Maine Class A Top 7
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There are some serious changes in Maine Class A hockey this season as realignment has the top division down to 13 teams. Gone are the North and South regions as the teams won’t be split but just compete in one state-wide section. Some traditional powers are now co-oping and struggling to field full rosters.
Going into the new season Biddeford/Massabesic/Old Orchard Beach looks like the team to beat. The Boom are the No. 1 team as Biddeford teams up with Massabesic/Old Orchard Beach this season as a co-op.
Biddeford returns Trevor Ouellette, the returning Class A leading scorer as he had 41 points last year. Nick Reissfelder chipped in with 30 points and the addition of Gavin Sperlich in goal makes Biddeford/Massabesic/Old Orchard Beach a contender once again.
No. 2 Lewiston had its three-year title run end last year after a loss to archrival St. Dom’s in the Class A North final. The Blue Devils look to make it four state titles in five years this season as their top three scorers return in Kurtis Pelletier (28 points), Ryan Pomerleau (27 points) and Sam Laroche (16 points). They will have to replace Jacob Smith in goal.
The defending Class A state champions, St. Dom’s, starts the season at #3. There’s plenty of change for the Saints as Bobby Parker stepped down as head coach and Daniel D’Auteuil takes over. Also gone are the top two scorers as Dominic Chasse (47 points) and Will Fletcher (47 points) decided to pursue midget and junior hockey opportunities. Goalie Gaston Fuksa graduated. Returning are Jacob Lewis and Jacob Pushard who each had 17 points. In the past couple years, the Saints have hit their stride in February and March.
There has been some excitement coming from the No. 4 Edward Little Red Eddies program for the 2019-20 season. Despite the loss of Ben-Lane Robichaud (23 points who has joined the Twin City Lightning midget program, the Red Eddies bring back some scoring in Jack Keefe (22 points) and Logan Alexander (17 points). They also bring depth in guys like Will Cassidy and Cam Sturgis.
No. 5 South Portland/Waynflete/Freeport looks to build off a regional semifinal appearance. They have a solid core of players returning in Gus Leppin (25 points) and Deven Hanan (17 points) while they have a veteran in goal in Liam McGibbon. The Red Riots may have some growing pains early on as they add youngsters into the lineup but could hit their stride once the playoffs roll around.
No. 6 Bangor is always in the mix at the end of the season. They will have to replace seven seniors from a team that went to the regional semifinals a season ago.
After a couple of rebuilding years, the No. 7 Scarborough Red Storm appear to be back in the thick of things in 2019-20. They have six of their seven top scorers back in the lineup. Nolan Matthews led the team with 24 points. Zach Chaisson (15 points), Ethan Jasa (14 points) and Dawson Gaudreau (12 points) provide depth scoring.