Maine HS Hockey: Class A Team Previews: Lewiston Coming Off Perfect 19-20 Season

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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The Maine Class A season is finally underway in earnest. Here is a look at how teams stack up:

Saint Dominic Academy (14-5-0)

The Saints will have some offensive talents returning in Lucas Pushard (13 goals, 12 assists) and Leo Naous (nine goals, eight assists).

Seniors Matt Fletcher (five goals, two assists) and Noah Pratt (three assists) will lead the blue line along with Greely transfer Devdan Young, who is also a senior. Nate Jones will look to be the starter in goal to start the season. Nine newcomers should add some depth for the Saints.

Lewiston (21-0-0)

The Lewiston Blue Devils are coming off a perfect season as the school captured its 24th state championship. They will have to replace Kurtis Pelletier, Ryan Pomerleau and Ben St. Laurent to graduation while freshmen sensation Brock Bergeron has moved onto prep hockey with The Winchendon School and Michael Belleau to North Yarmouth Academy.

Coach Jamie Belleau expects the defense and goaltending to be stout with defensemen Damon Bossie and Cooper St. Hilaire leading the back end. The team also gets back Nick Pomerleau who played last season with the L/A Nordiques of the North American 3 Hockey League and played with the Maine Nordiques Prep Academy 18U team. In goal Keegan McLaughlin will man the pipes.

Up front the Blue Devils will be led by seniors Mason Beaudoin (three goals and nine assists) and Tyler Leger (goal and assist). Junior Evan Knowlton (five goals, three assists) will contribute along with sophomores Daxton St. Hilaire (two goals, four assists), Cole Ullrich and Tanner Anctil.

Lake Region/Fryeburg Academy/Oxford Hills (8-9-1)

The IceCats will rely on senior goalie Dom Zimmel. New head coach Wayne Neiman expects Eddie Thurston, Will Galligan, Caleb Micklon to pace the offense. Neiman said the team has a good core and depth returning this season.

South Portland/Freeport/Waynflete (12-7-1)

The Red Riots return the three of their top four leading scorers from a season ago in Dylan Hannan (eight goals, 13 assists), who was second on the team last season. Cullen Adams led the team with 12 goals last year and had six assists.  Owen Anderson (four assists and seven assists) was fourth on the team in points.

Senior defenseman Harry Milspaugh will lead a young defensive corps as three sophomores Connor Corcoran, Ian Wright and Richie Gilboy expecting to make solid contributions this year.

Biddeford/Old Orchard Beach/Massabesic (5-11-2)

Head coach Jason Tremblay is using the shorten season as a developmental year and year to have fun. He will have a strong core with Trevor Ouellette (8-7), the team’s leading scorer back as a senior. Fellow senior forward Nick Reissfelder (goal, three assists) will also help offensively.

In net Gavin Sperlich saw a lot of action last year with a 4-7-2 record with a 3.33 goals-against average and a .919 save percentage. On defense senior Monty Leclerc (goal, three assists) will lead the blue line.

Edward Little (9-11-0)

The Red Eddies finished as one of the hottest teams in the state last year, winning seven of their last eight games. The lone loss came in the state semifinals to Scarborough. Gage Ducharme will look to build off his freshman campaign as he had 7-4-1 record with 2.13 gaa a .919 save percentage.

Defense will be the strength of the team with three seniors in Will Cassidy (goal, five assists), Marius Morneau (three goals, three assists) and Colin Merrit (two assists). Jack Keefe (eight goals, four assists) was the Red Eddies leading goal scorer. Aidan Gonzalez (two goals and three assists) will look to build off his sophomore year.

Falmouth (7-11-1)

The Yachtsmen may have one of the most dangerous forwards in Class A as Owen Drummey returns for his senior season . He had 14 goals and 17 assists in 18 games as a junior. Junior Charlie Adams (seven goals, 18 assists) was the team’s second leading scorer.

Sophomore Aaron Higgins (six goals, six assists) returns after starting the year with the Maine Nordiques Academy 16U team.

Cam Charron (two goals, six assists) led the defense as a freshman last year. Senior Nic Langdon and freshmen Elijah St. Louis will battle for time in the crease.

Windham/Westbrook/Bonny Eagle (4-15-0)

The Trailblazers will be under new leadership with Bobby Fothergill taking over for Greg Leclair. Fothergill will have Travis Brown (eight goals, four assists) who led the team a year ago in scoring.

Second in scoring was defenseman Chris Westgate (three goals and seven assists) who will be a senior this year. Forward Holden Anderson (goal, eight assists) was third in team scoring.

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