Tewksbury and Lowell went deepest into the playoffs in 2019, but can they repeat that dominance? MVC/Dual League Boys Ice Hockey 2019-20 Season Primer

Tewksbury and Lowell went deepest into the playoffs in 2019, but can they repeat that dominance?

The 2019-20 boys ice hockey season begins tonight, as two MVC teams, Methuen and Central Catholic, take to the ice.

As the MVC/Dual League realigns again slightly, teams will be facing new competition and all programs will be trying to replicate the success of the Tewksbury and Lowell programs.

The Redmen finished 16-5-3 and took the D2 North title before falling in the state final. Lowell went in to the D3 North tourney as the No. 2 seed and lived up to expectations, taking the D3 North title before falling in the state final as well.

Dracut/Tyngsboro also made a legitimate run (12-8-3, lost in D3 North semis), as did Billerica (12-7-4, took out No. 2 Melrose before losing in D1 North semis).

Here is the information provided by coaches as we head into the 2019-20 boys ice hockey season.

MVC/DUAL COUNTY LEAGUE 1

ANDOVER

Head Coach: Kevin Drew

Assistant Coaches: Scott Manty, Peter Loring, Anthony Licciardello

2018-19 Season Record: 14-7-2

Returning starters: Leo Byers (Sr., Forward) Tyler Durling (Sr., Defense), Jackson Gress (Sr., Defense), Tommy Tavenner (Jr., Defense), Evan Arpin (Sr., Forward), Steve Ingram (Jr., Forward), Michael Feeney (Sr., Forward)

Returning Lettermen: Amirault (Sr., Defense), Vaccaro (Jr., Forward), Moulton (Jr., Forward), N. Byers (Soph., Forward), Anthony Previte (Jr., Forward), Anthony Teberio (Jr., Defense), Anton Pace (Jr., Forward), Timmy Kobelski (Jr., Forward), Tanner O’Sullivan (Jr., Defense), Saunders (Soph., Forward), Jake Brezner (Jr., Goalie), JJ Quill (Soph., Goalie)

Promising newcomers: Miragliotta, (Jr., Forward), R. O’Sullivan (Jr., Forward), Lareau (Jr., Defense)

Returning leading scorers: L. Byers

Returning honorees: Tavenner (All-MVC, Boston Herald All-Scholastic)

Fast facts: Drew is the new head coach taking over

Captains: L. Byers and Feeney

BILLERICA

Head Coach: Jim Egan (fifth season)

2018-19 Season Record: 12-7-5

Returning Lettermen:  Matt Livingston (Sr., Defense), John Jenkins (Sr., Defense), Anthony Viscione (Sr., Forward), Alexander Coulot (Soph., Forward), Paul Egan (Soph., Forward), Harrison Tucker (Soph., Forward), Dominic Hall, (Jr., Defense), Sean Furbush (Soph., Defense), Chris Viscione (Soph., Forward), Matt Grimes, (Jr., Forward), Jacob Oliver (Jr.), Brendan Cooke (Jr.), David Hederman (Jr., Forward)

Captains: Connor Feeney (Sr., Goalie), Garrett Murphy (Sr., Defense), Garrett Climo (Sr., Forward)

CENTRAL CATHOLIC

Head Coach: DJ Conte (second season, 4-12-5)

Assistant Coaches: Ron Pascucci, Ed Rauseo and Steve Duncan

2018-19 Season Record: 4-12-5

Returning Lettermen: Tyler DiBurro (Jr., Defense), Colin Ferris (Sr., Defense), Robert DiBiasio (Sr., Defense), AJ Grenier (Jr., Defense), Nick Peters (Jr., Defense), Charlie LeCain (Sr., Forward), Michael Dinges (Sr.,, Forward), Matthew Lajoie (Sr., Forward), Aidan O’Connell (Soph., Forward), James Doucette (Sr., Forward), Tyler Cullen (Soph., Forward), Andrew Flammia (Sr., Forward), Michael Finneran (Sr., Forward), Alex Furry (Sr., Forward), Mark Mangione (Sr., Forward), Connor Finneran (Sr., Forward), Michael Abdoo (Sr., Goalie)

Promising newcomers: Mike Collett (Jr., Forward), Kyle Melo (Sr., Forward), Michael Brothers (Soph., Goalie), Cam Marzilli (Soph., Defense)

Returning leading scorers: LeCain, 6 G, 3 A; Dinges, 4 G, 2 A; Lajoie, 5 G, 1 A

Returning honorees: LaCain and Grenier were MVC Second Team All-Conference In 2018-2019

Fast facts: Nick Peters is a returning junior defenseman who is coming off a season long sophomore year injury. He will make a big impact and steady our defensive core. Our team identity and culture is building. With great senior leadership and some emerging underclassmen, we have a strong platform to build off last season. Our goal is to enter each game with a full team effort and high level of intensity. The highest level of individual and team accountability will be the key.

