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Maine Class A Preseason Poll: Defending champs Lewiston returns good group

Maine Class A Poll

5Thornton Academy1271
7St. Dom's1181
9Mt. Ararat/Lisbon/Morse1160
10Edward Little1190

The Class A season will start the way it ended in 2015-2016 with the Lewiston High School Blue Devils on top. The defending Class A champions are returning majority of their roster as their core last season was mostly juniors and sophomores. If those players who contributed last season can continue their development, this season’s Blue Devils squad may be more dangerous than last season’s. We may find out early in the season as they face Scarborough, Falmouth and Bangor in their first six games of the season.

Speaking of the Scarborough Red Storm and the Falmouth Yachtsmen they look like the teams to beat in Class A South. The Red Storm went to the State Championship and have experience coming back. Some of the seniors were on the State Championship team from two seasons ago. Falmouth has been on quite the run the past four seasons winning the Class A Championship in 2013 and 2014 while falling in the regional finals the past two seasons. Just like Scarborough they return some good talent as they look to return to the promise land.

After those three teams, it seems to be wide open. The wild card here is the Bangor Rams as they probably have the best goalie in the state in Derek Fournier. The opposition will have a difficult time getting pucks in the net. They don’t a go to scorer which may be their downfall but in the playoff time all you need is a goalie that’s in the zone. Another team in the North is the St. Dominic Academy Saints, they always to find a way to be in thick of things with Lewiston as the playoffs wind down. They lost a couple of players to prep, but have some returning players that will pick up the slack.

In the South, there will be a log jam fighting for spots three through five in Biddeford, Thornton Academy and Cheverus. Biddeford has a few seniors that have played a lot of varsity hockey the past three seasons while their arch rival Thornton has a solid goalie in Cam Dube. Cheverus has a good core coming back as they defeated Biddeford in the Class A South quarterfinals in a thrilling 6-5 victory. It will be intriguing if one of those three teams can break away from the middle of the pack to push Falmouth and Scarborough.

Mt. Ararat/Lisbon/Morse looks like that team that plays a Tier II/III schedule to have a very good season. They have a lot of offense coming back which is nice, but when the playoffs comes around will they be able to produce the offense against better competition? That’s the unanswered question going into the season.

The Edward Little Red Eddies seem like another team from the North that will try to push the top three teams. The past couple of seasons they’ve been on the brink, with a new coach in Brett Barrett can he get them over the him.

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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