Ice storm: Camden Hills maintains winning, high-scoring formulaHand, Orne lead offensive parade with two goals apiece in win over Broncos
Rockport — Putting the puck in the net has not been an issue thus far for the Camden Hills ice hockey team and, subsequently, the young Windjammers have sailed to three straight victories to open the campaign.
In three games this season, Camden Hills has outscored opponents 24-10, averaging eight goals.
That offensive onslaught has been enough to lift the Windjammers to three wins, with the latest being a 6-2 victory over Hampden Academy on Saturday night, Dec. 15 at the Midcoast Recreation Center.
On Saturday, Stephan Hand and Jack Orne both scored two goals, while James Annis and Simon Lydon added one apiece to pace the Windjammers. Grayson Szumilas also added three assists and Stephen Hand, Lydon, Orne, Matt Prescott, Parker Lawson and Jonah Cameron all one.
Camden Hills held a 28-19 edge in shots on goal, including 11-9 in the first period, 9-5 in the second and 8-5 in the third. Jet Magri made 17 saves in goal for the hosts and Cody Varney 22 stops for the Broncos.
Camden Hills was 1-of-4 on the power play and Hampden Academy failed to score on two power-play chances.
Camden Hills was whistled for three minor penalties for six minutes and Hampden Academy six minors for 12 minutes.
The Windjammers led 2-0, 3-1, 3-2 and 4-2 during the contest.
"Tonight was a well-earned win [because] we had to play solid two-way hockey," said Camden Hills coach Karl Enroth. "The final score does not indicate how close the game was. Hamden Academy was aggressive throughout the game and, at times, pinning us down in our end. The key was we just played hard through it keeping their shooting chances to the outside".
Enroth said, "Stephen Hand scored a couple important goals that gave our team a much needed cushion, never allowing Hampden Academy to get the momentum. Jet Magri was again solid in net, making the saves he needed to make to keep Hampden Academy from getting back into the game."
Annis got Camden Hills off to a positive start with a goal about three minutes into the game. Hampden Academy pinned Camden Hills in its end several times during the opening period but the Windjammers managed to escape without being scored on. Hampden Academy applied heavy pressure at the four-minute mark of the period with Camden Hills caught on a long shift. The Windjammers broke the pressure as Orne skated into a mid-ice pass from Lydon to give the hosts a 2-0 lead. The Broncos responded 52 seconds later with a blistering slap shot from Joshua Kocik to cut the margin to 2-1 after one period.
In the second period, Camden Hills converted on its first power-play opportunity as Szumilas and Lydon took advantage on a 2-on-1 odd-man rush to score to give Camden Hills a 3-1 advantage. Hampen Academy quickly cut the margin to 3-2 as the Broncos scored just nine seconds later off the faceoff. Both teams skated hard in an attempt to tally the key next goal, said Enroth. Stephen Hand fired a hard shot from the right faceoff circle that surprised goalie Varney and Camden Hills again took a two-goal lead at the break.
In the third period, Stephen Hand scored again to give Camden Hills a three-goal cushion. Camden Hills buckled down in its defensive end as Hamden Academy continued to apply heavy pressure at times, but the visitors could not muster prime scoring chances. Orne added a late goal to cap the scoring.
The individual scoring included:
First period — Annis, CH, 13:05 (Hand assisting). Annis received a pass from Hand while skating toward the net and he beat Varney. Orne, CH, 3:47 (Szumilas and Lydon assisting). Lydon and Szumilas broke out from the Camden Hills end and found Orne skating through mid-ice. Orne skated on net and scored. Kocik, HA, 2:55 (unassisted). Kocik skated on to a Windjammer turnover in the neutral zone and fired a slap shot from the blue line that eluded Magri
Second period — Lydon, CH, 9:22 (power play, Szumilas and Orne assisting). Orne skated down the right side and passed to Szumilas skating through mid-ice to create a 2-on-1 with Lydon into the offensive zone. Szumilas passed to Lydon, who skated hard to the far post, and Lydon one-timed the puck into the net. Luther Vom Eigen, HA, 9:13 (Ryan Cole and Kocik assisting). Camden Hills lost the faceoff as the Broncos broke in with an odd-man rush. Vom Eigen fired a shot into the net. Stephen Hand, CH, 2:51 (Prescott assisting). Hand receives a pass from Prescott and fires a hard shot from the right face-off circle for the goal.
Third period — Stephen Hand, CH, 13:03 (Cameron assisting). Hand and Cameron worked the puck into the Hamden Academy end as Hand skated out of the left side corner and fired a shot that beat Varney. Orne, CH, 1:21 (Szumilas and Lawson assisting). Orne scored from the low slot.
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