Holiday cheer: Young Windjammers put 4-0 start on iceJohn Bapst lastest opponent to fall as Camden Hills continues hot start
Bangor — Perhaps all the young Camden Hills ice hockey team wanted for Christmas this winter was to quickly gain experience and prove competitive with opponents.
Well, Santa Claus must have felt the team was filled with good boys and men and delivered better holiday gifts, namely a bundle of goals and four straight victories to start the campaign.
The latest win by the Windjammers came Friday night, Dec. 21 with a 4-2 decision over host John Bapst of Bangor at the Sawyer Ice Arena.
This season, Camden Hills has outscored foes 28-12 in four games, averaging seven goals.
In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Western Class B, Camden Hills (4-0, 4.9537 points) is second, while Greely of Cumberland (4-0, 8.2562 points) is first in the seven-team region. The top five teams qualify for the playoffs.
John Bapst is 2-3 on the season.
On Friday, James Annis, Grayson Szumilas, Simon Lydon and Stephen Hand scored for the Windjammers, while Hand, Annis, Szumilas, Jack Orne, Simon Lydon and Jonah Cameron added assists.
Camden Hills dominated in shots, if not goals. The Windjammers led 33-8 in shots on net, including 14-2 in the first period, 10-5 n the second and 9-1 i the third.
Jet Magri made six saves in net for the Windjammers and Jaron Leonard 29 stops for the Crusaders.
Camden Hills had one minor penalty for two minutes and John Bapst three minors for six minutes. Camden Hills was 0-of-3 in power-play opportunities and John Bapst 0-of-1.
"We knew [John] Bapst was going to hang in there," said Camden Hills coach Karl Enroth. "They are a hard-working team with a few dangerous players like Jacob Fletcher," who finished with two goals.
"They had momentum heading into the third period and Magri made a big save on the first shift of the third period from their best player to prevent [John] Bapst from pulling even. Stephen Hand made a great play to score a big goal with just over five minutes to play to give our team a much-needed cushion for the final minutes."
The coach said, "Sometimes it's frustrating when you have the edge in play but can't put a team away, but our players stayed with it all game playing disciplined hockey."
In the first period, Annis opened the scoring with a backhander into the net. Halfway through the period, Camden Hills took a penalty and toward the end of the penalty kill nearly scored on a two-on-one rush. Then John Bapst transitioned the puck and Fletcher slipped a backhander past Magri. At the end of the period, Camden Hills created a turnover in the Crusader zone and Szumilas gained control of the puck, made a nifty move around Leonard and stuffed the puck into the net with nine seconds remaining.
In the second period, Lydon gave the Windjammers a two-goal advantage as he elevated a shot from the low slot over the shoulder of Leonard. Camden Hills had several chances to score in the period but Leonard prevented more scoring with several quality saves. With three seconds remaining, Fletcher scored again as he gained possession of the puck in the Camden Hills' zone and shot on net. Magri managed to catch the puck with his glove, however, his glove, with the puck in it, crossed the goal line.
In the third period, Fletcher had a strong scoring chance from the slot but Magri stayed square to the shot and made the save. As the period moved along Camden Hills again started to find its skating legs to gain much-needed momentum. Stephen Hand made a strong move around a defender and backhanded his shot high into the net from the low corner to give the visitors a 4-2 advantage.
Camden Hills played "disciplined" to hold John Bapst to one shot in the final period, Enroth said.
The individual scoring included:
First period — Annis, CH, 13:32 (Stephen Hand and Cameron assisting). Annis backhand shot from the right post side. Fletcher, JB, 8:20 (Kurt Massey and Hunter Pate assisting). Fletcher skated down the left side and slipped a backhand shot past Magri. Szumilas, CH, 0:09 (Orne and Lydon assisting). Lydon created a turnover and Orne moved the puck to Szumilas, who made a shoulder fake to freeze Leonard and wheeled around the goalie to stuff the puck into the net
Second period — Lydon, CH, 10:08 (Szumilas assisting). Lydon, in the slot, received a pass from Szumilas and elevated the puck past Leonard. Fletcher, JB, 0:03 (Jonathan Cheff assisting).
Third period — Stephen Hand, CH, 5:08 (Annis assisting). Hand received a pass from Annis in the right corner and maneuvered to the net, slipped past a defender and roofed a backhander into the net.
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