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H.S. ice hockey 2019-20: New season, new expectations

  • Senior goaltender Rebekah Rudd, shown during last season's NHIAA Division I semifinals at Everett Arena, will help the Marauders in their push for a 10th consecutive state title and their 11th in 12 years. (Tris Wykes - Valley News) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. » Buy this Image

  • Lebanon-Stevens-Kearsarge's Makayla Maccioli leaps to celebrate with Kate Cochran (8) and Mackayla O'Meara (7) during a Dec. 22, 2018, game against Concord at Campion Rink. Maya Barnett (10), approaches from the left. The Raiders were 9-10 last winter. (Tris Wykes - Valley News) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. » Buy this Image

  • Woodstock High's Andrew Gubbins (5) works to split Lebanon-Stevens-Mount Royal defenders Will McGee (13) and Brian Daly (8) during the teams' Dec. 7, 2019, scrimmage at Campion Rink. (Tris Wykes - Valley News) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Brendan Brigham, left, and Luke Ives await the arrival of a shot from the blue line during a Dec. 7, 2019, practice at Campion Rink. The Marauders acquitted themselves well during recent scrimmages against foes from Massachusetts and Connecticut. (Tris Wykes - Valley News) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. » Buy this Image

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Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 12/14/2019 10:12:00 PM
Modified: 12/14/2019 10:11:57 PM

The Hanover High girls have run off 10 straight state championships. The Woodstock High boys are on a two-year run. Can they keep the momentum going?

Here’s a look at the Upper Valley’s high school programs and their hopes for the coming winter:

BOYS HANOVER

Coach: Dick Dodds (38).

Last Year: 14-7-1, lost in quarterfinals.

League: NHIAA Division I.

Returnees: Seniors — Tono Correa (F), Patrick Daley (F), Rowan Wilson (F), Cameron Woods (F), Carter Auch (F), Brendan Brigham (F), Will Fichman (D). Sophomores — Casey Graham (F), Luke Ives (G), Spencer Lawe (F), Ben Plottner (G), Curtis Rice (D).

Newcomers: Senior — Archer Judd (F). Junior — Tom Lyons (D). Sophomores — Auggie Oberting (F), John Hill (F), Nick Lee (D). Freshmen — Jack Stadheim (F), Jack Gardner (D).

Analysis: The Marauders lost their top two returning scorers when senior Sylas Oberting transferred to Phillips Exeter Academy and junior Matty Gardner departed for Kimball Union Academy. That duo combined for 59 points last winter. Toss in the graduations of Charlie Plottner (19 points), Joey Goff (14) and Hans Williams (14), and it’s time for another offensive crop to flourish. Woods, yet another product of Hanover’s successful JV program, is the leading returning scorer with 19 points, followed by Daley (16) and Graham (13). “We have a great mix of veterans and skilled first-year (varsity) players,” Dodds said. “The key will be our work ethic and developing a positive culture.”

HARTFORD

Coach: Todd Bebeau (22).

Last Year: 7-12-2, lost in first round.

League: VPA Division II.

Returnees: Seniors — Nehemiah Arnold (D), Matt Roberts (F), Kaj Boeri (D), Charlie Scribner (D), Cody Chapman (D), Kyle Hamilton (F), Kyle Atkinson (F). Juniors — Jacob Dwinell (F), Colston Allen (F), A.J. DeBois (F), Shane Miller (F), Jackson Balch (D), Bentley Boonyaharn (F). Sophomores — Alex Mason (D), Aidan Boonyaharn (F).

Newcomers: Sophomores — Simon Spaulding (D), Matt Derosier (F), Gordie Willey (F). Freshmen — Colby Boyce (G), Blaine Gour (F), James McReynolds (F), Ozzie DeFelice (F), Connor Tierney (D), Joseph Barwodd (F).

Note: Ross McFate, last season’s starting goaltender, has departed the program, leaving it with only one netminder, Colby Boyce. The big freshman is talented enough to already be drawing recruiting attention from prep schools and junior teams.

Analysis: “The group of young players joining the program will really push the upperclassmen to be at their best,” said Bebeau, whose team returns its leading scorer in Allen, with nine goals. “I anticipate our speed will allow us to play an up-tempo style, constantly attacking and pressuring the puck. The main focus is to put this program back on the map.”