Captains: Flammia and Grenier

CHELMSFORD

Head Coach: Kevin Leonard (fourth year)

Assistant Coaches: Jim Scanlon, Todd Fletcher, Wes Turner

2018-19 Season Record: 9-8-4

Returning starters: Mike Regan (Sr., Defense); Tommy Hopkins (Sr., Defense), Christian Gastonguay (Sr., Forward), Ben Pitts (Sr., Forward), Bobby Turner (Sr., Forward)
Returning Lettermen: Peter Mitchell (Jr., Forward), Matt Miner (Jr., Forward), Pat Goode (Sr., Defense), Tim Connor (Jr., Defense), George Haywood (Jr., Forward), Riley Moulton (Jr. Forward), Sean Stackpole (Jr., Forward)

Promising newcomers: Nick Bonaiuto (Jr., Defense), Owen Flanagan (Soph., Forward), James Hill (Jr., Defense), Adam Lizine (Soph., Defense), Noah Macallister (Sr., Forward), Mike McNamara (Sr., Forward), Jack Pelkey (Soph., Forward), Cole Pelkey (Fr., Defense), Donovan Ryan (Soph., Forward), Colin Ryan (Soph., Defense), Dan Foley (Sr., Goalie), Ben Finney (Sr., Goalie), Kenny Dunne (Sr., Goalie)
Returning leading scorers: Gastonguay (7 G, 6 A), Turner (7 G, 5 A), Pitts (7 G, 4 A)

Fast facts: We have a great group of upperclassmen returning this year that will push the pace for us. They’ll be joined by a talented younger group that will be thrown right into the mix and play some important minutes for us. Ultimately, we’ll have to find ways to put the puck in the back of the net which is always easier said than done. We’ll look to focus on a lot of the little things this year and keep things simple.

Captains: Turner, Pitts, Regan, Hopkins

MVC/DUAL COUNTY LEAGUE 2

HAVERHILL

Head Coach: Joe Roberts, Eighth Year

Assistant Coaches: Sean Gleason

2018-19 Season Record: 3-15-2

Returning starters: Zach Roughan (Sr., Goalie), Brendan Fitzgerald (Soph., Forward)

Returning Lettermen: Cam Connerty (Soph., Forward), Cole Farmer (Jr., Forward), Hayden Flaherty (Jr., Forward), Evan Foskett (Soph., Forward), Jacob Hurrell (Jr., Defense), Evan Jeffries (Jr., Forward), Hunter LaRiviere (Jr., Forward), Charlie Rastauskas (Soph., Defense), Cullen Simes (Jr., Forward)

Promising newcomers: Brady Ferreira (Soph., Forward), Will Madden (Jr., Defense), Justin Torosian (Soph., Defense)

Fast facts: Lost our top two players to other programs including the incoming captain.

Captains: Roughan

LOWELL

Head Coach: Brian Akashian (sixth year)

2018-19 Season Record: 16-6-2

Captains: Matthew Asselin (Sr., Forward), Brendan DeMarco (Sr., Forward), Owen Goulette (Sr., Forward), Nicholas Mandeville (Sr., Defense), Cameron Trull (Sr., Forward)

Returning Lettermen: Jake Viera ( Jr., Goalie), Michael Pickett (Soph., Defense), John Mahoney (Jr., Defense), Jacob Heartquist (Jr., Forward), Kyle Frechette (Soph., Defense), Ben Kotsifas (Soph., Defense), Dylan Kuczek (Soph., Forward), Kevin Conley (Jr., Forward), BJ Anderson (Soph., Forward), Koree Benning, (Jr., Forward), Shawn Spring (Jr., Defense), Nick McCabe (Jr., Forward), Brandon Grace (Jr., Forward), Cam Greene (Soph., Defense), Keegan Cote (Jr., Defense), Shawn Bock (Soph., Defense), Maegan Cole (Soph., Defense)

