For all the talk about Portland High and Deering High being allowed to merge for girls’ hockey, the net result was one Deering player joining the Bulldogs.

And that player, Lindsey Sneider, is a senior, so this merger might last for one season.

Still, it’s a solid pickup for the Bulldogs.

“She’s a good player,” said Portland Coach Courtney Rideout, whose roster has bulged to 20 with additions.

“We also picked up Kylie Dalbec, who transferred from NYA. Both Kylie and Lindsey are seasoned players who know the game very well.

“In addition we added 11 new players, some with a few years of playing experience.”

Plus, Portland has its dynamic duo of forward Raechel Allen and defenseman Drew Barry. The Bulldogs will be vying for their first playoff berth this year.

In an opening 3-0 victory against Biddeford, both Allen and Dalbec had a goal and an assist. Barry also scored and Sneider had two assists.

Portland, which is 1-1 after a 10-6 loss to East favorite Leavitt/Edward Little on Wednesday, already has a rematch with Biddeford at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Portland.

BIDDEFORD MAY have lost its opener, but Coach Marie Potvin continues to build her program.

The Tigers returned 14 players from last season, welcomed back two seniors who took a year off and brought in 10 new players.

The Tigers made the playoffs last year, then reached the West title game. Biddeford will have to fight again for a playoff spot.

CAPE ELIZABETH/WAYNFLETE has a new coach, with Jason BreMiller taking over. BreMiller, an English teacher at Cape Elizabeth, previously taught and coached in Connecticut at the Hotchkiss School and the Taft School.

The team lost All-State player Hannah Dineen, who moved when her father, Kevin Dineen, left the Portland Pirates to take the head coaching job with the Florida Panthers.

But Cape/Waynflete has some talent among its 23 players, led by forward Roz Gray-Bauer and defenseman Kelsey Jackson.

The Capers beat St. Dominic 9-3 in their opener and will face Scarborough on Saturday.

BANGOR HIGH, or a combination of Bangor and another school, could be the next to add a girls’ hockey team in the next couple of years.

“I would love to add girls’ hockey,” Athletic Director Steve Vanidestine told the Bangor Daily News.

“The only thing stopping us is numbers.”

The solution could be coming from the youth leagues, where Bangor Youth Hockey is fielding two all-girls teams — under-14 and under-12.

If the girls hold onto their hockey bags through high school, the Rams could be a competitor.

Of the current 15 high school teams, the most northern is Winslow.

BRUNSWICK HIGH has put together a girls’ hockey tournament over the Christmas break at Bowdoin College’s Watson Arena. Eight teams — Biddeford, Brunswick, Cape Elizabeth/Waynflete, Cheverus, Portland/Deering, St. Dominic, York and Winslow — each will play three games Dec. 27 and 28, with two teams playing a title game on the 28th.

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