LEBANON-STEVENS-MOUNT ROYAL

Coach: Jim Damren (3).

Last Year: 9-9-2, lost in first round.

League: NHIAA Division II.

Returnees: Seniors — Jon Cloud (F), Brian Daly (F), Mason Adams (F), Will Forman (D), Tristan Ouellette (D). Juniors — Andrew Duany (F), Hunter Robb (G), Jake Kriplin (D), Joe Roberts (F). Sophomores — Luke Greene (D), Nathan Stark (D), Liam Ouellette (F), Hunter Christian (F), Sebastian Yates (G).

Newcomers: Sophomore — Toby Cromwell (G), Griffin Auch (F). Freshmen — Will McGee (F), Ryan West (D), Andrew Dannehy (F), Easton Wykes (D), Cesar Salcedo (F).

Note: Former Raiders standout Tanner Simms is an assistant after graduating from college and returning home to work in his family’s accounting business.

Analysis: Lebanon lost more than half its 2018-19 scoring output when junior Trey Chickering chose to attend Proctor Academy and classmate Aidan Yates moved on to junior hockey. They combined for 48 points last winter, compared to the rest of the roster’s 47. Robb was last season’s starting netminder but is being pushed by Meriden resident Cromwell, who has played for the New Hampshire Avalanche youth hockey organization out of Hooksett. The Raiders struggled to score goals or prevent them during preseason losses to Woodstock and John Stark-Hopkinton, but Damren is optimistic. “We’ve got some skilled kids up front who can put the puck in the net if they realize that they can and are willing to step up,” the coach said. “Our young kids have to acclimate to high school hockey.”

WOODSTOCK

Coach: Jon Chamberlain (5).

Last Year: 16-2-3, won state championship.

League: VPA Division II.

Returnees: Seniors — Owen Coates (F), Trevor White (F), Michael Cimis (F), Henry Greene (G), Dylan DeSchamp (F), Nathaniel Kennedy (F). Juniors — Charles Greene (F), Andrew Gubbins (F), Field Willis (F), Chase Christensen (F), Ethan Mello (G), Riley Shepherd (D), Mason Harkins (D). Sophomores — Evan Kurash (F), Chase Conway (F), Keaton Piconi (G).

Newcomers: Junior — Gavin Huppe (D). Freshmen — Michael Lacroix (D), Ryan Runstein (F), Andrew Crouse (F), Graeme McKeon (F), Trey Jones (F),

Note: Senior defenseman Tristan Black transferred and now skates for Kimball Union Academy’s junior varsity.

Analysis: The Wasps won a second consecutive state title last winter, but a three-peat could be an uphill climb. Out with a knee injury suffered in soccer is stocky junior forward Tom Bissaillon, who was last season’s second-leading scorer with 11 points. Greene, last year’s leading scorer with 14 points, returns, as does Shepherd, a smooth-skating blueliner. “Solidifying our back end is the biggest question,” said Chamberlain, who lost four-year players and rear guards Lucas Piconi and Eli Chynoweth to graduation. “Everybody’s touching the puck right now, which is good to see. Hopefully, we can get some more offensive production than we have in years past.”

GIRLS HANOVER

Coach: John Dodds (15).

Last Year: 15-6-1, won 10th consecutive state title and 11th in 12 years.

League: NHIAA Division I.

Returnees: Seniors — Meredith Morhun (F), Christina Chow (F), Pepper Joseph (F), Georgia Flynn (F/D). Juniors — Sage McGinley-Smith (F), Natalie Morhun (F), Sophia Brackett (F), Rebekah Rudd (G). Sophomore — Kaye Lindsay (F).

Newcomers: Sophomores — Gail Morse (F), Lily Seelig (D/F), Danielle Rudd (D/F), Greta Schultz (D/F), Katelyn Smith (G), Mackenzie Lou (F), Kali McDonnell (D).

Note: Junior forward Violet Sperry transferred to Proctor Academy.

