Russell Conference capsules

COACH: Dave Quinn (8th season)
2010-11 RECORD: 13-7-2 overall, 8-1-1 Russell (2nd)
IN 2011 POSTSEASON: Div. 3A Central semifinals (lost to Groton-Dunstable, 5-1)
HOME ICE: New England Sports Center, Marlboro
ABOUT THE AZTECS: Assabet returns two-thirds of its potent top line from a season ago in seniors Patrick Sharron and Cody Brier. Both topped the 40-point plateau and were named Russell All-Stars for their efforts. Senior Nate Stark also is back in net, but the Aztecs could be a bit thin after losing 11 players to graduation.

COACH: Mike Balzarini (1st season at MHS, 30-24-8 in three seasons overall)
2010-11 RECORD: 0-20-0 overall, 0-10-0 Russell
HOME ICE: New England Sports Center, Marlboro
ABOUT THE SCARLET HAWKS: After three seasons at Dover-Sherborn, where he helped the program end an 18-year tournament drought in 2010, Balzarini makes the move to Central Mass. and takes over a team where his son Jared is a sophomore forward. Jared Balzarini is coming off a Russell Conference All-Star season as a freshman. Other top forwards to watch include seniors Matt Rondeau and Matt Candini, along with junior Griffin Colpitts, while senior Kyle Coupe (Russell All-Star) and Joe DeAngelis are the top defensemen and junior Ben Rafus is in net. The early results have been encouraging and Balzarini sees big things for freshman forward Drew Wilde and defensemen Spencer Lawson and Sean Burns.

COACH: Greg Ostopowich (9th season, 69-76-16 overall)
2010-11 RECORD: 9-10-1 overall, 6-4-1 Russell (3rd)
HOME ICE: New England Sports Center, Marlboro
ABOUT THE RAMS: Two programs from last season have joined as one in a co-op effort, which could help push the Rams over the top and into the postseason. Senior co-captain Mike Fitman is among the Northbridge returnees, while Nipmuc has added the likes of co-captain J.T. Adee on defense, junior forward Tyler Peabody and senior goalie Ryan Porter, all Russell All-Stars a year ago. Evan Drainville, Jake Averka and exchange student David Beirhanzl are others to watch, along with Alex Lefort, Alex Gagnon and Nick Kadra. The program also gets players from Uxbridge and Sutton.

COACH: Bryan Ronayne (8th season, 55-77-17 overall)
2010-11 RECORD: 0-20-0 overall, 0-12-0 DCL/MVC 3 (7th)
HOME ICE: Skate 3, Tyngsboro
ABOUT THE TIGERS: With the entire Tyngsboro athletic program moving to Central Mass., Tyngsboro gets a fresh start after struggling last season in a tough Dual County/Merrimack Valley. The Russell Conference should be a good landing spot, appropriately with senior captain Kyle Russell to lead the way. Junior Matt Broadley and sophomore Matt King are other top forwards, while junior Joey Williams and sophomore Sean Engel will anchor the defense for the Tigers.

COACH: Mike Vaughan (1st season)
2010-11 RECORD: 5-13-2 overall, 3-6-1 Russell (T 4th)
HOME ICE: Buffone Arena, Worcester
ABOUT THE WILDCATS: For many years the combined effort of Burncoat, Doherty, Worcester North and Worcester South, the team now goes west past the city limits to add players from Leicester, as well as a coach in Vaughan who works in the Leicester system. Senior forward Ryan O’Connor and junior defenseman Nick Herlihy return from their all-star campaigns and will be joined by scorers Alex Elkins, Ryan O’Connor, T.J. Cameryt, Seamus O’Connor and Brian Hurley. Joe McCarthy is in goal.


