Below are the official 2017 Hockomock League Hockey All Stars, selected by the coaches in the league.
Hockomock League MVP
Jackson Maffeo, Canton
Hockomock League All Stars
PJ Elliot, Attleboro
Jake Parker, Attleboro
Quinn Gibbs, Canton
Tom Kilduff, Canton
Jackson Maffeo, Canton
CJ Martin, Canton
Mike Carresi, Foxboro
Aidan Sullivan, Foxboro
Luke Downie, Franklin
Brendan O’Rielly, Franklin
Tom Sicchio, Franklin
Jacob Kelly, King Philip
Gavin Maxwell, King Philip
Matt Farragher, Mansfield
Joe Olsen, Mansfield
Erik Clements, North Attleboro
Zach McGowan, North Attleboro
Jared Costello, Oliver Ames
Jack Maloney, Oliver Ames
Brett Williams, Oliver Ames
Cam Doherty, Stoughton
Zack Albert, Taunton
Nick Terry, Taunton
Ryan Morry, Attleboro
Bubba McNeice, Canton
Peter Smith, Foxboro
Cam Benham, Franklin
Jeremy Smith, King Philip
Cullen Anastasia, Mansfield
Vincent Zammiello, North Attleboro
Cullen Gallagher, Oliver Ames
Jon Lessa, Stoughton
Mike Volkmann, Taunton
Today’s games are listed below.
Canton, 68 vs. Middleboro, 34 – Final – Canton built a double-digit lead in the first quarter, racing out to a 17-7 lead after eight minutes. The Bulldogs extended that lead to 33-15 at halftime and then blew the game open in the third, taking a 59-26 advantage into the third. Sophomore Devin Foster had 16 points for Canton while Tony Harris had 12 points and 11 rebounds and Danny Hartnett chipped in with 12 points.
North Attleboro, 59 @ Milford, 44 – Final – Samantha Taggart scored 18 points and Liz Morehouse added 12, as North Attleboro set up a winner-take-all game with Foxboro on Friday night to decide the Davenport division title. Kate Irwin scored 15 points and Nicole Dahlgren had 14 for the Hawks.
Attleboro, 1 vs. Shawsheen, 5 – Final
Canton, 1 @ Lincoln-Sudbury, 1 – Final
Foxboro, 2 @ Saint John Paul II, 5 – Final
Franklin, 1 @ Malden Catholic, 4 – Final
North Attleboro, 4 @ King Philip, 3 – Final – Click here for a recap from this game.
Mansfield, 5 @ Plymouth South, 0 – Final – Mansfield senior Matt Farragher scored his first of three goals in the first period, which turned out to be the game-winner. The Hornets added three goals in the second period, including one on the power play and one shorthanded. Mansfield added an empty netter in the third period. Mansfield senior Tony Rullo had the shutout in net.
Oliver Ames, 4 vs. St. Peter Marian, 0 – Final – After a scoreless first period, OA seniors Jared Costello and Evan DiMartinis each scored a goal in the second to give the Tigers a 2-0 lead. Sophomore Brett Williams netted a pair of goals in the third period to ice the game for OA. Sophomore Max Ward recorded two assists in the game and freshman Owen Connor made nine saves in net to record his first career shutout.
King Philip @ Mansfield, 7:00
Canton, 4 @ Medway/Ashland, 0 – Final
Franklin, 1 @ Ursuline, 7 – Final
King Philip, 2 vs. Cohasset/Hanover, 2 – Final
Today’s games are listed below. We will update this post with any changes based on the information we receive.
Attleboro, 1 @ Stoughton, 2 – Final – Click here for a recap of this game.
Canton, 4 vs. Pembroke, 0 – Final
King Philip, 1 vs. Bridgewater-Raynham, 3 – Final
North Attleboro, 3 @ Mansfield, 3 – Final – North Attleboro took a lead three times in the game but Mansfield had an answer each time. North’s Jason McNeany put the Rocketeers up but Mansfield freshman Chris Jenkins scored an unassisted goal to tie the game. Zach McGowan put Big Red up 2-1 late in the first but the Hornets tied the game on the power play in the second, Joey Olsen converting off assists from Matt Farragher and Tyler Oakley. Drew Wissler put North ahead 3-2 but Jenkins tied the game on assists from Olsen and Farragher with 4:15 to play. Tony Rullo made 28 saves for the Hornets while Ryan Warren made 30 saves for Big Red.
