moving to a collegiate career at Yale.

Calore said his team has “a great balance of both veteran (players) and newcomers. We have a team of guys who are going to compete every day, which should lead to some success.”

Trinity-Pawling

Coach: Rob Hutchison

2012-13 result: 10-15-1

Players to watch: Deven Brink, F; Jake Saxe, F; Johnny Coughlin, D; Kyle Zacharewicz, F; Matt Michals, G

Outlook: The Pride lost a trio of key players in forwards Tanner Zacharewicz, Gyuri Dragomir and defenseman R.J. Bishop, so Hutchison’s “hard-nosed” team will look to a new class of leaders to pave the way this season.

“All three played big minutes in all situations for us last year,” Hutchison said. “We lost excellent leaders in both Tanner and Gyuri, in addition to the energy and passion they brought on a daily basis.”

Westminster

Coach: Tim Joncas

2012-13 result: 17-6-2

Players to watch: Tristan Rai, F; Erik Rost, D; Mario Benicky, F; Anthony DiPlacido, F; Taggart Corriveau, F; Jack Fitzgerald, F; Will Brophy, D; Frankie Sullivan, F; Zac Hamilton, G

Outlook: Joncas expects his strong team to improve with each day. Westy finished last season very well but fell to eventual champion Salisbury in overtime in the New England semifinals.

Princeton Tiger commit David Hallisey is one of two departed players who will compete in college next year, while a trio of others have stayed in Connecticut to continue their careers with NCAA Division 3 programs.

NEPSHC EAST

Cushing Academy

Coach: Rob Gagnon

2012-13 result: 21-7-4, won Martin/Earl championship

Players to watch: Joey Daccord, G; Shane Kavanagh, F; Cameron Askew, F; Michael Turner, F; Richie Boyd, D

Outlook: The Penguins had seven players with double-digit goals last season. The bad news? Would-be super sophomore Cam Askew jumped to the QMJHL and Shane Kavanagh split for the USHL after a stellar junior year.

Holderness School

Coach: Allie Skelley

2012-13 result: 19-12-2

Players to watch: Frederic Cyr, F; Matt Michaud, F; Mark Michaels, G; Ryan Steele, F; Alex Spina, F

Outlook: The Bulls have a young offense and inexperienced defense. Despite many new faces in the lineup, Holderness looks to make rapid improvement and will again set its eyes on the small school tournament.   

Kimball Union Academy

Coach: Tim Whitehead

2012-13 result: 28-3

Players to watch: Tyler Bird, F; Dominic Franco, F; JD Dudek, F; A.J. Greer, F

Outlook: KUA will be a new-look team this year after graduating 16 players from last season’s powerhouse squad and losing two-year head coach Mike Levine to the college coaching ranks.

Former University of Maine coach Tim Whitehead will take over behind the bench and will have Dudek and Greer, two of the top players from last year’s squad, serve as co-captains. KUA also has many exciting transfers including Chris Shero (son of Pittsburgh GM Ray Shero), Tyler Bird (Brown) and Jack McCarthy (Brown).

Northfield Mount Hermon

Coach: Tom Pratt

2012-13 result: 11-16-1

Players to watch: Bradley Allen, F; Ben Freeman, F; Corey Moriarty, D; Conor O’Brien, G

Outlook: Northfield Mount Hermon is looking to make major improvements from last year’s season. With a solid defensive group and a strong goaltender in junior O’Brien, it will come down to whether the Hoggers can put the puck in the net.

Phillips Exeter

Coach: Dana Barbin

2012-13 result: 16-9-5

Players to watch: Peter Christie, D; Trevor Cosgrove, D; Andy Espinoza, F; Matt Foley, D; Henry Hart, F; Teddy Hart, F; Devin Moore, F; Kevin Neily, F; Jack Parsons, G; David White, F; Spenser Young, D

Outlook: The Big Red have such a highly talented top six group of forwards that they basically have two first lines. There is plenty of talent on defense as well, and Phillips Exeter looks to be one of the top teams in the region this year.

Tabor Academy

Coach: Gerry Dineen

2012-13 result: 8-18-1

Players to watch: Erik Foley, F; Joe Slovak, F

Outlook: Tabor was a young team last year but enters this season more experienced and more battle-tested.

The team’s entire defensive corps will be back as well as five of its top six scorers, and leading scorers Foley (Providence) and Slovak should be go-to guys yet again.

Tilton School

Coach: Patrick Norton

2012-13 result: 18-13-3, lost to Brooks School in Piatelli/Simmons semifinal

Players to watch: Sean O’Brien, D; Paul Armstrong, F; Andrew Sullivan, F/D; Kanoa Cook, G

Outlook: The cupboard is a little bare heading into this season, with Tilton’s top five scorers from 2012-13 out the door, as well as starting goaltender Brenden Cain. Cook played in just a handful of games last year, so he’s got a much bigger workload ahead.

Vermont Academy

Coach: Chris Davidson

League: NEPSHC East

2012-13 result: 7-15-2

Players to watch: Pat Bartolomucci, F; Cam Wright, F; Brian Allen, D; Simon Leiva, G

Outlook: VA looks at the equation of youth plus experience equals success. With a strong schedule, the Wildcats should be competitive and fun to watch.

