The Presque Isle High School Wildcat hockey team has been on a tear of late.
With wins in six of its last seven games, the 11-5-1 Wildcats have catapulted to second place in Eastern Maine Class B behind defending two-time regional champ Messalonskee of Oakland.
The list of wins includes impressive overtime road victories at Waterville (4-3) and Brewer (6-5).
PI has scored 37 goals in its six wins.
“We’ve been clicking,” said coach Carl Flynn, who feels his top line of Tyler Seeley between Alex Michaud and Cooper Madore is as good as any in Eastern B and the development of a productive second line featuring Ryder Soucy, Joseph Patenaude and Daniel Boucher has given the team a lift.
“I’ll compare our first line to any other team’s first line and our second line is better than most people’s second line,” said Flynn. “Our second line doesn’t score a lot, but it comes close to scoring and it wears out the other team. It is a classic checking line.”
Entering Wednesday’s 6-0 win over Houlton-Hodgdon, the top line had produced 104 points as senior Seeley had 24 goals and 19 assists for 43 points, junior Michaud had 17-26-43 and sophomore Madore had 5-13-18.
Alex Michaud became just the second Wildcat to eclipse 100 points as a junior.
The second line had produced 33 points led by Patenaude’s 3-14-17.
The defense corps had also been racking up points with seniors Andrew and Mike Michaud combining for 20 goals and 17 assists. Freshman Denny Young has been improving steadily said Flynn.
Sophomore Jillian Flynn, the coach’s daughter, has had a solid year in goal with sophomore Oliver Gerrish providing capable backup according to the coach.
Presque Isle hosts Brewer on Monday afternoon to complete its regular season.
Cheerleading champs could repeat
The four state cheerleading championship teams should be forces to be reckoned with again next season.
Coach Kristie Reed’s Hermon High School Hawks, who won their fourth straight state Class B crown in Augusta last weekend, will graduate just three off the 18-person roster and had 11 freshmen and sophomores.
Coach Sami Jo Allen’s Central Aroostook of Mars Hill squad, winner of its sixth Class D title in seven years, will graduate just four of 16 and had eight freshmen and sophomores.
Coach Cristy Strout’s Central High Red Devils from Corinth, which won its second Class C title in three seasons, will graduate five and had 14 freshmen and sophomores among its 22 cheerleaders. Coach Debbie Lebel’s Class A champion Biddeford High Tigers lose six of 22 and had nine sophomores.
The state cheering competition was intense but there was also time for a lighter moment.
A young boy was sporting a T-shirt that read “I have no life” on the front and “because my sister is cheering” on the back.