ROCKPORT — Maine Coast Storm youth ice hockey teams looked to sweeten their seasons as they played in the Maine Amateur Hockey Association (MEAHA) state tournaments — two of which were held at an area rink.

Maine Coast Storm 14u goalie Quinn Hoppin stretches before a game. Photo by Ken Waltz

Storm 14U tier III team headed to its state tournament Friday through Sunday, Feb. 25-27, and had home ice advantage as it hosted at the Midcoast Recreation Center. Storm hosted Maine Gladiators Silver, Central Maine Hornets, Brewer, Biddeford and Maine Moose.

Storm entered the tournament as the fourth seed with a 4-8 record, and finished 1-3.

Storm 14U includes Quinn Hoppin, Barlow Marshall, Jace Young, Harper Lilly, Flynn Lilly, Alden Howard, Bowden Trzaska, Kylian Babik and Bryson Hise. The squad is coached by Andrew Marshall, Fred Lilly, Bo Hoppin and Mylan Babik.

Maine Coast Storm 14u players. Photo by Ken Waltz

Before the 14u tournament began on Friday, with a game between the home-standing Storm and Gladiators, there was a moment of silence for Theodore Hedstrom, number 67. Hedstrom was a player for the Storm who died in a house fire in Camden in recent years. Hedstrom’s dad, Thomas, was on hand to give the local players a pep talk and watch the game from the bench.

The weekend was full of competitive youth hockey by teams across the state as fans packed MRC, “which was a great sight to see after a limited hockey season in 2020-2021 due to COVID-19,” said Marissa Kuplinski of Maine Coast Storm.

Maine Coast Storm 14u Kylian Babik. Photo by Ken Waltz

The tournament champions were Central Maine Hornets, who beat the Maine Gladiators 4-2 in the final game.

The Storm games included:

Friday, Feb. 25 — Storm lost to Maine Gladiators 8-2. For Storm, the offense came from goals by Bowden Trzaska, assisted by Alden Howard and Oscar Nelson, and goal by Jace Young, assisted by Harper Lilly and Kilian Babik.

Maine Coast Storm 10u J.D. Corbett. Photo by Ken Waltz

Saturday, Feb. 26 — Storm lost to Brewer 6-2. For Storm, the offense came from goals by Jace Young, assisted by Bowden Trzaska, and Alden Howard, unassisted.

Saturday, Feb. 26 —  Storm beat Biddeford 2-1: For Storm, the offense came from goals by Alden Howard, unassisted, and Flynn Lilly, assisted by Bryson Hise.

Maine Coast Storm 10u Wyatt Morse. Photo by Ken Waltz

Sunday, Feb. 27 — Storm lost to Central Maine 6-2 For Storm, the offense came from two goals by Alden Howard, unassisted.

Storm head coach Andrew Marshall said his squad “played gritty hockey,” as they had throughout the season. “The team showed tremendous heart and intensity all weekend long despite losing key players to injury and penalties. While we made it through the round-robin phase by the skin of our teeth in a hard-fought game on Saturday night, those injuries and penalties caught up to us in the semifinal game on Sunday morning. The kids never gave up, however, and after falling behind 6-1 after two periods, went on to hold their opponents scoreless in the third and put one in the net late in the game despite having only two players left on the bench … I and the whole Storm organization are extremely proud of their weekend performance; and their entire season is a testament to their grit, hard work, and wonderful attitudes. This team is a special one for sure.”

Maine Coast Storm 14u Barlow Marshall. Photo by Ken Waltz

Storm 12U tier III team also has the potential to make it to its state tournament, but lost the play-in game 6-4 on Sunday, Feb. 27 against the Central Maine Hornets at the Camden National Bank Ice Vault in Hallowell. The winner of that game moves on to the state event Friday through Sunday, March 4-6, an tourney hosted by Maine Jr. Black Bears at Sawyer Arena in Bangor.

The Storm sported a 2-10 record. Members of the team are Brady Winslow, Cole Nowell, August Wells, Hudson Wallace, Matyas Babik, Isla Hoppin, Eli Lavi, Ewan Howard, Oscar Ives, Whitney Pearson and Landon Hotchkin. The squad is coached by Bart Hotchkin, Bo Hoppin and Mylan Babik.

Maine Coast Storm 10u Orin Leach. Photo by Ken Waltz

In the play-in game, the Storm came up short by two goals against the Hornets.

Storm head coach Bart Hotchkin said, although his team fell behind early, and up four goals by early in the second period, “the Storm players remained confident and battled back to a 4-4 tie by the third period.”

Maine Coast Storm 10u players on the bench. Photo by Ken Waltz

He said the comeback was a team effort, which resulted in three unassisted goals by Landon Hotchkin and an unassisted goal by Ewan Howard. Defensively, with Brady Winslow in net, the Storm did not allow a goal for the remainder of the second period, the coach said. Central Maine tallied two goals in the third period for the 6-4 victory.

Storm 10U tier IV team qualified for its state tournament Friday through Sunday, March 4-6, also hosted at MRC. The 10U squad realized considerable success this season with a record of 15-1-1 and finished second in the MEAHA 10U Tier IV North Division tournament.

The team was seeded fourth and faced Presque Isle, Brewer White and Casco Bay Blackhawks in pool play. Additional teams in the tournament were the Maine Gladiators (Red, Gray & Black) and Brewer Black.

Maine Coast Storm 10u Easton Leblanc. Photo by Ken Waltz

The Storm 10U team includes Cael Howard, Orin Leach, Quinn Bergan, Sam Smith, Eason Leblanc, Campbell McCarthy, Jaxson Long, Eli Gates, Spencer Hilchey, Tayler Benner, Landyn Rego, Devon Kuplinski, J.D. Corbett and Wyatt Morse. The squad is coached by Brian McCarthy, Paul Kuplinski, Ryan Gates and Josh Leach.

Additional information from this tourney will appear later with this story, however it is known Storm beat Brewer White 6-4 in its first game, as McCarthy tallied three goals and Hilchey, Corbett and Kuplinski one. Kuplinski added two assists and Bergan, Smith and Hilchey one assist. Morse played in goal.

Maine Coast Storm 12U ice hockey team includes, kneeling in front, Brady Winslow; second row, from left, August Wells, Eli Lavi, Oscar Ives, Cole Nowell, Matyas Babik, Isla Hoppin and Hudson Wallace; and back, head coach Bart Hotchkin, Landon Hotchkin and Ewan Howard. Photo courtesy of Melissa Nowell

Marissa Kuplinski of Maine Coast Storm contributed information to this story.

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