In Class B South, Greely, last season’s state champ, will field a strong club once again. A team to watch will be the new co-op Cheverus/Yarmouth, two long-time Maine programs that have joined forces this year.
The Rangers look to remain a powerhouse after winning the Class B state championship last season.
Helping in the championship victory was junior Ryan Moore (18 goals, 14 assists) who had a hat trick in the state final game. Fellow junior Evan Dutil (17 goals, six assists) and junior Alex Wallace (11 goals, six assists) will drive the offense along with senior Tyler Grasky (eight goals, 12 assists).
Junior defenseman Brooks Robinson (five goals and six assists) will lead the defense along with senior Brennan Rawnsley (two goals, three assist). In goal they lose Jared Swisher to Berwick Academy and Ben Singer who saw playing time last year. Replacing them are Spencer Osgood and Aidan McAuslin.
A new co-op team has emerged as Cheverus and Yarmouth have joined forces.
Seniors Nick Giancotti (eight goals, 11 assists) and Jackson Header (six goals, 11 assists) will be the offensive catalysts while junior Matt Robichaud (nine goals, five assists) will add some depth. They have a solid goalie in Bryson Pomerleau (.59 GAA, .890 save percentage).
Don’t be surprised if the offense runs through the defense as juniors Kevin Connolly (eight goals, 10 assists), Wyatt Header (six goals, 11 assists) and Cam Miller (five goals, six assists ) had solid offensive seasons in 2019-20.
Cape Elizabeth (10-10-0)
The Capers will look to have a rebuilding year as they won’t have their top four scorers including Gavin Simopoulos, last year’s leading scorer who has forgone his senior season to join the Twin City Thunder’ USPHL Premier League team. Junior Quinn Gordon (five goals, four assists) will lead the offense while Connor Goss (two goals, three assists) and Owen Frankwicz (goal, two assists) will provide support.
Sophomore Nick Laughlin (goal, five assists) will lead the backend along with sophomore Phillip Coupe (three assists) and senior Jack Pellechia (three assists).
Mt. Ararat/Lisbon/Morse (1-16-1)
The Eagles took their bumps a season ago. Defenseman Alex Witwicki (five goals, one assist) and Zander Kirk (three goals and four assists) provided a lot of offense last season.
Sophomore forward (three goals and five assists) is top returning forward along with Clay Munsey (two goals, assist). The team gets back senior forward Brandon Durant as he had an injury last year. Sean Moore looks to lead the Eagles in goal with Sam Young coming up from junior varsity.
Brunswick will rely on goaltending and defense with senior netminder Spencer Marquis having a 2.35 GAA and a .894 save percentage last winter. Henry Burham brings some offense to the back end as the senior had four goals and six assists. Tommy Labbe (four goals and three assists) and Sam Masse (three goals and two assists) will look to build off their sophomore seasons.
Up front three sophomores will lead the Dragons in Nick Marro (nine goals, three assists) Grey Perham (goal, five assists), and AJ Wolverton (goal, seven assists).
Senior Dean Church (15 goals, 13 assists) and sophomore Chase Trudeau (five goals, 14 assists) will lead Kennebunk/Wells offensively while senior Zach Jones (three goals, three assists) will provide some depth up front.
They bring back both goalies Preston Briggs (5-7-0, 5.37 GAA .791 save percentage) and Indigo Looper (1-4-0, 6.23 GAA, .864 save percentage). Two senior defensemen Hunter Lachance and Colby Brown along with sophomores Colin Hines and Hayden Furber will be key contributors on defense.
The Rams lost a few key pieces up front but head coach Jon Portwine expects seniors Aidan Enck (10 goals, eight assists) and Nolan Gava (five goals and seven assists) to drive the offense while senior Dawson Allen returns from injury.
Junior Brady Sawyer (two goals, two assists) should also contribute offensively. Jasper Crane looks to build off a solid sophomore campaign in goal as he had a 2.75 GAA and .859 save percentage. Senior Nathan Eichner (two assists) will lead a young defensive corps.
The Hornets have their top four scorers returning in forwarda Reese Collins (seven goals, 11 assists), Keegan St. Pierre (five goals and six assists), Spencer Berube (five goals an six assists) and Blake Springer. Head coach Joe Hutchinson expects freshmen Evan Manchester, Will Keach, Dawson Gauvin and Hunter Bussierre to provide secondary scoring this year.
The team has five returning defenseman in Ryan Thibault and Sam Tibbetts and juniors Blake Springer and Robbie Gladu. Sophomore Brady Corson is another a returning player. Vincent Lupardo (4-14 record, 3.99 gaa and a .875 save percentage) played in every game in goal as a sophomore.