Roy Conference capsules

COACH: Scott Ellison (5th season, 35-37-10 overall)
2010-11 RECORD: 6-10-4 overall, 2-6-0 Roy (4th)
HOME ICE: North Star Youth Forum, Westboro
ABOUT THE TOMAHAWKS: Ellison is encouraged to have four strong senior defensemen around which to build his hopes for this season. Captain Gage Gillis is a three-year starter and Tim Perron is entering his fourth year. Nate Bautz, a converted forward, brings plenty of offensive skill behind the blue line, while Sean Burns is physical with good defensive instincts. Up front, captains Dan Sheehy (Roy All-Star) and Andy McAuliffe will provide leadership and scoring, while Chris Strobel is a strong all-around player. Juniors Broady Gardner and Tim Lewis will look to improve, and Ellison has been impressed by newcomers Christian Miller and Joe White. Andy Cobb and Max Schmidt are the goalies.

COACH: Steve Lowney (6th season, 81-21-12 overall)
2010-11 RECORD: 16-6-1 overall, 7-2-1 Coughlin (1st)
IN 2011 POSTSEASON: Div. 3A Central final (lost to Groton-Dunstable, 2-0)
HOME ICE: Wallace Civic Center, Fitchburg
ABOUT THE BULLDOGS: Few teams in state history were as snakebitten as Fitchburg/MT, which made the Division 3A final three years running, only to come up short each time. Now the Bulldogs get bumped up to Div. 3, where the competition certainly figures to be even tougher in the postseason. Standout goalie Dan Finn was among six seniors who departed, leaving the goaltending duties to senior Nick Chapman. Seniors Eric Legere and Korey Wilson, the leading scorers last season, are back and sophomore Connor Casacca looks ready to step into a big role.

COACH: John Meany (1st season)
2010-11 RECORD: 2-17-1 overall, 0-8-0 Roy (5th)
HOME ICE: Veterans Memorial Rink, Gardner
ABOUT THE WILDCATS: Longtime assistant Meany has been with the program through the strong times (sectional titles in 2007 and ’08), and now will try to guide the Wildcats out of the lean years and get the program back on track in the Chair City. Seniors Kyle Chumsae (center) and Gabe Kondrotas (defense) return to a team that also was hit hard by graduation and other player losses. Nate Maillet and Justin LeClair are sharing time in net. Phil Wirzbicki, Ryan Gauvin, Jacob Comeau, Mitch Doody, Christian Vogel and Jared Wells are other players to watch.

COACH: Chris Kyne (1st season)
2010-11 RECORD: 13-9-0 overall, 4-4-0 Roy (3rd)
IN 2011 POSTSEASON: Div. 3 Central semifinals (lost to Hudson, 10-3)
HOME ICE: Wallace Civic Center, Fitchburg
ABOUT THE BLUE DEVILS: A former assistant coach for Fitchburg State, Kyne takes over from Cory Beaulac and should be familiar with the program and players – he is a social studies teacher at LHS. He starts with senior forward Garrett DellleChiaie, the QB on the Super Bowl-winning football team who will be just as creative offensively on the ice. Senior captain Dan Williams is praised for his determination and work ethic, and Cody Swift has skill in every zone. An all-sophomore line of Cam Cordio, Matt Richard and Matt LaVanway played a lot as freshmen and will get increased roles. Captain R.J. Johansson anchors the defense with physical play and a big shot, while junior Adam Aubuchon is a strong skater with end-to-end ability. Sophomore Logan Bergeron gets the early call in net, but Ross Potvin, Brandon Jones and Andrew Powers all will push for playing time.

COACH: Ryan Carney (3rd season, 30-8-5 overall)
2010-11 RECORD: 9-7-3 overall, 4-3-3 Coughlin (T 3rd)
IN 2011 POSTSEASON: Div. 3A Central quarterfinals (lost to Assabet/Maynard, 4-1)
HOME ICE: Iorio Arena, Ashburnham
ABOUT THE SPARTANS: After making consecutive Division 3A state final appearances (with a title in 2010), Oakmont took a step back last season, but now will get a step up in competition with the bump to the Roy and Division 3. Easing the move will be senior all-star goalie Jason Shell and a good defensive core with senior Alec Zbikowski and junior Jared Paradis. Seniors Zack Comeau and Zach Lemieur were top-five scorers a year ago and return, while sophomore Cam Klahre should play a bigger role.

