Forward: Matt Brooks, Senior, Sandwich
Forward: Matt Kaski, Senior, Barnstable
Forward: Dawson Prophett, Senior, Bourne
Defense: Steven Megnia, Senior, Barnstable
Defense: Marc Rocheleau, Senior, Falmouth
Goalie: Jack LaCasse, Senior, Bourne
Forward: Patrick Coyne, Junior, Falmouth
Forward: Kevin Craig, Sophomore, Barnstable
Forward: Cole Therrien, Junior, Cape Tech/CCA
Defense: Matt Hinckley, Senior, Cape Tech/CCA
Defense: Ari Purdy, Junior, Mashpee/Monomoy
Goalie: Justin Servidori, Senior, Dennis-Yarmouth
Forward: Brian Bradley, Senior, Saint John Paul II
Forward: Simon Johnson, Junior, Nantucket
Forward: Joe Hess, Freshman, Bourne
Defense: Jack Harney, Junior, Dennis-Yarmouth
Defense: Rob Lennox, Senior, Sandwich
Goalie: Nico Lynch, Senior, Barnstable
Will Amenabar, Defense, Nauset; Tristan Araujo, Forward, Martha’s Vineyard; Dan Black, Defense, Barnstable; Jack Conway, Forward, Dennis-Yarmouth; Jack Daigneault, Goalie, Mashpee/Monomoy; Ryan DiPilato, Forward, Cape Tech/CCA; Brady Doherty, Forward, Sandwich; Max Duce, Forward, Nantucket; Ethan Fey, Defense, Nantucket; Craig Hatfield, Goalie, Sandwich; Tom Hidenfelter, Defense, Bourne; Sawyer Horan, Forward, Saint John Paul II; Matt Schreiner, Forward; Falmouth; Shamus Sullivan, Forward, Nauset; Cam Tobey, Defense, Falmouth
Offensive Player of the Year: Matt Kaski, Barnstable
By Kaski’s standards, this season was probably a disappointment. The senior entered this season with a banged up wrist, developed elbow problems down the stretch of the season, and the Red Raiders fell one point short of qualifying for the postseason.
But there is no team that wouldn’t take Kaski, and the 23 points he scored this season. While he fell short of what he tallied his junior campaign (26 points, plus seven postseason points) what the senior accomplished with a season of injuries, while getting the spotlight from the opposition’s defense, the season was still in large part a success.
In terms of creating offense from scratch, there was no one better. The unique combination of blazing speed and a lethal wrist shot was always a threat. The speed through the neutral zone was second to none, and if the puck was three inches lower off his shot, he likely would have doubled his goal total.
It was a disappointing season for the Red Raiders overall, a team that was loaded with talent from the top-line to the back end. A loss to a three-win Needham team on Feb. 18 eliminated the Red Raiders from clinching a postseason berth, and Dartmouth sealed up a back-door qualification by defeating Bridgewater-Raynham a week later.
While it wasn’t the ending that Kaski and the Red Raiders were hoping for, Kaski’s offensive ability can’t be denied.
Kaski finished his career with 63 points.
Defensive Player of the Year: Steve Megnia, Barnstable
For the second year in a row, a Red Raider takes home the annual defensive player of the year. Megnia’s rise began during Barnstable’s postseason run a season ago when Mike McDonough’s missed time with a shoulder injury, prepping Megnia as the top-defender for this season.
In his first year a top the depth chart, Megnia did not disappoint, anchoring a solid blue line along with sophomore Dan Black. The two played contrasting styles of defense, as Megnia was the hard-hitting defender while the much smaller Black relied on his smarts.
While Megnia missed the final three games of the season, a loss that may have cost the Red Raiders a postseason berth, his presence was felt throughout the season on the ice.
He only notched five assists on the season, and went without a goal, but a defender’s effectiveness isn’t decided by his point total, but rather keeping the opposing offense away from the net.
Megnia made goaltender Nico Lynch’s job much easier, as offenses thought twice before entering the slot looking for a rebound or setting a screen.
