Maine Girls Pre-Season Top 5
Heading into the 2023-24 girls hockey season, last year’s contenders remain the teams to beat.
Defending state champions, Cheverus/Old Orchard Beach/Windham, enter the season as the top team with most of the championship-winning team. They have difference-makers at every position and can put the puck in the net.
The No. 2 Penobscot Pioneers (Bangor area co-op) is another team that is an offensive dynamo with Jordin Williams leading the way. They made waves as a first-year program by reaching the Northern Maine regional final. They should vie for their first regional and potentially state championship again this year.
The team that beat the Pioneers in the regional final, No. 3 Yarmouth/Freeport will have another good season in 2023-24. They don’t have one or two players who will do all the scoring but have a handful of players who can find the back of the net. Their experience from last season will be helpful.
No. 4 Gorham/Bonny Eagle/Massabesic/Lake Region/Fryeburg/Westbrook is riding high after coming off the program’s most successful season when they reached the Southern Maine regional final. The Rams have a goal scorer, Emerson Homa returning but to be successful this season they will have to grind out wins.
No. 5 Winslow/Gardiner/Messalonskee/Lawrence/Cony/Mt. Blue/Erskine Academy/Maranacook could be another team in the deep North division that could be the representative in the state championship game. They are young but have big-time players like Katie Bedard, who almost put up 40 goals as a freshman.