COACH: Tom Temple (2nd season at WHS, 4-14-2)
2010-11 RECORD: 4-14-2 overall, 1-7-0 Quinn (T 4th)
HOME ICE: North Star Youth Forum, Westboro
ABOUT THE RANGERS: Former Hudson Catholic coach Temple is looking forward to his second season with the program, and he is fortunate to have a returning Quinn Conference All-Star in net in senior Ryan Venditti. Helping out in front of Venditti are juniors Greg Alves, Connor Doyle and Mark McMarley, while the forwards include seniors Matthew Demers, Nick Ferretti, Luke Freitas and Andrew MacElhaney.

Quinn Conference capsules

COACH: Glen Bombard (10th season, 112-61-19)
2010-11 RECORD: 10-6-4 overall, 5-3-0 Quinn (3rd)
IN 2011 POSTSEASON: Div. 3 Central quarterfinals (lost to Leominster, 1-0 in OT)
HOME ICE: Horgan Rink, Auburn
ABOUT THE ROCKETS: The Rockets always figure to be one of the better programs in Central Mass., and this season should be no exception. Bombard is counting on a hard-working crew led by senior captain Trever Standring (forward/defense) as well as forward Justin Huard (Quinn All-Star), defenseman Mike Revane and forward/defenseman Tucker Falk to keep the team among the elite.

COACH: Mike Nanartowich (22nd season, 244-176-34 overall)
2010-11 RECORD: 20-3-0 overall, 7-1-0 Quinn (1st)
IN 2011 POSTSEASON: Div. 3 state semifinals (beat Wachusett in Central final, 5-2; lost to Westfield in state semifinal, 3-2)
HOME ICE: New England Sports Center, Marlboro
ABOUT THE HAWKS: The Hawks ended a near 20-year championship drought with back-to-back Central Mass. titles, but falling short in the state semis both years leaves the team wanting more. Senior captains Alex Pantalone, Tim Murphy (Quinn All-Star, 47 points), Brian Fahey (21-36-57) and Tom Fahey are joined at forward by seniors Tyler Kirby (all-star, 29-33-62) and Blake Seymour (44 points), while senior Connor West has transferred from St. Mark’s and shores up the defense with junior Bryan Carter (honorable mention). Shane Barry played six games in net a year ago and now gets the call full-time. Nanartowich is hoping to see improvement in the junior and sophomore classes.

COACH: Michael O’Brien (1st season)
2010-11 RECORD: 16-4-1 overall, 7-1-0 Roy (T 1st)
IN 2011 POSTSEASON: Div. 3 Central semifinals (lost to Wachusett, 3-2)
HOME ICE: Navin Rink, Marlboro
ABOUT THE PANTHERS: After 25 seasons and one state title, John Butler hung up the skates at the end of last season. Now the torch gets passed to O’Brien, a former Marlboro player (1989). He will have four solid captains and conference all-stars to lead his first team in forwards Kyle Griffin (17-27-44), Josh Hill (26-16-42), Ryan Azar (12-22-32) and defenseman Jordan Hanahan (3-14-17). Junior defenseman Kyle Carlson (5-11-16), another all-star, also is back for the Panthers, who move over from the Roy Conference this season.

COACH: Stephen Turmblom (1st season)
2010-11 RECORD: 10-9-2 overall, 7-1-0 Roy (T 1st)
IN 2011 POSTSEASON: Div. 3 Central quarterfinals (lost to Wachusett, 5-2)
HOME ICE: North Star Youth Forum, Westboro
ABOUT THE COLONIALS: Another coaching era, although much briefer, came to a close when John Binkoski stepped down after last season. Now Turnblom, a former assistant, will lead Shrewsbury and he will lean on a pair of senior co-captains in forward Mark Bodley (12-11-23) and defenseman Bryan Parsons (2-14-16), both Roy Conference All-Stars a season ago. Senior Jimmy DeZutter returns in net and junior Michael Centerbar was second on the team in goals in 2010-11.

