Maine Class B Preseason Top 10: Orono/Old Town, Greely Return Potent Offense

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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Maine Class B Top 10

RankTeam[tooltip text="PR*" gravity="ne"]Previous Ranking[/tooltip]WLT
1Orono/Old Town2010
3Cape Elizabeth1632
4Kennebec Riverhawks1180
6Presque Isle1470
7Hampden Academy1370
Orono/Old Town took home the 2018 Maine Class B state title with OT win over Greely. (Photo by Ram Photography)


Could No. 1 Orono/Old Town and No. 2 Greely meet again in the Class B Title game? It could be a good possibility. While both teams lost some pieces, both teams have majority of their rosters back. Orono/Old Town’s three top scorers are either juniors or sophomores and provided 58 goals from a season ago. Greely’s top three goal scorers provided 61 goals. Both teams have the offense to return to Lewiston.

No. 3 Cape Elizabeth should have another strong season as they lost to Greely in the Class B South regional final last year. Phillip Tarling the team’s leading scorer returns for his senior season.  Jake Rutt, the former University of Maine player who had a cup of coffee in the ECHL takes over as head coach. He was an assistant for Biddeford last season.

After a little bit of a rebuilding year, the No. 4 Kennebec Riverhawks (Waterville/Winslow) are expected to be a contender again in 2018-19. They will be a senior heavy-laden team but have some younger players that will also contribute.

The No. 5 York Wildcats have had offense the past couple of seasons and this year is no different with Andrew Bertolini and Dalton McCann each having 20-plus points last season. They have a solid defense, but will be young in goal this year.

No. 6 Presque Isle has a strong group coming back and some championship experience as some members of the hockey team were on the state championship soccer team this fall. They look to out skate their opponents .

Cooper Leland and his 56 points are expected to lead No. 7 Hampden Academy as a senior.They have solid goaltending as they look to challenge in Class B North this season.

Another veteran squad in Class B South is No. 8 Yarmouth. Right now they are still looking for a a go to scorer as the season starts. Coach David St.Pierre expects to be a learning curve, but hopes they can find their stride once the postseason rolls around.

After a couple down seasons, the No. 9 Gorham Rams look for a deep playoff run this season. They have ten seniors returning and what coach Jon Portwine has liked early on has been the younger players are pushing those veterans during the preseason.

If No. 10 Brewer wants to to be in the thick of things in Class B North, coach hopes Lance Ingerson hopes some secondary scoring is developed. They have two solid scorers in Trey Baker and Marty Hewes and four upperclassmen on defense.

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