Maine Class A Team Previews: Biddeford A Step Above In Early Going: Perennials Lewiston, St. Dom’s In The Mix

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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Here’s a look at the 2019-2020 Maine Class A programs. Coaches are expecting it to be a highly-competitive field.


Home Rink: Biddeford Ice Arena

Biddeford will be co-oping with Old Orchard Beach and Massabesic this season after going to the Class A state title game last year where they lost to St. Dom’s.

The Tigers lost their leading scorer,  Nick McSorley,  who put up 40 goals and 19 assists as a sophomore, to Berwick Academy. Still the Tigers bring some offensive firepower as Trevor Ouellette had 19 goals and 22 assists as a sophomore and Nick Reissfelder had eight goals and 22 assists as a sophomore. Aiden Russell will provide some depth scoring coming from Old Orchard Beach/Massabesic while Kurtis Morin will be a solid contributor on defense as he had three goals and four assists.

Gavin Sperlich was solid in goal for Old Orchard Beach/Messabesic as he had a 11-7 record with a 1.28 gaa and .943 save percentage.

LEWISTON (17-3-0)

Home Rink: Androscoggin Bank Colisee

The Blue Devils couldn’t complete the four-peat but look to make it four state titles in the past five years this season.

Returning forwards include senior Kurtis Pelletier who had 17 goals and 11 assists while senior Ryan Pomerleau had 12 goals and 15 assists. Michael Belleau should provide secondary scoring as the junior had a goal and 10 assists as a sophomore, while Logan Tripp had eight goals and three assists also as a sophomore.

On defense Sam Laroche had four goals and 12 assists while Damon Bossie had a goal and four assists. They took a hit on defense with Nick Pomerleau signing with the L/A Nordiques of the NA3HL. In goal, Keegan McGlaughlin will look to replace Jacob Smith, who graduated.

Jake Ouellette
St. Dom’s


Home Rink: Norway Savings Bank Arena

Jacob Lewis
St. Dom’s

The Saints won their first state title since 2000 but will look to replace some key players. Will Fletcher (29-18-47) and Dominic Chasse (20-27-47), who would have been two key returners,  left to play juniors,  as Fletcher is playing with the L/A Nordiques of the NA3HL and Chasse is playing midget with the Twin City Lightning. Stepping up will be junior Lucas Pushard who had 12 goals and five assists while senior Jacob Lewis had eight goals and nine assists.

Defensively they will be led by seniors Mike Cilley who had five goals and four assists and Jack Ouellette who had a goal and five assists. Gaston Fuksa has graduated and Alex Roy and Matt Gosselin will be battling it out in net this year.


Home Rink: Chalmers Ice Arena

The IceCats will be led by Ed Thurston who had eight goals and six assists while Will Galligan had five goals and seven assists.  Colby Turcotte had eight goals and two assists last year. They were three of the four top scorers from a year ago.

Bobby LeBlanc will be the go-to goalie this season. On defense, Cam Lepage had two goals and three assists as a junior. Coach Dave Lepage hopes to be around the .500 mark this season.

Liam McGibbon
South Portland/Waynflete


Home Rink: Troubh Ice Arena

The Red Riots reached the regional semifinals last season where they lost to Class A state runner up Biddeford. They look to be contenders again this season.

Gus Leppin returns as the team’s second leading scorer from a season ago as he had 17 goals in 17 games and added eight assists. Devan Hannan had 17 points (11 goals). Sophomore forward Cullen Adams had eight points (five goals).

Liam McGibbon looks to be the go to guy in goal.

Despite losing its leading scorer from a year ago, Bradley McMains (35 points) , signing with the L/A Nordiques of the NA3HL, the team brings speed and skill. Coach Joe Robinson said consistency will be key with a young defensive core.


Home Rink: University of Southern Maine

The Red Storm have been building the past few seasons and are ready to be a contender again.

Leading the way will be senior forward Nolan Matthews who had 14 goals and 10 assists. Dawson Gendreau had eight goals and four assists while Cam Budway had seven goals and three assists. Jacob Brown had three goals and six assists.  All are seniors.

On the back end Ethan Jasa had two goals and 12 helpers. Caleb Sellinger will be leading the way in goal.

