Maine Hockey Journal

Greely wins the battle of unbeaten against Houlton

Falmouth, ME –Houlton travelled over four hours to test their 9-0 record against Greely and their 7-0-1 record in a mid-season playoff caliber type game.

Greely dominated visiting Houlton, 9-1, and proved their just as good as their record as junior forward Pete Stauber had a four point effort and freshman Ted Hart logged his first high school hat trick for the Rangers in Class B action.

It was 6-0 before the Houlton got on the scoreboard.

“We kind of jiggled the lines a little bit,” said Greely coach Barry Mothes. “We’ve been sick and hurt, and I think they responded. This was one of those nights where we played like I think we’re capable of playing and hopefully we can get better.”

“This was a big jump up tonight from the way we’ve been playing.”

Stauber scored his first point on the initial goal and that got the Greely scoring outburst going.

Defenseman Eric Rost made a beautiful long pass from deep in his zone catching Stauber in stride. The Rangers scored three more goals in the period and Stauber played his part adding two assists to his goal to give Greely a 4-0 lead after one period of play.

The second period showcased more of Greely’s well-balanced play as they added two more goals before Houlton started giving some resistance.

Houlton had some high quality looks late in the second and finally beat Greely goalie Matt Labbe with a rebound shot with 40 seconds left in the period.

Labbe had 23 saves on the night for the win as he got plenty of offense from the rest of the team.

Ten seconds later Justin Murphy scored for Greely getting a shot off in mid-air after losing his footing.

Houlton elected to replace senior goalie Malik Abouleish in the third period with Avery Kibler, who didn’t fare much better.

Hart complete his hat trick and Justin Murphy finished the scoring, his second of the night, to make it 9-1.

Going into the game, Greely had only scored once in their last 12 periods.

“We’ve been working really hard in practice this past week on some basic offensive practices,” said Mothes. I thought we did probably as well as we did all year and I saw some of that on the ice tonight…moving the puck to the open guy and not trying to do too much.”

Houlton has another tough matchup tomorrow against another top-ranked opponent in Lawrence. Greely won’t play again until Jan. 22 against Camden Hills.

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