The Midcoast Ice Cats hosted the Maranacook-Hall-Dale-Winthrop Hawks Dec. 30 at the Midcoast Recreation Center in search of their second win of the young season, but instead were forced to settle for their third tie in five games.

The Ice Cats (1-1-3) led early, but the Hawks rallied and the two squads settled for a 2-2 deadlock in a game that was part of the first annual Camden Hills Hockey Invitational holiday tournament Dec. 29-30 at MRC.

The Ice Cats are a cooperative club team that plays a mostly junior varsity schedule and is comprised of student-athletes from high schools in Knox, Waldo and parts of Lincoln County.

Against MHW, the ‘Cats played two 18-minute halves.

The Ice Cats led 2-1 after the first period, while the Hawks scored with 15:08 remaining to knot the score.

Noah Klewin and Preston Spear each scored for the Ice Cats, while Nate Lord and Sam Kulikowski added assists. For the Hawks, Zach Phinney and Jared Hanson lit the lamp, while Peter Prescott and Dan Condon logged assists.

Parker Spear toiled between the pipes for the Ice Cats, while Josh Ehibobo was in goal for the Hawks.

The Ice Cats wasted little time and scored 43 seconds into the game as Klewin sliced through the Hawk defense and put the puck in the net with 17:17 remaining, but the Hawks responded when Phinney came away with an unassisted goal. Preston Spear scored with a minute remaining in the first period on assists from Lord and Kulikowski.

Hanson scored with 15:8 remaining in the game, on assists by Prescott and Condon, and the two teams could not resolve their differences over the remainder of the contest.

Thus far, the Ice Cats have tied Brewer 2-2, Winslow 3-3 and MHW Hawks 2-2, defeated Mount Ararat of Topsham 5-2 and lost to Lewiston 2-0.

The results of the ‘Cats game at John Bapst of Bangor Dec. 31 were unavailable.

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