Maine Class A South looks wide open as the 2018-2019 season gets underway. A total of 10 teams make up the Class A South region.
The Tigers got hot at the right time last season with a state championship appearance.
They have some offensive threats back with sophomore Nick McSorley putting up 17 goals and 12 assists in 15 games played. Fellow sophomore Trevor Ouellette had eight goals and eight assists in 16 games. Senior Colin Petit had three goals and seven assists in 16 games. Justin Lanerd will be the No. 1 goalie as a senior while Trenton Ouellette will lead the blue line.
Coach Eric Royal is stressing team defense heading into the season and he will have veterans on the back end. Kassidy Lessard, Cooper Ross, Connor Kean, and Liam Reave are all seniors.
In goal they will have senior Ethan Hammond and junior Austin Ledger. Up front, it’s also upperclassmen heavy with seniors Henry Honkonen and Jarid Tomblin while the junior class is led by Eli Janetos and Greg Reppucci.
The Red Storm want to get back to the top of the Class A South standings in 2018-19 season.
Patrick Clonan will lead the forward group as a senior while the team’s core is in the junior class with Nolan Matthews, Cam Budway, Jacob Brown, Dawson Gendreau and Kevin Woods. Senior defensemen Cal Berry and Akash Bhartnager will lead the group while junior Ethan Jasa and sophomore Owen Denbrow also be key contributors.
THORNTON ACADEMY (12-6-0)
The Golden Trojans may have one of the best goalies in Class A in Seth Dube, who had a 2.08 goals against average and a 924 save percentage. Junior Sawyer Wirsing had six goals and six assists a year ago while senior Josh Lessard had five goals and five assists.
Luke Chessie was utility man as the senior played both forward and defense last season as he had two goals and eight assists.
MASSABESIC/OLD ORCHARD BEACH/BONNY EAGLE (4-14-0)
The MOB will be young this season as their top returning goal scorer is sophomore Brady Cormier, who’s coming off a two-goal and seven-assist freshman campaign. The other forward expected to create offense is Chris Westgate.
The blue line will be patrolled by sophomore Taylor Harris, who had two goals and two assists, and junior Kurtis Morin.
The Yachtsmen, who have had a great run the past five-six years may be unfamiliar position in 2018-19. They lose their top three scorers from a season ago who all averaged a point or more a game. Sophomore Owen Drummy is the top returning goal scorer with 10 goals and eight assists as a freshmen.
Defenseman Garrett Tracy nearly had a point per game as he had seven goals and 10 assists in 18 games. Tyler Baker had ten points and looks to be more a primary threat this season up front while freshmen Charlie Adams will provide some depth. Sam Kidder was outstanding in goal as a freshman a year ago going 8-4-1.
Despite losing eight seniors from last season’s team, new head coach Mike Carmody expects the Stags to contend for another state title in 2018-19. They lost in the regional final a year ago.
Alex Brewer, Colby Anton and Jackson Wilson are expected to lead the offense while Colin Doherty will be a key defenseman for Cheverus.
LAKE REGION /FRYEBURG ACADEMY/OXFORD HILLS
The Ice Cats make a return to the varsity level after a multi-year absence as they have been playing at the junior varsity level. Coach Dave LePage expects some growing pains this year.
Good news for the programs is there’s only two seniors on the team in forward Justin Mushrow and defenseman Liam Chisari so expect this season to build towards next season. Both goalies Graham Payne and Bobby LeBlanc are juniors.