ORONO –.In last week’s Class B North semifinal, a raucous Messalonskee student section separated Old Town/Orono hockey from another regional title game appearance.
The sea of red and blue certainly rattled the two-time defending champs early.
“Them having a lot of fans really set us back and we were really kind of awestruck by it at first,” OTO junior forward, Tanner Evans, said.
A quick goal gave Messalonskee a lead that would disappear as fast it came. The Black Bears never looked back.
“We knew what we were about so no matter how loud it got in there we just kept our heads down and kept playing,” OTO senior forward, Sam Henderson, said.
It went from three times the charm to four is the norm for the Black Bears as they skate into their fourth straight regional championship appearance.
“Everyone wants to beat us because you don’t like to see everyone win you know you want to see them lose at some point but definitely I think teams really get up and come and play for us or play against us and we have to expect that every game,” Henderson said.
It’s been a historic run for this senior class. Thursday night’s stage is the only thing they know. Anything else would be a disappointment.
“I mean I want to send them (the seniors) off on a good note they’re my family I’ve been with them ever since it’s sad to see them go but we’re hoping to send them out on top,” Evans said.
OTO will take on Presque Isle in the Class B North title game Thursday at 6:30 p.m at Alfond Arena.