Mennen Division/Gordon Conference preview capsules, 2019-20
Here is a look at all six teams in the Mennen Division, as well as two area teams- Delbarton and Pope John- which compete in the Gordon Conference.
Coach: Bruce Shatel, 19th year (425-58-40)
Last year: 19-6-4, Non-Public runner-up, Gordon Cup runner-up
Key losses: Michael Balzarotti, F; James Falivene, F; James Monahan, F/D; J.P. Nolan, D; Max Williams, F.
Top returners: Jack Benitez, Jr., D; Kai Berezniak, So., F; Ray Berezniak (2 g., 10 a.), So., D; J.R. Cagnassola, Sr., F; Brendan Clark, Sr., F; Brett Cleaves (1.58 GAA, .930 sv%), Jr., G; Ben Conrod (4 g., 13 a.), Sr., F; Mark Darakjy (4 g., 9 a.), Sr., D; Armaan Rigby, Sr., D; Adam Teryek, So., F.
Newcomers to watch: Alex Bosland, D; Sam Hall, D; Trip Pendy, F; Chase Pirtle, F.
Outlook: There was no four-peat for Delbarton, as it lost to Don Bosco in the Non-Public final last year. Shatel’s team always finds a way to reload, and until proven otherwise, Delbarton should be right in the thick of things for the Gordon Cup and Non-Public title.
Coach: Ryan Brown, 13th year (168-87-32 career record)
Last year: 14-7-4, Gordon Cup quarterfinalist, NJSIAA Non-Public Round of 16
Key losses: Johnny Cielo, F; Ryan Cielo, D; Mike Quatrella, D; Matt Schoer, G; Steven Spetz, F.
Top returners: Matiss Bars (.900 sv%), So., G; Alex Blaszak (5 g., 10 a.), Sr., F; Drew Buchanon, Sr., D; Lucas Buchanan (10 g., 8 a.), So., F; Jon Meyers, Sr., F; Brady Waitze (6 g., 5 a.), Sr., F.
Newcomers to watch: Chris Abate, Jr., F; Owen Lapinski, Fr., F; Tyler Paluzzi, Fr., G; Sawyer Tantleff, Sr., D; Scott Vanderhoff, Fr., F; Jack Young, Fr., D; Brandon Young, Fr., D.
Outlook: Pope John will have a lot to replace with the graduation of perhaps the top netminder in the state in Schoer, as well as the loss of the Cielo brothers to a Prep school. It’s a younger roster with a lot of new faces- will it be up to the challenge in the Gordon-National division?
Coach: Brendon Herr, fifth year (53-40-7 career record)
Last year: 14-2-2, Public C runner-up, Mennen Cup semifinalist
Key losses: Jack Deletto, F; Matt Keane, F; Nate Marshall, F; Nick Meyer, D; Brian Nall, F; Colin Pierce, D; Zach Pendergrast, G; Evan Schmidt, F.
Top returners: Declan Curry, Jr., F; Will Ewald, Sr., G; Korbin Kleinle, Jr., D; Brandon Lupi, Jr., F; Danny Mahoney (3 g., 10 a.), Sr., D; Ryan Sordillo (7 g., 10 a.), Jr., F; Spencer Spagnuolo, So., D;
Newcomers to watch: Jeffrey Burke, Fr., D; Doyle Curry, Fr., D; Ronan Curry, Fr., F; Jennifer Olnowich, Sr., G.
Outlook: Chatham will have its work cut out for it after graduating a strong group which reached the Public C final two straight years. However, it’s important to keep in mind that Chatham dealt with an incredible amount of injuries last year which put younger players in a position to step up, which should serve this team well experience-wise.
Coach: Dave Hansen, 15th year (210-122-24 career record)
Last year: 17-4-5, Mennen Cup champions, Public C quarterfinalist
Key losses: Ryan Catlin, F; Jack Downs, F; Kyle Pruzick, F; Dave Renzulli, F; Jason Siedem, F; Ian Skinner F; Jett Tom, F; Matt Ubertaccio, G.
Top returners: Jon Bear, Sr., F; Jacob Erickson (5 g., 6 a.), Sr., F; Liam Fry, Sr., D; Matty Gero (4 g., 13 a.), Jr., D; Johnny Hamwee, Jr., D; Sean Hoover, Sr., F; Matt Leone, Sr., F; Cormac McNamara (2 g., 4 a.), So., F; Aidan Niceberg (8 g., 11 a.), Jr., F; Liam O’Hearen, So., D; Alvin Rhee, Sr., F.
Newcomers to watch: Jack Hunter, Fr., F; Chris Piacenti, Fr., F; Tyler Shannon, Fr., F; Keaton Tom, Jr., G.
Outlook: Coming off its first-ever Mennen Cup title, Madison was hit hard by graduation as a strong senior class is gone, along with an elite-level player in Siedem gone to junior hockey. The Dodgers still have some talented players back and figure to be in the middle of the pack in the division.