COACH: Matt Lane (7th season, 71-42-16 overall)
2010-11 RECORD: 16-5-0 overall, 6-2-0 Quinn (2nd)
IN 2011 POSTSEASON: Div. 3 Central final (lost to Hudson, 5-2)
HOME ICE: North Star Youth Forum, Westboro
ABOUT THE MOUNTAINEERS: The Mountaineers didn’t quite ascend to the top a year ago, but are in good position to try again with four of their top five scorers back. Senior captain Jeremy Bennie (13-16-29) is joined on the top line by his brother, junior Colin Bennie (10-8-18), while senior Dan Wisniewski (12-10-22) will provide a boost. Senior assistant captain Mark Baker is a strong defenseman who also added 6-17-23 totals a year ago and was a Quinn All-Star along with Jeremy Bennie. Ryan Fitzpatrick is expected to step up in goal, while Lane is looking to a pair of sophomores in defenseman Tucker White and forward Marc Happy.

Coughlin Conference capsules

COACH: Mike Mazzola (4th season, 26-27-13 overall)
2010-11 RECORD: 4-12-4 overall, 0-8-2 Coughlin (6th)
HOME ICE: Buffone Arena, Worcester
ABOUT THE INDIANS: Grafton/BVT doesn’t figure to be a basement-dwellar in the league again thanks to a solid core of returning players. Players to watch according to Mazzola include seniors Ben Symes and Nick Manguson, juniors Mike Moran, Mike Palmer, Cory Hetu and goalie Ian Milosz, and sophomore Conner Byrnes.

COACH: Brian Payne (3rd season at G-D, 30-12-3; 68-49-8 in seven seasons overall)
2010-11 RECORD: 19-3-1 overall, 9-1-0 Russell (1st)
IN 2011 POSTSEASON: Div. 3A state finalist (beat Fitchburg/MT for Central title, 2-0; lost to Holyoke/SH in state final, 3-0)
HOME ICE: Groton School Rink
ABOUT THE CRUSADERS: It will be tough to repeat last season, when G-D won its first-ever sectional title before falling short in the state final. However, the Crusaders appear to have the horses to make another deep run after graduating just five players. Senior Steve Mullins and juniors Adam Kmetz and C.J Kenny will be the top forwards and all contribute in various aspects. Juniors Allan Haynes and Mike Keating are physical, puck-moving defensemen who thrive under pressure. Sophomore Justin Cole likely will play defense, but is capable of filling in at any forward position. Haynes was a Russell Conference All-Star a year ago and Kenny an honorable mention. The question is in net where Dylan Tardif has graduated, leaving junior Jack Niemoller and sophomore Jason Robes in competition.

COACH: Howie Schneider (8th season, 82-49-16 overall)
2010-11 RECORD: 11-5-6 overall, 5-3-2 Coughlin (2nd)
IN 2011 POSTSEASON: Div. 3A Central semifinals (lost to Fitchburg/MT, 2-0)
HOME ICE: Groton School Rink
ABOUT THE TIGERS: After handing over the keys last season to assistant Mike Proulx, Schneider is back in the fold this season for Littleton. He will re-inherit a young squad that will lean heavily on senior captains Ryan Castro, Jack Landry and Mitch Williams up front and Patrick Rauker on defense. Another captain, Tyler Rauker, will miss the season with a shoulder injury suffered in football. Junior defenseman Derek Bolivar is another key player while senior Scott Broadbent and sophomore Tommy Angell will compete to replace standout goalie Kevin Dargin.

COACH: Eric Short (11th season, 84-80-23 overall)
2010-11 RECORD: 8-8-5 overall, 3-4-3 Coughlin (5th)
IN 2011 POSTSEASON: Div. 3A quarterfinals (lost to Fitchburg/MT, 3-0)
HOME ICE: Wallace Civic Center, Fitchburg
ABOUT THE BLUE KNIGHTS: After making the postseason with a senior-dominated squad two years ago, Lunenburg/Ayer was supposed to drop off last year, but surprised with a .500 finish and another playoff spot. Now Short has much of that squad back for another run at it, although he will need to replace his goalie and top two defensemen. The offense should carry the load early with junior leading scorer Pat Brennan on the top line with Dan Hughes and Geno Gaudet. Tom Wagner, Josh DeFazio and Mike Lamanna will carry the defense as the Blue Knights will have untested Alec McNamara and Damon Jones battling in net.

