Last season, St. Mark's finished at 22-6-1, just narrowly missing the Elite 8 and landing as the No. 1 seed in the Small School Tournament.
However, injuries to star forward Richard Gallant (Concord, Mass.) and top defenseman Calvin Beard (Southborough, Mass.) down the stretch threw the Lions' plans for a deep run out of whack, as New Hampton upset head coach Carl Corazzini's team, 5-4, in overtime of the first round.
Now, one thing is for certain.
Things are a bit different entering this season.