The high school hockey season is officially underway and there will be a number of familiar faces in different places this winter.

Those who did not get an opportunity to watch Falmouth High School star Isac Nordstrom in his career with the Yachtsmen will get another chance this season. The 2015 Travis Roy Award winner, who finished his career with 113 points and two state championships, is now at Kents Hill for a postgraduate year.

Nordstrom is not the only standout from a season ago to become a Husky, though. Ally Frechette scored four goals in a 5-2 win over Falmouth to help lead Lewiston to the state championship in girls hockey last season as a sophomore, and this winter she will play for Kents Hill.

“She’s a good kid. She was a big loss,” Lewiston head coach Ron Dumont said. “She was going to be a junior and she’s good enough in our league she could have carried a line.”

While Kents Hill picked up Nordstrom, it also lost a key returner, Riley Boivin, much to the joy of Cony/Monmouth/Hall-Dale. Boivin, a senior forward who transferred to Cony, was not the only new addition for the Rams as they also added junior defenseman Thomas Arps, who transferred to Monmouth via St. Dominic Academy.

Arps has been playing on one of the Rams’ top defensive pairings with Cam Wilson, while Boivin is on a line with Connor Perry and Avery Pomerleau.

“He’s a really good skater and he’s making good decisions on D,” Rams head coach Chad Foye said of Arps. “Riley has got really good skills, he’s a strong skater and he’s going to provide a lot of offense for us.”

Gunnar Hann emerged as a solid scorer for Waterville last season as a sophomore and now Lawrence/Skowhegan is hoping he can have a similar effect this season. The Bandits could certainly use some scoring help from Hann — now a junior at Lawrence — after losing their top line to graduation, including a Travis Roy Award finalist in Cody Martin.

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Though the season is just one game old, Winslow is already preparing for one of its toughest weeks of the regular season. The Black Raiders opened the winter with a 3-1 win over Old Town/Orono Saturday night at Sukee Arena and now will turn their attention to a pair of rivalry games.

Winslow will take on four-time defending regional champ Messalonskee on Wednesday at 7 p.m. and follow that up with a meeting with Waterville on Saturday at 8 p.m. Both games will be played at Sukee.

“We’re going to jump right in with a couple of big games,” Winslow head coach Andy Dube said. “We’re approaching it as we always do. We’re going to put the best gameplan together and try to put them in the loss column and see if we can get us in the win column early.”

Goaltender Andrew Beals and the Winslow defense both figure to be busy in each game. The Eagles hung eight goals on Brewer in their opener while Waterville found the back of the net 11 times against Hampden on Saturday night.

“Defense has its work cut out for us,” Dube said. “We’re playing against two powerful offenses the next couple of games.”

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Waterville has wasted little time in flashing its offensive ability and, more specifically, its scoring versatility. In Saturday’s 11-0 drubbing of Hampden at Penobscot Ice Arena the Purple Panthers had five different players score goals and nine different players record points. Jackson Aldridge and Andrew Roderigue each had five points to pace the Waterville, who put 46 shots on net in the game.

“It’s what I was expecting,” Waterville head coach Dennis Martin said. “We had a lot of those guys last year and I think we should be able to have two lines that can put the puck in the net.”

Much like Winslow, Waterville also will have a challenging schedule in the first month of the season. The Purple Panthers have games against Camden Hills, Greely and Gorham sandwiched around Dec. 12 and Dec. 28 meetings with the Black Raiders. Fortunately for Waterville, all of its games will be either at Colby or Sukee and it will not play another true road game until it plays Yarmouth at Travis Roy Ice Arena on Jan. 9.

Evan Crawley — 621-5640

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