The Midcoast Ice Cats started their season on the wrong skate with two straight losses. Then, along the way, they found their groove and smooth ice.

With a 5-3 victory over Maranacook-Hall-Dale-Winthrop Jan. 15, the local high school cooperative ice hockey squad, which plays a mostly jayvee schedule, extended its win streak to seven. A 6-3 victory over Winslow Dec. 16 for the ‘Cats (7-2) started the team’s success.

On Jan. 15 against the Hawks at the Midcoast Recreation Center, the Ice Cats led 3-1 after two periods en route to the win.

The Ice Cats outshot the Hawks 8-4 in the first period but they could not get the puck past visiting goaltender Josh Elirobo, who denied several opportunities with his glove. Although the ‘Cats kept the puck in the visitor’s end most of the opening period, the Hawks scored first when Alex Ingram converted on a breakaway, sliding the puck past Ice Cat goalie Parker Spear of Rockland.

The Ice Cats broke through in the second period by scoring three times as Kenny Schreimreif and Yannick Price-Prevot, both of Medomak Valley, led the way. Prince-Prevot tallied two goals.

Price-Prevot and Jacob Perry of Rockland continued to display their skill by teaming for the ‘Cats early in the third period and extended the hosts’ edge to 4-2. Perry ended the ‘Cats’ scoring with his second goal, assisted by Tyler Fogg of Rockland.

The Ice Cats outshot the Hawks 21-13 in the game.

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