Promising Newcomers: Colin Pickett (Fr., Forward) Thomas Woodlock (Fr., Forward), Aidan Lavoie (Fr., Goalie), Patrick Collins (Fr., Defense), Jack Geary (Fr., Forward), Sean Lesniak (Fr., Forward)

NORTH ANDOVER

Head Coach: Peter Marfione (10th year at NA 97-80-24) (14th year overall 116-135-31)

Assistant Coaches: Darren Merrill, Eric D’Elia and Scott Greene

2018-19 Record: 12-7-2

Returning lettermen: TJ Fredo, Jimmy Boyle, Ben Williamson, Patrick Green, Mike Harty, Jack Roe, Adam Heinze, Dario, DiBlasi, Liam McAdam, Thomas Doherty, Cole Fagan, Tim Berube, CJ Carpentier, Patrick Roycroft, Nick Herald, and Keegan Hughes

Returning leading scorers: Heinze (16 pts), Hughes (14 pts)

Returning honorees: Heinze and Hughes all MVC honorable mention

Fast facts: We should be strong on the back end with two strong returning goalies (Green and Williamson) with defensemen McAdam, Berube, Hughes and Herald coming back. We need to replace the scoring that graduated last year.

Captains: Fredo, Boyle and Hughes

TEWKSBURY

Head Coach: Derek Doherty

2018-19 Season Record: 17-5-3

Captains: Campbell Pierce (Sr., Forward), Patrick Letourneau (Sr., Goalie), Will O’Keefe (Jr., Forward)

Returning Lettermen: Chase Perault (Jr., Goalie), Caden Connors (Soph., Defense), Asa DeRoche (Jr., Forward), Jason Cooke (Soph., Forward), Billy Doherty (Soph., Defense), Sean Lane (Soph., Forward), Justin Rooney (Soph., Defense), Kyle Morris (Sr., Forward), Cole Stone (Soph., Forward)

MVC/DUAL LEAGUE DIVISION 3

DRACUT/TYNGSBORO

Head Coach: Jeff DuRoss (4th year)

2018-19 Season Record: 12-8-3

Returning Lettermen: Dion Bottiggi (Soph., Defense), Brian Workman (Jr., Forward), Ben Warner (Jr., Defense), Jared Debruin (Jr., Forward), Trevor Freelove (Jr., Defense), Tanner Marshall (Jr., Forward), Caulin Martell (Soph., Goalie), Andrew Kazanjian (Soph., Goalie)

METHUEN

Head Coach: Bill Blackwell (fourth year, 28-28-7)

Assistant Coaches: John Morin, Paul Trussel

2018-19 Season Record: 5-15

Returning starters: Aidan Hollingsworth (Sr., Forward);  Colby Scott (Jr., Forward), Ethan Schena (Jr., Forward), AJ Harb (Soph., Defense), Charles D’avolio (Sr., Defense), Josh Perkins (Jr., Defense),  Jackson Petisce (Soph., Forward/Defense), Brian Corcoran (Sr., Forward), Danny Field (Soph., Defense)

Returning Lettermen: James Trussel (Sr., Guard), Zach Alfonzo (Sr., Guard), Zach Nadeau (Soph., Forward),  Jake Becker (Sr., Guard), Cam Hutchings (Jr., Defense), Cam Provost (Sr., Forward)

Promising newcomers: Owen Kneeland (Fr., Forward/Defense), Jack Allard (Fr., Forward), Carson Geha (Jr., Forward), Cam Katzenberger (Soph., Defense), Kolbe Vachon (Soph., Forward), Mark Kobrenski, (Jr., Forward)

Returning leading scorers: A. Hollingsworth, 8 goals

Fast facts: We played a very young squad last year which accounted for our overall record. The previous two years we made the state tournament and hope to return,” Blackwell said. “The positive news is many of our guys logged serious varsity minutes last season and we are hoping that pays dividends.” … Two seniors will compete for the vacant goalie position, Zach Alfonzo and James Trussel … Due to low numbers, Methuen boys have dropped down to D3 in the MVC/DCL league. NEW OPPONENTS not sure what to expect

Captains: A. Hollingsworth, D’avolio, J. Trussel, Perkins

Tim Wood

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