December 9, 2013

Boys’ hockey: 25 Players to Watch

By Mark Emmert memmert@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

Jason Blier, Cheverus, senior goaltender: Poised and experienced, he will keep his team in most games this winter.

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Jason Blier returns as the starting goalie for Cheverus, which hopes to build on last year’s trip to the Western Class A semifinals.

2013 Press Herald file/Tim Greenway

Cam Loiselle has moved from forward to defense this season but is still a top offensive threat for Scarborough, one of the favorites in Class A.

2013 Press Herald file/Shawn Patrick Ouellette

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Matt Brooks, Brunswick, junior forward: Has been the Dragons’ leading scorer in each of the past two seasons, with a knack for netting clutch goals. 

Justin Broy, Gorham, senior goalie: A three-year starter who has put up gaudy statistics in his first two seasons for Gorham, and will now be facing Class B competition.

Dan Condon, Winthrop/Maranacook, senior forward: After tallying 23 goals and 32 assists a year ago to lead the Hawks to the Eastern Class A quarterfinals, Condon will look to make his mark in the Class B ranks.

Chase Cunningham, Messalonskee, senior forward: Put up an astonishing 74 points a season ago and will be paired on a top-notch line again with younger brother Jared, a sophomore.

Alex Fallon, Thornton Academy, senior forward: A four-year varsity player, Fallon will be the focal point of the Golden Trojans’ offense, coming off a 20-goal season.

Bryce Fraser, Kennebunk, senior forward: An all-around player with great hands, a precise shot and a strong work ethic.

Alex Grant-Roy, Cheverus, senior defenseman: A four-year varsity player who will try to keep the crease clear for the Stags.

Jake Gross, Scarborough, senior forward: A feared goal scorer who will be crucial to Red Storm’s title hopes.

Chase Hainey, St. Dominic Academy, senior forward: A top scoring threat on a perennial power chasing one more state title.

Reid Howland, Greely, junior forward: Put up 43 points a season ago, including 25 goals, for the Class B champs.

Kyle Kramlich, Greely, junior goaltender: Has backstopped the Rangers to back-to-back state Class B championships and finished with a 2.11 goals-against average last winter.

Caleb Labrie, St. Dominic Academy, junior forward: A slick puck-handler and adept passer, he will make the offense go.

Kyle Lemelin, Lewiston, senior, forward: A veteran who is almost impossible to knock off the puck, he led the Blue Devils in scoring with 18 goals and 21 assists last winter.

Nick Lemieux, Biddeford, senior forward: A talented and steadying influence on a young team looking to make noise.

Cam Loiselle, Scarborough, senior defenseman: Loiselle is moving from forward and is expected to be a force on a young blue line for the Red Storm. 

Zach Luce, Portland/Deering, senior forward: Has been the offensive leader for three years and will be looking for a big finale to his high school career.

Derek Neal, York, junior right wing: A sparkplug for his team for two seasons already, he now can lean on experience as well as talent.

Isaac Nordstrom, Falmouth, junior forward: The three-year varsity player affectionately known as “The Swede” will lead a potent attack.

Jack Orne, Camden Hills, senior forward: Explosive player who netted four goals in the Windjammers’ first-ever playoff win a season ago.

Dane Pauls, Falmouth, senior goaltender: Recorded 11 victories a year ago as part of a strong duo of netminders, including a shutout in the Class A state championship game.

Grayson Szumilas, Camden Hills, senior forward: The nifty skater is able to get into some tight spaces with the puck and can be explosive, scoring 15 goals in his team’s first 10 games a year ago. 

Max Watson, Yarmouth, senior defenseman: A converted forward, he has taken well to life on the blue line, where he is one of the state’s best.

Devon Werthner, Biddeford, senior defenseman: A slick passer and proven commodity on the blue line for a young squad.

Andrew Whipple, South Portland, junior forward: A do-everything player who quickly established himself as a leader for his team.

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