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Maine Class B North Preview: Hampden Academy, Kennebec Will Battle Orono/Old Town

Defending Maine Class B state champion Orono/Old Town comes from the North region, which is made up of eight teams this season.

CAMDEN HILLS (8-11-0)

The Windjammers will rely on underclassmen up and down their line up.

Up front, junior Ben Wells and sophomore Charlie Griebel are expected to contribute, along with senior Bryce Tyler. Newcomer sophomore Levi Guay will also be in the mix.

Defensively the core is built around three juniors in Andrew Orne, Jason Greenleaf and Quinn Brown. Sophomore Nolan Delehey will insert himself into the line up this season. Will Gardner (sophomore) and Jackson Bernier (freshman) will push each other for playing time in goal as both are newcomers this season.

Cooper Leland
Hampden Academy

HAMPDEN ACADEMY (13-7-0)

The Broncos have one of the most prolific scorers in Class B hockey returning in junior Cooper Leland, who had 29 goals and 27 assists last season. Fellow junior Sam Economy averaged a point-per-game with nine goals and 11 assists in 20 games.

Senior Alex Briggs hopes to bring some depth scoring. In the nets they have two upperclassmen in senior Evan Thompson and  junior Colby Small. Defensively Adam Thompson and Noah Dancose are juniors while Parker Shawley is a sophomore.

KENNEBEC RIVERHAWKS (11-7-0)

The Waterville/Winslow co-op team will be a senior laden lineup.

Cooper Hart, Brock Jolicoeur, Tommy Tibbetts and Kyle Gurney are expected to bring the offense along with sophomore Brandon Mason.

Defensively Hunter Brown and John Evans will bring their senior leadership. Bryce Gunzinger will be the No. 1 goalie as a junior. Coach Jonathan Hart is excited to have junior forward Cody Ivey and sophomore forward Nate Newgard back from the Maine Moose midget program while Zach Menoudarakos returns after spending last season with Kents Hill.

Myles Hammond
Messalonskee

MESSALONSKEE (2-16-1)

Last year was a rebuilding year for the Eagles and they are still young. Myles Hammond had nine goals and four assists as a freshman while Ben Hellen had four goals and three assists in his sophomore campaign.

Senior Dean Simpson and junior Sal Caccamo will anchor the blue line while veteran goalie Eli Michaud is back in goal for his senior season. Freshman forward Ezra Michaud is expected to contribute while freshman defenseman James Jones will also see playing time.

Tyler McCannell
Orono/Old Town

OLD TOWN/ORONO (20-1-0)

The defending Class B state champions look to make it two in a row as they have plenty of offense returning.

Junior winger Tyler McCannall had 37 goals and 14 assists while fellow junior Sam Henderson registered 15 goals and 17 assists. Sophomore Tanner Evans had 16 goals and 13 assists as freshman.

On defense they will be led senior Cam Tower who had six goals and 14 helpers and junior Dyan Street who added a goal and ten assists. Kohle Parker, who went 18-1 as a starter, returns in goal for his senior season.

PRESQUE ISLE (14-7-0)

The Wildcats return some solid seniors, including forwards Thomas Patenaude and Jake Stevens, defensemen Torey Leveaque and Riley Kinney, while goaltender Andre Daigle mans the pipes.

Junior forward Connor Demerchant is expected to contribute offensively along with sophomores Gage Letourneau and Colby Carlisle. Jonah Roy and Quinn Demerchan are freshmen that are expected to deliver as the season goes along.

Marty Hewes
Brewer

BREWER (6-12-0)

Trey Baker looks to build off his 17-goal and 12-assist junior campaign a season ago as he leads the Witches in 2018-19. On his wing will be Marty Hewes, who had eight goals and eight assists as a sophomore. Fellow junior Jordan Parkhurst is expected to bring some scoring depth along with newcomer Jarrod Harvey, who comes to the team as a sophomore.

Defensively the Witches return four with Zach Steiger and Kyle Tozier as seniors and Josh Birch and Aubrey Badger are juniors. Tyler St. Lawrence is the goalkeeper and he made 17 starts as a freshman.

Alex Walls
John Bapst

JOHN BAPST (3-13-2)

The Crusaders will be led by a strong junior class up front with Ben Spear and Jack Lalime expected to be the go-to players. Fellow classmates Garrett Kirlin, Connor Robbins and Wilson Higgins are expected to be depth scorers.

On the blue line, seniors Alex Walls and Curran Granger will lead the group while junior Colby Brown and Dominic Needham are back as well. In goal Loukas Collatos will carry the load with freshman Mckayla Alden backing him up. Steve Gilbert, Cole Greely, Sawyer Erickson and Jeremiah Vadas are other newcomers expected to contribute this season up and down the lineup.

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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