Maine Class A Preseason Top 10: Lewiston goes for third straight title

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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The Lewiston Blue Devils will try to be the first team, well, since the Lewiston Blue Devils to three -eat as Maine Class A State Champions. They last did the feat from 1981-83 and eight teams since then have won back-to-back state titles. This year they took some hits due to graduation and transfers, but still have key contributors to be No. 1 team heading into the 2017-18 season.

Chasing them in the North will be the usual contenders in Bangor, who fell to the Blue Devils in the regional final. They will have to replace one of the backbones of their team in goalie Derek Fournier who graduated. Lewiston’s rival St. Dom’s looks to get some redemption as they fell to the Blue Devils in the regional final.

In the South, it appears to be a three-team race with perennial power Falmouth who fell to the Blue Devils in the state championship game. They will have to replace a goalie just like Bangor in Spencer Pierce. They got to the state title game by defeating the Cheverus Stags 3-2 in the regional final. The Stags have key contributors coming back that could put them back to the final four. The other team that’s expected to be a contender is Biddeford. They had an early exit last year losing 3-2 to Scarborough in the regional quarterfinal.

After a strong run Scarborough looks to have a rebuilding year under first-year coach Jake Brown, who has taken over for Norm Gagne, who has moved on to coach Edward Little. Portland/Deering, which lost to Scarborough in the South regional semifinal could make their way back to the semis as a darkhorse this season with Donato Tocci and Cam King as offensive defensemen..

Cony/Hall-Dale/Monmouth is expecting to have another season where they can make some noise in the playoffs. They reached the North regional semifinals before falling to Bangor. They return some key contributors from that team. Gagne will try to get Edward Little back to the playoffs after the Red Eddies had a quarterfinal exit to Cony.

After making the playoffs in 2017, Massabesic/Old Orchard Beach/Bonny Eagle and South Portland/Waynflete/Freeport will try to get back in the playoffs. Both teams will be on the younger side this season. Poland//Leavitt/Oak Hill/Gray-New Gloucester will try to get back to the playoffs in Class A North.

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