Leadership, filling roles, talent keep Windjammers sailing on iceStephen Hand wears hat, Orne scores twice, Szumilas, Robbins, Annis lead assists
Rockport — As the goals and victories pile up for the surging Camden Hills ice hockey team, a question arises. How have the Windjammers, with three seniors, five juniors and 12 freshmen, taking Western Class B by storm with eight straight wins to start the season and continue to sit atop the region's standings?
Perhaps veteran Windjammer coach Karl Enroth summed it up best:
"The returning veteran players on the team are all strong representatives of the team culture created. Their leadership on and off the ice has helped bring along the younger players during their first year of varsity play.
"There is a ole saying in hockey that goes like this: 'The scorers score, the plumbers plumb and the grinders grind.' If I was to translate that saying to our team so far this season is that the players are playing to their specific roles and just doing their jobs on the ice."
And the Windjammers continued to do a tremendous job en route to another victory Saturday night, Jan. 12, with a 6-2 decision over visiting Yarmouth at the Midcoast Recreation Center.
In eight games this season, Camden Hills has outscored opponents 60-16 (7.5 per game average) and now is the only unbeaten team in Class B in the state.
In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standing for Western Class B, Camden Hills (8-0, 22.7778 points) is first and Greely of Cumberland (6-2, 22.7623 points) second — by a mere .0155 of a point — in the seven-team region. The top five squads qualify for the playoffs.
In Saturday's win over the Clippers (1-6-2), Stephen Hand earned a hat trick with three goals, while Jack Orne added two and Simon Lydon one for the winners. Grayson Szumilas chipped in three assists, Calvin Robbins and James Annis both two and Orne, Lydon, Matt Prescott and Parker Lawson all one for Camden Hills.
Camden Hills held a 36-21 edge in shots on goal, including 14-7 in the first period, 10-6 in the second and 12-9 in the third.
Jet Magri made 19 saves toiling between the pipes for the Windjammers and Red DeSmith 30 for the Clippers.
Camden Hills was whistled for four minor penalties and one major penalty for 13 minutes, while Yarmouth had three minors and one misconduct for 16 minutes. The Windjammers were 1-of-4 on the power play and Yarmouth 1-of-5 in those situations.
"The game was closer than the final score indicates," coach Enroth said. "We were able to maintain a lead throughout the game and we got key goals from Jack Orne and Stephen Hand in the third period to pull away at the end."
Camden Hills scored two goals at 11:19 and 8:56 to take a 2-0 in the opening period. In the second, Camden Hills and Yarmouth played even with the Windjammers trying to gain separation and Yarmouth battling to stay in the game, which resulted in one goal each and a 3-1 Windjammer cushion after two periods.
In the third period, Camden Hills pulled away by scoring the first two goals of the period to take a 5-1 cushion. Yarmouth added a power-play goal midway through the period to pull within 5-2. However, the hosts added another goal with less than five minutes remaining to go ahead 6-2. Camden Hills successfully managed to kill several Yarmouth power-play attempts in the final four minutes to cement the win.
The individual scoring included:
First period — Orne, CH, 11:19 (Szumilas and Robbins assisting). Szumilas swung around the net and passed to Orne in the low slot and Orne one-timed shot into the net. S. Hand, CH, 8:56 (Robbins and Annis assisting). On the power play, Hand one-timed a shot from the left side of the net
Second period — Lydon, CH, 11:39 (Orne and Szumilas assisting). Lydon shot from the low slot. Walter Conrad, Yar, 8:03 (unassisted). Conrad skated into the offensive zone and fired a high wrist shot from the top edge of the face off circle into the net
Third period — Orne, CH, 11:10 (Szumilas and Lydon assisting). Orne skated through the high slot area and fired a hard snap shot that beat DeSmith. S. Hand, CH, 10:23 (Matt Prescott assisting). Hand skated into the offensive zone and made a wrist shot from the right face off circle. Sam Laundry, Yar, 8:19 (unassisted). On the power play, Laundry kept the puck in at the blue line point and fired a high slap shot past Magri. S. Hand, CH, 4:31 (Annis and Lawson assisting). Annis fired a shot on net and Hand skated hard to the net to knock in the rebound from the net front.
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