Maine Girls HS Hockey – League Preview: Lewiston (North), Cheverus (South) Early Favorites

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There will again be 16 programs competing in Maine Girls HS hockey, comprised of an 8-team North Divison and an 8-team South Division.

NORTH DIVISION

LEWISTON

Leah Landry Lewiston

Coach: Ron Dumont

The Blue Devils won the 2020 Maine Girls state title and while losing some talented players from that squad and last year’s club that ended up 9-2-1 in the shortened season, including Paige Pomerleau (Winchendon) and Bailee St. Hillaire (Worcester Academy), they again will be a force.

Senior Leah Landry and junior Leah Dube will be an impressive 1-2 scoring punch. The group also has back seniors Kristen Lachance and Rebecca Lussier, and junior Alyssa Marcoux. New fresman Toree St. Hillaire hopes to step right in.

Toree St. Hillaire Lewiston

A defensive nucleus is built around seniors Charlotte Cloutier and Lily Gish, and junior Ava Godfroy.

Senior Kim McLaughlin will get the call in the nets.

ST. DOMINIC/MONMOUTH/GRAY-GNG/WINTHROP

Coach: Paul Gosselin

A young group that will work on overall team defense as the season goes along. coach Gosselin feels his club still be competitive in the North Division.

He does have a talented senior trio to power the offense in Emma Roy, Isabella Webster and West Duffy. A pair of freshmen ready to crack the scoresheet are Emily Andrews and Gabby Allen.

Junior Laura Hanlon will see important minutes on the blue line in front of new freshman goaltender Abrianna White.

MT. ARARAT/LISBON/MORSE

Coach: Jeremy Saxton

Coming off a solid campaign in 20-21, the Eagles look to soar to even higher heights this winter.

Sophomore Sarah Moore will be a key component of the offense for coach Saxton. New junior Marley Labelle will step in and contribute.

Defensive cornerstones project to be junior Mallory Stuart and sophomore Caragh Beasley, with freshman Riley Labelle in the mix as well.

Senior Greta Marchildon will handle the goaltending.

BRUNSWICK

Coach: Tala Glass

The Dragons are under new management with new head coach Glass taking the reins.

While getting acclimated to her personnel, Glass feels keys to success will be putting pucks on net, limiting opposing scoring chances and team chemistry.

WINSLOW/GARDINER CO-OP

Coach: Bill Boardman

This club will feature just one senior so how quickly the younger players can develop will be a key factor in any success for the Black Tigers, who got to play just four games last winter. Team defense should be a strongpoint.

The lone senior – Audrey Sheridan – will be an intregal part of the offense with sophomore returner Kaylyn Bourque. Two freshmen to watch up front are Sophia Sullivan and Kate Nichols.

Junior Kylie Boardman and sophomore Hannah Daignault will anchor the defense, with new freshman Jordin William having a role.

The team does have two goaltenders to turn to in junior Emma Michaud and incoming sophomore Lily Berard.

YARMOUTH/FREEPORT

Coach: David Intraversato

Despite being young, the Clippers should be able to generate scoring opportunities with their team speed up front. Solid back-checking and defense will be keys.

Sophomores Sophie Smith (7 pts) and Rosie Panenka (19 pts – All Conference selection) will carry the load up front for coach Intraversato. Look for freshman Emma White to be a factor as well.

All-Conference rearguard Amanda Panciococco will backbone the blue line contingent.

First year netminder Julie Meas gets the call between the pipes.

EDWARD LITTLE/POLAND/LEAVITT

Coach: Dana Berube

With some good numbers, the Red Hornets could be in the mix in the North Division.

A host of forwards are back, including seniors Caroline Audette, Molly Sirous, Audrey Day, Sophia Hartley and Megan Lachance.

Seniors Sophia Castagna and Eve Martineau return on defense, where a trio of freshmen – Ella LaBelle, Sophia Bourgoin and Allysa Prosser – will provide some nice depth.

Senior McKenzie Horton will handle the goaltending.

** Greely is also in the North Division and will have a new head coach in Megan Vaughn

SOUTH DIVISION

Mikayla Talbot Cheverus

CHEVERUS

Coach: Scott Rousseau

Young and talented, the Stags will be a serious challenger in the South that should improve as the season progresses. Team defense will be strength once again (Cheverus allowed just 11 goals in 10 games last winter).

Leaders in the forward ranks will be senior All-State selection Olivia Bradford and sophomore Charlotte Miller, an All-Conference selection. Freshman Lucy Johnson will contribute. The offense will be vastly improved when injured skaters Elie Picard and Mikayla Talbot return to the lineup.

Sophomore Brynn McKenny is a returning All-State selection on the blue line for coach Rousseau. Sophomore Lily Johnson is solid and was an All-Conference pick a year ago. Taking over between the pipes is sophomore Ella Lemieux.

SCARBOROUGH

Coach: Taylor Fowler

The play of a solid nucleus of eight seniors will dictate how far the Red Storm can go. They should be a factor in the South Division race. They were 3-2-0 in the five games they were able to play last winter.

Four of those seniors power the offense in Evelyn Boardman (3 goals), Ashley Farrington (4 goals), Calynn Gendreau (6 pts) and Meagan Donovan (4 pts).

Senior Lillian Finley, senior Gwen Diaza and senior Morgan Scoville form an experienced defensive crew, while another senior – Ariella Swett – is back in the nets.

PORTLAND/DEERING

Coach: Tom Clifford

Having graduated eight seniors, and another player heading to the prep ranks, P/D will be an inexperienced team this winter.

Offense will be generated by senior Jordan King and senior Julia Duggan.

Senior Kate Sawyer returns to lead the defense, which should include a pair of new freshmen in Jane Flynn and Zoe Sinnett.

Senior Caitlin Huynh is a returning netminder.

YORK/TRAIP/MARSHWOOD/NOBLE

Coach: Sadie Wright-Ward

Another squad that will have a host of new faces will be the Wildcats, who will need to form some chemistry right off the bat.

Up front, senior captain Anna Cohen, and juniors Maggie Hanlon and Liz Buckley will be offensive catalysts.

Senior captains Jill Carr and Charlotte Grimes are cornerstones on the blue line. Junior Molly Grace and sophomore Chloe Fallon will look for regular time.

The team will have two goaltenders in junior Katie Brower and sophomore Eva Moreland.

BIDDEFORD/THORNTON ACADEMY/WELLS

Coach: Adam Flynn

There is some optimism in Biddeford, where coach Flynn feels he has some talented younger players and strong goaltending. Low-scoring games could be the norm.

Juniors Mackenzie Day and Cece Keller, along with sophomore Lily LeSieur, are key returners up front. New Freshman Eliza Woods hopes to have an impact.

On defense, junior Eden Woods and sophomore Jordan Dube are will log key minutes. Freshman Eliza Woods will have a role.

Senior veteran Kelsie Keely gets the nod in goal for the Tigers.

CAPE ELIZABETH/WAYNFLETE/SOUTH PORTLAND

Coach: Bob Mills

A couple of solid lines and strong goaltending will keep this co-op squad competitive in the South Division.

Becca Good is a key returning forward for coach Mills. Adding some nice depth are freshmen Marina Bassett, Libby Hooper and Hartson Mosunic.

The defense will be anchored by Delaney Whitten and Sofia Cook, with new freshman Catie Lee in the mix.

Abbey Steinhagen is a returning goaltender for the Riots, joined in the netminding rotation by freshman Vivienne Cook.

** Falmouth and Gorham will also be in the South Division this winter

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