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Maine Class B Poll: Four teams still unbeaten

Maine Class B Poll

RankTeamPR*WLT
1Messalonskee1401
2Waterville4500
3Yarmouth3500
4YorkNR500
5Camden Hills7310
6Kennebunk5331
7GardinerNR420
8Winslow6421
9Cape Elizabeth10321
10John BapstNR321

In Class B, there are still four teams that are undefeated including two-time defending Class B Champion Messalonskee. Also joining them are  Waterville, Yarmouth  and York.

The Eagles opened the year with an 8-3 victory over Brewer, a 5-3 victory over Old Town/Orono, a 4-2 win over Winslow and a 11-3 drumming of Hampden Academy. The Eagles had a high scoring affair with D1 Bangor that ended in a 4-4 tie. They start a three game home stand this week, first up – Presque Isle.

Waterville is 5-0 to start the year with victories over Hampden Academy, Winslow, Camden Hills, Greely and Gorham. The Purple Panthers have outscored their opponents 34-9 to start the season. Two big games await for them the upcoming week starting Monday morning against Winslow in a rematch and on Saturday against Brewer.

In the south, Yarmouth is out to a 5-0 start. The wins have come against Gardiner, Gorham, Kennebunk, Cheverus and Cape Elizabeth. They have a week off from regular season play as they return to action on Jan. 2 against Maranacook/Winthrop.

The York Wildcats are also off to a 5-0 start as they have beaten four Class A teams. Those wins were against Marshwood/Traip/Sanford, Noble/Wells, South Portland/Freeport/Waynflete and Massabesic/Bonny Eagle/Old Orchard. The lone Class B victory was against Leavitt, 8-5. This week they have two games against fellow Class B South opponents in Maranacook/Winthrop and the Cape Elizabeth Capers.

Camden Hills has  fit nicely in Class B North as they moved into the division for the 2015-2016 season. They have started the year 3-1. They opened up the year with wins against the two most Northern teams in the state, Houlton/Hodgdon/Southern Aroostook/Katahdin  and Presque Isle. They have also squeaked out a 2-1 win over John Bapst.

HNIB-Ad-for-MassHShockey_2016Winslow didn’t get any breaks from the schedule makers to start the year as they have already faced Messalonskee and Waterville which were both losses. Their wins have come over Houlton/Hodgdon/Southern Aroostook/Katahdin, Old Town/Orono, John Bapst and Brewer. They also tied John Bapst in their first meeting of the year. In addition to facing Waterville again, they have Presque Isle.

The Crusaders of John Bapst started the year hot at 3-0 with wins coming against Presque Isle, Lawrence/Skowhegan and Brewer. They skated to a 4-4 tie with Winslow before dropping games to Camden Hills 2-1 and Winslow 5-4. They have three games during vactation week starting Monday against Houlton/Hodgdon/Southern Aroostook/Katahdin, Wednesday against Hampden Academy and Saturday versus Presque Isle High School.

Gardiner has been a surprise so far this season after dropping their opening two games of the year against Yarmouth and Gorham. Since then they racked up victories over South Portland/Freeport/Waynflete, Greely, Brunswick and Cony/Hall-Dale/Monmouth. They don’t have any games during the week, but return to action next Saturday against Marshwood/Traip/Sanford.

Kennebunk‘s record might not be where they want it to be (3-3-1), but they have taken on challengers both from Class A and Class B. The wins were against Noble/Wells, Greely and Maranacook/Winthrop. The losses were to Edward Little, Yarmouth and Thornton Academy. The tie was versus Cape Elizabeth. This week they have Biddeford and Scarborough.

Cape Elizabeth has beaten the teams it should beat. Those wins have come over Maranacook/Winthrop, Leavitt and a key win over Gorham. The losses were against qualty opponents in EL, Yarmouth while tying Kennebunk. This week they have Brunswick and York.

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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