Oliver Ames, 5 vs. Brockton, 1 – Final – OA junior Rory Madden netted a pair of goals while junior Eric LeBlanc, senior Evan DiMartinis and senior Jared Costello each scored once for the Tigers. Sophomore Cullen Gallagher had three assists. “It was a strong team effort, a complete game from all three lines,” OA head coach Sean Bertoni said.
Taunton, 2 vs. Dennis-Yarmouth, 5 – Final
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Canton, 1 @ Hingham, 2 – Final
Franklin, 1 @ Medfield, 3 – Final
King Philip, 1 @ Norwell, 0 – Final
Mansfield/Oliver Ames, 6 vs. Shawsheen, 0 – Final
Stoughton, 4 @ Nauset/Cape Tech/Monomoy, 5 – Final
Today’s games are listed below.
Taunton, 80 @ Stoughton, 61 – Final – Click here for a recap of this game.
Canton, 38 @ Cohasset, 44 – Final – Junior forward Hannah Jerrier set a new career-high with 28 of the Bulldogs’ 38 points in the non-league defeat.
King Philip, 38 vs. Fontbonne, 59 – Final – Click here for a recap from this game.
Stoughton, 57 @ Taunton, 44 – Final – Stoughton junior Jordan Motley led the Knights with 18 points and 12 rebounds while freshman Shyanne Trinh added 16 points and junior Val Whalen finished the night with 13 points. Taunton was led by sophomore Lily Patnaude’s 14 points.
Attleboro, 0 @ Oliver Ames, 1 – Final – Oliver Ames senior Jared Costello scored the lone goal in the first period and sophomore goalie Matt Mullaley made his first career start in net, turning aside 10 shots to earn the win for the Tigers.
Canton, 3 @ Franklin, 2 – Final – Canton senior Tommy Kilduff scored early in the first period to give the Bulldogs the lead and then broke a 2-2 late in the third period to hand the Bulldogs two points. Bubba McNeice also scored a goal in the first period to give Canton a 2-0 lead after one. Franklin cut the deficit in half in the second period and tied the game in the third period.
King Philip, 6 @ Foxboro, 1 – Final – King Philip had 11 different players register a point in the win, with five different players finding the back of the net. Junior Collin Cooke scored a pair of goals while Jacob Kelly had two assists and Gavin Maxwell had a goal and an assist. After a 1-1 first period, KP tacked on three goals in the second period and then two more in the fourth. Jack Coulter, Richie Lucente and Mitch Cormier also scored for KP while Jeremy Smith, Luke Damico, Sam Colella, Tim Hanson and Joe Boselli each had an assist.
Stoughton, 0 @ Taunton, 3 – Final – Taunton’s Mike Volkmann scored twice and Cam Snead added a goal as the Tigers qualified for the state tournament for the second straight season.
Franklin @ Bridgewater-Raynham, 7:00
Mansfield vs. New Bedford, 7:00
Oliver Ames, 12 @ North Attleboro, 51 – Final
Canton, 3 vs. Falmouth, 0 – Final – Canton’s Colleen Kelleher made 31 saves in net to earn shut out and help the Bulldogs qualify for the state tournament.
Franklin, 0 vs. Westwood, 6 – Final
King Philip, 2 vs. Medfield, 3 – Final
The Warriors took the lead less than three minutes into the game but that seemed to spark Oliver Ames. The Tigers responded with an onslaught of offensive pressure, including three great goal scoring chances in a three minute space. OA finally broke through to score back to back goals in less than a minute to take the lead.
“We responded very well,” said Oliver Ames head coach Sean Bertoni. “There’s only been about three games which we’ve come out on the attack. We’re a little bit of a slow team to get going but we pick it up as the game goes on.”
KP freshman Kyle Gray scored his first career goal 2:34 into the game to give the Warriors the lead. After an extended possession in the offensive zone, Gray took control along the blue line and wristed a shot through traffic that found its way into the back of the net.
But from that point on, it would be all Oliver Ames in the period.