The UMass lacrosse commit finished his career with 12 points.
Rookie of the Year: Joe Hess, Bourne
The Canalmen had some big shoes to fill on the top-line this season, and had a good start with Dawson Prophett back for his senior season. But Bourne needed that one addition dimension to compliment Prophett on the top-line and Joe Hess more than delivered.
Bourne’s top-line has a reputation of being a highly touted scoring unit over the past few years, and with the addition of Hess this season, they once again lived up to that expectation.
Hess was second on the team in both goals (11) and points (19), and along with Connor Torpey, the first line combined for 73 points, nearly half of the Canalmen’s offensive output.
While the Canalmen will be losing some talent this season to graduation, the future does look bright with Hess, and his brother, Max, who scored seven points this season.
Player of the Year: Jack LaCasse, Bourne
There may be no better goaltender over the last few years that has embraced his role as captain better than LaCasse. Sure, at the end of the day, the senior’s job was to stop pucks from entering the net, a job he was very good at, but his role on the ice was much larger than that.
LaCasse was full of confidence in his own play from the moment he hit the ice, and used that to stir his team to life. There was never a dull moment when the senior was between the pipes, whether it be some extra curricular chit chat with the opposition, or the communication with his defensive pairings throughout the game.
LaCasse can certainly rub opponents the wrong way, but in the game of hockey, there is no player that isn’t guilty of this trait. There is one moment that stands out to me above the rest.
Earlier this season, the Canalmen lost to another local team on a last-minute breakaway goal. No one in the building was more upset at the goal than LaCasse, as he felt he let his team down. But sure enough, 21 seconds later he lined up and shook the hand of the player who scored that goal.
Fast-forward nine days later. The Canalmen faced off with the same team again on the road, and this time LaCasse picked up the 22-save shutout in a 3-0 victory. In the postgame handshake line, the same player who scored the game-winner a week earlier avoided LaCasse. That didn’t sit well and the goaltender confronted him, demanding a handshake since he “had to shake his hand after allowing a game-winning breakaway.”
At the time, I didn’t think much of what I assumed to be an unnecessary confrontation but after learning the facts, I respected the move. That is exactly the kind of attitude you want from a captain. Someone who takes charge and demands respect, whether it is from his own team or the opposition.
Obviously, this one anecdote is just a small reason that LaCasse earned this accolade. At the end of the day, it’s the play on the ice that earns this award, and LaCasse has been one of the best goaltenders over the past four years. After winning the starting gig his freshman year, beating out a senior at the time, the net was his for his career.
There may be no better goaltender who goes post-to-post better than LaCasse, and he was one of the best against the breakaway. The senior was quick to get down in the butterfly and sealed off everything that was low to the ground, but also has a quick glove.
He allowed just over two goals a game this season, stopping pucks at over a 91 percent clip and earned two shutouts. He could have earned more, but in a handful of games, LaCasse gave way to what is assumed to be next season’s goaltender in Nick Newbold, in the third period
Coach of the Year: Jordan Mohre, Sandwich
It is hard to imagine that just a season ago, the Blue Knights won two games, one of which was the season opener against Martha’s Vineyard. The team had the talent, starting with Matt Brooks and Brady Doherty up front and Craig Hatfield in net. However, the team just couldn’t put it together.
But from the opening day of tryouts this season, it was apparent that the mood in the Sandwich locker room did a 180-degree swing, with Mohre leading charge. The 2015 season was put in the rearview mirror, and a positive attitude was quickly installed.
With the core of last season’s team returning, the Blue Knights turned that 2-12-4 record into a postseason qualifying team this season, winning both the Judy Kostas Tournament and the Canal Cup in the process.
In terms of ‘X’s and O’s,’ Mohre is one of the best at making in game adjustments. He’s constantly in communication with his captains about the game plan, what he wants his forwards to do on the ice and keeping his defense on the same page.
In his eighth season as coach of the Blue Knights, Mohre has Sandwich back on the upswing. But with 10 seniors this season, we’ll have to wait and see what sort of magic Mohre can maneuver next year.