The Methuen-Tewksbury Red Rangers are coming off a Division 1 State Title in 2018-19, but they'll have to find a way to replace some... Methuen-Tewksbury Hockey Getting Set to Make Another Garden Run

The Methuen-Tewksbury Red Rangers are coming off a Division 1 State Title in 2018-19, but they’ll have to find a way to replace some of their offensive production.

Head Coach Sarah Oteri has done an amazing job in her five seasons leading the Methuen-Tewksbury Red Rangers, with an 80-7-9 record. Last season was especially impressive, as the girls found themselves with a 22-1-1 record and a Division 1 State Title. That came on the heels of a campaign that came up just short in 2017-18 where the Red Rangers lost the title game.

Now, a new senior class with two previous trips to TD Garden will have to lead the way.

Luckily Oteri, along with assistant coaches Dave O’Hearn and Brianna McCarthy, still has plenty of talent to work with. Kaia Hollingsworth was on the league’s All-Conference Team, was a Globe All-Scholastic, and was the Eagle-Tribune MVP in net. As the assistant captain for Methuen-Tewksbury, her play and leadership will be critical if the team aims to play for another championship. She is a steller goalie and with a stout defense in front of her, opposion teams are going to have trouble finding the back of the net, just as they have in seasons past.

Alongside Hollingsworth, captains Brenna Greene on defense and Ryan Quinn as a forward will have to step up. Madi Sjostedt is another star for Methuen-Tewksbury on defense, and her play could be what tips the scale in favor of the Red Rangers in the Dual County/Merrimack Valley League.

It feels like that defense and goaltending will be at the core of the Red Rangers this year, as a ton of offensive talent graduated following last seasons title run.

Lydia Pendleton is the returning leading goal scorer (9), followed by Jessica Driscoll (6). Altough she is just a sophomore now, Driscool will likely have to play a vital role in the offense, coming off a productive freshman season. It also wouldn’t be a surprise to see her on a few All-Star lists when all is said and done.

For now, Methuen-Tewksbury is underway with practices as the season quickly approaches. The snow days on Monday and Tuesday may have set things back a bit across the state, but Oteri will surely have the team back on track in no time.

The Red Rangers will open their season with a scrimmage this Saturday against St. Mary’s in Lynn. Their first regular season test comes on December 18th at home against Lincoln-Sudbury. The team is hoping their season spans well into the middle of March and that they will once again find themselves on the Boston Bruins ice inside TD Garden. Right now, it seems like they still have the talent, leadership, and coaching, to accomplish that goal.

Logan Jakubajtys

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