Camden Hills dominates Gardiner to ice first victoryOrne, Ganter combine for five goals; Szumilas adds three assists
Rockport — The Camden Hills ice hockey team started its new season with the same type of amazing performance it turned in for much of last year — namely, scoring goals in droves and keeping the puck out of its own net.
The Windjammers started the 2013-14 campaign with a dominating 8-0 victory over visiting Gardiner on Saturday night, Dec. 7 at the Midcoast Recreation Center.
Camden Hills led 1-0 after one period and 4-0 after two before adding four third-period goals.
Jack Orne tallied three goals to complete the hat trick, while Perrin Ganter added two scores and Simon Lydon, Grayson Szumilas and Chase Matteo all one. Szumilas also finished with three assists; Orne and Jonah Cameron, both two; and James Annis, Parker Lawson and Lydon, all one.
Windjammer goalie Jet Magri made 16 saves, including five apiece in the first and third perids and six in the second to record the shutout.
Brad Moore had 23 saves and Mike Poirer three as the pair toiled between the pipes for the Tigers.
Camden Hills held 34-16 edge in shots, including 11-5 in the first period, 11-6 in the second and 12-5 in the third.
The Windjammers converted 2-of-4 power-play opportunities, while Gardiner was blanked on six tries. Camden Hills tallied one shorthanded goal.
Camden Hills was whistled for six minor penalties for 12 minutes and Gardiner five minors for 10 minutes.
“Good way to start the season in front of our home fans at the Midcoast Recreation Center," said veteran Windjammer coach Karl Enroth. “The team found its scoring touch halfway through the game as the depth and versatility among the forward lines started to wear Gardiner down as the game moved along.
"Really pleased with the shut out. Being defensively responsible and committed is something we are trying to focus on as a team. Everyone contributed defensively from goalie Jet Magri making some solid saves, to the defensemen stepping up and playing tough, to the forwards back-checking hard. Offense and scoring goals can sometimes be off and on — defense has to be a constant."
In the first period, Camden Hills enjoyed plenty of offensive zone time and quality shots, but Gardiner and goalie Moore hung tough to hold the Windjammers to one goal, a shorthanded tally on a nice individual effort by Orne midway through the frame.
Midway through the game the Windjammers found their scoring touch with goals by Lydon and Ganter during a span of 26 seconds to go ahead 3-0. Camden Hills added a power-play goal from Orne to make it 4-0 after two periods.
In the third period, the Windjammers continued their momentum as Orne scored 21 seconds into the stanza as the hosts jumped to a commanding 5-0 advantage. The Windjammers continued to skate hard and played strong two-way hockey with three additional goals — from Szumilas, Ganter and Matteo — to finish the season-opening game.
The individual scoring included:
CH 1-0 at 8:34, short-handed goal — Orne (assist Szumilas). Szumilas and Orne created a turnover on the penalty kill. Orne skated down the left wing side and cut back to the right and slipped the puck past Moore.
CH 2-0 at 7:49, goal — Lydon (assist Orne). Orne skated through the high slot from left to right and fired a shot on net. Lydon backhanded the rebound from the backdoor left-side post.
CH 3-0 at 7:23, goal — Ganter (assist Cameron). Cameron skated to the net from the right corner and passed to Ganter who skated hard to the net. Ganter one-timed a forehand shot from the left net front.
CH 4-0 at 4:20, power-play goal — Orne (assists Lawson, Szumilas). Orne jammed in the puck from the net front.
CH 5 -0 at 14:39, goal — Orne (assists Szumilas, Lydon). Orne and Szumilas attacked 2-on-1 from a Lydon pass in the neutral zone. Szumilas passed to Orne, who one-timed the puck into the net.
CH 6-0 at 9:36, goal — Szumilas (assist Orne). Orne passed to Szumilas, who scored from the backdoor post.
CH 7-0 at 7:24, power-play goal — Ganter (assists Annis, Cameron). Ganter knocked in a loose puck from the net front.
CH 8-0 at 4:24, goal — Matteo (unassisted) – Matteo converted a shot from the high slot.
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Ken Waltz has been member of the media 30 years and has received hundreds of Maine Press Association and New England Press Association awards for his writing, photography and page design. He studied journalism at the University of Maine in Orono. He lives in South Thomaston with his wife, Sarah. The couple has an adult son, Brandon.
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