Albany Academy

Coach: Eric Cavosie

2012-13 result: 12-18-1

Players to watch: Jake Marrello, F; Shawn Knowlton, F; Nick Boyigian, F; Kyle Lancto, D; Josh Eagan, G

Outlook: Seventy-five percent of Cavosie’s team returns to the ice this season. Before last season, Albany had won 52 games combined in the two years prior, including a Martin/Earl tournament semifinal appearance in 2011-12.

“We’re junior and senior loaded this year,” Cavosie said. “The experience of being sophomores and juniors in a prep school league is one of our big strengths.”

NEPSHC WEST

Berkshire School

Coach: Dan Driscoll

2012-13 result: 22-4-3, lost to Salisbury in the Stuart/Corkery quarterfinals

Players to watch: Charlie Corcoran, F; Craig Puffer, F; Tipper Higgins, F; Adam Tracey, F; Bryan Gerstenfeld, D; George Binnick, G

Outlook: After coming up short in its playoff run following a stellar regular season, Berkshire returns the bulk of its scoring depth from last season. Binnick saw a little bit of action last year as a junior, and will probably be the go-to in net this season.

Canterbury School

Coach: Padraic McCarthy 

2012-13 result: 13-10-4

Players to watch: Christian Short, G; Mark Bowen, F; Shane Sellar, F; Connor Henry, F; Stefan Malmlund, F; Mike Decker, D; Sean Henry, D.

Outlook: The Saints saw 10 of their players graduate last season and could have a rough start to the season. Canterbury will be deeper in goal and on the forward lines.

“We may have a bumpy start, but this team will be deeper in the all positions,” McCarthy said. “As the new players gain experience, we expect good things. We will rely on youthful energy in the early part of the season.”

The Gunnery

Coach: Chris Baudo

2012-13 result: 22-6-3

Players to watch: Kevin Darrar, F; Joey Fallon, F; Dominic Rovero, D; Mike Lee, D

Outlook: Gunnery had 11 players graduate since last season, so this year’s squad will have a much younger feel to it. “We will be young, but with youth comes potential,” Baudo said.

Millbrook School

Coach: Vincent Sorriento 

2012-13 result: 13-13-4

Players to watch: Bret Supinski, F; Aidan Parker, F; Roy Gagnon, F; Luke Hincenbergs, F; AJ Wallace, D; Evan Williams, D

Outlook: Millbrook will have plenty of familiar faces returning for this season. Coach Sorriento expects the team to be better than last year and says his squad is deeper in every position.

Pomfret School

Coach: Bruce Pero

2012-13 result: 4-20-1

Players to watch: Zach Higgins, F; Michael Revelakis, F; Andrew Slotnick, F; Ryan Jackson, D; Gunnar Merrick, D

Outlook: Pomfret struggled from start to finish last year, but things are looking up with the slate wiped clean for a new season.Higgins, Revelakis and Slotnick led the way a season ago and are the team’s top three returning scorers.

“The new crop of kids coming in is a good mix of experience and younger kids, which will hopefully give us more depth than last year,” Paro said. “That is going to be crucial. Injuries last year really made us thin, and this year, I think we have more depth.”

Williston-Northampton School

Coach: Derek Cunha 

2012-13 result: 5-22-1

Players to watch: Max Willman, F; Brandon Borges, F; Phil Angelo, F; Seth Cupak, D; Nick Staub, D

Outlook: Things can only go up for Williston after stumbling through an injury-laden season last year. The Wildcats have depth across the board. Cunha said he hopes to have his team competing for a playoff spot come February.

Winchendon School

Coach: Jarrett Sampson

2012-13 result: 12-10-6

Players to watch: Nick Marin, F; Brett Strawn, F; Jarod Fitzpatrick, F; Nicolas Potfin, F; Oscar Forell, G

Outlook: The Wapitis will be looking to their seniors to carry the load, as most of the group led the team’s scoring efforts as juniors. Swedish goaltender Oscar Forell, also part of this year’s senior class, will have to improve on his numbers from junior year.

Berwick

Coach: Andy Lathrop

League: Holt North

2012-13 result: 13-12-1

Players to watch: Alex Hopkins, F, Lucas Michaud, F

Outlook: Michaud, a recent Maine recruit, looks to have a breakout year for Berwick. He scored 14 goals and 10 assists last year but will juggle playing for the Bulldogs with the Portland Junior Pirates. Goaltending will be a question mark, but Brian Horner will get his chance on the varsity level after being a steady presence for last year’s JV, joining junior Joseph Lazzaro, who did not get a huge amount of experience last season behind Max Motew.

INDEPENDENT

Brewster

Coach: Jay Anctil

League: NE Prep 1 Lakes

2012-13 result: 8-15-2

Players to watch: Brendan Murphy, F

Outlook: Anctil takes over the Wolfeboro, N.H.-based program after spending the last three seasons as the assistant to head coach TJ Palmer. Anctil’s background in strength and conditioning should help the roster play a complete game.

