Maine Class A Poll
Coming into the 2015-16 season, there seems to be plenty of good teams in Class A but not one team that’s truly head and shoulders above the rest.
“(There’s) lots of strong talent across the state,” Biddeford coach Rich Reissfelder said. “There are five or six teams that have a legitimate shot at that championship.”
The defending State Champions, the Scarborough Red Storm, look to repeat and legendary coach Norm Gagne has the horses to do it. He has a good group of forwards and defensemen coming back, but will have to replace the graduated Ben Bragg in goal. Brandon Wasser was key last season when Bragg missed some time.
Falmouth looks to be a contender once again in Class A South (formerly Class A West) and coach Deron Barton lost 2015 Travis Roy Award winner Isac Nordstrom to graduation. He will rely on a strong junior class to carry the bulk of the workload this season.
The Biddeford Tigers are on the upswing and will look to build off from last season. Reisfelder hopes Kerry Crepeau and Ricky Ruck will have the same chemistry as they did last year. Just like Scarborough, they will have a new goaltender this season.
The other two teams that should be very competitive in the South are Cheverus who went to the West regional final last season and Thornton Academy. The Golden Trojans have had some lean years recently, but are looking to get back to to their winning form from the beginning of the decade. Noble/Wells has been very competitive the past two seasons and have the firepower to get back to the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston for another regional semifinal appearance.
In the North (formerly the East), the top three teams, St. Dominic Academy, Lewiston, Bangor, have reloaded while Edward Little has built their program up and have a veteran squad that will challenge for home ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
After making it to the Class A State Championship three out of the past four years, the St. Dom’s Saints will have a new bench boss in Bobby Parker, who has two veteran goalies and young players like forward Noah Toussaint and defenseman Gavin Bates. The Saints look like the top team in the North as the defending regional champion.
Their rival Lewiston looks to be tough with a strong senior class and having talented juniors and sophomores that contributed in 2014-205. Coach Jamie Belleau believes the keys to the season are chemistry, consistency and goaltending.
The Bangor Rams once again have the talent to come out of the North region, but haven’t found a way to defeat Lewiston or St. Dom’s in the playoffs to get to the State Championship game. Trevor Delaite and Derek Fournier are probably two of the most skilled players in Northern A.
The Red Eddies of Edward Little have been building their program for this season. They have the offensive skill set, the defense and the goaltending to take down the top three teams. What they have been missing is the experience of a deep playoff run.
Cony/Monmouth look to be dark horses for the upcoming season as they have a veteran goalie in Tom Small. If he gets hot the Rams could play spoilers in February and early March. Lawrence/Skowhegan looks to build off of a very successful season.