Maine Hockey Journal

The Hart’s lead Greely to their first state title

Lewiston, ME– The Greely Rangers got a boost from their captain. Kevin Hart who injured his back last week returned to the line up for the Class B State Title game. He had two assists in the 5-1 victory over the Presque Isle Wildcats.

“Beginning of the week I couldn’t walk really. Thursday I got bored watching practice and asked coach if I could skate with skates and gloves,” said Greely defensive captain Kevin Hart. “I will probably sore tomorrow but it was worth it.”

“I am very happy for Kevin (Hart). He’s been huge part of the team for four years,” says Greely Rangers Head Coach Barry Mothes. “He made astonishing progress in the last 48 hours and was cleared late yesterday.”

“They told us he’s going to be out for six weeks and he’s playing in the finals,” says Greely’s freshman forward Brian Hart.

The Hart brothers took control of the second stanza. Brian Hart would get his second of the Championship contest 8:25 into the second. His brother fed him the biscuit for the only helper on the powerplay goal. 33 seconds later, the two would connect again. Tucker Geoffroy got the second assist.

“It a lot of fun giving him the puck,” said Kevin Hart. “It’s the last chance to play with him.”

“It felt good. The one year that we played together, we happen to score two points together in the finals,” says the younger Hart.

Bryan Allyn got the Rangers on the score sheet first when he beat Presque Isle’s goaltender Josh MacFarline down low at the 3:16 mark of the first stanza. Carter Cyr would pick up the only assist.

With 1:26 remaining in the first stanza, Brian Hart found the back of the cage with an unassisted effort.

“Brian is a very composed hockey player,” said Mothes.

“I was waiting for the first hit,” said Kevin Hart who saw his first action midway through the first period.

“We felt like we will keep him out the first five to six minutes just thinking they would come pretty hard,” says Mothes. “He did get bumped pretty hard in his first shift.”

The Wildcats would get on the board when Zac Campbell put home a rebound from a shot from Dylan Collins with 54 ticks left in the second period.

“Today they were a step faster,” said Presque Isle head coach Carl Flynn.

The only tally in third came from Justin Murphy to make it 5-1. Ian Gray got the lone assist.

“I am really happy for the entire team. I am really happy for the great group of seniors,” said Mothes. “This group of seniors today were here two years ago (in the state final). They learned about playing in big playoff games.”

Josh MacFarline made 47 saves in the loss.

“Josh has had the hot hand lately and he has done a great job,” said Flynn.

“He played a phenomenal game,” said Mothes. “No disrespect to Presque Isle but I thought we felt like we had chances to score several goals.”

“Their goaltender was on fire,” said Brian Hart. “He robbed me.”

Matt Labby turned aside 14 shots in the victory.

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