The Everett High boys hockey team, under the direction of new head coach Alex Naumann, was set to open its season last night (Tuesday) at Malden Catholic.
Naumann has had a successful run the past few years as head coach of the EHS girls hockey team, including state tourney appearances in three of the past four seasons, but has moved over to the boys’ side to take over the reigns from veteran head coach Don Concannon.
Joe McLaughlin, who has been an assistant coach for Naumann with the girls (who opened their season Monday evening at Beverly), will step into the role as head coach of the Lady Crimson Tide.
The Everett boys competed in a Jamboree over the weekend and played impressively in a 3-2 win over GBL rival Somerville. The Crimson Tide first line, centered by senior captain Dan Concannon, accounted for all three goals, with captain Mike Russo potting all three markers for a hat trick. Concannon assisted on each tally with linemate Paul Gianatassio earning two assists.
Goaltender Bill Guevara earned Naumann’s plaudits for his outstanding play in net.
Naumann will be counting upon number of returning players who saw extensive varsity action with last year’s Crimson Tide squad last year, including defensemen James Carr and Matt Poste and forwards Anthony Montanaro, Nick Chiariello, Eric Russo, Bryan Ramunno, John Desjardins, Jimmy Lopez, Chris Mini, Joe McLaughlin, and Sean Doyle.
“I think we have a solid nucleus of returning veterans, and we’ll be counting upon them to provide us with leadership for our younger players, especially early in the season,” said Naumann.
After the season opening encounter with MC, Naumann and his crew will travel to Swampscott on Saturday and to Watertown next Wednesday.