Abouleish ends Presque Isle hockey run

16 years ago
    PRESQUE ISLE, Maine – The left side of the Forum swelled with applause and shouts in the closing minute of high school hockey action Monday night, as the Houlton/Hodgdon Black Hawks swiped possession from the last Wildcat attack on goal and skated the puck to the Presque Isle end. Time had run out for the Wildcats in the quarterfinal match, with the Black Hawks claiming the victory, 3-2.

    Hockey fans had sardine-packed both sides of the rink for the beginning of the match.
“It’s nerve racking and very exciting at times,” said co-captain Greg Cyr about playing in the crowded atmosphere. “You want to win it for the whole town, rather than just for yourself.”
Just over two minutes into the first period, Presque Isle’s Zac Campbell propelled the puck past Black Hawk keeper Malik Abouleish assisted by Brennen Shaw. PIHS fans’ cheers were soon halted when only seconds later, at 12:36, Houlton’s Mike Epley tied the score. Houlton would score again with 2:05 remaining in the first to leave the ice with the lead.
Presque Isle reentered the rink with extra aggression in the second period making 12 shots on goal to Houlton’s six.
“In the first period, they were dumping it in, they just weren’t shooting,” explained Wildcat head coach Carl Flynn. “When we played Houlton before, their goalie stopped everything that went to his glove. So I told them you can shoot just don’t shoot into the glove.”
It was a rough second 15 minutes with gloves and sticks on the ice, and action moving quickly from one end to the other. However, the Wildcats tied up the score at 2-all with 2:23 remaining on a Dylan Collins’ goal.
“We had great intensity the whole game,” commented Cyr. “The game was back and forth the whole time.”
In the third period, both Ethan Hill in the PI net and Abouleish made impressive saves to keep the game knotted, but Lowell Matthews tipped the score in the black team’s favor with 3:56 remaining. The Wildcats made several attempts to make another tying goal, but the Black Hawk defensive lineup kept them back.
The Wildcats had a landslide victory over Hampden Academy at the Forum on Feb. 19 during their senior night. The Broncos fell, 8-1.
In the first period, PIHS had three goals and kept Hampden scoreless. Matt Talbot opened the scoring assisted by Sean Flanagin and Mitch Davis. Campbell slapped in the second on a play with Shaw and Mark Carvell. Then Shaw had his own goal off a pass from Steve Ford.
In the second period, Shaw had two more goals and Campbell two more assists. Cyr tallied up one assist. In the final period, Brandon Daigle swung in the sixth goal for PIHS assisted by Collins. Shaw affirmed the win for PIHS with two more goals assisted by Campbell and Carvell.
“We had some ups and downs this season, but we started to come together at the end,” said co-captain Parker Hovey. “It’s just too bad we couldn’t continue into the post-season.”
PIHS hockey graduates Hovey, Talbot, Cyr, Flanagin, Daigle and Hill, and their season with 12 wins, eight losses and two ties.