COACH: Steve Kendall (12th season, 66-124-29 overall)
2010-11 RECORD: 10-8-3 overall, 5-4-1 Coughlin (T 3rd)
IN 2011 POSTSEASON: Div. 3A Central quarterfinals (lost to Littleton/Bromfield, 5-2)
HOME ICE: New England Sports Center, Marlboro
ABOUT THE CHIEFTAINS: Nashoba/Clinton ended a long playoff drought last season, but after losing a good chunk of the squad to graduation, Kendall will be leaning on senior goalie Ryan Lombardozzi to keep the momentum going. Senior Tanner Douglas and juniors Drew Foster and Mark Laskey are on defense. Goal-scoring was at a premium for the Chieftains a season ago (just over two goals per game), so senior Steve Saari and juniors Mike Charbonneau and Mike Lengieza will try to give the offense a boost.

COACH: Brendan McNabb (4th season, 8-47-5 overall)
2010-11 RECORD: 4-15-1 overall, 1-7-0 Quinn (T 4th)
HOME ICE: Wallace Civic Center, Fitchburg
ABOUT THE PATRIOTS: McNabb is hopeful the lean years for the program are a thing of the past, citing strong senior leadership and hard-working young players as the key to a turnaround. It helps to have three senior captains on defense in Dan Casson, Dew McLeman (both returning all-stars) and Nate Kauppi, along with another senior in Paul Walter. A diverse group of forwards includes seniors Nate Barry and Joe Tierney, juniors Brett Estrella and Will Faulkner, sophomores Dan MacNamara and P.J. Dupre, and freshmen Ryan McCarthy and Jay Cobleigh. Moving down to the Coughlin and Division 3A also should give NM a boost.

South Shore League capsules

COACH: Brian Smith (2nd season, 16-3-3 overall)
2010-11 RECORD: 16-3-3 overall, 12-2-0 SSL (1st)
IN 2011 POSTSEASON: Div. 3 South quarterfinals (lost to Medfield, 3-0)
HOME ICE: Rockland Ice Arena
ABOUT THE GREEN WAVE: A new era begins for Abington, which will take the ice for the first time in more than a decade without reinforcements from East Bridgewater. But the cupboard hardly is bare as senior captain Barry Cashman is back from his SSL All-Star season while junior T.J. Antonetti and Bobby Griffin, as well as sophomores Joe Marella and Jake Quinlan, all were part of last year’s league champs. Junior Nate Littman takes over in net, and the Green Wave get a big boost from Xaverian transfer Matt Walsh.

COACH: Bob Walsh (6th season, 53-41-11 overall)
2010-11 RECORD: 12-7-2 overall, 9-4-1 SSL (4th)
IN 2011 POSTSEASON: Div. 3 South preliminary round (lost to Bishop Stang, 3-2)
HOME ICE: Connell Rink, Weymouth
ABOUT THE SKIPPERS: Walsh wil be challenged this year after losing eight seniors, including 100-point scorer Anders Goetz and skilled defenseman Brian Scott, as well as size in Sam Leahy and Eric Bartucca. Looking to fill the void will be senior captains John Collins and Jamie Faber up front, with Sean McKenna on defense. Junior forward Connor Goetz returns with sophomores Tommy O’Brien and Chris Cohen up front and Mickey Barry on defense. Walsh has high hopes for sophomore Brandon Winn in net.

COACH: David Surette (1st season)
2010-11 RECORD: first varsity season
HOME ICE: Bridgewater Ice Arena
ABOUT THE VIKINGS: After years as part of the “EAB” co-op with Abington, a swell in numbers at both schools forced the partnership to end and the Vikings are making a go of their own for the first time in decades. Surette, an English teacher at the school, has a good basis for building the program with four seniors from last year’s SSL title team. Senior goalie Ryan Mercier joins forwards Brett DeBenedictis (an SSL All-Star), Brendan Gareri and Zach Hamilton, while sophomore defenseman Cam Troup also is back. Surette also has praise for freshman Brian Panasuk.

