CLASS B NORTH
While there were no official state playoffs last season, the Windjammers did win the COVID Cup, mini playoffs with other Central Maine opponents.
They will be led by senior goalie Jackson Bernier who has been a starter since freshman season.
Forwards Jakob Johnson (Sevenn goals and eight assists) and Cam Powell (five goals and five assists) averaged at least a point-per-game last season. Rory Carlson is an all-around player, playing forward and defense while Elias Libby will be a key defenseman.
The strength of the Black Bears will be on the backend with five senior defensemen: Conner McCannall, Tyler Kenney, Chase Campbell, Peyton Vose, and Noah Thibodeau. Sophomore Jackson Lizotte saw playing time last year as a freshman.
Coach Chris Thurlow said he lost some key pieces up front but return Perry Collatos (six goals and five assists) and Adam Henderson (two goals and eight assists).
Senior goalie Aidan Rand was stellar in a shorten junior season with a 1.30 goals-against-average and a .970 save percentage.
The Wildcats will be young, but coach Carl Flynn expects the offense to be fine.
Jonah Roy, Quinn Demerchant, Ethan Shaw, and Ethan Carlisle will be some of the forwards to watch.
Presque Isle will have depth at defense with Caleb Levesque, Jonathan Staples, Blake Davenport, and Cooper Boinske all returning.
The Tigers hope to have a breakout year with four junior forwards: Nathanael Luiz, Camdyn Lasselle, Garret Doyle, and Casey Paul. Joining them, Connor Whitley will be a key piece to the offense.
Newcomers Gavin White (sophomore), Kole Johnson (junior) and Blake Small (sophomore) will add to the forward depth. Seniors Alex Grover and Chase Kelley will be the core of the blueline, and sophomore Evan Michaud is expected to be an important defenseman.
Senior Sean Doyle is going to be the man in between the pipes.
Second-year head coach Dennis Martin has 18 returning players.
Up front, two juniors will lead the way in Bryce Crowell and Will Durkee. Senior transfer Colby Pawson is expected to contribute to the offense along with freshman forward Owen Kirk.
Defenfensly, the Eagles have three seniors Jake Thomas, James Jones, and Brady Doucette. Senior transfer Brandan Bearce will bring added depth to the blue line. Mitchell Grant and Gio Caccamo are both senior goalies.
Coach Shawn Johnson likes the mix of veterans and young players in the Rams lineup.
Cony has five senior forwards returning in Jack Morrill, Jacob Godbout, Jakob Varney, Nick Levesque, and Ayden Clark that will provide the scoring. Senior Reid Albison will lead the defense while Kyle Clavet (junior) and Brandon Smith (sophomore) will also get a lot of playing time. Senior Matty Shea will have sophomores Landon Foster and Tyler Pelletier pushing for playing time in goal.
Junior Aaron Whitley is a newcomer at the forward position along with freshmen Zack Waddell and Cale Harrington will also contribute offensively.
The Broncos will rely on seniors Khaleb Hale, Morgan Tash, and John Vickery to lead the offense, and sophomore Keith Brooks will bring depth up front.
Cam Henderson (senior), Max Fleming (junior), and Tucker Leland (sophomore) are three defensemen coach Eric MacDonald expect to have an impact this season. Junior
Aaron Donovan returns in goal. Newcomers Nick Bates and Drew Crouse will make an impact on the lineup.
JOHN BAPST/HERMON/BANGOR CHRISTIAN/DEER ISLE-STONINGTON
Coach Devin Fitzpatrick expects a big season from junior forward Aiden Dunn, who has taken a leadership role this off-season. Sophomore Curtis Brown is another returning forward to keep an eye on.
Junior defenseman Caleb Robbins will lead the blue line, while Gavin Bartlett is a returning junior goalie.
Fitzpatrick is excited about two junior transfer forwards: Carter Walls (Old Town/Orono) and Hunter Higgins (Brewer/Searsport). Freshman Will Bourgeois will bring depth at the forward position.
KENNEBEC RIVERHAWKS (WATERVILLE/WINSLOW)
New head coach Todd Dostie expects his team to be a fit team with only 15-16 players on the roster.
Donnie Gurney, Peter Sack, and Tyson Smith are expected to provide the scoring for the Riverhawks.
Defensively, Jared Newgard will log big minutes, and Wyatt Grenier will man the pipes.
The Witches are always in the mix when it comes to the end of February when the playoffs start.
This year coach Lance Ingerson will rely on Nick Lamprecht, Grady Vanidestine, and Owen Spaulding at the forward position. Manning the blue line will be Jed Gilpatrick, Brady Barker, and Chase McKenney while Evan White returns in goal.