Coach: Tim Kepler, fourth year (44-25-7 career record)
Last year: 14-9-3, Public A state champions, Mennen Cup semifinalist
Key losses: Kyle Conklin, F; Ty Franchi, G; Sean Murray, F; Joe Rabeno, D; Kieran Regen, F; Andrew Rush, G; Tikhon Ryerson, D; Robbie Singley, D; Jacob Walsh, F;
Top returners: James Betz (6 g.,4 a.), Sr., F; Derek Coleman, Sr., D; Jake Diloretto, Jr., F; Gehrig Eckoff, Jr., F; Dylan Idland, Jr., F; Timmy Kepler, Jr., D; Jason Kwestel (7 g., 18 a.), Jr., F; Jason Moskowitz, Sr., D; Andrew Ryan, Jr., F; Gavin Walsh, Sr., D.
Newcomers to watch: J.D. Florio, Jr., D; Elliot Marken, Fr., G; Jake Quinn, Jr., F; Jeffrey Quinn, Jr., F; Kyle Thornton, So., F.
Outlook: The reigning Public A state champions will have a lot of holes to fill from graduation, most notably in goal with the graduation of Franchi and Rush. Still, a strong veteran core on the blue line as well as a solid forward group led by Kwestel should still keep this program in the mix both in the division as well as Public A.
Coach: Bobby Jones, 12th year (163-121-32 career record)
Last year: 2-16-4, lost in Mennen Cup first round
Top returners: Patrick Bozza, So., D; Stefan Brockmann (5 g., 7 a.), Jr., F; Conor Critchley (7 g., 9 a.), Sr., F; Ryan Daniolowicz, Sr., F; Kobi Day, So., D; Stephen Grimes, Jr., F; Chris Herity, Jr., F; Connor Herity, Jr., D; Nikko Inserra, Sr., D; Jack Keller (3 g., 7 a.), Jr., D; Kevin Lynch, Sr., G; Jack McKenna (4 g., 13 a.), So., F; Dylan Peck, So., G; Nick Romano, So., F; Harry Santen (4 g., 8 a.), So., F; Francis Zaklukiewicz, So., D.
Newcomers to watch: Chris DelMonte, So., F; Aedan Gray, So., D; Chris Kay, Fr., D; Jack Langan, So., D/F.
Outlook: Morristown had one of its most difficult seasons in a long time last year with a young roster. While this year’s team will be light on upperclassmen (just seven juniors/seniors), it is a talented group that seems poised to take a big step forward after a last-place finish in 2018-19.
Coach: Scott Greene, second year (10-13-3 career record)
Last year: 10-13-3, lost in Mennen Cup first round, reached Non-Public second round
Key losses: John Cohen, G; James Cunningham, F; Joe DePoalo, D; Dylan Dertouzos, F; Matt Dertouzos, D; Matt Karrat, F; Colin O’Connor, D; Connor Tartaglione, F.
Top returners: Ryan Brown, Sr., F; Cam Fernandez (6 g., 14 a.), Jr., F; Seth Kaplan (15 g., 18 a.), Jr., F; Andrew Low (8 g., 14 a.), So., F; Tommy Matthews (9 g., 12 a.), Sr., F; Billy Moloney (1 g., 9 a.), So., D; Tom Polaski, Sr., D; Evan Sanford (2 g., 7 a.), Sr., F; Nicholas VanTassell (11 g., 17 a.), So., F.
Newcomers to watch: Roman Berger, Fr., F; Hollis Humphries, Fr., F; Noah Jones, So., D; D.J. Layden, Sr., D; Jake Ochab, So., D; Rowan Posner, So., F.
Outlook: The 2018-19 campaign was an uncharacteristically down year for the Crimson, as it went through a transition during Greene’s first year at the helm. This year’s group figures to take a big step forward with a talented core returning led by Kaplan, VanTassell, Detre, and Moloney.
Coach: Rich McLaughlin, 27th year (437-185-64 career record)
Last year: 21-5-2, Mennen Cup runner-up and NJSIAA Public B runner-up
Key losses: Austin Cross, D.
Top returners: Kyle Barbera (15 g., 19 a.), Jr., F; Matthew Cislo (1 g., 7 a.), Jr., D; Gavin Einfeldt (1.27 GAA, .923 sv%), Sr., G; Nick Gallo, (18 g., 17 a.) Jr., F; Justin Harper (9 g., 7 a.), Sr., F; James Mattson (17g., 10 a.), Jr., F; Mike Sofia (5 g., 14 a.), Sr., D; J.T. Zangara (19 g., 30 a.), Sr., F.
Outlook: Coming off back-to-back Public B final losses, Randolph returns almost all of its lineup from a year ago and figures to be as strong and deep as ever. The Rams should be the favorite for both the Mennen Cup and Public B titles once again.