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MCSA Storm U10 hockey players have icy good time at MRC

Midcoast youngsters hold own against other Maine squads
By Ken Waltz | Mar 18, 2019
Photo by: Ken Waltz Scene from Casco Bay versus Maine Coast Skaters' Association Storm on March 16 in U10 youth ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center. Storm's August Wells.

Rockport — The youngsters skated onto the ice over the weekend to have a ball — figuratively speaking — because these athletes' winter sport of choice included a stick, puck and a cold rink.

The Maine Coast Skaters' Association 10U coed squad played in the annual Midcoast Classic on Saturday and Sunday, March 16-17 at the Midcoast Recreation Center.

The Storm squared off with the Casco Bay Mariners, Maine Junior Black Bears and Hanover Wild before the top teams in the North and South divisions squared off in the finals on Sunday. The Black Bears finished first.

Watch video and see more photos below.

The Storm included Jack Christie, Tyler Dorr, Case Galley, David Geddis, Beckett Grant, Maddox Hill, Isla Hoppin, Quinn Hoppin, Oscar Ives, Zach McCormick, Caleb Ouillette, Grace Townsend, August Wells, Brady Winslow and Rowan Witbeck. The coaches were Bo Hoppin, Darryl Townsend, Kyle Witbeck, Luke Dorr and Jeff Hill.

Other teams in the tourney were Plymouth Predators and Gladiators.

It was the first time that group of Storm ice athlete had played together and for most it was the first full-ice games as well as making line/player changes on the fly. They had been playing "buzzer" hockey, where they change out ever two minutes.

In game one, the Storm lost to the Casco Bay Mariners U10 5-0, while in game two, the Storm fell to Maine Junior Black Bears 12-5. In game three, the Storm played tough and lost to Hanover Wild 3-2.

"What's great to see is that Hanover team we played to a 3-2 loss in our last game, they lost 3-2 in double-overtime to the Maine Junior Black Bears in the championship game," said coach Townsend. "I'd say we improved greatly in just a few short games … It was an amazing experience for the kids to improve so much in a short time."

The tournament was geared toward players ages 10 and younger, with teams from Maine and New Hampshire. The Storm played three hard-fought games, which was the first experience with full-ice, tournament-level hockey for many of the players.

"Their goals were to learn how to play hockey at that level and to have fun," said Bo Hoppin, who also is president of the association. "They more than achieved both."

The Storm work in collaboration with the MRC to provide area youth ages 8 and older the opportunity to play hockey at all levels.

"We provide local house (recreational) hockey, travel programs and plenty of on-ice skill development sessions that are geared toward the skill level of the each player," Bo Hoppin said.

For more information, visit mainecoastskaters.org or call MRC at 236-9400.

There will be a 12U tourney on Saturday and Sunday, March 23-24 back at MRC.

