GIRLS’ HOCKEY PRE­VIEW

Local schools ready to hit the ice for a new sea­son

Woonsocket Call - - Front Page - By BRAN­DEN MELLO bmello@woonsock­et­call.com

For the first time since Mount St. Charles reached the state fi­nal for the fifth straight sea­son in 2013, a Black­stone Val­ley squad played for the state ti­tle last sea­son when Bur­ril­lville/Pon­a­ganset/Bay View coop came up a goal short of win­ning the state ti­tle.

The Bron­cos grad­u­ated a num­ber of tal­ented play­ers, in­clud­ing both play­ers from Pon­a­ganset, but re­turn a num­ber of tal­ented of­fen­sive play­ers in Caysie Gautreau and Meghan Bux­ton, while Bay View’s Emma Audet leads an in­ex­pe­di­ent group of de­fend­ers.

Mount St. Charles/Cum­ber­land, which was swept in the quar­ter­fi­nals by La Salle/Moses Brown, is seek­ing a re­turn to glory led by All-State de­fense­man Kiki Doucette. The Moun­ties, just like the Bron­cos, started the sea­son Fri­day night with a blowout vic­tory over a team that won’t con­tend for the state ti­tle.

The two Val­ley ri­vals will meet for the first of two times this sea­son Fri­day night at 7:15 at Ade­lard Arena.

Here’s a cap­sule look at how both teams stack up this sea­son:

BUR­RIL­LVILLE/BAY VIEW

Head coach: Cort­ney Lacey 2016-17 league record: 17-1, Di­vi­sion I

2016-17 league place­ment: First. De­feated La Salle/ Moses Brown, 2-1, in the semi­fi­nals; lost to South County, 2-1, in the state fi­nal.

Re­turn­ing starters/play­ers: Emma Audet, se­nior, de­fense; Kait­lyn Bran­non, ju­nior, for­ward; Meghan Bux­ton, ju­nior, for­ward; Alix Etheridge, ju­nior, for­ward; Emily Etheridge, ju­nior,

goalie; Caysie Gautreau, se­nior, for­ward; Ha­ley LaRose, ju­nior, for­ward; Emma Si­mas, se­nior, for­ward; Madi­son McCutcheon, sopho­more, for­ward; Lizzy Ng, sopho­more, for­ward.

Key new­com­ers: Amy Hurst, sopho­more, for­ward; Cora Lam­bert Gaucher, sopho­more, de­fense; An­gelle Mot­tola, sopho­more, for­ward; Ni­co­lette Per­reault, ju­nior, for­ward; Diana Poland, fresh­man, de­fense.

Out­look: With no Pon­a­ganset play­ers on the team this sea­son, last sea­son’s reg­u­lar sea­son champs are just made up of girls from Bur­ril­lville and Bay View Academy. While the sea­son didn’t end the way Lacey would’ve hoped with a one­goal de­feat to South County in the state fi­nal, the Bron­cos still had a tremen­dous cam­paign. Gone are first-team All-Staters in goalie Abby Bas­sett and tal­ented de­fense­man Kayla Gravel. Ju­nior Emily Etheridge is the Bron­cos’ un­ques­tioned start­ing goalie and she looked solid in Fri­day’s blowout vic­tory over re­build­ing War­wick co-op. “Emily’s a good goalie and she’ll hold her own. Emily is not as big as Abby, so she’ll have to work a lit­tle more to stop shots, but she’s go­ing to hold her own back there,” Lacey said. Audet, a Bay View stu­dent, will lead the blue line with var­sity new­com­ers Diana Poland and Emma Si­mas. Lacey said she’s look­ing for one more de­fense­man to fill out the lineup Gautreau, a re­turn­ing all-di­vi­sion for­ward, will lead the top line with Alix Etheridge and Si­mas. The sec­ond line is made up of McCutcheon, Bay View’s Eng and Brennan. La Salle/Moses Brown is the deep­est team in the di­vi­sion, but the Bron­cos, Mount St. Chares/Cum­ber­land, East Bay co-op and reign­ing state cham­pion South County are all in the hunt to reach the state fi­nal at Brown in March.

