After a lopsided season-opening loss to Hampden Academy, the Midcoast Ice Cats hoped to bounce back with an improved effort Dec. 9 against Waterville at the Midcoast Recreation Center.

The local cooperative ice hockey team, which includes players from Rockland, Belfast, Mount View of Thorndike, Georges Valley, Camden Hills and Medomak Valley, did just that, albeit in a 4-2 defeat to the Purple Panther jayvees.

The Ice Cats start the campaign 0-2.

Although losing to Waterville, the Ice Cats rebounded well from an 8-0 loss to Hampden Academy the previous week.

On Dec. 9, Waterville opened the scoring with a first-period score by Tommy Samson as he slid the puck past Ice Cat goalie Parker Spear of Rockland. The Ice Cats outshot Waterville 10-8 in the opening period.

The Ice Cats scored their first goal of the campaign when Cal Robbins of Medomak Valley took advantage of the power play opportunity and put the puck behind Waterville goalie Dakota Gendreau. Jacob Perry of Rockland assisted the score.

Waterville extended its lead in the third period on two goals by Jack Flynn. The Ice Cats narrowed their deficit to 3-2 with an unassisted goal by Perry.

In the waning moments of the game Ice Cat coach Mike Schroeder pulled goalie Spear for an extra attacker and the ‘Cats had numerous chances to tie the game. However, Waterville managed to clear the zone and Purple Panther Tom Sturtvent scored an empty net goal to seal Waterville’s 4-2 win.

Waterville outshot the Ice Cats 22-20 for the game. Spear made 18 saves between the pipes for the ‘Cats.

The Ice Cats’ next game will be Wednesday, Dec. 15 at 2:50 p.m. against host Winslow at Sukee Arena.

Village NetMedia Regional Editor/Sports Director Ken Waltz can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail at kwaltz@villagesoup.com.