Goal happy: Youth, talent served as Camden Hills dominates BulldogsWindjammers knock puck in net 13 times for single-game team record
Rockport — There is young and inexperienced and then there is young and talented, with the later being what the Camden Hills ice hockey team brings to the rink each day of practice and to every game.
That again was evident as the young Windjammers — with 12 freshmen and only three seniors on the squad — still dominated the visiting Lawrence Bulldogs of Fairfield Wednesday night, Dec. 12 at the Midcoast Recreation Center.
Camden Hills improved to 2-0 on the young season with an eye-popping goal explosion — which resulted in a 13-6 victory — as the loud, vocal crowd certainly got its money worth with a nighttime, indoor offensive fireworks show.
The Windjammers led 4-1 after one period and added six more goals in the second for a 10-2 advantage. The hosts finished with three scores in the third. Ultimately, it was the most goals scored by a Camden Hills squad in a game.
The offensive damage was mostly accomplished by Simon Lydon, Stephen Hand and Jack Orne, all of whom recorded a hat trick with three goals apiece. To aid the cause, Grayson Szumilas added two goals and Cal Robbins and Chase Matteo both one.
Orne chipped in four assists, Robbins two and Szumilas, Matt Prescott, Parker Lawson, Evan Neilson, Jack Annis and Lydon all one.
"Some of our players got a great chance to showcase their offensive abilities tonight," said veteran Windjammer coach Karl Enroth.
Not to be outdone, at one point Bulldog Andrew Carpenter scored five straight goals.
Nineteen goals meant most everyone but the goalies, who had to be shellshocked at the end of the night, were thinking offense over defense.
"Defensively, we have to clean up things in our end of the ice and we need to be stronger on faceoffs," Enroth said. "Any time an opposing player [Carpenter] lights you up for five straight goals, [with] two goals generated from center ice faceoffs, shows you are not paying attention defensively."
Camden Hills again dominated an opponent in shots, finishing with 52, while Lawrence ended with 24. Camden Hills led 22-7 in shots in the first period, 14-7 in the second and 16-9 in the third.
Zach Hand made 18 saves working between the pipes for Camden Hills, while Kyle McLain had 39 saves in net for Lawrence.
Camden Hills converted 2-of-3 power plays and Lawrence 2-of-6 in the same scenario.
The Windjammers were whistled for six minor penalties and one major for 22 minutes. Lawrence had two minors, a major and game disqualification for nine minutes.
Fans certainly had much to cheer about as the scoring started early and often.
In the first period, Lydon pushed Camden Hills to the lead with a one-time shot from the slot. Camden Hills then scored three goals during a one-minute span toward the end of the period to make it 4-0. Lawrence scored a power-play goal with seven seconds remaining to cut its deficit to 4-1 at the end of the period.
In the second period, in an eight-minute span from just over 11 minutes remaining to just less than three minutes left, Camden Hills scored six unanswered goals to break the game open and take a 10-1 cushion. Carpenter then tallied a goal with less than a minute remaining to make the score 10-2 after two periods.
In the third period, Carpenter continued his goal barrage as he scored off a faceoff. Orne responded with a nice open ice rush and shot five-hole past McLain. Carpenter got his third straight goal for the natural hat trick at 11:48. Camden Hills added two more goals to reach 13 for the night. Carpenter continued to show no quit as he added two more goals for a five-goal night for the Bulldogs.
The individual scoring included:
First period — Lydon, CH, 11:10 (Orne and Szumilas assisting). Lydon fired a one-timer from the mid slot past McLain. Robbins, CH, 2:29 (unassisted). Robbins skated the length of the ice, into the offensive zone and shot top left corner. Lydon, CH, 1:49 (Orne and Robbins assisting). Lydon knocked in a puck from the net front. Orne, CH, 1:27 (Robbins and Prescott assisting). Orne rushed the puck through the neutral zone, beat a defender and shot past McLain. Jordan Nutting, Law, 0:07 (power play, Tyler Boudreau assisting). Nutting received a long stretch pass from Boudreau and skated around a defender and backhanded the puck past Zach Hand
Second period — Lydon, CH, 11:14 (power play, Orne assisting). Lydon, in the low slot, received a pass from Orne and quickly shot past McLain. Matteo, CH, 11:05 (unassisted). Matteo shot five-hole from the low slot. Stephen Hand, CH, 7:28 (power play, Lawson and Neilson assisting). On the power play, Camden Hills passed the puck from high to low before Hand, from the right faceoff circle, scored. Szumilas, CH, 5:58 (Orne assisting). Szumilas received a pass from Orne and cut to his right and shot into the bottom of the net. Stephen Hand, CH, 4:37 (Annis assisting). Hand received a pass from Annis and deceptively skated out of the corner and shot five-hole past McLain. Orne, CH, 2:55 (unassisted). Orne gained possession of puck and scored. Carpenter, Law, 0:56 (Boudreau assisting). Carpenter scored from the low slot.
Third period — Carpenter, Law, 14:49 (Boudreau and Josh Doolan assisting). From the opening faceoff, Carpenter skated through several defenders and his wrist shot beat Zach Hand. Orne, CH, 13:33 (unassisted). Orne skated the length of the ice, beat a defender and shot five-hole for the goal. Carpenter, Law, 11:48 (Boudreau assisting). Carpenter scored on a wrist shot from the slot. Szumilas, CH, 9:07 (Lydon assisting). Szumilas received a pass from Lydon and skated left into the offensive zone and around the net before wrapping the puck into the net. Carpenter, Law, 6:07 (Adam Littlefield assisting). Carpenter scored on a wrist shot from the slot. Stephen Hand, CH, 1:40 (unassisted). Hand created a turnover and shot upper shelf into the net. Carpenter, Law, 1:33 (unassisted). Off the faceoff, Carpenter skated past defenders for the goal.
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