The Midcoast Ice Cats, a cooperative high school ice hockey club team that draws student-athletes from different area schools, capped its regular season with a 5-2 victory over Leavitt of Turner Feb. 14 at the Midcoast Recreation Center.

Highlighted by a five-point night from Medomak Valley’s Cal Robbins (2 goals, 3 assists) and solid play between the pipes by Rockland’s Parker Spear, the Ice Cats closed the regular season against the Hornets.

The win improved the Ice Cats’ regular-season record to 11-4-1. The Ice Cats are 26-9-5 the past two seasons.

After a slow start this season with losses to Hampden Academy and Waterville, the ‘Cats went on a nine-game unbeaten streak, highlighted by an explosive offense led by Rockland’s Jacob Perry, Medomak Valley’s Yannick Price-Prevot and an offensive-minded core of defensmen, including Rockland’s Tyler Fogg, Medomak Valley’s Kerry Madden, Cal Robbins and freshman Noah Klewin, who is homeschooled. Strong two-way play from Medomak Valley’s Kenny Scheimrief and Mount View’s Tyler Hadyniak also was significant to the Ice Cats’ success, said coach Mike Schroeder.

The Ice Cats are coached by Schroeder, who is completing his third season behind the bench.

“We got off to a slow start early in the season but as the team began to play within our system our offense really kicked it into high gear, even scoring in double-digits a couple of times,” Schroeder said. “Our defensemen are offensive-minded, fast and jump up on the rush extremely well. We were able to put a nice run together [by] winning eight in a row, along with one tie, before losing back-to-back games to Lewiston.

“I was happy the way we bounced back after Lewiston to end our regular season with wins against Cony and Leavitt. Those games really showed the true character of our team as we played without our top two scorers. Parker Spear gave us a solid effort in goal and a couple of our role players chipped in with key goals.”

The Ice Cats have been competing in the season-ending Sukeforth Tournament at Sukee Arena in Waterville this week. The tournament is an eight-team round robin format. The ‘Cats played Hampden Academy Feb. 21 followed by John Bapst of Bangor and Waterville Feb. 22. The four teams with the best records advanced to the semifinal round in the morning Wednesday, Feb. 23 followed by the final in the afternoon the same day.

The Midcoast Ice Cats are a cooperative team whose players are from area high schools that do not offer ice hockey as a varsity sport. The Ice Cats compete against high school junior varsity and varsity programs in Class A and B.

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