COACH: Bill Hadfield (4th season, 11-46-2 overall)
2010-11 RECORD: 4-14-2 overall, 2-10-2 SSL (6th)
HOME ICE: Charles Moore
Arena, Orleans

ABOUT THE ROUGH RIDERS: Dalton Smith will be the starting goalie for the co-op program, which has a dynamic looking freshman in Collin Faher. Other players to watch for Harwich/Chatham include Tyler Kane, Max Lucarelli, Joe Peterson, James Hinesley and Scott Devlin.

COACH: Mark Concannon (1st season)
2010-11 RECORD: 3-12-3 overall, 1-10-3 SSL (7th)
HOME ICE: Zapustas Arena, Randolph
ABOUT THE PIRATES: It’s back to the future on the peninsula as Hull turns to one of its all-time greats. Concannon, most recently an assistant at Weymouth, returns to where he was a 1998 All-Scholastic and posted 258 career points before heading off to UMass-Lowell and a stint in minor league hockey. Goalie Matt Farrell was an SSL All-Star last season along with Dallas Ditullio.

COACH: Shawn Chicoine (9th season, 60-84-15 overall)
2010-11 RECORD: 7-10-3 overall, 5-6-3 SSL (5th)
HOME ICE: Falmouth Ice Arena
ABOUT THE FALCONS: The co-op team returns both of its SSL All-Stars from last season in captain Sean Foley and Taylor Nickerson, who are joined by fellow senior forwards Tyler Conaway, Gage Debonise and Frank Inzirillo to give the team plenty of experience and scoring potential. Junior goalie Nick Cannata is the last line of defense behind senior Sean Conaway and Kyle Murray with junior Donnie Thompson.

COACH: Jim Casagrande (4th season at NHS, 41-21-6)
2010-11 RECORD: 12-10-0 overall, 11-3-0 SSL (2nd)
IN 2011 POSTSEASON: Div. 3 South first round (lost to Bishop Feehan, 7-0)
HOME ICE: Pilgrim Skating Arena, Hingham
ABOUT THE CLIPPERS: Norwell lost its grip on the SSL championship last year, but the split of Abington and East Bridgewater leaves the door open for a return to the top. It won’t be easy as Casagrande has a young squad with as many as five freshmen seeing regular playing time, as well as an untested goalie in sophomore Jack Christian. The Clippers will rely on senior captain Craig Freehill on defense, as well as defenseman Graham Ferguson and sophomores Ben Bickford, James Daly and Matt Smith up front. Freshmen David Fisher and David Talanian are upcoming players to watch.

COACH: Mike Flaherty (4th season, 34-26-3 overall)
2010-11 RECORD: 12-9-0 overall, 10-4-0 SSL (3rd)
IN 2011 POSTSEASON: Div. 3 South preliminary round (lost to Scituate, 6-2)
HOME ICE: Rockland Ice Arena
ABOUT THE BULLDOGS: Flaherty has what he believes is his best squad yet in his fourth season, starting with a pair of league all-stars in senior captains Kevin Sheehan (14-13-27) and John Mulready (18-12-30), the latter of whom should reach 100 career points during the season. Senior Al Mesheau (5-12-17) also is back, and the defense is strong with junior Owen Lund and sophomores Andy Reardon and Tim Daggett. Sophomore Trevor Trudeau posted a 3.35 GAA last season.

South Coast Conference capsules

COACH: Bill Cabral (2nd season, 8-12-1 overall)
2010-11 RECORD: 8-12-1 overall, 3-7-0 SCC (4th)
HOME ICE: Driscoll Arena, Fall River
ABOUT THE LAKERS: Now in its third season with Apponequet as the host school, the co-op team still is in its infancy, if having eight sophomores and seven freshmen among 21 players is any indication. However, there is some talent and experience in that young bunch, starting with the leading scorer in sophomore Cody Gavin, who posted 13-15-28 totals as a freshman. Sophomore defenseman Derek Clancy was third in scoring at 10-8-18, and captain Joe Almeida (9-6-15) is the lone senior and hopes to bounce back after missing half of last season with mono. Junior Tyler Moynihan was an SCC All-Star in net, while Cabral looks for big things from junior Mark Mello, sophomores Craig Huyler, Jason MacWilliam and Coyle & Cassidy transfer Jamie Truax, and freshmen Zack Smith and Ryan Jewel.

