High-scoring Windjammers sit atop Western Class BOrne, Magri tabbed with league honors for December
Rockport — The resurgence of the Camden Hills ice hockey team this season has been, in a word, impressive.
However, the way the young Windjammers — with 12 freshmen and only three seniors — have won their first six games has been, in another word, dominating.
En route to their best start to a season in school history, which has made them the top-ranked team in Western Class B, the Windjammers (6-0) have outscored opponents 47-14 (7.8 average) and are one of only two unbeaten teams in Class B, with Messalonskee of Oakland at 8-0 in Eastern Class B being the other.
Windjammer players also have been recognized for their efforts, thus far, with senior forward Jack Orne earning Class B West player of the month and freshman goalie Jet Magri winning Class B West co-rookie of the month for December.
Orne scored 14 points (7 goals, 7 assists) in four games in December, leading a Camden Hills offense that tallied 28 goals. He also is one of the team's best players on the penalty kill.
"Jack continues to lead our team with his strong all-around play," said Camden Hills coach Karl Enroth. "Not only has he been great offensively, his backchecking and defensive game helps our team in the neutral zone and defensive zone."
Magri, not to be outdone, has been nothing short of sensational between the pipes as one of the team's freshman goalies. He has a 2.0 goals-against average and a .890 save percentage, while being instrumental in victories over Yarmouth, Hampden Academy and John Bapst in December.
"Jet has been real solid in goal, challenging opposing shooters and making the important saves when needed, which has allowed us to play with the lead in our games," said the Windjammer coach.
Additionally, the Windjammers have started 2013 with two more wins — both on the road and both in impressive fashion — over Leavitt of Turner and Gardiner.
The following is a recap of those two recent contests:
Camden Hills 13, Leavitt 1
At Ingersoll Arena in Auburn Jan. 5, the Windjammers continued their impressive start to the season with a blowout victory over the Hornets of Turner. The Windjammers sailed to a 9-1 lead after the first period and and second periods before adding four more tallies before the final horn sounded.
Leading the Windjammer offense were Stephen Hand and Grayson Szumilas with three goals and two assists apiece, while also chipping in were Simon Lydon (2 goals, 2 assists), James Annis (goal, 4 assists), Parker Lawson (goal), Jonah Cameron (goal), Jack Orne (goal, 3 assists), Nick Czuchra (goal), Matt Prescott (assist), Cal Robbins (2 assists), Gunnar Hilt (assist) and Chase Matteo (assist).
For Leavitt (2-3-1), Adam Poulin lit the lamp on assists from Blayne Arsenault and Ryan Gosselin.
Camden Hills dominated play, outshooting Leavitt 36-13. Windjammer Zach Hand made 12 saves in goal, while Hornet Nick Allen turned away 23 shots.
The 'Jammers amassed two penalties to none for the Hornets, who went 0-for-2 on the power play.
Lawson put up the first goal of the game early for the visitors on a slap shot from the blue line, on assists from Prescott and Hand, while James added another score, unassisted, at the 12:17-mark to put the Windjammers ahead 2-0.
The Hornets quickly cut the lead in half when Poulin knocked in a loose puck in front of the net before Camden Hills went on a tear, scoring 11 unanswered goals — including three goals in a one-minute span: two from Lydon and another from Cameron — to end the game.
"We had some team goals before the game that we wanted to achieve in terms of offensive output and defensive input and we were able to exceed those goals tonight," said Enroth. "Our team was focused tonight and it just was one of those games where everything we seemed to throw at their net went in."
Camden Hills 6, Gardiner 1
At the Bank of Maine Ice Vault in Augusta Jan. 3, the Windjammers had little trouble with the host Tigers, skating past the hosts with a five-goal victory to remain unbeaten. The Windjammers scored once in the first period and three more times in the second en route to five unanswered goals, before the Tigers ended their scoring drought in the third period.
Camden Hills added a sixth and final goal late in the game for good measure.
Annis netted two goals for the winners, while Szumilas (goal, 2 assists), Lydon (goal, assist), Orne (goal, 2 assists), Robbins (2 assists), Nick Tassoni (assist) and Cameron (assist) also chipped in for Camden Hills.
Seth Wing scored the lone goal for Gardiner (1-4-1), on an assist from Austin Moore.
Camden Hills narrowly outshot Gardiner 31-30, while the Windjammers were 1-of-3 (33 percent) on the power play and the Tigers 1-of-2 (50 percent). The 'Jammers had 14 minutes of penalties (2 minors and a game misconduct), while the Tigers had six minutes on penalties (3 minors).
Magri made 29 saves in goal for Camden Hills, while Brad Moore made 25 saves for Gardiner.
After a back-and-forth first period, Annis broke the scoreless tie when he forced a turnover in the neutral zone and scored on a breakaway with 3:04 left to put the visitors on top.
Camden Hills broke the game open with a three-goal second period, with Lydon scoring 44 seconds into the period, while Annis and Hand later extended the visitors' advantage to four goals.
Szumilas knocked in a rebound to put the 'Jammers up five goals in the third period before Wing stopped the bleeding with a goal for Gardiner. Orne then wrapped up the scoring with 1:47 left in the game.
Coach Enroth said it was the team's depth that helped the Windjammers sail past the Tigers.
"Gardiner's top players are experienced and good but we were able to play three lines against their two lines for most of the game and, over time, that wears a team down, especially when your opponent's top players have to play so much," he said.
Enroth also credited Magri for his top-tier play in net as the freshman "made some huge saves when the game was still close, especially in the second period when Gardiner was trying hard to get back in the game."
In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Western Class B, Camden Hills (6-0, 16.7438 points) is first in the seven-team region. The top five teams qualify for the playoffs.
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