Youth ice hockey

Bantams take icy spotlight for weekend tourney

Midcoast Recreation Center site of late-season tournaments
By Ken Waltz | Mar 17, 2014
Photo by: Ken Waltz As teammate Liam Haining (5) warms up behind, Maine Coast Skaters Association Storm's Adam Bifulco takes a slap shot before a March 15 Bantam youth ice hockey game with Casco Bay at the Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport.

Rockport — The Bantams took center stage — and ice — over the weekend for youth ice hockey games during the Midcoast Classic Tournament, an event hosted by the Midcoast Recreation Center over several weeks in late-February and early-March.

The Mites recently held their tourney, while the Squirts played March 1-2 and the Peewees March 8-9. The Bantams saw action Saturday and Sunday, March 15-16.

Click for photos from the Bantams tourney.

Click for youth ice hockey photos from this season.

See photos, watch video below.

The tourneys included three games guaranteed for each squad. The first-place team received the “Midcoast Cup” for three months.

The Mites event recently was held as MRC hosted 12 teams, with the Casco Bay Royals the winner of the cup against the Maine Coast Skaters Association Hail Storm, the house or rink team, which placed second.

The Squirts played March 1-2, the Peewees March 8-9 and the Bantams March 15-16. There were six teams in each of those tourneys.

Last weekend's Bantams schedule included six games Saturday and three games Sunday, before the semifinals in two divisions and the championship game late in the afternoon.

Statistical winners in each division from the first three games advance to the finals.

The roster for the Maine Coast Skaters Association Bantam team included: Ralph Rolfe, Elliott Spear, Nathaniel Vanlonkhuyzen, Liam Haining, Matthew Czuchra, Kyle Gleba, Adam Bifulco, John Morse, Colt Magri, Isaac Bricker, Kane Scheimreif, Connor Donovan and Alexander Newcomb. The head coach is John Magri and assistant coaches Bennett Bricker and John Gleba.

Additional information from the tourneys were unavailable.

Bantams youth ice hockey at Midcoast Recreation Center
Bantams youth ice hockey March 15 at Midcoast Recreation Center. (Video by: Ken Waltz and Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Storm's Liam Haining, left. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Storm's Connor Donovan. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Storm's Isaac Bricker (13), and teammates. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Storm's Adam Bifulco (9). (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Storm's Liam Haining takes a pregame shot on teammate and goalie Ralph Rolfe. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Storm's Liam Haining. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Storm's Connor Donovan. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Storm's Alexander Newcomb, right, and goalie Ralph Rolfe. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Storm's Connor Donovan, left, and goalie Ralph Rolfe. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Storm's Adam Bifulco. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Storm's Liam Haining. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Storm's John Morse. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Storm's Liam Haining (5) and Casco Bay's Oliver Moon. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Storm's John Morse (10) and Alexander Newcomb. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Storm's Isaac Bricker (13). (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Storm's Adam Bifulco. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Storm's Adam Bifulco, left, and goalie Ralph Rolfe. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Storm's Isaac Bricker (13) and Adam Bifulco (9). (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Storm's John Morse. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
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Ken Waltz has been member of the media 30 years and has received hundreds of Maine Press Association and New England Press Association awards for his writing, photography and page design. He studied journalism at the University of Maine in Orono. He lives in South Thomaston with his wife, Sarah. The couple has an adult son, Brandon.

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