Maine Class A Boys Poll
The Falmouth Yachtsmen have continued where they left off from last season. The defending Class A Champions are 5-0 and have out scored their opponents 41-3. That includes a 6-1 win over St. Dominic Academy last Saturday in the first game since the two teams met last March in the State Championship. Issac Nordstrom is one of the early front runners for the Travis Roy Award – handed out to the most outstanding senior in Class A – as he has seven goals and nine assists.
Speaking of St. Dom’s, the Saints have front loaded their schedule with the premier teams in Class A. They are 3-1 with wins over Biddeford, Scarborough and Bangor. Their lone loss was to the Yachtsmen. The stretch continues this upcoming Saturday in a home game against Lewiston High School. They started the year with injuries to two key players in Brad Berube and Dillon Pratt and after their win against Bangor on Friday, coach Steve Ouellette said they aren’t totally 100 percent, but the team is getting there.
A surprise early on this season has been the Cheverus Stags. A team that had success in the mid-2000s are trying to get back to that point. Besides Falmouth, they are only other team in Class A that’s undefeated with a 5-0-1 record. They had a big win over Lewiston to open the season and a 7-3 victory Thornton Academy.
The Bangor Rams are off to another strong start with a 4-1 record. They handed last year’s Class B State Champions, the Messalonskee Eagles, their first loss in a countable game since the 2012-2013 season. They are in a middle of a tough three game stretch as they lost to St. Dom’s 4-2 on Friday and have games against Biddeford on Tuesday and host Falmouth on Saturday.
The Lewiston Blue Devils are off to a quite 4-1 start to the season with a young team. They don’t have a signature win yet, but squeaked out a 4-3 win over rival Edward Little in the second game of the season. They are about to hit the meat of their schedule beginning with the game against St. Dom’s on Saturday.
The Scarborough Red Storm is off to a 4-2 start with their two losses coming against St. Dom’s and Biddeford. They are somewhat of a traveling road show this season as they don’t have a true home this season. The last few years they have used the MHG Arena in nearby Saco for home games. This year they are using MHG and Auburn’s Norway Savings Bank Arena for home games and practices. Scarborough to Auburn is 39 miles. The two home games at Norway Savings Bank Arena come in February against Cape Elizabeth and Cheverus.
The Biddeford Tigers are 3-1 on the season with wins over Thornton Academy, Portland/Deering and Scarborough. The next six games are against Bangor, Cheverus, Scarborough, Lewiston, Kennebunk, Falmouth and St. Dom’s
Brunswick is off to a 4-1 start as they played a mix of Class A and B teams so far this season. They have won the games they are suppose to win so far which will help them down the road. Noble/Wells has beefed up its schedule this season and is 3-2. They lost to two Class B powers this year in Kennebunk and Gorham. Dean Pratt is second in Class A scoring with 13 goals and two assists. Edward Little is 3-3 and has played tough against the top tier of competition. Their losses are to Bangor, Lewiston and Scarborough. They beat Brunswick, Cony/Monmouth and Yarmouth.