Girls youth ice hockey players lived up to their namesake in a weekend tournament and the squad's play proved sizzling hot, as the Maine Inferno nearly melted the frozen surface at the Midcoast Recreation Center.

The two-day Midcoast Classic coed tourney, on Saturday and Sunday, March 23-24, included the Casco Bay Black Knights, Oyster River Wild Cats, Casco Bay Stars, Casco Bay Lighting, Presque Isle Wildcats and Maine Inferno.

By tourney's end, the Oyster River Wild Cats, a team out of New Hampshire, emerged victorious.

Watch video and see more photos below.

In 2018, the girls programs from Brewer Youth Hockey, Maine Junior Black Bears and the Maine Coast Skaters' Association Storm (the local group that plays at MRC) merged to create a new association for all-girls hockey — Maine Inferno.

By joining forces, Inferno has been able to provide girls with a Tier IV and Tier II hockey experience — as all skills and ages are included.

Maine Inferno plans to grow and represent girls hockey at the U10, U12, U14 and U16 levels.

Storm also offers a coed house program for girls where practices and games are held during the week at MRC.

Rosters listed on the Inferno website, with tweaks for the U12 team that played in the weekend tourney, included:

The Maine Inferno 12U team, coached by Darryl Townsend, Randy Rand, Aaron Brideau, Fred Lilly, with manager Heidi Townsend, includes Sophie Hepler, Amelia Quesnal, Erin Robbins, Shaela Darton, Anna Molloy, Mikayla Talbot, Jordin Williams, Rylie Soucy, Penelope Jones, Isabelle Brideau, Maddysen Place, Tatum Cousins, Lily Rand, Jessica Sass, Grace Townsend, Emily Sherman, Hazel Ragozzine, Paige Oakes, Natalie Michaud, Caroline Netten, Harper Lilly, Lindsay Ryder, Delaney Carr, Emma Morrison, Shaela Darton and Abbie Derosier.

Morrison and Degrosier played in goal for Inferno during the tourney. Hannah Horecka was a coach with Darryl Townsend and Fred Lilly in the weekend Midcoast Classic tourney.

The Maine Inferno 14U team, coached by Anna Cushman, Hannah Horecka, Jerry McNeil and Tom Molloy, include Mikayla Talbot, Rebecca White, Jordin Williams, Jaiden Williams, Megan Delahanty, Mary Hastings, Amelia Quesnel, Julia White, Natalie Michaud, Anna Molloy, Ainsley Carr, Erin Robbins, Madison Burgess, Amelie Wold, Kaylin Morrison, Emma McNeil, Sophia Hepler and Austyn Crowley.

The Maine Inferno 8U team, coached by Bill Surran, includes Megan Augstine, Cayleigh Coleman, Copelyn Ferro, Isla Hoppin, Emma Laprino, Annah MacPhee, Freyja Mattsen, Scotia O'Handley, Whitney Pearson, Erin Petley, Natalie Surran and Rowan Whitbeck.

The Maine Inferno U12 team finished 0-3 on the weekend at MRC, falling 6-1 to the Casco Bay Stars, 4-3 to the Presque Isle Wildcats and 7-1 to the Casco Bay Lightning.

Maine Inferno coach Darryl Townsend said his team performed well, particularly given the fact that “our team is made up of 9- to 12-year-old girls and us playing in a coed tournament made up of mostly boys that are 11- or 12-years-old.”

Townsend said the tournament “went great and it was a great learning experience” and that his team received plenty of positive feedback from fans and other coaches.

“The coach of the Casco Bay Lightning, the last team we played, asked me at the end of the game if he could come into the locker room,” said Townsend. “And he told the girls personally how incredible they did, and it was a very nice gesture by them and a good show of sportsmanship to take the time to come in and speak to the kids.”

The following is a recap of each Inferno game:

Casco Bay Stars 6, Maine Inferno 1

The score was tied 1-1 until about five minutes to go in the second period, where the Stars eventually pumped in five unanswered goals to pull away.

Presque Isle Wildcats 4. Maine Inferno 3

The Inferno battled back to tie the game with 66 seconds left in the third period, but the Wildcats responded with 20 seconds left to collect the win.

Casco Bay Lightning 7, Maine Inferno 1

Coach Townsend said, while his team had “kind of a rough second period,” they responded nicely and had “a nice third period” where they held the Lightning scoreless.

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