State Finalist Greely is looking to get back to the championship game, but will have to successfully navigate Maine Class B South first. Here is a look at the teams.
The Rams will have ten seniors on the roster this season led by Trevor Gray, who had four goals and 10 assists a season ago while Tanner Garand had three goals and seven assists.
Junior Cole Perrault will also be a go to player after a seven-goal and six-assist sophomore campaign. Sophomores Nolan Gava and Aiden Enck who were on the junior varsity team last year should bring some depth up front.
Peter Richards will be the leader on defense as a junior while fellow junior Cam Sawyer who’s coming up from the jv team will bring some depth. Freshman Caleb Waterman will be a contributor in goal this season.
One of the perennial favorites in Class B South, the Greely Rangers will look to get back to the state championship game for the second straight season.
Jake MacDonald tore up the competition as a sophomore last year as he had 26 goals and 26 assists. Junior Andy Moore added 17 goals and 21 assists in his sophomore campaign. They will have to find a new running mate as Matt Kramlich who had 47 points, last year, transferred to the Westminster School. Senior Jackson Williams had 14 goals and 19 assists last season.
Junior Caleb Duff will be the anchor on defense while in goal three newcomers in Jared Swisher, Ben Singer and Spencer Osgood will try to grab the No. 1 spot.
The Clippers will have a nice mix of veterans and youngsters this season.
Up front Kurt Heywood is coming off an eight-goal and six-assist junior year while fellow senior Sam Marjerison (8 pts) will be moving to the forward position from defense. Michael Guertler, also a senior, will provide depth scoring as he had two goals and four assists and Issac Grondin will contribute as a freshman.
Senior Matt Sanborn, who had five goals and five assists and junior Spencer King who had nine points last year, will be leaders on defense while Cam Miller will contribute as a freshman. Freshmen goalie Charles Henry will see some time at the varsity level.
The Dragons look to make a playoff push by the end of the season as they graduated seven players.
Senior winger Jacob Doring is coming off a 14-goal and 15-assist junior campaign. Looking to help with the offense is senior Jack St. Pierre who had four goals and two assists while Issac Burtis had a goal and three assists.
Defensively junior Scout Masse and sophomore Henry Burnham will anchor the back end. Sophomore Spencer Marquis takes the reigns in goal from graduated senior Riley Kirk.
CAPE ELIZABETH (14-2-2)
The Capers look for another solid campaign under first year coach Jake Rutt. They have one of the better players in Class B returning in senior forward Phillip Tarling who had 14 goals and 21 assists a year ago. Gavin Simopoulos had a solid freshmen season as he had six goals for 12 points.
Jackson Woods is one of three seniors on the blue line as he had two goals and 14 assists a season ago. His fellow classmates are Stephen Murray who had nine assists and Brendan Goss who had a goal and five assists.
The Tigers are looking to build from a season ago under new coach Tyler Wing.
Senior winger Cameron Bourassa had nine goals and 13 assists last season while Jake Weston had a breakout sophomore season with six goals and 15 helpers. Sean Michaud is expected to be the third option up front as a junior after four goals and five assists last season as a sophomore.
Jared Shaw showed some offense from the blue line with two goals and seven assists as a sophomore. Also anchoring the back end is sophomore John Flynn. Quinn Veregge returns as the team’s netminder as a junior with sophomore newcomer Max Dearborn backing him up.
The Rams will be young this season and coach Sean Smith will be looking to seniors Holden Johnson and Seth Batchelder to provide offense along with sophomore Dean Church. Zack Jones and Thomas Johnson are sophomores new to the program.
Jake Cyr is a senior netminder and will have senior Walker Robinson and juniors Harrison Briggs and Joe Eremita patrolling the blue line in front of him. Sophomore Hunter Lachance is also expected to contribute defensively.
MARANACOOK/WINTHROP/MADISON/SPRUCE MOUNTAIN (1-17-0)
The rebuilding Hawks could make a leap this year with heavy junior and sophomore classes.
Shane Tweedie returns as the team’s top returning scorer as the junior had three goals and two assists while fellow classmate Coleman Watson had a pair of goals and a pair of assists. Senior defenseman Eric Savage will lead the blue line crew along with sophomores Kyle Bean and Jonathan Rioux will log some minutes. Senior Will Hays will be the go to guy in goal.
The Wildcats are coming off a regional semifinal appearance and look for another playoff run. They are led by three senior forwards in Andrew Bertolini who had 13 goals for 26 points while Dalton McCann had 12 goals and eight helpers. Jake Nelson had eight goals and 11 assists.
They have three returners on the blue line in senior Marshall Ford while juniors Max Pickett and Aiden Drew will also log heavy minutes. Troy Nelson is the lone returning goalie as a sophomore while York has junior newcomer Domenic Carlson and freshmen Ben Soares looking for playing time. Coach Jim Powers is excited for the entire 10 newcomers to the program.
The Hornets move to Class B South from Class A North where they look to be a part of the mix in B South.
They return goaltender Dakota Soucy who played every game for the Kings last year going 11-8 with a 2.80 goals against average and a .855 save percentage. Austin Taylor is the top returning scorer coming back with 15 goals and 12 assists while Trent Vaillancourt looks to build off a six-goal and four-assist junior campaign. Jayson Martin and Cole Gagne will provide senior leadership on the blue line. They have eight newcomers into the line up that should provide some depth.