Previewing the Mt. St. Charles Holiday Face-off

With snow hampering some of the early schedule across the region’s ponds, let’s take a look at one of the premier holiday tournaments coming soon.

Per tournament director Larry O’Donnell, here’s a look at another loaded 8-team field at this year’s Mount St. Charles (R.I.) Holiday Face-off Tournament. Some of the best programs in the Ocean State, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, New York and Pennsylvania will be on hand for what should be a highlight to the New England high school hockey calendar.

This year’s entrants:

Mount St. Charles

Franklin (Mass.) High School

Bishop Hendricken (R.I.)

La Salle Academy (R.I.)

Bishop Guertin (N.H.)

Fairfield Prep (Conn.)

St. Joseph’s (N.Y.)

La Salle College (Penn.)

First-round schedule:

(Games scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 26)

Fairfield Prep vs Bishop Hendricken High School, 2 p.m.

Bishop Guertin vs LaSalle College, 4 p.m.

LaSalle Academy vs Franklin, 6 p.m.

Mount St. Charles Academy vs St. Joseph's, 8 p.m.

Second round games (Friday, Dec. 27):

Matchups and face-off times, TBA

Championship and consolation games (Saturday, Dec. 27):

Matchups and face-off times, TBA

Tournament notes: Mounties head coach Bill Belisle enters the RIIL season with more than 900 career wins and 31 state championships. … Fairfield Prep head coach Matt Sather has accumulated more than 230 career wins in 14 seasons at the helm. … Matt Barnaby, son of the former Buffalo Sabre of the same name, plays for St. Joe’s of Buffalo. Also, there’s another Sabres connection, as St. Joe’s head coach Richard Crozier is the son of former Sabres coach Joe Crozier. … La Salle Academy (R.I.) coach Mike Gaffney served under New Jersey Devils president and general manager Lou Lamoriello while at Providence College. … Guertin head coach Gary Bishop was on the staff of former UMass-Lowell coach Billy Reilly.