With 10:45 to go in the opening period, Brett Williams circled behind the net before finding Eric LeBlanc open in front for he net but his point blank shot was turned aside by KP junior goalie Shane Frommer (44 saves).
With 9:15 to play, sophomore James Beatty took advantage of a miscue at the blue line by KP and race in along on goal but couldn’t get his shot past Frommer.
With 8:10 left, Max Ward hit Michael Nikiciuk for a shot from the blue line that Frommer got a piece of. Frommer scrambled and was able to keep the puck from crossing with the help of senior defenseman Jeremy Smith.
But on the ensuing face-off, Oliver Ames finally did cash in. Senior defenseman Jack Maloney ripped a shot that was saved, Beatty had his rebound shot saved but then was able to tuck his own rebound into the net to tie the game with 8:02 to play.
The Tigers kept the pressure up, taking the lead less than a minute later. With Oliver Ames cycling through the offensive zone, the puck popped free into the middle of the ice. OA senior Michael Ziino pounced on it and fired a wrist shot that found its way under Frommer’s arm to make it 2-1.
The momentum carried into the second period and it looked like Oliver Ames put the game to bed early in the middle fame.
Just 49 seconds into the second, Oliver Ames made it 3-1. Williams tracked down a puck in the offensive end and fired a perfect pass across the crease to an open Beatty. Beatty stepped around the goalie and tucked it home for a quick 3-1 lead.
The Tigers went on the power play following a late hit on the goal and took less than a minute to add another goal. Senior Jared Costello tracked the puck down off the side boards and took it right to goal, stuffing it in at the near post for a 4-1 lead.
“We had five or six goal scorers last game against Foxboro and then had four tonight so that’s nice to see,” Bertoni said. “That was Michael Ziino’s first start of the year, we had one of our top guys out for the first period and Michael stepped up. James Beatty has been a third line guy, he got to play on the second line today and scored two goals. We’ve been waiting for him because he’s got the skill. It was nice to see him get two big goals too.
“Our forecheck was very good tonight and we generated a lot of shots. We’re creating a lot of turnovers behind the goal line. The last three games we’ve had over 35 shots in each game. The theme this year has been finishing. The kids say it all the time, it’s just bearing down and having a net-front presence and making sure you’re buying the puck. The kids had a good response.”
Frommer denied Oliver Ames a fifth goal near the midway point of the period when LeBlanc had his breakaway chance turned aside. A minute later, KP went on the power play and took advantage.
Gavin Maxwell won a face-off in the offensive zone and junior Collin Cooke connected on a cross ice pass to find Jeremy Smith at the blue line. The senior took a step in and fired a rocket top shelf to cut the deficit to two with 7:36 left in the period.
After Walsh made a point black stop on a shot from Gavin Maxwell right in front with 44 seconds to go, Maxwell was able to find the back of the net with 19 seconds to play. The junior stepped in front of a clearance attempt and roofed his shot to make it 4-3 heading into the third period.
But a penalty just before the end of the second meant KP started the third in a four on four situation and then, after 90 seconds, went a man down.
The Warriors were able to fight off the penalty but Oliver Ames found the back of the net within a minute after going back to full strength. The puck popped free to Nikiciuk at the blue line and he fired through traffic to find the back of the net, making it 5-3.
King Philip picked up back to back penalties shortly after, first a minor for tripping and then a four minute penalty for boarding, halting any thought of a comeback.
OA put the game out of reach on the power play with 6:54 to go when Costello skated towards the center of the ice near the blue line and wristing a shot through a screen for the Tigers’ sixth goal.
“We had a variety of scoring, we had at least one power play goal,” Bertoni said. “We’ve been practicing on just taking the puck to the net, net drives in practice and it showed tonight. It’s good to see them sacrifice and go to the net, and they might get punished, but they might get a goal out of it.
“The players deserve all the credit but as coaches it’s nice to see when they run the system. One through three, all lines, it just shows when you establish a forecheck and stick to the system good things happen.”
King Philip added the final goal of the game with just over two minutes to play on the power play. Smith played catch with Garrett Maxwell on the blue line before the sophomore fired a shot on target. Walsh turned it aside but KP Freshman Chris Daniels was there for the tap in for his first career goal.