Coach's take: “We’ll be all right. We don’t have the depth we had last year and we have a new goalie and a cou­ple of new play­ers. They didn’t get to play that much last year, but we still have Caysie and Meg and Emma and those girls. We told them the other day in prac­tice that ev­ery­one has a job and you need to do that and not worry about some­one else’s job and ev­ery­thing will fall into place. The kids are go­ing to have to be in shape be­cause last year we ran three lines and this year we only have two. We’re go­ing to rely on Casey and Meg a lot. … Ev­ery year our goal is to get back to Brown. The girls are go­ing to have to work hard be­cause most of the teams are pretty even this year. La Salle could be the fa­vorite be­cause the have the depth with three or four lines. The three key peo­ple for us are go­ing to be Casey, Meg and Emma. Emma is go­ing to be our top de­fense­man and she’s go­ing to have to be smart this year be­cause we aren’t as deep and she’s go­ing to have to stay at home more.”

MOUNT ST. CHARLES/CUM­BER­LAND

Head coach: Tony DiLorenzo 2016-17 league record: 11-6 Di­vi­sion I 2016-17 league place­ment: Fourth. Lost to La Salle/Moses Brown, 2-0, in the quar­ter­fi­nals. Re­turn­ing starters/play

ers: Abbey Dalpe, ju­nior, goalie; Mad­die Cataldo, ju­nior, de­fense­man; Macken­zie Morin, se­nior, for­ward; Holly Pash­nik, ju­nior, de­fense­man; Katielyn Mastroianni, ju­nior, de­fense­man; Lexi Burns, se­nior, for­ward; Kiki Doucette, se­nior, de­fense­man; Brid­get

Lewis, ju­nior, for­ward; Elise Cur­ren, ju­nior, de­fehse­man. Key new­com­ers: Macee Sal­ley, sopho­more, for­ward; Han­nah Squires, fresh­man, de­fense­man; Leah Gal­lagher, ju­nior, for­ward; Brooke Nor­mandin, sopho­more, for­ward; Mia Mol­li­cone, fresh­man, for­ward; Kara McWhin­nie, fresh­man, for­ward.

Out­look: It’s al­most point­less to put po­si­tions next to the names of many of the Moun­ties this sea­son be­cause DiLorenzo said he has a num­ber of tal­ented two-way play­ers who are ef­fec­tive as a for­ward or on the blue line. No one per­son­i­fies Mount’s well­rounded squad more than Doucette, a re­turn­ing Al­lS­tate de­fense­man. In her team’s sea­son-open­ing win over Smith­field/Coven­try Fri­day night, the speedy Doucette had two goals and two as­sists. “We’ll let Kiki’s play speak for it­self. I don’t want to hurt any­one else’s feel­ings, but I think Kiki has re­ally ma­tured as a leader this sea­son. She’s go­ing to be the driving force be­hind what we do,” DiLorenzo said. Doucette will be a cen­ter in some games and part­ner Cur­ren on de­fense in oth­ers. Other tal­ented de­fend­ers in­clude Mastroianni, Pash­nik, Cataldo and Squires. Dalpe split time with Beatrice Reilly last sea­son, but she will play ev­ery game this sea­son. As a sopho­more, she al­lowed 2.77 goals a game and saved 80 per­cent of the shots she faced. She also played well in Sun­day’s scrim­mage against Foxboro. “I’ve seen im­prove­ment from Abbey. She made some bang-bang saves against Foxboro to help us hold on,” DiLorenzo said.

Coach's take: “I ex­pect we’ll be very com­pet­i­tive. I think La Salle is No. 1 be­cause of depth and coach­ing, but then Bar­ring­ton, Bur­ril­lville, South County and us are all go­ing to be right there try­ing to com­pete and catch up with them. The key for us is de­fense and tran­si­tion. We have a solid core of de­fense­men and I think we can play de­fense in all three zones. We just need to tran­si­tion the puck quickly be­cause if we play slow, we’ll have some trou­ble. If we play fast in tran­si­tion, we’ll do well. We’re go­ing to have a dif­fer­ent look ev­ery game de­pend­ing on the team we play. Scor­ing goals was our big­gest prob­lem last year, but I think we’re go­ing to be a de­cent scor­ing team through our forecheck.”

File photos

Bur­ril­lville/Bay View co-op coach Cort­ney Lacey (above, wear­ing hat) hopes to lead the Bron­cos back to Brown Uni­ver­sity for the state cham­pi­onship series after com­ing up a goal short of win­ning the state ti­tle. Local ri­val MSC/Cum­ber­land also be­lieve it can com­pete for the state ti­tle.

File photo

The Bur­ril­lville/Bay View co-op hockey team grad­u­ated a pair of All-Staters off of last sea­son’s one-loss squad, but se­nior for­ward Caysie Gautreau (25) is back after lead­ing the team in goals (15), as­sists (14) and points (29). The Bron­cos and local ri­val MSC/Cum­ber­land meet Fri­day night at Ade­lard Arena.

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