The winter high school sports seasons have drawn to a close and one local campaign saw the Midcoast Ice Cats log another successful year on the ice.

The Ice Cats, a cooperative club status ice hockey team that features players from area high schools, including Oceanside, Camden Hills, Medomak Valley, Belfast Area and Mount View of Thorndike, finished the 2011-12 campaign with a 10-6-3 record and have been 43-21-9 the four seasons since the team’s inception.

The Ice Cats compete against high school junior varsity and varsity programs in both Class A and Class B. Home games for the ‘Cats are played at the Midcoast Recreation Center.

Team members this season for the Midcoast Ice Cats include seniors Parker Spear (Oceanside) and A.J. Naum (Medomak Valley); juniors Shelby Fogg (Oceanside) and Kerry Madden (Medomak Valley); sophomores Sean Meacham (Camden Hills), Noah Klewin (Belfast), Shawn Secotte (Belfast), Kenny Scheimreif (Medomak Valley) and Lea Smith (Camden Hills); and freshmen Sam Kulikowski (Belfast), Nathan Lord (Mount View), Bailey McCaffery (Medomak Valley), Luke Noonan (Medomak Valley) and Preston Spear (Oceanside).

The Ice Cats capped a positive season with a strong showing at the 10th annual Sukeforth Ice Hockey Tournament at Sukee Arena in Winslow.

The Ice Cats won all three preliminary games in the tourney, including 2-1 over host Winslow, 5-0 over Lawrence of Fairfield and 1-0 over Edward Little of Auburn.

The three victories earned the ‘Cats a berth in the semifinals, where the locals ran into tough Brewer, falling 2-1. The Ice Cats have made the semifinal round of the eight-team tournament three of four years.

Despite the loss in the postseason tournament, Ice Cat coach Mike Schroeder was happy with his team’s overall season performance, as it won its final two games of the season and five of its final six contests.

“We had a strong season considering we had to deal with losing one of our key players, defenseman Kerry Madden in January to a season-ending injury,” the coach said. “The team finished the year off strong winning five of our last six games. Our goaltending was outstanding all season long, especially down the stretch and during the tournament.”

Parker Spear was in the net for all 19 games this season and finished with three shutouts, allowing only four goals over the final five games of the campaign. Spear’s goals-against average (GAA) was 2.42 for the year.

Parker Spear is one of two seniors, along with Medomak Valley’s A.J. Naum, the Ice Cats will lose to graduation, meaning coach Schroeder should have a strong nucleus of players for next season and could perhaps take the next step in the postseason tournament.

“We’re a young team,” Schroeder said. “Our defensemen are all freshmen and as the season progressed they really improved at both ends of the ice. They did a great job moving the puck and opening up the ice for our forwards. The team worked hard all season with some key players logging a great amount of ice time.”

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