The Silver Lake boys hockey team qualified for the state tournament last year under the Sullivan Rule, where only the record against schools in the same division is counted, but this winter the Lakers believe they can get to the postseason in traditional fashion by posting a .500 record.

KINGSTON – The Silver Lake boys hockey team qualified for the state tournament last year under the Sullivan Rule, where only the record against schools in the same division is counted, but this winter the Lakers believe they can get to the postseason in traditional fashion by posting a .500 record.

"Last year was a step in the right direction," head coach Dan Scott said. "But I think we can do a lot better in the Patriot League this season and make a run at the state tournament."

The Lakers were only 1-11-1 last year in league play en route to a 6-16-1 overall record. They lost only four seniors from that team, and with 19 players back, including their leading goal-scorer and most of their defense.

Scott is optimistic that they can be competitive in the league.

"We have a year of experience with our young forwards," he said. "We need our young guys to step up, our senior defense and goaltending to be steady and take care of things in our own end."

Junior Alex Heffernan will man the first line after tallying 10 goals last season. Joining him on the top line are juniors David Marani and Ryan Sullivan. Marani had six goals last season, while Sullivan collected three.

An experienced group of seniors will anchor the blue line. Nick Iarossi, John Evans and Liam Kelleher all logged major minutes last season, and will be joined by seniors Alex Pakalnis and Matt Breslin, and sophomore Greg Wolff.

Manning the second line is junior Andrew Johnson, with sophomores Kevin Cardarelli and Nick Solari alongside him. Skating on the third line is senior Cam Duff and sophomores Drew Nugent and Bobby Guilford.

Senior Alden Maguire, who posted three shutouts last season, will start in goal, although senior Patrick McCormack will also see time between the pipes.

The Lakers opened the season last week with a 4-4 tie against Pembroke. They rallied from a two-goal deficit in the third period on a pair of goals by Heffernan, who scored the equalizer with approximately two minutes remaining. Cardarelli also scored twice.

"I’m very positive about this group," Scott said. "We have the talent, we just have to put it all together. We can’t get lazy and we can’t get complacent. We have to be ready to play game in and game out."