Black Hawks defeat Hampden, 8-1

16 years ago

The Houlton-Hodgdon Black Hawks played one game last week, picking up an impressive 8-1 win over league rival Hampden Thursday at the Millar Civic Center.
    The Black Hawks came out of the locker room ready to play and never lost their intensity as they took a 2-0 lead after one period on goals by the McGuire brothers, Avery and Chris. Avery’s goal was his first marker and gave the Black Hawks a 1-0 lead with just 1:24 gone in the game.
The second period saw the Broncos score to make the game 2-1, but the Black Hawks came back with five goals of their own to make the score 7-1 after two periods. The first of the period was off the stick of Mike Epley, with the assist going to Morgan Hall. Defenseman Taylor Martin struck next, assisted by Craig Buxton. Buxton found the twine on an assist by Nick Chase, and Lowell Matthews potted the next on a setup by Epley. The final goal was Buxton’s second of the period as he tallied unassisted.
The third period saw Epley hit for his second of the game to make the final 8-1 Black Hawks and give the local club an impressive win. Goaltender Levi Ledger saw 22 shots and stopped all but one for his third victory of the season.
“This was a really good game for our team, as we have spent a lot of time over the past weeks talking about playing to your own level,” said Black Hawks coach Joel Trickey. “Our kids came out in this game and did just that. Hampden is a team we are expected to beat, but one of the problems we have had is playing to the other team’s skill level. The kids have to be able to come out in any game and play to the best of their abilities regardless of who they are up against. They did this against Hampden and the result was an impressive victory. We hope they can continue to find this in them as the season winds down to playoffs.
“We feel the team can compete with anyone but they have to believe in themselves and they have to get everything out of themselves they have every game to not only go deep into the playoffs but to continue winning in the regular season to make it into the playoffs,” Trickey added.