COACH: Paul Mara (1st season)
2010-11 RECORD: 18-3-0 overall, 9-1-0 SCC (1st)
IN 2011 POSTSEASON: Div. 3 South first round (lost to Scituate, 5-3)
HOME ICE: Gallo Arena, Bourne
ABOUT THE CANALMEN: With longtime coach Chuck Jancaterino now down the road on the Cape as an assistant at Barnstable, Bourne has turned to former NHLer Mara to continue the fortunate of the SCC’s dominant program. It will help to have Will Humfryes, a leading scorer and SCC All-Star last season, among seven seniors. Junior Josh Eddy is back in net for the Canalmen.

COACH: Ryan Cordeiro (3rd season, 10-27-0 overall)
2010-11 RECORD: 7-13-0 overall, 3-7-0 SCC (T 4th)
HOME ICE: Driscoll Arena, Fall River
ABOUT THE FALCONS: One player certainly can make a difference, especially when that player stands between the pipes. Junior Jake Roy suffered a knee injury last season and the Falcons’ 7-3 start fizzled with 10 losses to close the season. Now healthy, Roy has the co-op team positioned for big things, while senior center Adam Ferreira posted 30 goals in only 15 games. Junior defenseman Casey Escobar and freshmen Nick Soares and Tyler Poland are other players that Cordeiro is hoping will boost the Falcons to their first postseason berth.

COACH: Mike Frey (11th season, 58-111-9 overall)
2010-11 RECORD: 6-13-1 overall, 2-7-1 SCC (6th)
HOME ICE: Hetland Arena, New Bedford
ABOUT THE BEARS: Frey says the time is now for the Bears to end the tournament drought that stretches back a dozen seasons. He has the forward depth with the likes of senior captains Ian Thatcher and Tyler Holdsworth, and a strong goaltending pair in seniors Shawn Bumpus and Brett Smith. Adding to the forward depth are juniors Cam Dexter, Nathan Dandurand, Kyle Fournier, Devin Pimental, Jacob Vieira and Brian York, with sophomores Adam Carvalho and Adam Oliveira. Frey is hoping to find help on defense with juniors Justyn Clarke and Nick Xavier, as well as sophomore Matthew Costa, the only blueliners with experience.

COACH: Scott Hartley (4th season, 42-23-5 overall)
2010-11 RECORD: 11-9-3 overall, 8-1-1 SCC (2nd)
IN 2011 POSTSEASON: Div. 3 South preliminary round (lost to Blue Hills, 5-4)
HOME ICE: Travis Roy Rink, Marion
ABOUT THE BULLDOGS: Hartley is fortunate to have one of the most dynamic players in all of Division 3 in senior defenseman Max Sherman. Aside from his offensive prowess (21-17-38), Sherman will be asked to lead a team that has eight freshmen and one sophomore. Helping out in that regard will be junior forwards Zack Matthews (11-8-19) and Cam Severino (5-13-18), with senior goalie Tim Kelleher (2.37 GAA) solid in net.

COACH: Ben Hathaway (10th season, 71-108-5 overall)
2010-11 RECORD: 10-13-0 overall, 4-6-0 SCC (3rd)
IN 2011 POSTSEASON: Div. 3 South preliminary round (lost to Medway, 6-1)
HOME ICE: Gallo Arena, Bourne
ABOUT THE VIKINGS: A late regular-season surge helped Wareham end a seven-year drought by reaching the tournament last March. Getting back there will ride on the shoulders of an all-senior first line of captains Sam Iamele with Billy Peterson and Eddie Colp, while captain Justin Sumner will guide sophomores David Goldstein and Tim Cluber. Senior defensemen Robert Briggi and Tom Sullivan also are back along with goalies Brock Tucy and Marquis Almeida, both juniors.