“You have to give OA credit, they came out and wanted it a little bit more,” said KP head coach Paul Carlow. “They went to a three man forecheck, put the pressure on us and definitely took the game over there for a stretch. We got back in the game at the end of the second but then we took a penalty. We start the third shorthanded, and even though they didn’t score on it, it burns your guys out. Then we took another penalty and that pretty much did it.”
Oliver Ames hockey (9-4-1 overall, 5-2-1 league) will take on North Attleboro in a non-league D2 showdown on Monday at 4:30 at Asiaf. King Philip (3-12, 3-5) will be the road team in a clash with Foxboro at the Foxboro Sports Center on Wednesday.
Today’s games are listed below.
North Attleboro, 2 @ Attleboro, 0 – Final – Sophomore Anthony Zammiello and freshman Jack Connolly each scored a goal and had in an assist in the first period for the Rocketeers.
Canton, 6 @ Stoughton, 1 – Final – Freshman John Hagan netted a hat trick to lead the Bulldogs to a division win on the road. Stoughton head coach said goalie AJ Scott played well in goal for the Black Knights.
Franklin, 5 @ Mansfield, 2 – Final – Click here for a recap from this game.
King Philip, 0 @ Walpole, 6 – Final
Taunton, 0 @ Oliver Ames, 5 – Final – Oliver Ames’ Cullen Gallagher registered three points, with two goals and an assist to pace the hosting Tigers. Juniors Eric LeBlanc and Rory Madden each had a goal while senior Jared Costello had two assists. OA Goalie Zach Walsh made nine saves to record his first shutout of the season.
St. John’s Shrewsbury Quad (Canton) – Canton went 0-2 at the meet, falling to both Lynnfield-North Reading and St. John’s Shrewsbury.
Foxboro @ Duxbury Quad – Foxboro went 2-0-1 on the day. The Warriors rolled past Quincy 70-6 then beat No. 8 ranked Marshfield 42-33. Foxboro finished the day with a 39-39 tie with No. 4 ranked Methuen.
Franklin @ Merrimack Duals, – Franklin finished second out of 11 teams at the team duals, going 4-1 overall. Franklin beat Biddeford (Maine) 48-19, Alvirne (N.H.) 46-22, St. Johnsbury (Vt.) 49-6, and Lawrence (Mass.) 40-20. The Panthers lost to Marshwood (Maine) 45-18 in the final match.
Whitman-Hanson Quad (King Philip, Sharon) – Sharon went 3-0 at the Whitman-Hanson Quad. The Eagles beat KP to start the day, 51-21, and then followed it with wins against North Quincy (60-24) and Whitman-Hanson (54-18).
Cape Cod Invitational (Mansfield, Taunton) – Mansfield claimed the team title at the Cape Cod Invitational with 136.5 points. Freshmen Antonios Sevastos (106) and Vinnie Holmes (170) both finished first at their weight classes, while Will Stratton (126) and Ford DelVecchio (22) both took second place finishes. Taunton had three wrestlers place: Alex Rodriguez (138) placed second, Nuno Camara placed (182) was third and Woudanly Danger (220) placed fourth.
Milford @ Hopkinton, 10:00AM
Canton, 120.8 @ Franklin, 123.4 – Final – Franklin junior Liz Traphagen won the all around with a 34.7 – scoring a 8.3 on vault, 8.7 on bars and beam and a 9.0 on floor – to lead the Panthers to their first win since reestablishing the program. Sophomore Sadie Rondeau was second in all around with a 33.2 – scoring an 8.1 on vault, 7.4 on bars, 8.0 on beam and 8.2 on floor.
Canton, 4 vs. Sandwich, 2 – Final – Senior Rebecca Eckler scored two goals while sophomore Maggie Malloy added two assists.
Franklin, 4 @ Whitman-Hanson/Silver Lake, 11 – Final
King Philip, 6 @ St. Joseph Prep/Mt. Alvernia, 0 – Final
Mansfield/Oliver Ames, 0 vs. Medway/Ashland, 2 – Final
Stoughton, 2 vs. Quincy/North Quincy, 11 – Final
Attleboro, 128 vs. Lowell, 119 – Final
Today’s games are listed below.
Canton, 6 @ Attleboro, 1 – Final
North Attleboro, 3 @ Franklin, 7 – Final
Mansfield, 2 vs. Brockton, 0 – Final – Click here for a recap of this game.