Cooper Ireland

BANGOR (15-5-0)

Home Rink: Sawyer Arena

The Rams have always had goaltending in recent years with Derek Fournier, Jacob Henry and now sophomore Jake Hirsch looks to be the next in line as Henry has graduated.

Hirsch only appeared in three games as a freshman going 2-1 with a 3.25 gaa and .857 save percentage.. The defense should consist of  Anthony Cacesse (eight points), Zach Burpee (six points), Jacob Munroe (five points) and Drew Dorr (three points).

Offensively, they will replace Nick Boudreau (36 points) and Josh Sherwood (26 points). Dave Brown (15 points) had 11 goals returns, he was the third leading scorer on the team a year ago. Cooper Ireland is expected to jump from a depth scorer to one of the go to threats after a 12-point campaign (eight goals and four assists).


Home Rink: Biddeford Ice Arena

The Golden Trojans lost 12 seniors from last year’s team.

Sawyer Wirsing,  who was the team’s second leading scorer, returns as a senior after netting 11 goals and 12 assists last winter. Thornton will also be relying on Liam Nash, another senior, who had six goals for 12 points.

Chris Balzano will be a key cog defensively as he had two goals and three assists as a junior. Spencer Bergeron comes from the Seacoast Spartans 16U full season team and should provide another option on defense.


Home Rink: Troubh Ice Arena

The Bulldogs look to build off a regional semifinal appearance where they lost 2-1 to Thornton Academy.

They will need to find offense as their leading scorer Jake Luce (27 points) has graduated. Returning is Dante Tocci, the second leading scorer had 14 points (four goals, 10 assists). Carlos Braceras looks to build off his freshman campaign where he had five goals and eight assists. Mikias Silva who played both forward and defense had three goals and nine assists. Junior Max Cheever will be an anchor on the blue line as he had 10 points a season ago.

Ryan Becker appears to be the No. 1 goalie this season after sharing the duties with Ben McCallum who graduated.


Home Rink: University of Southern Maine

Windham/Westbrook is joining forces with Bonny Eagle this year, which had previously co-oped with Massabesic and Old Orchard Beach.

Chris Westgate had eight goals and seven assists last year with Bonny Eagle/Massabesic/Old Orchard Beach while Holden Anderson had six goals and five assists with Windham/Westbrook. Both are juniors and they will get help from senior Tommy DuPont, who transfers in from North Yarmouth Academy.

There will be competition in goal as freshmen goaltenders Isaac White and Porter Krause will be battling for playing time.

Logan Alexander
Edward Little


Home Rink: Norway Savings Bank Arena

The Red Eddies are looking for a breakout season and they have the pieces for a very successful season.

Up front EL will look for sophomore Jack Keefe to have another outstanding season as he had 22 points (12 goals and 10 assists) a season ago. Logan Alexander will be another scoring threat as he had 17 points (nine goals and eight assists).

Dylan Campbell will be a steady force on the blue line along with Marius Morneau who each had a goal and six assists. Gavin Toussaint will be the goalie who will have significant minutes.

Coach Norm Gagne expects defense to be the strength of the Red Eddies and expects key contributions from younger forwards.


Home Rink: Dover (N.H) Ice Arena

It will be a rebuilding year for the Knighthawks as they will have nine freshmen and nine sophomores in the lineup this season.

Leading the young group will be senior Eli Janetos who had six points in 2018-19. Sophomore Braden Butler (five points) had four goals. Ryan and Nate Jalbert along with Riley Harker will lead the blue line while Austin Ledger (4-3) will be the starter in goal.

Coach Eric Royal expects his team to play a defensive style in the early going in the season and hopes theoffense comes as the season goals along.

FALMOUTH (4-14-0)

Home Rink: Falmouth Family Ice

It was a down year for the Yachtsmen going 4-14 after being a contender for most of the decade. They prepare to regroup in 2019-20 with a solid group of veterans and newcomers.

Returning in leading scorer Owen Drummy  (28 points), along with Charlie Adams (18 points) and Tyler Baker (17 points) who were second and third on the team respectfully. Sam Kidder returns in goal as the junior appeared in all 18 games last season. In front of him will be veteran defenders Carter Hawkes (eight points) and Shane Allen (two points) who are both seniors while sophomore Dominic Tracey will also play key minutes as he’s still looking for his first varsity point.

Coach Deron Barton expects the group to start gelling in time for the playoffs.

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