AMHERST, N.Y. — More than 250 hours on the road to and from hockey practice in Hallowell paid off this month for two Mount Desert Island High School freshmen when their team won the USA Hockey Tier 2 (2A) National Championship tournament April 5-9.
Logan Beckwith is a forward (RW) on the first line, which worked well together during the last few months, his father, Jason Beckwith, said. “His line scored just over half of the Moose goals over the course of the playoffs.”
Stephen Gilbert is a defensemen, Jason Beckwith said, “anchoring his physical defensive line to nullify other team’s scoring chances and always making the best fundamental play to advance the puck. Steve is skilled enough to also play forward, which he did on several occasions when the team needed someone to fill in for an injured or missing teammate.”
The Maine Moose bantam team played more than 60 games during the season, which began in the fall. About half the games were in Maine, with several each in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and New York. They became state champions in March, beating the Maine Gladiators of Auburn in a three-game series.
That qualified them for the national tournament, where they went 6-0, beating teams from Rhode Island, Ohio, Florida and Arizona.
In the first-round game of the tournament, Jason Beckwith said, “Steve collected a loose puck near the blue line and shot a hard backhand at the net and Logan redirected it for the goal. When the rink operator announced the goal, ‘No. 94 Logan Beckwith assisted by No. 77 Stephen Gilbert,’ I got a little bit choked up.”
The Moose won the championship with a 4-0 victory over the defending 2017 champions, the Gulf Coast Flames.