Midcoast Ice Cats draw from far and wide'Cats have athletes from Knox, Waldo, Lincoln counties, among others
Rockport — The following is a synopsis of the 2013-14 Midcoast Ice Cats ice hockey cooperative team:
Coach/years coached current team: Mike Schroeder, sixth year.
Last year's record/playoff information: 15-8. The Ice Cats won the Sukeforth Tournament, a season-ending event for jayvee and club teams. The Ice Cats defeated Edward Little of Auburn 3-1 in the championship game. The Ice Cats are a coed club team that includes student-athletes from Oceanside of Rockland/Thomaston, Medomak Valley, Camden Hills, Belfast, Mount View of Thorndike, Lincoln Academy of Newcastle, Morse of Bath and Nokomis of Newport.
Roster: Seniors Zach Bernard (Oceanside, 5-foot 6-inch forward), Ken Scheimreif (Medomak Valley, 6-1 forward), Connor Andrews (Lincoln Academy, 5-7 forward), Oliver Fenn (Medomak Valley, 6-2 defender) and Henry Laurita (Camden Hills, 6-1 goalie); juniors Sam Kulikowski (Belfast, 5-7 forward), Bailey McCaffery (Medomak Valley, 5-5 forward), Miles Day (Morse, 5-6, 150-pound forward), Nathan Lord (Mount View, 6-1 forward/defender) and Preston Spear (Oceanside, 5-10 defender); sophomores Rory McCaffery (Medomak Valley, 5-3, forward) and Jake Haddock (Morse, 6-1 forward); and freshmen Kane Scheimreif (Medomak Valley, 5-7 forward), Cole Hibl (Morse, 5-4 forward), Elliot Spear (Oceanside, 5-2 defender), Nathan Hersom (Oceanside, 5-5 forward), Breac Baker (Nokomis, 5-7 defender) and Ralph Rolfe (Mount View, 5-7 goalie).
Known graduation loss: Kerry Madden.
Significant impact players: Kulikowski and Preston Spear.
Team strengths: Scoring, defense and goaltending.
Team goal: To continue to improve with every game.
Top league/regional opponents: Lewiston and St. Dominic of Lewiston.
Outlook: Schroeder said the team's scoring output has been more balanced this season than it has been in recent years and the team should be able to play “a variety of styles on the ice.”
“Our forwards are aggressive and are comfortable with either a physical or skating game,” he said. “Our defensemen move the puck well and jump up on the rush well. We are also solid at the goaltending position. We have a great schedule this season and with tough opponents, we're going to have to have a solid effort every night.”
Schroeder said that Laurita has done an excellent job playing between the pipes for the Ice Cats.