Black Hawks young, enthusiastic

Joel Trickey, Special to Pioneer Times, Special to The County
16 years ago
    The Houlton-Hodgdon Black Hawks open their 2007-08 season this Friday with a scrimmage against the John Bapst Crusaders at the Millar Civic Center starting at 7 p.m. The public is welcome to come watch their team in the first action of the ice hockey season.

    The annual preseason tourney will be played on Saturday, Dec.1. The Black Hawks’ first game of the tourney will be at 9 Saturday morning against County rival Presque Isle.  This should be a very entertaining one-day tourney with the Black Hawks hosting Presque Isle, John Bapst, Old Town and newcomer to the tourney Camden-Rockport.
The Black Hawks have added several new teams to the schedule this season. They open the season this year with a game at Class A Bangor on December 8. The new teams also include Camden-Rockport, Win-Dale and Western Maine powers Greely and Cape Elizabeth. The Cape and Greely games will be at the civic center this year and the Black Hawks will make the trip south for return games next season. These teams will present a new challenge to the team as they are among the better teams in the state.
The Black Hawks welcome 10 new players this season as they have nine freshmen and a sophomore transfer coming aboard.
The freshmen include goaltender Malik Abouleish and skaters Kam Lincoln, Avery McGuire, Cody Briggs, Logan Holmes, Ben Ward, Nic Chase, Ian Gervais and Dylan Gard; sophomores, Jake Peabody, Jared Tapley, Craig Buxton, Levi Ledger, and newcomer Mike Epley; juniors, Elliot Mooers, Lowell Matthews, Ashir Abouleish, Taylor Martin and Hodgdon’s Morgan Hall, and senior captains Chris McGuire and Zach Chase.
The Black Hawks have a mix of experience and enthusiastic new players, along with the new schedule it should make for an interesting season. Our senior captains are excellent leaders and the team is coming together well. We expect to see marked improvements as the season progresses as the new players again experience and better understand what is needed to play at the varsity level.
Overall, we think this will be another successful season for our Black Hawks.