Camden Hills jayvees enjoy inaugural season on ice
Rockport — Ice hockey is a sport that continues to grow at Camden Hills Regional High School, which is evident with the inclusion of a junior varsity program, this winter, for the first time in school history.
Led by coach Jesse Simko, the Windjammers were competitive in many of their games. Though the team's win/loss record was unavailable, Simko said, “Even though most of the first season saw defeat on the scoreboard, the games were almost always close and within one or two goals.”
The team scored 22 goals and had 18 goals scored against them. Asa Peats and Karl Enroth assisted Simko during the team's inaugural campaign.
Windjammer team members included Connor Davis, Connor Donovan, Gunnar Hilt, Jack Uhll, Katherine Orne, Matt Morse, Nick Tassoni, Patrick Beacham, Riley Andrews, Sean Beacham, Will Davee, Caleb Stern, Matt Prescott, Luke Noonan, Kieran Lydon, Austin Gallant, Perrin Ganter, Zach Hand, Katie Morse and Jet Magri.
Morse scored the first goal in the history of the jayvee program.
Coach Simko said there were a few high spots on the season, including a 3-2 win over tough Cape Elizabeth, in addition to winning a round-robin tournament at the end of the regular season.
“It was a wonderful way to cap off the close of the season and look forward to the continued growth of success in future years,” said Simko, who added that the dedication of the team is clear as eight of the 14 team members played in all 12 games.
Statistical leaders for the Windjammers were: Andrews (10 games played, 4 goals, 3 assists), Nick Tassoni (12 games played, 3 goals), Matt Morse (10 games played, 2 goals, 2 assists), Davee (9 games played, 2 goals, assist), Hilt (12 games played, 3 goals, assist), Davis (12 games played, goal, assist), Donovan (9 games played, goal, assist), Uhll (12 games played, 2 assists), Orne (12 games played, assist), Beacham (12 games played, assist), Stern (12 games played, 2 goals), Prescott (4 games played, goal, assist), Noonan (2 games played, assist) and Lydon (3 games played, 2 assists).
In six games (stats for all 12 games were not kept), Hand, the team's primary goalie, turned away 162 of 186 shots for a 0.87 save percentage.
"All in all it was a successful first season with many great highlights,” said Simko. “[The] Camden Hills Regional High School jayvee [team] looks onward and upward as a new class of 10-plus hockey players look to join the CHRHS team next year.”
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