2013-14 Record: 14-7-1, 8-1-1
2013-14 Finish: Lost in the Division 1 South quarterfinal to Framingham
Head Coach: Chris Spillane
The Panthers are a perennial Hockomock power and are looking to build on last year’s league title and their first foray into D1 hockey, which included a win over Weymouth in the playoffs before a loss to Framingham in Bourne.
Franklin had a strong senior class but, in a sign of the strength of the program, returns 18 juniors from 2013. The top scoring line from last year is back with Joe Bourque, Alec Borkowski, and Ryan Spillane expected to once again be the top line.
Also, the Panthers return three of the top four defensemen from last year in Kyle Filbert, Nick Morris, and Mason Saunders, who impressed on both sides of the ice with a powerful shot from the point.
The question mark for Franklin is in goal. The loss of talented goalies Devon Maloof and Mike Donadio leaves a big hole to fill and head coach Chris Spillane is counting on senior Ryan Shea, who saw limited action last season, and junior Nick Jasinski to step into the No. 1 spot.
Once again, Franklin will be among the heavy favorites to bring home a league title, but is also looking to be a challenger in D1 and added strong opponents like Super 8 contenders Springfield Cathedral and Malden Catholic.
“We have a veteran team returning that will be challenged with a very strong schedule,” said Spillane.
|Alec Borkowski (3) and Franklin will once again be the favorite to take home the Hockomock League title coming into the season. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)|
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