The Bobcats graduated their top five scorers last season and will be relying on junior Joe Osaka to lead the way on offense. Former Mansfield High standout center Murphy could be a game changer as he joins the team for a post-grad year. Ryder Garnsey’s performance in net keeps them in games, but they need to get up the goal total to win them.

Dexter

Coach: Dan Donato

2012-13 result: 21-2-5

Players to watch: Ryan Donato, F

Outlook: Junior Donato returns to captain this year’s squad after a season that saw him lead the team with 29 goals and 31 assists. However, he is the only returner among their top five scorers. Senior Liam Feeney heads up a strong defense that has a good balance through class years. Last year’s milestone season might be hard to replicate thanks to a more difficult schedule, but the talent is there.

Hebron

Coach: James LeBlanc         

2012-13 result: 14-12-1

Players to watch: Austin Goldstein, F

Outlook: The Lumberjacks lose Holt North League scoring leading Mike Kelly (24 goals, 18 assists) to graduation, as well as three of their leading scorers. Senior Goldstein, the team’s leading returning scorer, will be looked to as a leader coming off a season where he scored eight goals.

Physical defenseman Jon Pallotta joins Hebron for a post-grad year after a high school career at Cushing and a successful 2013 Chowder Cup performance. In addition to Pallotta, the blue line is a highlight for the Lumberjacks.

Hoosac

Coach: Kurt Colling

2012-13 result: 6-14-1

Players to watch: Alec Anderson, F

Outlook: Sean Spohr joins Hoosac for a post-grad year after a stellar career at Westfield (Mass.) High School, where he won the Amo Bessone Award and led his team to a state title. Spohr scored 32 goals and 21 assists last season. Anderson led the team in scoring last year with 17 points, but he shines as a setup man and has a good rapport with fellow senior Alex Barre, who has looked good leading up to the season. Junior goaltender Jordan Elwood is an addition to the squad and looks to step into the starting role in net.

Kents Hill

Coach: Larry Cockrell

2012-13 result: 24-9-2

Players to watch: Jared Cockrell, F; Oscar Croon, F; Francesco Tolfa, D; Ben Eddolis, G

Outlook: The loss of Logan Day, who had 24 goals and 37 assists last year, means a hole both offensively and on defense, where Day was one of the veteran defensemen. Cockrell’s back after scoring 21 goals and 37 assists last year, which certainly helps.

New Hampton

Coach: Casey Kesselring

2012-13 result: 8-16-3

Players to watch: Chris Berry, F

Outlook: Former Pinkerton Academy coach Kesselring is new to the Huskies this season, having been hired in April. Berry will join fellow newcomer sophomore Cole Anderson and returning Joe Smith (eight goals, 12 assists) to lead the team offensively. Michael Ryan is the key returner on a new look defense. The starting goalie job is Tim Sestak’s, who showed composure and skill when he had chances in net last season.

Phillips Andover

Coach: Dean Boylan

2012-13 result: 11-12-2

Players to watch: Michael Lata, Rob Devaney, Tommy Bishop, Pat Daly, Zach Weiger, John Festa, Bryan Ackil, Peter Bemsen, Gord Coulter, David Belluche, Michael Kim, Nick Gorski,

Outlook: Should have balanced scoring from the first three units with six returners and three new faces.  Lata committed to Colgate, Belluche to Middlebury and Kim to Wesleyan. Good experience at the blue line and two returning goalies, Erik Wurman and Jake Pelton.

Pingree School

Coach: Gino Khachadourian

2012-13 result: 4-23-1

Players to watch: Chris Usseglio, F; Shawn Khachadourian, F; Brandon Franco, F; Mike Reilly, F; Ryan Lovell, D; Matt Cavanaugh, D

Outlook: After being hit hard by defection and graduation in the 2011-12 season, Khachadourian continues to try to rebuild the Pingree hockey program. With senior leadership and a cast of returners, he hopes to get back on track.

Proctor

Coach: Mike Walsh

2012-13 result: 9-16-3

Players to watch: Hunter Luhmann, F; Stefan Malmlund, F; Connor Simon, D; Michael Damien, D; Beau Collins, G

Outlook: Luhmann led the team in scoring last year as a sophomore with 18 goals and 13 assists, but Proctor might need him to be even better this year, as three of the top six scorers graduated.

Portsmouth Abbey

Coach: Paul Ranalli

2012-13 result: 6-15-0

Players to watch: Josh Vertentes, F; Ben Quick, F; Jack Murphy, D; Zak Anderson, F; Connor Rodericks, G

Outlook: A very young squad struggled last year, but Vertentes was explosive, leading the team with 25 goals and 33 points. In goal, Rodericks is a senior this year after playing the bulk of the minutes last season, with solid returns.

Worcester Academy

Coach: Kevin Magnani

2012-13 result: 7-17-1

Players to watch: Joe Caico, F; Chris Lannan, F; Michael Cusato, F; Marcello Nicoletti, D; Jack Moore, G

Outlook: Caico’s back for his senior season after a strong junior year, but Worcester will need some younger guns to step up. That includes the net, where Moore saw some action as a freshman behind Connor Carew last season.

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