Greely stops Camden Hills' unbeaten streak, takes No. 1 ice hockey spotRangers pull away over final two periods to hand Windjammers first loss
Rockport — An impressive 10-game unbeaten streak and number one spot in the region evaporated for the Camden Hills ice hockey team on Wednesday night, Jan. 29, thanks to a longtime high school rival who came into the Windjammers' rink and simply outskated the hosts.
Greely of Cumberland handed the Windjammers a 7-2 loss at the Midcoast Recreation Center, the first defeat of the season for Camden Hills, which also had held the number one position in Western Class B before the Rangers, after earning a bundle of Heal Points with Wednesday's victory, took over that spot.
So, Wednesday's loss to Greely proved a double-whammy for the Windjammers.
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Grayson Szumilas and James Annis scored goals on assists from Jack Orne and Jonah Cameron for Camden Hills.
Brian Storey had a hat trick and added an assist for the Rangers, while Aidan Black (goal), Andrew Ray (goal, assist), Reid Howland (goal, 2 assists), Tommy Thompson (goal, assist), Austen Rogers (assist), Galen Arnold (assist), Peter Hurley (assist) and Dylan Fried (assist) also contributed for the visitors.
Jet Magri made 29 saves in goal for Camden Hills, stopping 11 shots in both the first and second periods and seven in the third. Kyle Kramlich made 30 saves for Greely, stopping six shots in the first period, seven in the second and 17 in the third.
Greely outshot Camden Hills 36-32, including 13-7 in the first period and 14-8 in the second period. The Windjammers outshot the Rangers 17-9 in the final period.
Greely was 2-of-4 (50 percent) on the power play and also had a shorthanded goal, while Camden Hills was 0-of-4 on the power play.
The hosts committed five minor penalties for 10 minutes, while the visitors had four minor penalties and one misconduct for 18 minutes.
“Give Greely credit,” said Windjammer coach Karl Enroth. “They played a good game with discipline and purpose. They took advantage of some penalties to score on the power play to take the lead. When the game was close they made some plays and their goalie was there to prevent us from getting back in the game.”
Enroth said that while the game “was closer than the 7-2 final score,” Kramlich turned in a yeomen effort in net for the Rangers after missing five games with an arm injury.
“He was like a sponge out there tonight soaking up our shots,” said Enroth of Kramlich.
The game was competitive early with the Rangers leading 2-1 after one period. In fact, it appeared Camden Hills had gained the momentum early with a goal a mere 49 seconds into the contest.
However, the Rangers, undaunted, simply kept their noses to the grind stone and outplayed the Windjammers the rest of the way.
Camden Hills certainly hurt itself with penalties, which allowed Greely numerous power-play chances.
The game was filled with hard-nosed play and bone-shaking checks by both teams.
In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Western Class B, Greely (5-5-3, 49.2670 points) is first and Camden Hills (9-1-1, 42.9398 points) second in the 10-team region. The top seven teams qualify for the playoffs.
Greely may not have an impressive regular-season record but has played a bundle of tough games against strong opponents, including four overtime contests. The Rangers have lost to Kennebunk, Falmouth, Lewiston, Yarmouth and Thornton Academy of Saco and tied Cape Elizabeth this season. Most of those teams are in strong playoff contention in their regions and Lewiston is first in Western Class A.
During its unbeaten streak, Camden Hills outscored opponents 73-18, with five shutouts. The Windjammers also have a 6-6 tie with Waterville this season.
The individual scoring included:
CH 1-0 at 14:11 goal — Szumilas (assist Orne). Szumilas scored in front of the net.
Greely 1-1 at 7:01 goal — Ray (assist Rogers, Howland). Ray, in the low slot, redirected a centering pass from the corner.
Greely 2-1 at 3:48 power-play goal — Storey (assists Howland, Arnold). Storey came down from the left point and received a seam pass from the right faceoff circle and one-timed the puck into the net.
CH 2-2 at 13:34 goal — Annis (assist Cameron). Annis shot on net from the high slot and skated hard to the net and knocked in his own rebound.
Greely 3-2 at 8:47 power-play goal — Black (assist Storey). Black knocked in a rebound from the net front.
Greely 4-2 at 7:25 goal — Storey (unassisted). Storey shot from the left point.
Greely 5-2 at 2:02 goal — Storey (assist Thompson). Storey shot from the center point blue line.
Greely at 6-2 short-handed goal — Howland (assist Ray). Howland, on the penalty kill, skated onto a Camden Hills turnover and broke in alone and fired a wrist shot past Magri.
Greely at 9:23 goal — Thompson (assists Hurley, Fried). Thompson skated down the left slot and fired a wrist shot past Magri.
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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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