1. Falmouth: While the Yachtsmen lost two of their three top scorers in Chris Camelio and Henry Norris, Coach Deron Barton says his team will probably be a little bit better than last year, when the Yachtsmen lost 1-0 to Scarborough in the Class A South final. Robbie Armitage is coming off a 39-point season, and Spencer Pierce (.917 save percentage, 1.79 goals-against average) is one of the state’s best goalies. Look for the Yachtsmen to contend for a third state title in five years.

2. Scarborough: The Red Storm lost Matt Caron, who led the team in goals (20) and assists (22) and was named the Maine Sunday Telegram’s Player of the Year. But Coach Norm Gagne said the two-time defending regional champions will be strong again. He expects forwards Cam Smith, Justin Perry, Skylar Pettingill, Brett Rockey and Kyle Jacques to lead the offense, while defensemen Eric Murray and Mason Parks help keep teams off the board.

3. Yarmouth: After losing three senior captains in Patrick Grant, Walter Conrad and Noah Grondin, Coach David St. Pierre said the Class B South champions have new leaders ready to step in. Up front, Yarmouth will benefit from scoring depth in Cooper May, Chris Romano and Bill Jacobs, who all finished last season with double-digit points. Goalie Dan Latham and defenseman Owen Ramsay will lead the defense. St. Pierre said he feels pretty good about “picking up where we left off.”

4. York: Opposing coaches expect the Wildcats to be among the top teams in Class B South. York didn’t lose a single player from last year, which Coach Phil Rowley said has facilitated great team chemistry. Tommy Carr and Jake Martin ranked second and third in the region in scoring last season, and Keenan Gamache is a solid goalie. York also added has added Julius Lundren – a talented 6-foot-4 exchange student from Sweden.

5. Cape Elizabeth: The Capers have a deep roster, with eight seniors and four solid lines. Coach Matt Buotte will count on Ben Ekedahl, a speedy senior, to lead the defense, and senior forward Alex Glidden to spark the Capers’ offense. “We’re hoping that we’ll be one of those teams that never runs out of steam,” Buotte said. “If we can’t get you in the first period, we’ll do it by the third.”


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