CAPITAL REGION HAWKS (MARANACOOK/WINTHROP/HALL-DALE/LAWRENCE/SPRUCE MOUNTAIN)
The Hawks had a decent season last year going 5-7-1.
This year they look for contributions from senior Evan Gourley, who had eight goals and four assists last year. Wyatt Lyons (senior) had four goals and three assists while Bennett Ross had a goal and seven assists. Caleb Lerette, Ben Platt, and Lincoln Dawbin are three freshman forwards joining the program.
Isaac Parker (senior) had a goal and four assists from the blue line, he will be joined by freshman Ethan Fortin. Adrian O’Connell (senior) is the team’s starter this season.
CLASS B SOUTH
The Dragons expect to be a defensive team this season, relying on junior goalie Luke Patterson and experienced defensemen Sam Masse, Tommy Labbie, and Zach Stern-Haye, who are all seniors.
Up front, the team is led by Ollie Bateman, Joe Marro, Nick Marro Grey Purnham, and AJ Wolverton. Coach Mike Misner is excited for the Dragons’ schedule facing Class A opponents Edward Little and St. Dom’s.
The Capers will contend in the Class B South race.
Sebastian Moon should be a go-to forward for Cape Elizabeth. Alex Thayer, Connor Goss, Quinn Gordon, and Colin Backburn will be a supporting cast.
Defensively, the team will have juniors Phil Coupe and Nick Laughlin. Coach Jake Rutt will have three options in goal with Charlie Garvin, Will Depke, and Brady Hankiso.
The Rams will be top-heavy this season. Senior Brady Sawyer will lead a young offense, with junior Jack Reid and sophomore Cole Allen also expected to contribute.
Jacob Graham and Thaddeus Shain are two experienced defensemen that will play in front of three-year varsity goalie Jasper Crane. Coach Jon Portwine said the program has the least number of players in years.
The Yarmouth/Cheverus co-op team brings back a lot of experience into the 2021-22 season. They have three senior forwards in Matthew Robichaud, Oliver Prinn, and Zach Ridlon along with junior Truman Peters.
Defensively, Wyatt Header should eat a lot of minutes along with fellow seniors Kevin Connolly and Cam Miller. Junior Neal McQuarrie will be the man in between the pipes.
The two-time Class B state champions (2019, 2020) will look to make it three in a row in 2021-22.
Coach Barry Mothes is excited about the team’s goaltending tandem in senior Spencer Osgood and junior Keji Wiessner. Ryan Moore is a senior forward who scored 18 goals and 14 assists in 2019-20 as a sophomore. Fellow senior forward Evan Dutil had 17 goals and 16 assists two years ago. Seniors Gage Cooney and Mitchell Parent and sophomore Charlie Moore will be secondary options.
Seniors Brooks Williams and Cam Malette will lead the defense, while junior defender Matt Kennedy was named the team’s most improved player last year.
Coach Kevin Purdy has liked what he has seen in the preseason with the team’s speed and competitiveness.
Ben Soares, John Nicolo, and Aidan McQuaide are fighting for playing time in goal. Joe Neal, Jeffrey Ouellette, and Tyler Conant will bring the offense. Gordon Diment, Luke Douris, and Brandon Briggs will also be relied upon to contribute to the offense.
Defensively, the team will rely on Luke Doughty, Bryce Gamache, and Jim Neal.
Coach Sean Smith wants the Rams to play good defense and have a strong forecheck.
Up front the Rams have some depth with three senior forwards in Brady Morin, Ryan Johnson, and Brandt Phelan. Also expected to contribute offensively are juniors Sam Demauro and Chase Trudeau; along with sophomores Drew Highbarge and Wilson Clough.
Cullen Stevens and Hayden Furberwill lead the team on defense. Junior Finn Connor has no varsity experience and will be the goaltender. He’s one of seven newcomers on the roster.
POLAND/LEAVITT/OAK HILL/GRAY-NEW GLOUCESTER
Coach Joe Hutchinson believes the Kings can be competitive in Class B South this year with seven returning forwards on the roster.
Reese Collins, Kaden Trenoweth, Nick Lenfest, and Ashton Guerin are seniors that will make contributions offensively. Kasey Berube is a junior. Sophomores Hunter Bussiere and Talen Langevin will bring depth to the forward position.
Blake Springer (senior), Robbie Berube (senior), and Jamison Bergeron (sophomore) are the returning defensemen. Vincent Lupardo is a senior goalie that brings experience, and Ian Guerin (sophomore) will continue to gain experience.