Mayflower League capsules

COACH: Steve Woods (14th season, 201-64-20 overall)
2010-11 RECORD: 12-8-2 overall, 8-3-1 ML (1st)
IN 2011 POSTSEASON: Div. 3 South first round (lost to Abington/EB, 10-3)
HOME ICE: Metropolis Rink, Canton
ABOUT THE WARRIORS: The road to the Mayflower League championship seemingly has forever gone through the Canton school, and this year might not be an exception. Junior Nick Edwards and sophomore Josh Edwards will be the key offensive players , with sophomore Sean Connaughton expected to contribute. A pair of juniors, defenseman Nick Roche and goalie Austin Carrel, figure to keep things tidy on the defensive end.

COACH: Kevin St. Laurent (3rd season, 26-12-2 overall)
2010-11 RECORD: 11-7-1 overall, 8-4-0 ML (T 2nd)
IN 2011 POSTSEASON: Div. 3 South preliminary round (lost to Marian, 3-0)
HOME ICE: Driscoll Arena, Fall River
ABOUT THE BENGALS: The Bengals could be in good position to challenge Blue Hills for league supremacy after finishing just off the pace last year, then losing only three seniors while returning 16 players with experience. St. Laurent is counting on a pair of seniors in forward Mitch Costa and goalie Glen Souza, while sophomore forward Cam Levesque and defensemen Jake Pickering (junior) and Cotey Monte (sophomore) also will play big roles.

COACH: Jack Moran (3rd season, 21-11-2 overall)
2010-11 RECORD: 13-6-1 overall, 8-4 ML (T 2nd)
IN 2011 POSTSEASON: Div. 3 South first round (lost to Pembroke, 5-0)
HOME ICE: Christopher Nugent Bovers Community Rink, Nantucket
ABOUT THE WHALERS: Nantucket made a big splash in its first varsity season, notching a postseason win against Attleboro before being bounced by eventual sectional champ Pembroke. Hopes remain high on the island with Jack Moran, Codie Perry and Michael Howard bringing their combined 78 points back to the ice. Junior Christian Lombardi also backboned the Whalers throughout their historic 2010-11 season and his experience will be valuable the second time around.

COACH: Mark Cabral (5th season, 47-50-7 overall)
2010-11 RECORD: 13-7-1 overall, 7-4-1 ML (4th)
IN 2011 POSTSEASON: Div. 3 South preliminary round (lost to Ashland, 4-1)
HOME ICE: Asiaf Skating Rink, Brockton
ABOUT THE HAWKS: The team will have a different look this season after Mayflower League Player of the Year Stephen Ahern graduated along with his 100-plus career points. He and four other seniors were the nucleus of back-to-back tournament squads, including a run to the semifinals in 2010. Now the onus will fall to the likes of senior forward Matt Rozenberg and senior defenseman Caiden Thom to keep the co-op team in good standing.

COACH: Derek Mariani (17th season)
2010-11 RECORD: 11-8-2 overall, 6-4-2 ML (5th)
IN 2011 POSTSEASON: Div. 3 South preliminary round (lost to Norwell, 7-3)
HOME ICE: Rockland Ice Arena
ABOUT THE VIKINGS: The search for scoring is on in Hanover after six forwards picked up their diplomas last spring. Nonetheless, Mariani will be looking to seniors Michael Williams and Peter Harrington, along with juniors Derek Carr and Brendan Kelley to pick up the slack. However, he believes defense will be the team’s strength with a senior group of James Crockett, Thomas McLaughlin and Matt Cashman in front of goalie Al Burbank.

COACH: Mark Spillane (2nd season, 5-13-0 overall)
2010-11 RECORD: 5-13-0 overall, 3-9-0 ML (6th)
HOME ICE: Sgt. Pirelli Veterans Arena, Franklin
ABOUT THE COUGARS: Spillane is encouraged to have the senior leadership of captains Tyler Lobisser and Andrew Errico to go along with his three leading scorers in junior Owen Hilton and sophomores Collin Spillane and Chad Nadeau. He also hopes for good contributions from newcomers such as sophomore Will Black and Jake Munger. Defensively the team will be in good hands with senior Brad Fardy, Errico and fellow junior Danny Todd, and sophomores Steven DeGeorge and T.J Dalzell. The goaltending spot is between sophomore David Cawley and freshman C.J. Golash.