CLASS B EAST
JOHN BAPST (13-5-0)
The Crusaders are in a rebuilding mode after losing a lot of players to graduation. Head coach Gene Fadrigon expects the team to be competitive despite being a young squad.
They will be led by forwards Jacob Reese, Matthew Spear, Hunter Pate and Jon Cheff. On the blue line Ethan Handley and Ray Hummel will log heavy minutes.
PRESQUE ISLE (8-9-1)
The Presque Isle Wildcats look to be a contender in B East. Tyler Seely, Alex Michaud, Joseph Patenaude, and Cooper Madore provide depth at the forward position.
Despite losing Andrew McKay to the prep ranks, Andrew Michaud and Mikey Michaud are two sold defensemen. In goal, Jillian Flynn and Oliver Gerrish are both only sophomores and saw solid action as freshmen.
The Purple Panthers, a historic Class A powerhouse, has dropped down to Class B due to smaller school population and smaller number of players trying out for the hockey team. Waterville will look to have a bounce back season from a 4-14 record.
Kaleb Kane will be the man to stop the puck in net as a senior. Dalton Denis, Chris Lee, and Tommy Samson are three seniors that will provide scoring up front along with sophomore Michael Oliveria. Defensively they will be led by Zach Disch and Todd Serbent. Ten incoming freshmen will get some solid seasoning this year.
The Eagles will once again be going after the Class B East crown. They return the Cunningham brothers, Chase and Jared, who put up 71 points and 64 points respectfully. Dan Condon will be more offensive power as a transfer who played for Maranacook/Hall-Dale/Winthrop last season. Josh Towle and Jared Dexter will also contribute on the offense this season.
Dylan Burton is an offensive defenseman who had 22 points as a freshman last season. They will have five freshmen on the roster this season.
HAMPDEN ACADEMY (12-8-0)
The Broncos will look for another playoff run this year. Up front they are led by Michael Ward, Matt Closson, and Dylan Cray, who bring veteran presence at the forward position.
On defense Riley Eastman and Robert Stowe will log heavy minutes on the blue line. Ryan Manning is a good goalie and will be able to steal some games.
Orono and Old Town were rivals last year but they come together to form a co-op team. Dennis Collins will take over the program coming over from Bangor High School.
Alex Ross and Chase Albert are both juniors who should see plenty of time in goal. Their senior class is forward heavy with four up front and one true defenseman. The bulk of the team is made up of juniors and sophomores which combine for 13 players. The team could have as many as six freshmen as well.
The Wiches once again will be one of the teams to beat in Eastern Class B. Gabe Valley should lead the charge offensively after an outstanding season last year. Other guys up front include Gehrig White and Dylan Severance to lead a young group as the Witches are lost a lot due to graduation.
Jake Schroder is the only returning defenseman. He is only a sophomore. In goal Tyler Friel is a sophomore goaltender who emerged as a freshman and got solid playing time. Coach David Shedd is excited about his potential Brewer is optimistic on the season but believe entire Class B will be competitive.
CLASS B WEST
The Yarmouth Clippers are ready to challenge for the Class B West Title this year with a number of seniors returning.
Isaak Dearden had ten goals and four assists as a junior and defenseman Max Watson had six goals and eight assists. David Clemmer will look to rebound from a junior season that was cut short due to injury. Patrick Grant had an outstanding freshman season with four goals and six assists. Walter Conrad was a solid defenseman as a freshman with three goals and five assists.
CAMDEN HILLS (16-5-0)
The Windjammers had an outstanding season last year and will be a contender again this season.
They return seniors Jack Orne and Grayson Szumilas, who each had 21 goals last season. Simon Lydon and James Annis should help offensively.
Parker Lawson will be a go-to defenseman and Jet Magri will man the pipes once again as a sophomore. Coach Karl Enroth is excited about freshman forward Kiernan Lydon and junior defenseman Luke Noonan who will be making the transition to the varsity level.
CAPE ELIZABETH CAPERS (8-11-1)
The Capers look to put their name in the hat in the Western Class B race. Eli Breed will look to have a bigger role offensively after a 19-point campaign as a junior.
His running mates Curtis Guimond and Jack Drinan will also have a big impacts this season coming off a 16-point sophomore season. Dennis Frank will shoulder the load defensively as a senior and with four freshmen who will be regulars on the back end.
The Tigers may be young but head coach is excited the talent they bring to the ice.
Alex Nadeau will be looked upon to bring leadership as the senior forward had 12 goals and six assists last season. Matt Farris and Courtney Cotnoire are two other seniors forwards that will be go-to guys.
Alex Hinkley is a solid defenseman who will log big minutes for the Tigers. Brad Moore will return in goal for his senior campaign after seeing plenty of shots as a junior. They will have eight freshmen in the line-up and four sophomores making the transition to the varsity level.
It’s quite possible the Greely Rangers could make it a three-peat as Class B State Champions. Unlike the previous two years where they were the team pegged to come out of Western B, they dropped back to the pack with the loss of Ted Hart, who transferred to Phillips Exeter, and Mitch Donovan who joined the Portland Junior Pirates 18U team.
They still return some fire power in Reid Howland, who had 25 goals and 17 assists last season. Aidan Black, Pete Hurley, and Joe Saffian, who provided secondary scoring last year, will have a bigger role this season.
Brian Storey, a senior, will provide stability on the back end. Kyle Kramlich will return once again to be the wall in goal as a two time defending state champion.
It was a rebuilding year last season for the York Wildcats who went to the Western Class B semifinals.
They have some firepower coming back including Derek Neal who had 31 goals and 11 assists. James Orso will look to add to his eight goals and 14 assist sophomore campaign.
Defensively they will rely on four juniors: Nick Walsh, Conall Anderson, Matt Wacker, and Hugh Castorina. Eric Lindbom could be a top flight goalkeeper in Western B. They have five freshmen who are expected to contribute in their first season.
Gorham is hopeful for another playoff run this season. They dropped down from Class A which puts them right in contention in Western B.
Offensively Tucker Buteau, Jared Wood and transfer Carl Bear will be the playmakers and put the puck in the net. In goal, they have a solid netminder in Justin Broy and he will be the key to their success. Dylan Turner will be the go-to guy on defense.
Last season Kennebunk played their freshmen a lot and took some bumps in the road. At the end of the day they were still competitive in Class A. Now with the move to Class B they hope the sophomores will have the experience to try to lock a playoff birth.
James Ross, Bo Beveridge, and Joe Mooney are few of the sophomores that is part of that core. Bryce Fraser, Ryan Keefe, and Brandon Merchant are three senior forwards that will provide leadership.
Ben Bath will be a key defenseman in his final year of eligibility. Mike Leblanc will be a go to guy in goal.
The Hornets will be looking to capture a playoff spot this season. The biggest addition to the team is having a natural goalie which they have been missing the last two seasons. It will be a tough task for freshman Ashton Dezois to have to step in right away, but Leavitt should be better in the second half of the season.
He will have veteran defensemen in front of him in Clay Rowland and Logan Vincent as seniors while Kevin Knight had valuable experience as a sophomore. Adam Poulin, Conor Violette, and Conor O’Malley are three senior forwards to watch out for.
MASSABESIC/OLD ORCHARD BEACH
The Sea Stangs is returning to the varsity level after spending last season at the junior varsity level. Tim King, Caleb Grenier, and Dominic Pfeiffer will be the go to guys offensively. Craig Finley will see a lot of action in goal. Defensively junior Nick Vigue will log heavy minutes. Overall they will be a young group and getting valuable experience at the varsity level.