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December 12, 2013

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ICE HOCKEY

Newburyport

Coach: Paul Yameen (11th season)

Last year’s record: 12-4-5

Key returning players: Travis Wile, sr.; Nick Federico, sr.; Tim Brennan, sr.; Ben Ventura, jr.; Matt Kelleher, jr.; A.J. Williams, sr.; Austin Roy, jr.; Tyler Therrien, jr.; Scott Webster, so.; Tyson Gudiatis, so.; Connor Brennan, so.; Travis Koocher, jr.

Newcomers: Ben Mirageas, fr.; Tanner Derby, fr.; Harrison Good, fr.; Brendan Barraclough, jr.; Robert Federico, fr.; Paul Federico, fr.; Austin Elmore, so.; Reilly Brown, so.; Noah Kolesha, so.; Jimmy Gallo, so.; Robert Lagasse, so.

Strength: Depth.

Concern: Goaltending.

Coach’s outlook: “We think we have a good mix of experience and youth this year. We feel we will get better as we go and expect to be in the mix at the end.”

First game: Saturday (noon) at Lynnfield

Amesbury

Coach: Chris Kuchar (4th season)

Last year’s record: 8-10-2

Key returning players: Tabor Smith, jr.; J.T. Chamberlain, so.; Connor Stevens, sr.; Zach Fitzgerald, sr.; Austin Toohey, jr.; Andy Reidy, sr.; Travis Motsis, jr.; Bradley Kelleher, so.; Keith Kowalick, so.; Mike Duggan, jr.; Patrick Rodden, jr.

Newcomers: Brendan Foley, so.; Heath King, so.; Jack Aponas, so.; Jake Harlow, so.; Nick Heitmann, sr.

Strength: Depth.

Concerns: Leadership and goaltending.

Coach’s outlook: “We were one win away in our final three games of last season to qualify for a state tournament berth for the first time since 2006, but we fell short. All the players from that team are back and have been hungry and motivated to accomplish more this season. That has been their theme the last 9 months. With only three seniors on the team our concern will be leadership and confidence. We’ll be looking for one of the veteran players to step up and lead and a goalie to emerge.”

First game: Saturday (7 p.m.) at Triton

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