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2018-2019 LHSHL Preview

09/06/2018, 6:30pm EDT
By Mike Ross

Folks, a lot of people refer to the holiday season as the most wonderful time of the year. That is simply untrue. Hockey season and more importantly, week one of the Lightning High School Hockey League is the most wonderful time of the year because from now until February, our lives will be consumed by High School Hockey.

 

Let me start off by introducing myself. My name is Mike Ross and I am the new full-time member of the Community Hockey department. Some say I was the Lightning’s free agent signing of the summer, only time will tell. We all know and love Tom Garavaglia, I will be his right-hand man all season. Together we will bring you the 2018-2019 Lightning High School Hockey League.

 

Today we bring to you the first episode of The First Shift Podcast for the year. Tom and I go over an array of topics including:

 

  • A recap of what has been going on within LHSHL since the season ended
    • Showcase in St. Louis
    • The Chowder Cup (Boston)
  • Elite Development Program (EDP)
    • The first year and what to expect
    • Tryout dates
    • Coaches and affiliates
    • World class benefits of being on the team
  • The JV developmental program
    • The 2018-19 season will be our biggest year
    • Schedule and dates coming soon
  • Preview for each game Friday night and a preview for each team this season
    • Who is coming back
    • Who has graduated
    • How will each team will improve on success from last year
    • Times and venues for all of the 8 games Friday.

 

 

 

We are excited, and we are looking forward to what is on pace to be our busiest as well as our best season yet.

 

MITCHELL

QUICK HITS:

 

  • Mitchell finished last year 12-10-0—24 points
  • They scored 108 goals as a team last year

 

Key returns:

  • TUCKER TASSONE, the team’s leader in goals, assists, and points
    • 21-17—38
  • TYLER GAY, 3rd on the team in goals, 3rd on the team in assists, and tied for 2nd in points
    • 13-13—26
  • JON HELLER, 7th on the team in goals, 2nd on the team in assists, and 4th on the team in points.
    • 7-16—23

Key departures

  • Nicholas DeMiceli
    • 18-8—26
  • Jacob Serpe, starting goalie
  • Alex Majerczak
    • 10-8—18

 

 

SEMINOLE

 

 

QUICK HITS:

  • Seminole finished 11-8-3—25
  • They scored 127 goals last year
    • 5.77 goals per game

 

Key returns:

  • BRENDAN STOUFER, 4th in goals and assists, 3rd in points
    • 6-14—20
  • SEBASTIAN MIDDLETON, 5th in goals, 3rd in assists, and 5th in points
    • 3-15—18

 

Key Departures:

  • Zach Katz, 58-19—77
  • Maxx Mitchell 25-24—49

                            EAST LAKE

 

QUICK HITS:

  • East Lake finished the season 19-2-1—39
  • They scored 127 goals

 

Key Returners:

  • DEMITRI SAMARKOS, 3rd in goals, 4th in assists, and 3rd in points
    • 10-17—27
  • ANTHONY SAMARKOS, 5-1-1 in net and 2 SO’s

 

 

Key Departures:

  • Justin Garr, team leader in points (51)
  • Nickolas Belanger, 18 goals and assists

 

 

STEINBRENNER

 

QUICK HITS:

  • Steinbrenner finished the season 8-13-1—17
  • 3.18 goals per game and 86% on PK
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Key Returners:

  • KEVIN HOLMAN, 2nd in goals, leader in assists, and leader in points
  • KYLE CIACCIO, leader in goals and 2nd in points
  • MAX WEINSTOCK, 3rd in goals, assists, points

 

JESUIT

 

 

QUICK HITS:

  • Jesuit finished last season 17-3-2—36
  • They scored 154 goals and gave up 64 last season

 

Key Returners:

  • JOSHUA BURKE, team leader in goals, assists, and points
    • 39-33—72
  • TRENT GEPHART, 4th in goals, 5th in assists, and 4th in points
    • 12-9—21
  • OWEN FORREST, 5th in goals, assists, and points
    • 10-7—17  

 

 

Key Departures:

  • Nolan Forrest 2nd in goals, points, and assists
  • Kyle Repar, 3rd in goals, points, and assists

 

 

 

 

FREEDOM

 

QUICK HITS:

  • Had a record of 7-13-2—16 last year
  • 84 goals scored

 

Key Returners:

