Lewiston’s Evan Knowlton, center, tries to work his way around Windham/Bonny Eagle/Westbrook/Sacopee Valley’s James Ritter during the Blue Devils’ Class A preliminary round win Wednesday at Norway Savings Bank Arena in Auburn. Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal

Edward Little forward Jack Keefe and Lewiston forward Evan Knowlton have been chosen as two of the eight semifinalists for the Travis Roy Award.

The award, which is given to the top Class A senior boys hockey player in Maine by the Class A Hockey Coaches Association, will be presented Saturday, March 19, at a banquet in Auburn.

Joining Keefe and Knowlton as semifinalists are South Portland/Freeport/Waynflete’s Cullen Adams, Bangor’s Cooper Ireland and Jake Hirsh, Thornton Academy’s Alex St. John, Portland/Deering’s Ryan Becker and Falmouth’s Charlie Adams.

Edward Little’s Jack Keefe takes the puck up the ice ahead of from Greely’s Sean Allen during a January game in Auburn. Andree Kehn/Sun Journal

Keefe has tallied 28 points (17 goals and 11 assists) in 18 games for the Red Eddies this season, while Knowlton has 25 points (13 goals, 12 assists) in 17 games for the Blue Devils. Top-seeded Edward Little and eighth-seeded Lewiston face off in the Class A quarterfinals Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Norway Savings Bank Arena.

Edward Little has had two previous Travis Roy Award winners, Kyle Smith in 2004 and Josh Benson in 2002.

Four Lewiston players have won the award: Ryan Pomerleau (2020), Jeromey Rancourt (2017), Kyle Lemelin (2014) and Cam Poussard (2011).


The finalists for the award will be announced after next week’s semifinal games.

Due to gathering limits during the COVID-19 pandemic, this season’s winner will be the first to receive the award at a banquet since Lisbon’s Noah Austin in 2019. Lewiston’s Pomerleau received the honor during a live-streamed ceremony in 2020, and Falmouth’s Owen Drummey was announced as winner last year at Norway Savings Bank Arena with only family members of the finalists in attendance.

LEWISTON-EDWARD LITTLE TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY: Lewiston and Edward Little high schools will both be doing advanced ticket sales on Friday for Saturday’s Class A boys hockey state quarterfinal between Lewiston and Edward Little.

Saturday’s game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Norway Savings Bank Arena in Auburn. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

Edward Little will be selling tickets in the school’s main office from 7-7:45 a.m. and again from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Regular season passes will not be accepted, according to Edward Little Athletic Director Todd Sampson.

At Lewiston, tickets can be purchased in the school’s Main Office Reception Area from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sales are cash-only.

Ticket prices at both schools are $5 for adults and $2 for students and senior citizens.

Tickets will also be available for sale at Norway Savings Bank Arena on Saturday.

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