Stoughton, 1 @ Oliver Ames, 6 – Final – Sophomore Brett Williams recorded five points as Oliver Ames scored a pair of goals in each period. Williams scored twice and had three assists to pace the tigers while Korey Sweezey, Max Ward and Jared Costello each scoring once. Stoughton sophomore goalie AJ Scott made 30 saves in the game.
Canton, 22 @ Foxboro, 52 – Final
Franklin, 48 @ Taunton, 11 – Final – Taunton picked up wins from Alex Simon (170), Nuno Camara (182) and Woudanly Danger (220).
Mansfield, 27 @ Oliver Ames, 47 – Final – Six of Oliver Ames’ nine wins came via pin in a big division win over Mansfield. Brandon Belleton (132), Liston Funai (138), Anthony Berksza (145), Eric Berardi (152), Dean Pacini (195) and Jack Mills (285) each won via pin for the Tigers. Ryan DeCosta (113), Cobey Williamson (120) and Sean Cosgrove (160) also picked up wins for Oliver Ames.
Milford, 30 @ Sharon, 52 – Final
Stoughton, 3 @ North Attleboro, 63 – Final
Mansfield, 71 @ Canton, 98 – Final
North Attleboro @ King Philip, 8:00
Milford, 38 @ Taunton, 55 – Final
Mansfield, 79 @ Canton, 91 – Final
North Attleboro @ King Philip, 8:00
Milford, 39 @ Taunton, 54 – Final
Canton, 2 vs. Plymouth, 1 – Final – Sophomore Maggie Malloy opened the second period with a goal while junior Kendra Farrelly netted what proved to be the game-winner later in the frame.
Franklin, 0 vs. Medway/Ashland, 3 – Final
Mansfield/Oliver Ames, 1 @ Westwood, 3 – Final
Stoughton, 2 vs. Whitman-Hanson/Silver Lake, 9 – Final
Today’s games are listed below.
Milford, 41 @ Malden, 60 – Final – Zach Tamagni led the Scarlet Hawks with 13 points while Kayden Kelley added nine points and 10 rebounds.
Oliver Ames, 56 @ Nauset, 73 – Final – Nauset held a 49-43 lead through three quarters and pulled away from the Tigers in the fourth. Nick Welch led OA with 19 points while Dylan Mahoney had 14 points and Jack Spillane added 13 points.
Canton, 1 vs. Bishop Feehan, 0 – Final – Click here for a recap of the game.
Foxboro, 0 @ Taunton, 6 – Final – Nick Terry had two goals and an assist for the Tigers, while Zack Albert, Cam Sneyd, and Jordan Hoey chipped in with a goal and an assist apiece and Jake Roberts had a goal. Justin Chappell had 20 saves in net for the shutout and also registered an assist.
Franklin, 4 @ Newburyport, 1 – Final
Oliver Ames, 3 vs. Plymouth South, 1 – Final – Oliver Ames’ second line had a big day on the offensive end, netting all three goals. Brett Williams scored a pair of goals and recorded an assist for the Tigers and Max Ward scored the other goal for OA and had one assist. Head coach Sean Bertoni said Zach Walsh was great in net with 22 saves while Jared Costello had a solid performance.
Foxboro, 27 vs. Lincoln-Sudbury, 36 – Final
Marshfield Quad (Franklin) – The Panthers went 4-0 at the Marshfield Super Quad. Franklin beat Duxbury 56-15, Bristol Aggie 54-15, Marshfield 36-24, and Pembroke 62-3.
Plymouth South Quad (Mansfield) – The Hornets picked up a pair of wins at the quad meet. Mansfield beat Middleboro (24-9) and Carver (27-21) but fell to host Plymouth South (46-24). George Glaropolous (152) went 3-0 on the day with three pins, Antonios Sevastos (106) went 2-0, both via pins and freshman Vinnie Holmes (170) was 2-0 with one pin.
Oliver Ames Quad (Oliver Ames) – The Tigers went 1-2 at the quad meet that they hosted. OA beat Plymouth North 53-30 in the opening match but lost 54-18 to Cambridge and 51-18 to BC High.
