Maine Class A Poll
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The Lewiston Blue Devils defended their Class A State Championship with a 6-2 victory over the Falmouth Yachtsmen. They showed their dominance by scoring over 150 goals in 21 games this season. They will lose seven seniors, but they should be in the hunt for a third straight year title next winter.
Falmouth on the other hand will only be losing two seniors from this year’s squad that was a dominate force in Southern Maine. If they don’t lose any underclassmen, they should be right back for another deep playoff run.
The past few years, the Cheverus Stags have flown under the radar and have made deep playoff runs. This year was no different after giving Lewiston a scare in the first game of the season. They made it to the South regional finals were they lost to Falmouth.
Bangor looked like it was poised to be a legitimate threat to Lewiston in the North this year. That didn’t quite happen as the Blue Devils were on another level. Still they reached the Northern regional final where they fell to Lewiston. They will have big hole to fill in goal as Derek Fournier will be graduating.
Scarborough had an up-to-down season with every game this season a “road” game as they had to play their home games in Lewiston – a 50 minute drive North of Scarborough. They were minutes away from their third straight regional final appearance as they lost to Cheverus in the regional semifinals.
Cony/Hall-Dale/Monmouth had a very good year and almost secured a first round bye in the playoffs. It should be good experience as they should have key pieces back in goalie Dalton Bowie and Avery Pomerleau up front.
Portland/Deering came a long way this year after a five win campaign in 2015-16. They will lose a good chunk of their roster to graduation.
It was a down year for the St. Dom’s Saints as they didn’t have the depth that we usually are accustomed to seeing from them. They had some good wins this year, but struggled midway through the year. They hope to be back to a top contender in the North next year.
Massabesic/Bonny Eagle/Old Orchard almost earned a berth to the regional semifinals as they were knocked off by Portland/Deering in the quarterfinals. It was a great season that saw them rack up 11 wins after being a JV program a few years ago.
Poland/Gray-New Gloucester/Oak Hill got a much need boost as they merged with Leavitt this season. They almost got a top four seed in the North this year. Expect them to be competitive again next season.