The Adirondack and Queensbury ice hockey programs both have some work to do this season, having lost some key players from last year.
Both teams appear to have plenty of depth and some hopeful talent as they begin the 2018-19 season in the Capital District High School Hockey League.
As was the case last year, the teams will meet only once this season, on Feb. 5 at Cool Insuring Arena.
Queensbury will again be the only Division II team in Section II and will automatically qualify for state quarterfinals on March 2 against the Section VII champion. The Adirondack Rivermen play in Division I. Both teams are based at the Glens Falls Recreation Center.
The Rivermen — a team with players from Glens Falls, South Glens Falls, Hudson Falls and Warrensburg — are coming off a 5-15-1 season. They’ll have to replace their two leading scorers from last year, Jordan Willis and Andrew Rizzo.
The roster has four seniors, one junior and 15 sophomores, so coach Mike Di Fiore is hoping his younger players develop throughout the season. Ben Di Fiore returns in goal as a sophomore.
The Rivermen have several potential contributors on the attack, according to coach Di Fiore. Will Cormie has good vision and skill and the potential to score a lot of goals. Willis Bickford has a quick, deceptive shot. Nate Scarincio is a forechecker and finisher and Dupree Harris is a big player with a strong shot.
Noah Benson will be a senior leader on defense.
The Spartans’ roster is spread out among the age groups from four seniors to a pair of eighth-graders. Among the players QHS has to replace from last season’s 12-9 team are leading scorer Austin Gordon and first-team all-star Patrick Williams.
The Spartans hope to run three lines and develop as the season goes along, playing an up-tempo game.
Mason Wildermuth is the leading returning scorer and his versatility could have him playing forward or defense. Jack Randall is a fast, skilled forward who could be a big play-maker.
Trevor Vogel is a skilled forward who could play on the top line. Brendan Duffy may also contribute to the scoring through hard work in the corners. On defense, Tyler Vogel, Brayden Ordway and Jimmy Fitzgerald are among the key players.