Maine Boys HS Hockey: Class B Top 10 – Defending Champ Greely Armed For Another Title Quest

Nathan Fournier
Nathan Fournier
Nathan has been covering college, junior, and high school hockey for the last six years for numerous publications. You can follow him on Twitter @jrhockeywriter.

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Maine Class B Top 10

RankTeam[tooltip text="PR*" gravity="ne"]Previous Ranking[/tooltip]WLT
2Old Town/Orono1560
3Presque Isle1640
5Cape Elizabeth1450
6Camden Hills1280
7Hampden Academy1081
8Poland/Leavitt/Oak Hill/Gray-New Gloucester 1171
10Gorham 1190

Just like Class A, Maine Class B will see some significant changes as numerous teams come down from Class A. Cheverus and Mt. Ararat/Lisbon/Morse move down to B South. B North sees Gardiner and Maranacook/Winthrop/Madison/Spruce Mtn/Lawrence join from B South. Cony/Monmouth/Hall-Dale also joins B North from Class A.

With all the changes, it’s still looks like it will be Greely and Old Town/Orono looking to make it three straight appearances in the state championship game. Old Town/Orono won the first matchup in 2018 while Greely returned the favor last season.

The No. 1 Greely Rangers have lost some firepower due to graduation and transfers but return Andy Moore who had 72 points a season ago. The Rangers always seem to produce secondary scoring and they will need to do it again in 2019-20.

No. 2 Old Town/Orono has 67 goals coming back at the forward position with Tyler McCannell having 20 for 34 points total. Sam Henderson and Tanner Evans each had 12. Expect the Black Bears to be a fast team.

The No. 3 Presque Isle Wildcats look to be a challenger in B North with Connor Demerchant looking to build off his 38-point junior campaign which included 23 goals. Gage Letourneau and Colby Carlisle each had 30-point seasons. Coach Dr. Carl Flynn likes his depth at the second third lines.

Also, a contender in B North is Waterville/Winslow which will be led by a pair of juniors, Nate Newgard (36 points) and Brand Mason (22 points). Special teams will be a key to Waterville/Winslow success this season.

The No. 5 Cape Elizabeth Capers will be relying on Gavin Simopoulos who is coming off a 41-point season. Matthew Laughlin (32 points) will be asked to provide offense. Andrew Carroll (18 points) and Jonas Moon (12 points) are strong defensemen.

Coming in the sixth spot is Camden Hills with a solid goalie tandem in Jackson Bernier and William Gardner. Offensively, Charlie Griebel looks to build off a solid campaign (23 points). The Windjammers hope their conditioning will wear down opponents.

No. 7 Hampden Academy is looking for another strong season. Returning is senior Cooper Leland (41 points). Kaleb Hale (23 points), Owen Cross (16 points) and Sam Economy (15 points) will provide secondary scoring. They are coming off a loss to Camden Hills in the first round of the playoffs.

No. 8 Poland/Leavitt/Oak Hill/Gray-New Gloucester is coming off a playoff appearance. After losing some of their top scorers, the Kings are looking to Reese Collins and Spencer Berube to go from depth options to go-to options. Expect the Kings to use their defense to create some offense.

The No. 9 York Wildcats will be looking to generate offense as the top three scorers are gone. It may come from the defense as Max Pickett had 16 points last year and Aiden Drew added eight. Joe Neal, a forward had 12 points. Coach Jim Powers liked how his team performed in fall hockey.

Gorham rounds out the top-10 as they defeated Poland/Leavitt/Oak Hill/Gray-New Gloucester in the first round of the playoffs last winter. Cole Perreault (25 points) and Nolan Gava (15 points) will be leading the offense. Peter Richards, Aiden Owens, Caden Sawyer are veteran defensemen who will help two new goalies to the program.

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