Analysis: The Marauders captured their 11th state title in 12 years last winter. They graduated seven seniors and have nine returnees. “Our big challenge will be skill development and finding replacements for four starting defensemen who graduated,” Dodds said. “Team chemistry, hard work and a little bit of patience will be important as we work to make improvements individually and collectively.”

HARTFORD

Coach: Bill Goldsworthy (3).

Last Year: 2-17-2, lost in first round.

League: VPA Division II.

Returnees: Seniors — Jacqueline Gour (G), Anna Coutermarsh (F), Kylie Clark (F), Anna Moore (F). Juniors — Izzy Stack (F), Ryelee Potwin (F), Nevaeh Murphy (F), Cassidy Beisler (D), Reilly Slusser (F), Brooke Shambo (D), Alex Gray (F), Alyssa Leonard (D), Zoey Pfeiffer (G), Samantha Jackson (F). Sophomore — Brianna Roberts (F), Erin Thompson (F), Nora Knudsen (D).

Newcomers: Freshmen — Julie McDermid (D), Nedra Dwinell (F), Olivia Hastings (D), Caitlin Slider (F), Bebhinn Knudsen (F), Addyson Holzer (F), Madelyn Durkee (F), Sydney Stillman (G).

Note: Sophie Tremblay, a standout forward who previously played for the Upper Valley Storm youth organization, chose to delay her high school career this season by instead playing for the Hanover Youth Hockey Association’s top U14 girls team.

Analysis: The Hurricanes doubled their victory total last season. “We continue to preach a systems approach that players are buying into,” Goldsworthy said. “I am happy with the direction that this team is heading. We will make our share of mistakes, but the determination level and commitment of the players will allow us to overcome these mistakes.”

LEBANON-STEVENS-KEARSARGE

Coach: Mike Sheehan (1).

Last Year: 9-10-0, lost to Exeter in second round.

League: NHIAA Division I.

Returnees: Seniors — Celia Barnett (F), Ella Lindsay (F), Mackayla O’Meara (D), Marissa Pickman (F), Kayleigh Trietsch (G). Juniors — Lily Barber (F), Makayla Maccioli (F), Lena Nowell (F). Sophomores — Maya Barnett (D), Lilly Gogan (F), Paige Hoegler (G), Emma Leute (F).

Newcomers: Sophomores — Makayla Finnell (F), Hailey Proulx (F). Freshmen — Greta Barber (D), Claire Falcone (F), Elena Robb (D).

Analysis: Pickman is the team’s top returning scorer with 35 points, and Barber had 25. After that, Maccioli had 16 and Nowell, Frisbee and Cochran each had 14. Barnett and Gogan can skate at either forward or defense and the team’s numbers are better than they’ve been in years. Sheehan, a former boys high school coach in New Jersey, is vocal and demanding in a positive fashion. Expectations have been raised in the program, but can the Raiders meet them?

WOODSTOCK

Coach: Ian Coates (7).

Last Year: 8-13-3, lost in final.

League: VPA Division II.

Returnees: Seniors — Mackenzie Yates (D), Sami Yates (F), Kendyl Boisvert (F), Bitty Alexander (F), Rory Livingston (F), Lizzy Peck (F). Juniors — Faye Stevens (F), Eliza Dodson (D), Ava Dodson (G), Sadie Gravelle (D), Allie Cimis (D). Sophomore — Sophie Yates (F), Brighton Martsolf-Tan (F).

Newcomers: Juniors — Novah Conway (G), Skylar Haley (F), Hannah Lockhart (F), Alix Livingston (D), Zoe Wood (F). Freshmen — Lily Gubbins (D), Emma Allegretti (F).

Analysis: It’s almost difficult to recall the days when the Wasps would suffer long winless streaks. Revitalized youth ranks have helped reload the varsity, which this season must overcome the loss of four seniors to graduation, including starting goaltender Bridgit Black. After reaching the semifinals the previous two seasons, the Wasps broke through to the title game last winter, losing to Missisquoi, 3-1. Stevens was the team’s leading scorer with 27 points. Coates thinks newcomers Haley and Gubbins can contribute immediately on a balanced team. “Last season provided many experiences that they can build on, given they made it to the state finals with its first losing record in over four years,” the coach said.




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