The Midcoast Ice Cats continued to ride their high-powered offense Wednesday to an eighth straight win by defeating the Lawrence jayvees of Fairfield 7-3 at Sukee Arena.

And the Ice Cats followed that with a 6-6 tie with the visiting Waterville jayvees Thursday at the Midcoast Recreation Center.

The ‘Cats are 8-2-1, including eight straight victories. The team’s last loss came against Waterville in December

On Wednesday, Yannick Price-Prevot of Medomak Valley again had the scoring touch for the local cooperative ice hockey squad by hitting the back of the net four times to lead the ‘Cats. Other goal scorers for the locals included Jacob Perry of Rockland, Kenny Scheimreif of Medomak Valley and Noah Klewin, who is homeschooled.

The ‘Cats dominated the first period and jumped to a 3-1 lead.

Lawrence’s physical style did not short circuit the Ice Cats’ efforts as they peppered the opposing goalie thoughout the second period. The highlight goal for the ‘Cats came on a blistering slap shot from the left point by defenseman Klewin.

The ‘Cats held a 6-1 lead after two periods. The Ice Cats have won both games versus Lawrence this season.

On Thursday, although literally waiting until the final minute, the Ice Cats managed to keep their unbeaten streak alive with a thrilling 6-6 tie versus Waterville.

For the ‘Cats, Price-Prevot had four goals, Cal Robbins of Medomak Valley a goal and assist, Tyler Hadyniak of Mount View a goal and two assists and Schreimreif two assists.

The Purple Panthers looked headed to a blowout victory after jumping to a 4-1 lead in the first period. Goals scorers included Ben Roy (2), Dalton Denis and Tom Sturtvent.

The Ice Cats came out flat playing for the second straight day and took time to gain their skating legs. The lone ‘Cats goal was scored by the red-hot Price-Prevot.

That score was only the start of things to come for the hosts.

The second period saw a more evenly-matched contest, which was expected, with each team tallying once: Denis for Waterville and Price-Prevot for the Ice Cats.

However, at that point, a glance at the scoreboard showed a seemingly insurmountable 5-2 deficit for the ‘Cats, especially against a Waterville squad that prides itself on protecting leads late in games. However, ‘Cats coach Mike Schroeder rallied his troops by preaching a simple hockey strategy: Go to the net.

And they sure did.

Waterville goalie Dakota Gendreau was peppered with shots throughout the third period, with Ice Cat forwards giving him little room to control the puck. Defenseman Robbins cut the hosts’ deficit to 5-3 before Hadyniak made it a one-goal game with a goal.

Momentum had clearly swung in the ‘Cats’ favor until the Panthers looked like they extinguished the comeback when Roy completed his hat trick to make it a 6-4 game.

However, the Ice Cats would not concede defeat. Price-Prevot responded with his third goal of the game to make it 6-5. Coach Schroeder pulled ‘Cats goalie Parker Spear of Rockland with about 1:30 left in a final effort to get offensive pressure on the Waterville net. His strategy paid off when Robbins passed the puck to Hadyniak in the left cirle, who fed Price-Prevot going to the net for a game-tying goal with 45 seconds left.

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