Black Hawks, Wildcats in shootout

16 years ago

    The Houlton-Hodgdon Black Hawks opened their preseason last weekend with the second annual Houlton Tournament.
The Black Hawks’ first game of the tourney was Saturday morning against County rival Presque Isle, and the Houlton knotted the game with four seconds left when Avery McGuire slapped in a goal for a 2-2 tie. Avery’s older brother senior captain Chris McGuire netted Houlton’s first goal.
    The second game found the Black Hawks matched up against a new opponent, as they faced Camden Hills. This game also ended in a 2-2 tie with goals by Morgan Hall and Craig Buxton. In this contest the Black Hawks gave up the tying goal with just five seconds left.
The Black Hawks picked up their only win, 2-1, of the day against John Bapst in the third game. Black Hawk goals came off the sticks of Ashir Abouleish and Lowell Matthews.
The final game of the Round Robin portion of the tourney was against Old Town. This again ended in a 2-2 tie. Two freshmen, Ben Ward and Cody Briggs, potted the goals for the Black Hawks.
“We played well enough to make our way into the championship game and found ourselves in a familiar position as our opponent was none other than Presque Isle,” said Black Hawks coach Joel Trickey.
This was a rematch of last year’s final game and proved to be almost a carbon copy of it. The Black Hawks took a 1-0 lead into the final period courtesy of a Hall goal. But, Presque Isle tied the score in the third period, forcing sudden death overtime.
After 15 minutes of sudden death, nothing had been decided and the championship would hinge on a shootout.
Black Hawk freshman goaltender Malik Abouleish was almost perfect in the shootout stopping four-of-five-shots, while Presque Isle’s goalie was just a little bit better, as he stoned all five of the Black Hawk shooters, as the Wildcats won the championship.
“Overall, the tournament was a success for us, as our main goal was to give our nine new players experience at the varsity level,” Trickey said. “We not only did that, but ended up playing well enough to return to the championship game. This is encouraging for everyone involved with the program and we expect the team to do well this season.”
The Black Hawks season opens next Saturday with a game at Class A Bangor.