Hingham Quad (Sharon), 3:00
Attleboro @ Stoughton, 6:00
Sharon, 56 @ Canton, 96 – Final
Attleboro @ Stoughton, 6:00
Sharon, 80 @ Canton, 88 – Final
By HockomockSports.com Staff
2016-2017 Kelley-Rex Hockey Preview
2015-16 Record: 7-11-2 (1-8-1)
2015-16 Finish: Missed playoffs
Head Coach: Mark Homer
Attleboro narrowly missed out on a playoff spot last season, losing in its final game against a Div. 3 opponent and this year’s team will be motivated to try and get back in the postseason under new head coach Mark Homer, who made the switch from Oliver Ames where he coached the past three years, and with a new home – moving from Aleixo Arena in Taunton to the new England Sports Village just a couple minutes from the school.
In what has become a common issue for the Bombardiers program, Attleboro will not have
a lot of depth to call on this winter with only 15 skaters and two goalies on the varsity roster, but there is some experience coming back. Senior P.J. Elliott is a talented skater and stick handler who will be counted on to provide the scoring punch along with Jake Parker and Dylan Weallac on the first line.
Sam McKenzie emerged last year as a physical presence and senior captain Eddie Noel will partner him on the top defensive pairing. Sophomore Evan Andrews and freshman Derek Rivet will battle it out for the starting goaltender position for the Bombardiers. There are several other underclassmen who could make immediate impacts, including sophomore forward Cam Littig.
“With the new facility in Attleboro the hopes are that in the coming years, the roster will grow to include increasing depth to the program,” said Homer. “The goal of this years team is to stay healthy, work together as one unit on and off the ice, and get better each day. It’s a new day for Attleboro High School Hockey with a promising future.”
2015-16 Record: 18-4-5 (8-0-2)
2015-16 Finish: Won the Div. 1 State Championship
Head Coach: Chris Spillane
After being the first Hockomock League team selected for the prestigious Super 8 tournament in 2014-15 and then graduating 21 players, Franklin was supposed to need a year to rebuild, but the Panthers showed just how strong their program is by bringing home the Div. 1 state championship in a dramatic double overtime thriller against St. Mary’s at the TD Garden. It was the program’s first state title at any level since 1983.
The Panthers graduated another large class of 13 seniors from last year’s champions and lost promising freshman defenseman Kevin Mackay who transferred to Dexter. Still, expectations remain as high as ever for the Panthers, who have won four straight league titles. Much of that excitement comes from the potential in the offensive zone with Franklin returning last year’s title game hero Luke Downie, leading goal scorer Jeremy Miller, and Brendan O’Reilly and the top line of seniors Joey Blasie, Adam Assad, and James Kilroe. Sophomores Matt Holmes and Zach Falvey will add depth to the offense.
Defense is where the Panthers will have some new faces, although seniors Tom Sicchio and Stan Carter will add some experience to the back line. Juniors Jack McGrath and Connor Norton will make the jump up from the JV team to add to the defensive lines and freshman Collin Opet will also see playing time on the defense as well. For the third season in a row, Franklin will have a new No. 1 goalie with senior Cam Benhamand junior Owen Ginley will battle it out for the starting spot.
“For the Panthers to be successful this year it will be a result of a team defense concept,” said Franklin coach Chris Spillane. “The offense will take care of itself, we will be focusing on strong play in our zone.”
2015-16 Record: 9-8-4 (5-2-3)
2015-16 Finish: Reached the Div. 1 South playoffs
Head Coach: Paul Carlow
The Warriors made strides last winter under first-year head coach Paul Carlow, including a regular season tie with Franklin and reaching the postseason for the first time since the program was moved back up to Div. 1. This season, Carlow is hopeful for a return to the postseason and to challenge for KP’s first league title since 2007, despite losing 10 seniors from last year’s roster.
The offensive zone should be strong for the Warriors this season with several key returning players that put up solid totals last winter. Junior forward Collin Cooke is the main weapon after putting up 11 goals and 15 assists for a team-high 26 points to be named a league all-star. He is joined up front by senior Ritchie Lucente, who scored 10 goals and had nine assists last year, and senior Jacob Kelly, who finished with 11 goals and nine assists.
