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2013-14 ice hockey capsule previews

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By Michael Hicks

CHATFIELD CHARGERS
Head coach: Mark Glombecki
Assistant coaches: Steve McLeod, Shawn Rafferty
Conference: Foothills
2012-13 record: 8-11-1
Players to watch: Tyler Seltenreich, Sr., forward; Brian Vits, Sr., forward; Nick Dawkins, Sr., forward; Alec Thompson, Jr., forward; Brett Thompson, Jr., defenseman; Stuart Shanley, Jr., defenseman; Cody Trujillo, Jr., goalie
Key loss: Bryce Kuschel
2012-13 recap: The Chargers expected to make another run for a state championship, but injuries, eligibility and a lack of discipline kept them from finishing strong, Glombecki said. Chatfield was ousted in the first round of the state playoffs.
Season opener: Dec. 4 at Columbine, Edge Ice Arena, 7:30 p.m.
Outlook: “This season’s Chatfield Chargers are determined to get back to their winning ways. Their focus is to play team hockey and be disciplined,” Glombecki said. “It’s difficult to determine where we will finish as all teams seem to have plenty of talent. If we come together as a team quickly, we can finish in the top four in the Foothills Conference.”

COLUMBINE REBELS
Head coach: Chris Gassman
Assistant coaches: Byron Davis, Nate Gordon, Brent Bohn, Steve Streeter, Mike McCuaig
Conference: Foothills
2012-13 record: 5-14
Players to watch: Ashton Opperman, Sr., goalie; Andy Wright, Sr., center; Matt Meyer, Sr., defenseman; Logan Seibold, Sr., wing; Jacob Seibold, Jr., wing; Danny Armstrong, Sr., wing
Key loss: Charlie Marchese
2012-13 recap: Last season was a great step in the right direction for the club, Gassman said. Columbine missed making the postseason by one point. The Rebels finished with 10 points, one back of Chatfield, Summit and Battle Mountain.
Season opener: Dec. 4 vs. Chatfield, Edge Ice Arena, 7:30 p.m.
Outlook: “We have very high expectations for this season. We have a very strong core of returning players who have been playing fantastic during the preseason,” Gassman said.

DAKOTA RIDGE EAGLES
Head coach: Alec Hines
Assistant coach: Al Quintana
Conference: Foothills
2012-13 record: 5-13-1
Players to watch: Ben Hoogenboom, forward; Reed Hoogenboom, forward; Joey Dolce, Sr., forward; Jonah Simpson, Sr., forward; Joey Owston, Sr., goalie
Key losses: N/A
2012-13 recap: Dakota Ridge finished with nine points in the Foothills Conference, just two points back of a playoff appearance. The Eagles finished the season 1-3-1, with three of those games against eventual playoff teams.
Season opener: Dec. 2 at Doherty, Sertich Ice Center, 7 p.m.
Outlook: “We are very excited about this upcoming season. The team didn’t lose but two seniors from last year,” Hines said. “The future is bright for the Dakota Ridge Eagles hockey team. (We) are searching for our first-ever playoff appearance.”