Blackhawks play tourney

14 years ago

    The Houlton-Hodgdon Blackhawks started their season Thanksgiving weekend with a trip to the John Bapst preseason tournament. John Bapst, Old Town, Hampden and Presque Isle also made the trip and the competition proved to be very good for all the teams involved.
    The Black Hawks and their arch rival, the Wildcats of Presque Isle, opened the tourney and the game was very close throughout. After the dust settled, a back-and-forth game ended with a 2-2 tie. Scoring for the Black Hawks were Dylan Gard and Jordan Brown.
The rematch between these two took place last night in Presque Isle as the Black Hawks opened their season with this classic rivalry.
The second game of the tournament saw a very hard-skating Hampden team take a 4-0 win over the Blackhawks. The speed and determination of the Broncos seemed to surprise the Blackhawks and the Hampden team caught them flat-footed several times taking advantage of many odd man rushes to take the win.
The second day of competition opened with a match against Old Town. This game was another close contest and it looked bad for the Blackhawks with the Coyotes leading 1-0 with less than a minute remaining in the contest.
Blackhawk goaltender Malik Abouleish came out of the game for an extra attacker and Ben Ward tallied the tying marker with just 34 seconds remaining. Houlton-Hodgdon faced the hosts in their final contest and came out on the short end of a 3-1 score. Brandon Ward scored his first varsity goal in this contest and many scoring opportunities were turned back by last year’s player of the year in Eastern Maine, who played the entire game in net for the Crusaders.
“Overall the tournament was a good experience for the team. We like to give our new players an opportunity to experience competition at the varsity level and this is the best place to do that,” said Blackhawk coach Joel Trickey. “We learned a lot about ourselves and the other teams that competed so that will also be a plus in the regular season. Winning a tournament like this is secondary to the experience gained by younger players and the opportunity to see how our line and defense combinations are working out.”
Everyone involved with the team is very excited about our chances to have a successful season this year, Trickey added.
“The players have been working hard in practice and have been very attentive to the details that make a team perform at the highest level possible,” he said.
The first home game will be Dec. 19 against perennial Western Maine power Greely.
“We will be honoring Wayne Quint for his years of service to the students of the Houlton area before the game and we invite everyone to come enjoy the day with us,” Trickey said.