Eastern Class B
The Eagles are bringing back a solid core from last season’s championship squad. Up front they bring back Jared Cunningham and Jake Dexter. New head coach Joe Hague expects Dylan and Dustin Brown expect to be big contributors this season.
On the back end Dylan Burton and Brandon Nale return. Joining them will be Connor Smith and Sam Bell. In goal Elija Tuell will be taking the reigns from Ben Weeks.
John Bapst (10-10-0)
The John Bapst Crusaders are under new leadership as Andy Stephenson takes over as head coach. He will rely on
seniors Hunter Pate and Jackson Leonard for offensive production along with juniors Nate Reese and Logan Ellis.Sam Lander will log plenty of minutes in goal for his final year of eligibility.
Presque Isle (13-6-1)
The Wildcats lost two key pieces from last year’s team in Tyler Seeley and Andrew Michaud, What they do return is Alex Michaud who has already tallied 100 points in his first three years in the high school ranks.
Head coach Carl Fynn will also look at Joseph Patenaude and Daniel Boucher for offense as they try to return to the Eastern Maine finals. In goal, the Wildcats have two juniors in Jillian Flynn and Oliver Gerrish who will both see time in net. On the backend the Wildcats are on the young side with Denny Young and Eric Benson.
The Purple Panthers battled all season last year for second place as Messalonskee ran away with the Eastern Class B title and the State Championship. They expect to be in the thick of things again this season.
Nick Denis scored 23 times last year and added 12 assists. Michael Oliveira added seven goals and set up his teammates 13 times. Andrew Roderigue will provide offense on the blue line as he had six goals and ten assists.
Hampden Academy (8-6-2)
The Broncos have two key cogs on the back end in seniors Riley Eastman and Ryan Cole. They bring veteran presence in front of sophomore goaltender Cole Benner.
Up front Dylan Cray will try to help the Broncos to build off a playoff appearance where they fell to Waterville 5-2. in the quarterfinal round. Sophomore Mark Thibodeau will also expected to contribute offensively
The Black Raiders have a tight group according to head coach Andy Dube. The players have been playing together for a longtime. The team will be led by Alex Berard, Jacob Larsen, Jacob Trask, Jimmy Fowler and Andrew Beals.
Orono/Old Town (2-16)
Head coach Denis Collins’ team was a thorn in their opponents sides last year, but they didn’t have the results to show for it. Collins likes his depth at defense with Tyler Byther leading the way as a senior. He also has talented underclassmen in sophomores Austin Sheehan, Jacob Gallon and junior Lucas Shorette.
He also expects them to contribute offensively. They will have two lines of upperclassmen in Damien Spencer, Seamus McKaig and Darin Gardner. Also expected to provide offense are Makayla Brown, Chris Hoxie, Lance Roy and Cam Sullivan. Juniors Chase Albert and John Kenneway will both see time in goal.
The Witches look to bounce back from an off year. Gabe Valley, Kyle Spox, Caleb Eggert and Dylan Severance will be the key offensive pieces up front. Joining them are newcomers Joshua Pellegrin, Jack Waktins and Riley Kenney.
On the back end Trey Wood and Jack Schroder are the veterans with Kyle Webb being a newcomer. In goal, Tyler Friel returns and Drew Baker will also see playing time.
The Black Hawks have a lot of youth this year and they hope to use it to their advantage. They will have four freshmen on the team in forwards Drew Marino, Brandon Dunn and Abe Lorom and Nick DeLucca on defense.
Defenseman Josh Malone enters his sophomore year after spending his freshman year on the varsity squad. Up front Cam Clark and Rachel Harmon will provide veteran leadership as seniors. Coach Tony Marino knows his players won’t give up no matter who the opponent is this season.
Western Class B
Cape Elizabeth (7-10-1)
The Cape Elizabeth Capers are expected to compete for the Western Class B Title. They will rely on two senior wingers, Curtis Guimond (28 pts) and Jack Drinan (27 pts) Sophomore Ben Ekedahl should provide secondary scoring as he had four goals and five assists as a freshman. Eli Babcock will be a key cog on the back end for the Capers.
The Gorham Rams made a splash in their first year in Western Class B as they won the regional championship. They are poised to defend their title again as they bring a solid core back.
Jordan Ward, Michael Chapin and Travis Mansir will bring senior leadership. Junior Carl Bear will look to have a breakout junior year this winter.
After winning back-to-back Class B State Championships in 2012 and 2013, the Rangers had a roller coaster season last year. They will be young but a talented.
In net, Kyle Kramlich returns as a four year starter. He will be a calming presence and will be able to steal a game or two throughout the year. John Wright is a senior defender and will joined by newcomers Nick Caputo and Ryan Sullivan. Andrew Ray had ten goals and five assists as a freshman. Junior Nathan Gervais chipped in with five goals and seven assists last year.
The core of forwards are sophomores in Dylan Fried, Ryan Megathlin, Jack Saffian and Coby Robinson.
Camden Hills (18-5-2)
The Windjammers lost some offensive production from last year’s squad, but that won’t stop them from being a contender in Western Class B.
Senior Simon Lydon had 12 goals and 20 assists last year while James Annis had 15 goals and seven assists. Expect those two be the top two options this season up front. Jonah Cameron and Kieran Lydon are good secondary options.
Camden Hills is another team with veterans on defense with senior Luke Noonan while Nick Czuchra, Nick Tassoni and Matt Prescott are juniors. In goal they have experience in juniors Jet Magri and Zach Hand. Look for Karl Enroth to use them both this year.
Kennebunk has a sold junior core that will help the Rams try to make a deep playoff run this season. Forwards Bo Beveridge, Donovan
Conne, Pat Gassman and James Ross will contribute offensively along with seniors Dave Parker, Jack Graydon and Czech exchange student Jan Rurtle.
Defensively junior Joe Mooney will clog up minutes with sophomore Miles Eaton. Mike LeBlanc will be the number one goaltender for the Rams.
Patrick Grant provided a lot of offense last season as a sophomore as the playmaking forward had nine goals and 28 assists in 19 games. He will have a lot of options to dish the puck in senior Dylan Tureff and sophomore Bill Jacobs.
Head coach David St. Pierre expects newcomers Bennett Travers, Chris Romano and Cooper May to contribute offensively. Walter Conrad and Brian Travers will be the backbone of the defensive unit while Victor Wakelin and Nick Allen will split time in net.
The Wildcats have a lot of talent in their senior class. Derek Neal, Jim Orso, Adam Jannetti, Dillon Goslin, Matt Abruzzese, and Matt Wacker are forwards that will lead the underclassman. They have three senior defensemen in Nick Walsh, Brendan Carney and Conall Anderson.
They are also have depth within the sophomore class in forwards Nick Giles, Henry McAddin and Tucker Fegan while on defense there’s Colin Palmer. In goal, Eric Lindbom has plenty experience going into his final high school hockey season and will be a mentor for freshman Keenan Gamache.
They will be a younger squad again. Sophomore goalie Ashton Dozois picked up a lot of experience last year as a freshman. Ryan Gosselin will be a key pivot man up front as a senior. Junior Blaine Arsenault and Garrett Morin will also be key pieces up front with experience.
Newcomers include Hunter Soucy, Drake Goupil and Conor Cyr. Defensively Kevin Knight, Shuler Lamothe, and Lucas Perry are veterans and will eat up the most minutes. They will be joined by Riley Whitcomb, Julian Clements and Garrett Derocher.
In a tightly group Class B West going into the season, they could be surprise and find themselves in the playoff hunt.