Camden Hills prevails in overtime thriller with Cape ElizabethSimon Lydon nets game-winner for Windjammers in heavyweight battle
Portland — Despite the records of the two squads heading into the Saturday, Jan. 4 high school ice hockey showdown at the Portland Ice Arena, magic always seems to happen whenever Camden Hills and Cape Elizabeth square off on the ice.
And that is exactly what happened Saturday between the undefeated Windjammers and the winless Capers as the squads needed extra time to find a winner.
The Windjammers received a game-winning goal from Simon Lydon with 4:54 remaining in overtime as the local squad remained unbeaten with a 6-5 win over the Capers (0-5-1).
In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Western Class B, Camden Hills (5-0-1, 12.0175 points) is first in the 10-team region. The top seven teams qualify for the playoffs.
On Saturday, Jack Orne scored three goals and added two assists for Camden Hills, while Grayson Szumilas netted two goals and two assists. Simon Lydon had four assists, along with netting the game-winning goal, while James Annis also scored one goal and Parker Lawson and Jonah Cameron each had one assist.
Lydon, along with Orne, also assisted on the game-tying goal with seven seconds left in regulation, scored by Szumilas.
Jack Drinan had two goals and one assist for Cape Elizabeth, while Curtis Guimond and Eli Breed added a goal and two assists in the loss. Ben Ekedahl and Matt Riggle each added one goal for the Capers and Eli Babcock one assist.
Jet Magri had 29 saves on 35 shots in goal for Camden Hills, as he made nine saves in the first period, eight in the second, 10 in the third and two in overtime. Grant Rusk made 22 saves in goal for Cape Elizabeth, making eight saves in the first period, three in the second, 10 in the third and one in overtime.
The Windjammers were 1-of-2 (50 percent) on the power play and Cape Elizabeth 3-of-6 (50 percent).
Camden Hills was whistled for seven minor penalties for 14 minutes, while Cape Elizabeth was whistled for two minor penalties for four minutes.
“Just another Camden Hills against Cape Elizabeth hockey game where the action seems to always be physical and intense with various swings of momentum,” said Windjammer coach Karl Enroth. “Our team and individual play was up and down throughout the game and when things get emotional it can be hard to maintain consistency. In the end we found a way to pull out a victory.”
The Windjammers jumped to a 2-0 lead early on goals by Orne and Szumilas, but the Capers grabbed the momentum off a few Windjammer penalties and eventually drew even.
The game was back-and-forth from the onset with four ties and six lead changes before the Lydon got a loose puck on the right wing in the neutral zone, skated into the offensive zone and beat Rusk with a top-shelf shot for the game-winner.
“When it came down to the nitty gritty, Orne, Szumilas and Lydon made some big plays when it mattered most,” said Enroth.
The individual scoring included:
CH 1-0 at 13:45, goal — Orne (assists Szumilas, Orne). Orne knocked in a rebound from the mid-slot.
CH 2-0 at 9:08, goal — Szumilas (assist Orne). Szumilas, in the low slot, one-timed a shot from a pass from Orne swinging to the net.
CE 2-1 at 1:30, goal — Breed (assist Babcock). Breed, stationed on the left back door post, shot into the net from a Babcock pass from the right corner.
CE 2-2 at 13:03, power-play goal — Ekedahl (assist Breed). Ekedahl scored on a wrist shot from the right slot.
CH 3-2 at 9:46, power-play goal — Orne (assists Lawson, Lydon). Orne one-timed a slap shot from the left flank.
CH 4-2 at 7:46, goal — Annis (assist Cameron). Annis and Cameron attacked 2-on-1 as Annis scored on a wrist shot.
CE 4-3 at 7:36, goal — Drinan (assist Guimond). Drinan shot from the low slot.
CE 4-4 at 3:24, power-play goal — Drinan (assist Breed). Drinan stuffed in the puck from the left side of the net.
CE 5-4 at 11:11, power-play goal — Riggle (assists Guimond, Drinan). Riggle stuffed in a puck from the low slot.
CH 5-5 at 2:59, goal — Orne (assists Szumilas, Lydon). Orne shot from the high slot.
CE 6-5 at 1:03, goal — Guimond. Guimond intercepted an errant Camden Hills pass along the blue line and skated in on a breakaway and scored on a wrist shot.
CH 6-6 at :07, goal — Szumilas (assists Lydon, Orne). Camden Hills generated a shot from the high slot. The puck was deflected toward the left slot area where Szumilas, on his right forehand, shot the puck past the goalie.
CH 7-6 at 4:54, goal — Lydon. Lydon skated into the Cape Elizabeth zone and shot from the top left right corner past Rusk from the top of the faceoff circle.
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