OLD TOWN, Maine — You wouldn’t know Old Town High School hockey standouts David and Peter Wilcox were twins by looking at them.
In fact, Old Town High School coach Brett Hale said, “You wouldn’t even know they were brothers unless someone told you.”
Peter is a hard-nosed defenseman who stands 6-foot-2 and weighs 225 pounds. David is a talented point-producer who centers the top line and weighs in at 5-11, 195 pounds.
“You can’t replace them,” said Hale. “They have been four-year players for us and are great leaders.”
“Peter logs a ton of minutes. He’s a horse in the corners. He’s unbeatable. He can take on two guys at any time. He plays on the power play and the man-down,” said Hale. “David leads by example out there. He’s a man playing among boys. He’s physically strong, he can take the puck away from anybody and can shoot better than anyone in this league.”
David Wilcox had 24 goals and 12 assists a year ago and was chosen to the All-Eastern Maine Class B third team. He currently leads the team in scoring with 14 goals and 12 assists while brother Peter has four assists.
David Wilcox was two points away from the career 100-point plateau entering a Wednesday night game at Winslow with 46 goals and 52 assists.
“Peter is one of our best defensemen and David is one of our best offensive players,” said junior right wing Trevor Francis, David Wilcox’s longtime linemate.
Brewer coach David Shedd, who coached them when they were youngsters, said the Wilcox twins have provided Old Town with “structure and guidance.”
“One does the job on the offensive end and the other does it on the defensive end,” said Shedd. “David has good size, a great shot and he’s strong. He has improved his strength, so he’s resilient to a hit. He stays on his feet. He’s good in front of the net,” said Shedd. “And he is a competitor. Peter is very large and he’s intimidating to some. He has no problems moving people in front of hist net.”
The Wilcox twins, along with the prolific Francis, have led the Coyotes to a 6-2 start entering the Winslow game.
“Our team goes as those three go,” said Hale.
The twins have played hockey since they were 4 or 5 years old, and it all began right behind their house.
“We have a pond out back and we would always skate there,” said David Wilcox, the older of the twins by three minutes.
“He used to be a goalie,” revealed Peter about his brother.
Now David Wilcox is a goalie’s nightmare.
The brothers said they have a chemistry on the ice.
“I kind of know where he is on the ice,” said Peter.
“We always see each other,” concurred David. “He finds my stick all the time. I always get a good pass from him.”
Shedd grew up playing with three brothers and he said there is a special connection between brothers.
“And twins take it to the next level,” said Shedd.
That connection was evident in Tuesday night’s 7-1 win over Presque Isle.
Peter Wilcox skated down the left slot, split a pair of Wildcats while stickhandling neatly through them and then put a pinpoint pass across to the other post where his twin simply had to tap it into the empty net.
Later in the game, the twins were penalty-killers on the ice along with Francis when the Coyotes were facing a full two-minute, two-man disadvantage. They killed it off.
The players acknowledge that their styles are different.
“Peter has always been the bigger, tougher kid,” said David.
Their personalities are also a stark contrast.
“They’re really different,” said Francis.
“Not only do they not look alike, they don’t act a thing like each other,” said Hale. “Peter is real quiet and reserved. You can’t get Peter to say two words. David is much more vocal.”
“He’s the quiet one and I’m one of the loud ones,” acknowledged David.
The twins said they talk hockey a lot and try to help each other out.
“If Peter’s down, I try to give him a little talk to get him going and get him back in the game,” said David.
“We’ll tell each other what we did wrong. We criticize each other, but it never gets really bad,” said Peter.
They are both multisport athletes, although hockey is the only sport they share at this point. Hockey is their favorite sport.
Peter played football in the fall and will join the track team in the spring.
David plays soccer and baseball.
Hale pointed out that both are great students.
The twins are enjoying Old Town’s hockey resurgence.
After winning just five games in their first two seasons, the Coyotes went 11-7-1 a year ago and reached the semifinals, where they were beaten by Houlton-Hodgdon 5-3.
Their current 6-2 start includes four wins in their last five games.
“It’s pretty nice to start winning for once,” said Peter Wilcox. “All the [hockey] teams we had played for [previously] had losing records.”
“The first two years were tough,” said David. “But we fought through it and it has been rewarding these last two years.
“It has been a good ride so far and we hope to keep it going.”
Just because the Wilcox twins graduate, it doesn’t mean the Coyotes will be without twins next season. They have another set in junior forwards Aaron and Jordan Pinkham.