  • OWEN BARNO, leader in goals and points
    • 28-13—41
  • MATTHEW SPECIALE, 3rd in assists and 2nd in points
    • 8-22—30
  • VINCENT MARGOSIAN, 2nd in assists, 3rd in points
    • 6-23—29

 

PLANT

 

QUICK HITS:

  • Plant finished the season 13-8-1—27
  • They went 7-2-0 in the division

 

Key Returners:

  • HAMILTON REESE, team leader in goals, assists, and points
    • 21-9—30
  • JAKE ATKINSON, 2nd in assists, 3rd in goals and points
    • 7-8—15

Key Departures:

  • Andrew Behrenfeld, 2nd in goals, assists, and points

 

 

 

DURANT

 

 

QUICK HITS:

  • Durant’s record was 10-10-2—22 last year
  • The team scored 78 goals

 

Key Returners:

  • JORDAN PUTNAM, team leader in goals and points
    • 23-7—30
  • DYLAN SOUTHERN, team leader in assists, 2nd in points
    • 9-19—28
  • AIDAN KENNEDY, 2nd in goals. 3rd in assists/points
    • 10-11—21

 

JENKINS

 

QUICK HITS:

  • The team finished 8-11-3—19
  • 80 goals scored, and 3 division wins last year

 

 

 

Key Returners

  • KEATON CLAY. 3rd in goals/points
    • 13-3—16
  • DANIEL DONOHUE
    • 4-4—8

 

 

Key Departures

  • Luke Rouleau 34 points
  • Isaac Graves 14 goals and 26 points

 

 

 

 

 

BERKELEY

 

 

 

QUICK HITS:

  • 1-21—2 last year

 

Key Returners:

  • JAMES HORAN, 2nd in goals/points
    • 9-6—15
  • RONAN FARMER, 3rd in goals, assists, and points
    • 4-6—10

 

 

 

 

Key Departures:

  • Anuj Bhatia, leader in goals/points

WEST MANATEE

 

QUICK HITS:

  • 5-16-1—11 was their record last season
  • They scored 62 goals

 

 

 

Key Returners:

  • MATE IMRE, led the team in goal/assists/points
    • 17-8—25
  • JARRET BOEHM, 2nd in goals/points
    • 14-6—20
  • DAVID JOSEPHSON, led the team in wins
    • 4-5

 

 

 

PALM HARBOR

 

 

 

QUICK HITS:

  • Palm Harbor finished the season 3-18-1—7
  • They won 3 division games in 2017-2018

 

 

 

Key Returners:

  • CADEN WATSON, 4th on with assists/points
    • 2-6—8

 

 

 

Key Departures:

  • Garret Toenjes, 50 points
  • Daniel Rose, 17 points

RIVER RIDGE

 

 

QUICK HITS:

  • 12-9-1—25 was their record last season
  • They scored 88 goals and finished the year +23

 

 

 

Key Returners:

  • DYLAN HULTBERQ ,led the team in goals/assists/points
    • 17-20—37
  • ZACHARY KILLINGBECK, 3rd on team in goals/points
    • 13-5—18
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Key Departures:

  • Anthony Loiacano , 13-14—27

 

 

 

WIREGRASS

 

QUICK HITS:

  • Wiregrass finished the season 9-9-4—22
  • They scored 93 goals last season

 

 

 

Key Returners:

  • MATTHEW McGOVERN, 2nd on team in goals/assists/points
    • 13-14—27
  • CARSON SAUNDERS, led the team in wins in net
    • 5-3-3

 

 

Key Departures:

  • Joseph Davis, led team in goals/assists/points

BLOOMINGDALE

 

QUICK HITS:

  • 10-9-3—23 last season
  • They scored 112 goals and finished +15

 

 

 

 

Key Returners:

  • BRENNAN CYHANIUK, led in assists and 2nd in goals/points
    • 26-14—40
  • ANTHONY BOROMEI, 4th on team in goals and points
    • 8-5—13

 

 

 

Key Departures:

  • Andrew Miranda, led team in goals and points
    • 38-8—46

 

NEWSOME

 

QUICK HITS:

  • Newsome finished last season 10-11-1—21
  • They scored 81 goals for the year

 

 

 

Key Returners:

  • MATTHEW HARRITY, led the team in points
    • 10-8—18
  • TANIS BELL, 2nd on team in assists, 3rd in points
    • 8-9—17

 

 

Key Departures:

  • Andrew Mankowski, leader in goals, tied for points leader

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