Rangers outskate Blackhawks

14 years ago

The Houlton-Hodgdon Blackhawk’s season continued last week with their home opener against Western Maine power Greely of Cumberland.

The Blackhawks dropped the contest, 2-0,  as the Rangers proved to be a little too much, on a day that the Houlton-Hodgdon team honored longtime educator Wayne Quint for his 50 years’ of work with the students of Houlton High School.
The game opened fairly evenly, but when the Rangers turned up their skating, the Blackhawks didn’t answer and were playing “catch me” the entire first period. Greely found a man open on the weak side of the Houlton-Hodgdon net at the 7:31 mark of the period to take a 1-0 lead and burned the locals by scoring with less than a second left on the clock for a 2-0 lead after one period of play. Blackhawk netminder Malik Abouleish faced 13 shots in the first and came up with several grade A saves to keep the game close.
After the slow start, the Blackhawks picked up their game and skated with the Rangers, but couldn’t pick up the goal they needed to get back in the contest as the Greely netminder came up with several key saves to frustrate the Blackhawks. The last two periods turned into a goaltending contest and both goalies shut down the scorers to make the final 2-0 for the Rangers.
“For whatever reason the team didn’t seem to be as up for their home opener as we might have liked and that put us in too big a hole before we woke up and started playing hockey,” said Blackhawks’ coach Joel Trickey. “We had a game plan, but again, we deviated from it and that cost us. We’re chocking this game up as a learning experience and hopefully all of us will take what we learned about ourselves and bring it to the arena for the rest of the season. We’re coming into a busy part of our season and the next few weeks will tell us a lot about where we stand as a team and how we compare to the rest of Eastern Maine B.”