Maine Coast Skaters' Association U10 hockey
Casco Bay versus Maine Coast Skaters' Association U10 ice hockey on March 16 at Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Video by: Ken Waltz and Zack Miller)
Scene from Casco Bay versus Maine Coast Skaters' Association Storm on March 16 in youth ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Casco Bay versus Maine Coast Skaters' Association Storm on March 16 in youth ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Casco Bay versus Maine Coast Skaters' Association Storm on March 16 in youth ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Casco Bay versus Maine Coast Skaters' Association Storm on March 16 in youth ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Casco Bay versus Maine Coast Skaters' Association Storm on March 16 in youth ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Casco Bay versus Maine Coast Skaters' Association Storm on March 16 in youth ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Casco Bay versus Maine Coast Skaters' Association Storm on March 16 in youth ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Casco Bay versus Maine Coast Skaters' Association Storm on March 16 in youth ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Casco Bay versus Maine Coast Skaters' Association Storm on March 16 in youth ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Casco Bay versus Maine Coast Skaters' Association Storm on March 16 in youth ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Casco Bay versus Maine Coast Skaters' Association Storm on March 16 in youth ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Casco Bay versus Maine Coast Skaters' Association Storm on March 16 in youth ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Casco Bay versus Maine Coast Skaters' Association Storm on March 16 in youth ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Casco Bay versus Maine Coast Skaters' Association Storm on March 16 in youth ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Casco Bay versus Maine Coast Skaters' Association Storm on March 16 in youth ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Casco Bay versus Maine Coast Skaters' Association Storm on March 16 in youth ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Casco Bay versus Maine Coast Skaters' Association Storm on March 16 in youth ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Casco Bay versus Maine Coast Skaters' Association Storm on March 16 in youth ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Casco Bay versus Maine Coast Skaters' Association Storm on March 16 in youth ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Casco Bay versus Maine Coast Skaters' Association Storm on March 16 in youth ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Casco Bay versus Maine Coast Skaters' Association Storm on March 16 in youth ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Casco Bay versus Maine Coast Skaters' Association Storm on March 16 in youth ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Casco Bay versus Maine Coast Skaters' Association Storm on March 16 in youth ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Casco Bay versus Maine Coast Skaters' Association Storm on March 16 in youth ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Casco Bay versus Maine Coast Skaters' Association Storm on March 16 in youth ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Casco Bay versus Maine Coast Skaters' Association Storm on March 16 in youth ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Casco Bay versus Maine Coast Skaters' Association Storm on March 16 in youth ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Casco Bay versus Maine Coast Skaters' Association Storm on March 16 in youth ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Casco Bay versus Maine Coast Skaters' Association Storm on March 16 in youth ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Casco Bay versus Maine Coast Skaters' Association Storm on March 16 in youth ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Casco Bay versus Maine Coast Skaters' Association Storm on March 16 in youth ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Casco Bay versus Maine Coast Skaters' Association Storm on March 16 in youth ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Casco Bay versus Maine Coast Skaters' Association Storm on March 16 in youth ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Casco Bay versus Maine Coast Skaters' Association Storm on March 16 in youth ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Casco Bay versus Maine Coast Skaters' Association Storm on March 16 in youth ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Casco Bay versus Maine Coast Skaters' Association Storm on March 16 in youth ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Casco Bay versus Maine Coast Skaters' Association Storm on March 16 in youth ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Casco Bay versus Maine Coast Skaters' Association Storm on March 16 in youth ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Casco Bay versus Maine Coast Skaters' Association Storm on March 16 in youth ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Casco Bay versus Maine Coast Skaters' Association Storm on March 16 in youth ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Casco Bay versus Maine Coast Skaters' Association Storm on March 16 in youth ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Casco Bay versus Maine Coast Skaters' Association Storm on March 16 in youth ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Casco Bay versus Maine Coast Skaters' Association Storm on March 16 in youth ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Casco Bay versus Maine Coast Skaters' Association Storm on March 16 in youth ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Casco Bay versus Maine Coast Skaters' Association Storm on March 16 in youth ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Casco Bay versus Maine Coast Skaters' Association Storm on March 16 in youth ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Casco Bay versus Maine Coast Skaters' Association Storm on March 16 in youth ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Casco Bay versus Maine Coast Skaters' Association Storm on March 16 in youth ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Casco Bay versus Maine Coast Skaters' Association Storm on March 16 in youth ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Casco Bay versus Maine Coast Skaters' Association Storm on March 16 in youth ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Casco Bay versus Maine Coast Skaters' Association Storm on March 16 in youth ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Casco Bay versus Maine Coast Skaters' Association Storm on March 16 in youth ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Casco Bay versus Maine Coast Skaters' Association Storm on March 16 in youth ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Casco Bay versus Maine Coast Skaters' Association Storm on March 16 in youth ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Casco Bay versus Maine Coast Skaters' Association Storm on March 16 in youth ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Casco Bay versus Maine Coast Skaters' Association Storm on March 16 in youth ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Casco Bay versus Maine Coast Skaters' Association Storm on March 16 in youth ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Casco Bay versus Maine Coast Skaters' Association Storm on March 16 in youth ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Casco Bay versus Maine Coast Skaters' Association Storm on March 16 in youth ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Casco Bay versus Maine Coast Skaters' Association Storm on March 16 in youth ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Casco Bay versus Maine Coast Skaters' Association Storm on March 16 in youth ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Casco Bay versus Maine Coast Skaters' Association Storm on March 16 in youth ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Casco Bay versus Maine Coast Skaters' Association Storm on March 16 in youth ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Casco Bay versus Maine Coast Skaters' Association Storm on March 16 in youth ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Casco Bay versus Maine Coast Skaters' Association Storm on March 16 in youth ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Casco Bay versus Maine Coast Skaters' Association Storm on March 16 in youth ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Casco Bay versus Maine Coast Skaters' Association Storm on March 16 in youth ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Casco Bay versus Maine Coast Skaters' Association Storm on March 16 in youth ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Casco Bay versus Maine Coast Skaters' Association Storm on March 16 in youth ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Casco Bay versus Maine Coast Skaters' Association Storm on March 16 in youth ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Casco Bay versus Maine Coast Skaters' Association Storm on March 16 in youth ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Casco Bay versus Maine Coast Skaters' Association Storm on March 16 in youth ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Casco Bay versus Maine Coast Skaters' Association Storm on March 16 in youth ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Casco Bay versus Maine Coast Skaters' Association Storm on March 16 in youth ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Casco Bay versus Maine Coast Skaters' Association Storm on March 16 in youth ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Casco Bay versus Maine Coast Skaters' Association Storm on March 16 in youth ice hockey at the Midcoast Recreation Center. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
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