KP will also return a few important pieces on the defensive side of the puck, including junior goalie Shane Frommer, who was 3-1-1 in his five starts last year. Frommer’s start to the hockey season will be slightly delayed after helping the football team win its first Super Bowl title. In front of the Frommer will be senior Jeremy Smith, who chipped in with three goals and four assists last season.
“We had some success last season qualifying for the D1 playoffs,” said Carlow. “We have our work cut out for us this season… We are a young team with only five seniors but I expect us to get back to the playoffs.”
2015-16 Record: 5-10-5 (4-4-2)
2015-16 Finish: Missed the playoffs
Head Coach: Mike Balzarini
Last winter was atypical for the Hornets, who missed out on the playoffs and finished fourth in the Kelley-Rex division, but Mansfield is hoping for a quick turnaround under new head coach Mike Balzarini, who makes the move from Milford. The Hornets have a number of returning players, including several from club or other school programs to bolster the depth.
One of the returning players is Joe Olsen, who spent last year with a juniors program but will be a significant addition to the Hornets top attacking line alongside fellow seniors Matt Farragher and Chad Piotti, who both had solid years in 2015-16. Junior Cullen Anastasia is another forward to come back to the program and could step right in to make an impact. Freshman Chris Jenkins is going to be the center on the third line and classmate James Bezeau will also see playing time this year.
On defense, the Hornets will be led by senior Cullen Murphy, a physical presence at the back and one of the leaders on the ice. Juniors Tim Arnold, Ryan O’Hara, and Tyler Oakley will also be important pieces on the top defensive pairings. Freshman Joseph Troiano will also be on the defense after he decided against attending Xaverian this year. The defense will be protecting senior goalies Brendan McKenna and Tony Rullo, who will each see time.
“We’re a lot deeper,” said Balzarini, who said that the Hornets would be carrying four lines and four sets of defensemen and is excited about the potential on the team. “It’s been good having two weeks to prepare. They have to get used to our new system and adhering to the structures that we’re putting in place.”
2015-16 Record: 10-10-1
2015-16 Finish: Reached D2 South First Round
Head Coach: Sean Bertoni
Oliver Ames will be looking to keep its postseason streak alive under new head coach Sean Bertoni – a former standout goalie for Franklin.
If the Tigers want to get back to the state tournament, they’ll need some help from their younger players; Oliver Ames has eight sophomores and four freshman on its roster this year. OA does have seven seniors and a group of experienced juniors that can help lead the way.
Owen Gallagher (26 points), who led the team in scoring a year ago, is back along with Eric LeBlanc (18 points), Cullen Gallagher (13 points) and Max Ward (12 points). Junior Rory Madden also returns this season after a year away; Madden registered 14 points his freshman year. Defensively, seniors Jack Maloney and Jared Costello bring a lot of experience to the blue line. Zach Walsh will be back between the pipes after a strong junior season.
“The goals of the team are to progress from Day one to the end of the year,” Bertoni said. “We have to use our team speed and forecheck extremely hard. We will be a disciplined, hard working aggressive team.”
2015-16 Record: 13-10-0 (3-7-0)
2015-16 Finish: Reached the Div. 2 South playoffs
Head Coach: Kris Metea
The Tigers got to experience what the state tournament is like last season for the first time since 2006-07 and only the second time in the past two decades. Taunton had the fourth most wins in a season in the 44-year history of the program and scored a remarkable 106 goals last season, which was the best in the Hock.
This year, Taunton will try to build on its historic season and make a quick return to the postseason. Leading scorer Tyler Pietrzyk has graduated but there is plenty of firepower returning for the Tigers this season, including senior forward Zack Albert who is coming off a 30-point campaign. He will be joined up from by classmate Jordan Hoey, who had 17 points last season and senior Cam Carnes, who had 10 points. Sophomore Cam Sneyd could be poised for a breakout year for the Tigers.
Defensively, Taunton can lean on three-time league all-star Nick Terry, who will man the top defensive pairing. Mike Volkmann may be listed as a defenseman on the roster but he can get forward into the attack with 29 points a season ago. Junior Cam Welby will be a new addition to the defense after playing juniors all of last season. Senior Justin Chappell returns in net.
“This year’s group of seniors are first class kids,” said head coach Kris Metea. “They exemplify leadership across the board…They had a chance to taste the tournament last year, and are focused on acquiring more than just a taste this time around.”